By the time I had finished the coach journey from Guisborough to Helmsley, queued for kit check and stood around chatting for two hours, I had been up for six hours before we eventually set off on this race. Having said that, I’d got my head down at a reasonable time the night before and I always think that 5 and a half hours of decent sleep is much more valuable than eight hours of broken sleep in a B&B or wherever. I managed to get on the emptiest of the coaches anyway, and chatted to Yannick Peron who does a lot of longer events and is nice and calm – his only sin is that he comes from the wrong side of our city. It always helps to get sat near someone who isn’t going to get too agitated on the coach, because it can quickly rub off on you: I remember the guy a few years ago who was throwing his guts up on the coach because he was so nervous about the run.
The Golden Fleece is an event by the South Cave Scout Group, there are two choices of route that you can take a short (as if) 15 miler, or the long (I’ll say) 27.5 miles. It’s been a popular and successful event for East Hull Harriers and the long route has been completed first by one of our red brethren every year since 2013. This year was doubly successful as both races were won by an East Hull Harrier, Rob Weekes coming home first in the long route and Danny Wilson winning the shorter race.
On Sunday 12th March almost 8,000 runners converged on the home of the British Grand prix, Silverstone, to take part in The Adidas Silverstone Half Marathon. Amongst the runners were 6 members of East Hull Harriers, the morning started with heavy rain but fortunately it gradually eased and disappeared before the 12 noon start.
On 4th March, Mike and I travelled to the Northern Racing College at Rossington Park, near Doncaster for me to take part in the 2017 Yorkshire Veterans Cross Country Championships.