The Withernsea 5 is one of my personal favourites on the race calendar, it’s relatively short, pleasantly undulating, always well organised and I always seem to do (relatively) well there. This year presented us with a hot and blustery day, which made itself known particularly between the three and four mile markers, as the sun blazed down on our backs and the wind came directly in our faces. This is also the section that has the courses biggest climb, but at least when you’ve turned the corner back towards the coast, you know the worst is over with and it’s just a case of hanging on to the end.
Race results: see new post for handicap and prize winners etc
It’s the morning of Saturday 12th November. Race registration opens at 8 and the race starts at 9. It’s 7:15 and I’m the first person in the carpark, having navigated the dodgy roads between Pickering and Goathland. The journey has been made all the more awkward because the sheep that are free to wander across the road at will are behaving like morons because of the first really winterish weather of the year. A question occurs to me: why don’t they call it Sheepland?
The last weekend of October was a dilemma which I suppose lots of Harriers had, should I go to the fun filled weekend in the Dales with the EHH Massive, to take on the tough hills and conditions of the 3 Peaks, or do the local Haltemprice 10K with it’s own challenge of hills or a fast, flat and potential PB course of the McCain Yorkshire Coast 10K in sunny Scarborough? Well I wanted to do all three but I entered the Scarborough race first so I stuck with that choice.
At the committee meeting tonight we made the decision to close the clubhouse to members from now until the day of the barbecue (20th August) to allow the decorating to proceed at pace and without having to make allowances for runners on various days.
Thank you for your co-operation in this matter and please spread the word around your non-Facebook friends. Any questions, please direct to me in the first instance.
Please note that hill work will continue on Thursdays as usual