Chevin Chase 2015
Christmas is never an easy time for me as it always reminds me of my Dad passing away so sometimes struggle to get in to the Christmas spirit, I guess in many ways that’s why I took up running about 4 years ago to become a better me & I’m sure he’ll be proud of my achievements. So in 2013 I decided to keep myself busy & focused over the Xmas hols by doing one of my passions in life & came across a race called the Chevin Chase I was on the start list for 2013 however I had to pull out after going base over apex backwards down two flights of stairs following a heavy night of drinking with the lads the result was a broken collarbone & scapula & a grown man crying due to not running so last year I was a good boy & only drunk double vodkas not trebles. The race did not disappoint & is most certainly one of my favourite races I’ve ran.
So 2015 entry came around in October, due to it been on the same day as Yorkshire Coast 10k & Yorkshire Marathon entries opened at 4pm so I was sat with my fingers poised on my iPad ready to enter as the race sells out pretty quickly, all 1000 places went within a couple of days. As in previous years the Alistair & Jonny Brownlee were on the start list & I was wondering how I was going to get near them at the start line due to the restraining order they has put against me after I stalked them after last years race however I had a cunning plan as I was in a different colour vest this year so was thinking they wouldn’t recognise me.
A quiet yet really good Christmas Day was had with just a few drinks with my dinner as I wanted to be feeling fresh for the following day, the forecast wasn’t looking too good with rain predicted & strong winds forecasted but feeling quite mild. I woke up early on Boxing Day with that nervous excitement I always get on race day, the race takes place in Guiseley so set off at 8.45am which would give me plenty of time to get in the zone, i was met with a deluge of rain as I got there & the prospect of the race been cancelled due to the sheer volume of water in the roads however the race got the go ahead & I made my way to the start line the usual pre race announcements were made & they told us the Brownlee Brothers weren’t running I can only assume they were told not to run due to the tricky conditions with it been Olympic year next year. So 11am came round & we were off the first quarter of a mile is downhill so I made a fast start then the fun began the next two miles were uphill with a mixture of road & trail on the road sections the water was rushing towards us & in some places up to knee height, the next mile was just utter madness a descent on rocky roads with the water still gushing down so you had no idea of your footing I started off quite slowly as I wasn’t feeling that confident but after seeing other runners hurtle past me I joined in with the craziness, lots of runners fell over during this section but I managed to stay on my feet. The next three miles were a steady climb up to the top of the Chevin with a really steep bit just before the summit, the support on top of the Chevin is unreal & can only be described as a mini Tour de France crowd definitely spurred me on to get up & over it, the last mile is a fast descent to the finish were I finally managed to open my legs a little. My finish time of 53.22 was slightly slower than last year but conditions were a lot tougher & despite the not so favourable weather it’s still a belter of a race.
I have really enjoyed my first 8 months as Harrier & despite slipping my L5 disc back in March I have managed PB’s in 5k, 10k & Half Marathon & feel after countless visits to physio’s, chiropractors & bone setters I’m on the road to recovery so hoping for a good 2016.