Great Yorkshire Run 10k – 02/09/12


I wasn’t looking forward to this one very much.

It’d been two weeks since I’d last run (Birchwood 10k) and had had problems with my left foot ever since. (See last blog.) I got plenty of good advice on here from kind hearted people, but didn’t listen to any of them and didn’t do anything about it.

Also, the night before the run I ignored every article/website I’d read and had a Curry (lovely!) and two beers. Then I had another beer. And stayed up late watching The Office (U.S. Version) on Netflix. So all in all, I could’ve prepared slightly better, which is why I was (and still am) surprised at how well the run went!

Three of us taking part in the Great Yorkshire Run (not counting the 5000 or so people I didn’t know.) There was myself, Joe (Sarah’s cousin) and Nigel (Sarah’s uncle.) Ironman Tony came along for support and to take the pictures, but wasn’t running due to a bad dog bite on his leg; (He’s a Postman.) (Tony, not the dog.)

Nigel drove us all to the Park & Ride at Meadowhall in Sheffield and then we Parked & Rode the tram to the city centre. By the time we’d gone from the Carpark to the Tram (10mins) Nigel had gone to the toilet three times. Probably some kind of record there.

The tram stopped very near the start/finish line so we didn’t have to go very far to line up. (After another toilet stop.) I’d been tweeting with Aly Dixon (A proper runner) in the car on the way here and she said to watch for the end of the run. 1km all uphill, and it didn’t look nice at all. I’d just finished my water and the day was getting very warm, so slightly nervous about keeping hydrated. Being a Bupa sponsored run, however, there were a dozen people or so handing out bottled water to everyone getting ready to run so made sure I grabbed one.

This Picture Took Me Hours To Make.

Joe was in the wave of runners before us (as he’s a lot fitter and faster) and so as I was still a bit worried about not running for two weeks and trying not to injure my foot again, and Nigel was wanting to take it a bit steady, we Nigel decided to run the course together. Plenty of people were in fancy dress, saw a Superman, Batman and a Spider-Man in a group, then a Supergirl and a Batgirl. There was also a Kick-Ass and a Snow White.

Before long we were off and ready to put in a good showing. As the end of the run was uphill, that meant the start was downhill (I once did physics) and turning the first corner after starting the run, we all came to a stand still. Turns out that the road narrowed a bit where the traffic lights were, and so everyone had to slow down and make space to get past it. Not a major problem, but there were still plenty of people muttering and complaining about the set up. Me and Nigel laughed.

The first few kilometres flew by, and my foot wasn’t giving me any trouble at all. I might try beer and a take-away before the Great North Run too! We did a mixture of running and walking, but when we walked it was only for ten-twenty seconds at a time. The winner passed us on his way back when we were just getting going. He finished in under 30mins. There were a few bands and singers lined up along the route, and LOTS of supporters which was brilliant. The route they use is pretty much a there-and-back route, run down one side of the road and back up the other.

At about the 3-4km point I said to Nigel that we should just hop over the grass verge and run to the finish. Quite a few people around us laughed (never had an audience!) and said it was a good idea. A minute or so later we had caught up to some people and one of them said ‘It would be better to go over the road and run back.’ That didn’t bother me, it was an obvious joke. What DID bother me was that a woman that had been keeping pace with us, that laughed at my joke, said ‘I just said that a minute ago.’ Which she didn’t! She heard me say it, then someone else say something similar, and tried to take credit herself when none was for her! She annoyed me a bit, so we moved away from her.

The wave of runners that began before us were now coming back up the opposite side of the road so I said to Nigel that Joe would be there somewhere, and then seconds later I saw him.

“Joe!” I shouted, what with it being his name. I waved, he waved, but for some reason Nigel shouted “Joe” and looked up to the sky. Dunno why.

At the turn around point, Nigel stopped at the toilets (again) and so I walked for about a minute whilst I waited for him. The sun was pounding down at this point and so the water station was bloody lovely to see. He caught up, and in the distance we could see the walk-through shower so that spurred us on quite a bit. Oh-my-life it felt good!

By this point we were walking for a bit longer in our walking breaks, but still putting in some good running. During one of our walks, a woman and her daughter at the side of the road read our names and told us to start running and that we should be doing better! I don’t know about anyone else, but when you’ve been running only 12 weeks and are in your 2nd 10k race in two weeks, in the last 3k, having a walking break, hearing ‘You should be running’ is in no way a motivational tool. Still, we should’ve been running so we ran.

Reaching the 9km point, a woman asked Nigel if she could have a piggy back to the end.

“I might collapse!” He said, then realised what he had said, and followed it up with “Not that you’re heavy or anything. Because you aren’t. But… Er… I’ll stop now.” She didn’t look happy, so we tried to motivate her to run up the hill. We also tried to motivate ourselves to run up the hill.

Aly Dixon on Twitter wasn’t wrong about the hill finish, which she said ‘killed her’. This from someone who ran the Middlesborough 10k at the same time as we were doing this,  finished in 33.32, came 1st in females and set a new course record!)

We didn’t sprint to the end, but we did speed up and over took a few people. Both finished in a time of 01:06:52. PB for Nigel and my second best 10k! (Out of….three. So second worst too… No! Second best!)

Myself and Nigel, matching tops. Me: Happy. Nigel: Ballerina.

Met up with Ironman Tony and Joe at the finish. Joe ran the 10k in a PB of 00:51:37, which was brilliant. Even better though (I thought) was how he finished. Near the end, he felt sick (due to drinking too much water) and so threw up a bit into Sheffield’s City Centre flower display without breaking stride. Passing the finish line, he then threw up properly near the official photographers and the supporters that had pushed to the front. Paramedics ran towards him and gave him a bag to be sick into, and then one of them asked if he was OK and where his Dad was. Joe looked at him and said “Mate, I’m 25. I’ll be fine!” Brilliant.

Myself, Joe and Nigel.

So now less than two weeks til the Great North Run, and I’m feeling better about it. Still need a bit of sponsorship though, so if you feel like helping (even a pound will help!) it’s This Link Here

Thanks!

EDIT:

Oh my God, how did I forget to include this?! About 3/4 of the way round the 10k, we kept getting over taken by a Chinese man, who seemed like he just wanted to have a conversation with another Chinese man and so decided to join in the run about halfway. I know he wasn’t a proper runner because he was running holding his backpack. And wearing a shirt. Tucked into trousers. And shoes. He was very sweaty.

27 thoughts on “Great Yorkshire Run 10k – 02/09/12

  1. Great 10k! Sometimes you just need to listen to your body and take a break!

  2. Sounds like you’re having a great time. Taking time off for your foot seemed to have helped it and your running tremendously. I’m learning how to rest, myself. Type A people struggle with that…Keep running and keep writing 🙂

  3. I was hoping to incorporate this into my schedule but unfortunately couldn’t get the time off work.

    Good job on the run and good luck for The Great North man…

  4. Great and very comical account of the race. Even though you could have gone on to record a faster time without me, the very fact that we stayed together made the experience so much more fun. Although I am obviously still tired from the run still, I look forward to the GNR with great anticipation of more banter and silliness whilst undertaking what will be a massive challenge for all of us novices taking part.

    Keep up the great work Marc..im enjoying being a part of it.

  5. Great race report. I really enjoy reading about your races, the personality that comes through reminds of someone I know (might be me) LOL. I was surprised to read you have been running for only 12 weeks, you are doing great. Glad the foot and race prep (or lack of) didn’t hold you back. Here I am worrying about my first 5k next month and you have already done two 10k’s! Puts me to shame. LOL Keep up the great work!

  6. You did really well! I laughed at the bit where you’re saying about the woman telling you to run. I had some geezer telling me to take my earphones out and I’d run faster when I did the Jedburgh 10k last year. I told him to tell me that again when he was RUNNING past me and not spectating. I think I called him a muppet 🙂

  7. Oh the things people say to runners at races!!! THey think they are being cute and funny, but they almost never are, unless of course they know you, then they can kind of find something funny to say. Sounds like you did awesome. THe funny thing, you never did say how your feet held up?

  8. Great job! Sounds like you had a blast which is the most important thing. I still struggle with getting to bed early and not indulging the night before races as well. In fact there have been a few races I didn’t make it too for this reason 🙂

    • There’s been a few times where I haven’t gotten up to goto the gym before work due to beer/tv/lazyness. By ‘a few times’ I mean I last went to the gym in…. January…

  9. GREAT site! I love the commentary and it’s nice to know other runners have the same issues with annoying people at races!! Funny how we focus on those things sometimes.
    I think that your finish time and not having a PB was most likely due to the hill and that you are a good friend in waiting for your running mate to use the lu.
    And in response to your comment about resting: DON’T REST ON YOUR LAURELS!!! (just joking with you.)

  10. Good job on the 10 k! Running is so strange – it’s hard to tell how your body is going to react. I do prefer my beer after the race however! Tough Mudder coming your way soon enough. If you could get enough crazies together, we could meet up. I was thinking about popping over to do the Mudder there…or Scotland. get ready for much bigger hills though!
    keep running – easy on the foot.

    doug

    • I think the Tough Mudder is *slightly* out of my comfort zone at the minute… Maybe next year! Depending where abouts you do yours, could meet for a run or something! Been looking into a lesser Tough Mudder called Pain Barrier

  11. From what I read, you haven’t been with this running thing too long and you are progressing wonderfully. Congrats! Looks like we have a couple of things in common, the beer and The Office (funny, a Brit watching US version on Netflix.) There’s an avalanche of running info on the web, but if you’re looking for more unconventional advice check out Rite2Run http://www.rite2run.wordpress.com and if you like what you see feel free to share. Stay well and may the wind be always at your back, my friend.

  12. I haven’t run in a week and am coming off a hip injury. I don’t have a race until November but I’m still freakibg out! Your comment about the lady telling you to run reminds me of a shirt I saw at an expo once. “Saying ‘You’re almost there’ with 2-miles left is not funny.”

    Good job on your run. I’ve found on occasion some of my better runs have been after nights of little to no sleep and not eating as I should. Glad your foot cooperated and let you run.

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