2018 Mulgrave 10k Race Report - Ann Dale
Sunday 3rd June saw the inaugural Wetherby Runners day trip and handicap – the destination the Mulgrave Castle 10k, near Sandsend Whitby.
When the club first decided on Mulgrave Castle 10k as the event, no-one had heard of it, let alone run it before, but it seemed to catch the members imagination and soon the entries were coming in. At one point there were 34 Wetherby entries and one lone Loftus and Whitby entry. Despite a late surge by Scarborough AC Wetherby still dominated the entries list, with nearly a quarter of the overall entries. A sea of orange expected!
After a leisurely coach trip over to Mulgrave Castle, and a bacon sandwich and scone or two later we were ready for the off. Information about the course had been a little sparse to say the least – “undulating” was about all we could get from the description. Horror stories about a fford and a really big hill at the end started to emerge, as little snippets of information were overheard.
We were led through the very picturesque village, past the castle itself and into a clearing in the wood where we were eventually started. The Yorkshire Vets were holding their own race on the same course at the same time, so things were a little confused, but finally we were off.
Undulating was probably a little kind to describe the course. The first mile was more or less downhill, which was great until you realised that you came back up the same hill to the finish! The course itself was mainly through the woods around the grounds of Mulgrave Castle, with lots of twists and turns and a very dark tunnel, as well as a lot of hills. Apparenty there was a flat bit next to the river, but I must have missed that bit as I can’t remember it!
All too soon the course returned back to the bottom of the hill from the start. All good intentions to run the whole course went out of the window at this point. Crampons could well have helped, as by this point it seemed like climbing Everest. A few hardy people did run up it, but I think a few walked at the bottom and started running (or pretending to run in my case) before they reached the finish and our very own “David Bailey” Andrew Wheeler, who was taking the action shots.
Overall the club had a successful day, with the men claiming the team prize, Rebecca Normington 3rd lady overall, and Jo Davey and Gill Edmondson winning their age categories.
From a personal note I’d like to say what a great day it was. It’s so nice to be part of a club who are so supportive, regardless of ability, and who all stand to cheer the rest of the club home. The fish and chips on the way home weren’t bad either!
Here’s to the next trip!