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2018 Harrogate 10k - Megan Hatfield


Hot and hilly at Harrogate 10k

In a change from the normal two-lap town centre route, this year Harrogate 10k has a new route starting at the Squash Club by the showground. The event sold the last few numbers as soon as the desks opened, so it was a sell-out. Numbers collected we gathered at the start, bothered by some annoying black bugs that seemed attracted to our orange vests!

The route sets out along Hookstone Road, past St John Fisher school, turning back into the woods along shaded footpaths, very welcome in today’s heat. It then drops down did a steep hill, past the viaduct before a significant climb through fields and woods. I’d set off conservatively, and whilst I could have run all the hill sections I decided to conserve a bit of energy and respect the weather conditions.

After 2.5 miles the route joins the road from Pannal to Rudding Park, which is not quite as pretty as Crimple Valley but mostly downhill. The water station at half way was very welcome, the short steep
hill after the traffic lights on the narrow bridge, less so.

With just over a mile to go we turned back into the showground area, running on dusty concrete paths, and I could see the long uphill stretch in the distance. I can also see Gilly up ahead, and caught her on the lower part of the hill, aptly named ‘The Crimple Killer’. We ran together, taking the steeper section at the top a bit slower, and here my watch already read 6.2 although the mile sign said just 6.

After a short section back through the woods we were finally at the finish, Gilly and I crossed together, happy to finish in one piece! We received a mug (normal size, not Wetherby 10k size) and a medal, and I was pleased I stayed for the prizegiving to see Nicky get 2nd lady and a significant chunk of money.

I’m really pleased with 67 minutes (for 6.4 miles by my Garmin), it’s certainly not a PB course and with the very hot weather I feel I managed my effort very well. I was pleased I’d recce’d the course a few weeks back. Chatting with a Harrogate Harrier at the end she felt this course may be used again next year if feedback is good. It’s very different to the town centre course, but just as well run by HH, and I’ll be back next year if they do repeat it.

Well done to anyone who raced this weekend.