took part in my first race of 2020 last Sunday-Snake Lane 10. This popular, East Yorkshire 10 miler has become a regular on my race calendar. This year’s race sold out within an hour – which is a testament to how good it really is. The name of the event contains my biggest phobia, that said, I’m happy there were no sightings of anything slithery. If there was – I’d be breaking that course record!

Before the Race

This year saw a new start time of 9 am with runners meeting beforehand at Pocklington Rugby Club, a short walk from the start line. I headed straight to the coffee shop for my usual pre-race coffee. 🙂 It was perfect conditions for running – whichever storm we were braving had clearly got the memo that Pocklington had a road race on!

The Route

As its name suggests, the course has a winding stretch that snakes its way through beautiful East Yorkshire countryside at the foot of the glorious Wolds. The race starts in Pocklington and heads out into Meltonby and Bishop Wilton, before heading back into Pocklington for that all-important sprint finish in the Market Place. There is a long incline around the 4-mile mark and miles 7-10 are a little ‘up and down’ shall we say. That said, it’s definitely a course with PB potential!

During the Race

As always there was a decent crowd of spectators at the start and finish areas and a few people dotted along the course. As roads were not closed to traffic there was a strict headphone ban.  Even whilst running I made a note of the race number of those I spotted breaking the rules!

I’m currently training for the London Marathon and was eyeing up a sub 85 finish time in this race. I wasn’t sure if I’d been a little ambitious with that goal. Luckily, my friend Nick found me at the start line and kindly offered to pace me. Could I manage 10 x sub 8.30 min/miles? I was about to find out!

We overtook the 85-minute pacer just before the 3-mile mark, hoping we wouldn’t see her again until the finish line. I mean that in the nicest possible way Georgina! ❤️

At this point, we were joined by Stacey who was running her first 10-mile race! We hit the 10k mark together in just under 50 mins. I suggested to Nick we could take the last 4 miles steady… he was having none of it and the three of us kept pace to the finish.

The Result

Sub 85 was the goal and we absolutely smashed it 82.16 – a time I never thought I’d achieve. A huge thank you to Nick and Stacey – I wouldn’t have done it without you two!

As always this was a well-organised event with fantastic support from pacers, marshalls and volunteers – and a cracking goody bag waiting for you at the finish! It’s the reason I keep returning! Well done to all involved.

Entries for next year open in October – date TBC. Follow Pocklington Runners on Facebook and you’ll be the first to know any information.

Race Breakdown:
Entry Cost: £19.50 affiliated £21.50 unaffiliated
Water stations: 2 (cups). Around 5.5 and 7.5 miles. Water at the finish.
Parking: Plenty – just arrive early
Photos: Yes
Post-Race Goodies: Goody-bag / chocolate / T-shirt / buff / medal

Highlights: Fab day for running, great course and a new PB.
Low points: For once I can’t think of one. Even the weather played ball.

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