I’ve been a little quiet on the blogging front lately – Manchester Marathon training is well underway and race day is coming around far too quickly!

Last Sunday was my first race since Loch Ness Marathon – the Snake Lane 10.  It’s a small event – with approximately 1,100 runners taking part and is hosted by the local running club – Pocklington Runners. Race entry opens in October and it usually sells out within an hour, as the date and distance ties in perfectly as part of London Marathon training. I do feel I have an unfair advantage as these are the roads I train on so I know every incline! 

Before the Race
The race has various parking points and runners meet beforehand at Pocklington Rugby Club, which is about a 5-minute walk from the start line. As usual, I headed straight for a pre-race coffee (2 actually) and a brownie whilst the ‘pro-runners’ warmed up outside.

The Route
As its name suggests, the course has a winding stretch that snakes its way through the beautiful East Yorkshire countryside at the foot of the Yorkshire Wolds. If you’re an art fan like me, this is the area David Hockney paints!

The race starts in Pocklington, heads out to Meltonby, Bishop Wilton, Bolton (East Yorkshire, not the one near Manchester, don’t worry), before finishing in back Pocklington Market Place. A lot of people had turned out at the finish line which made it a really good atmosphere to return to.  

During the Race
This year there were five pacers – 65, 70, 80, 85 and 90 minutes, who all did an outstanding job! As with most races, the first mile weaving in and out of people trying to find my own space. The roads weren’t closed so there was a strict headphone ban in place. I used to dread races where you weren’t allowed music but I actually prefer them now. It’s nice to have a chat with other runners and encourage each other around the course.

The Result
I finished in 1.27.35 a couple of minutes under last years PB, but I’m more than happy with that. I’ve lost a few weeks of Manchester Marathon training due to being ill, so I’m made up with sub 1.30 – a time that has taken me years to get to!

I was even handed a medal as I crossed the finish line which was a nice surprise as I wasn’t expecting one.

It is a really friendly event and extremely well-organised and it just gets better and better every year. I’ve recommended it to so many people, I’m worried it sells out before I can get in next year!

Huge shout out to reaction photography who captured the day and race photos are only £5.
(Not an ad, I paid for my pic).

Race Breakdown:
Entry Cost: £18.00 affiliated £20.00 unaffiliated
Water stations: 2 (cups). Water at the finish.
Parking: Plenty – just arrive early
Photos: Yes (and only £5)
Baggage Facilities: None that I was aware of, but parking is nearby.
Post-Race Goodies: Goody-bag / chocolate bar / medal / t-shirt

Highlights: Fab day for running – the sun even come out.
Low points: None – I’ll see you again next year.