The York Marathon will always be special to me – it was the challenge I signed up for before I could even run. I have since run it twice!

I didn’t fancy it this year, so signed up for the 10 mile option so I could still be a part of the day without doing as much running.

The weeks leading up to this event I had been suffering from a bad back and in the days leading up to the event, I got the dreaded lurgy I had been trying to avoid. The training plan had long been abandoned 6 weeks earlier and replaced with lower impact cycling / swimming. The aim was to abandon the sub 1.30 goal and take just it steady.

Before the Race
Once again York had been turned pink for the weekend – it looked incredible! My parents dropped me off me at the drop-off point and I followed the smell of deep heat / people in running gear to the charity village. It was busy but well organised. The marathon set off at 9.30 and the 10 mile race at 10.15 with a mass warm up shortly before each event.

The Route
Just like the marathon the race starts and finishes at York University. A downhill start before heading into town towards the Minster, through Monk Bar and out onto Stockton Lane. You turn right and leave the marathon route just before the mile 5 marker and rejoin it at around 6 miles. You then head through Osbaldwick and back onto Hull Road towards the university for the finish.

During the Race
Plenty of crowd support along the route, with designated charity cheer points. I had family 2 miles in at the Minster and we had a fitmums cheer point around mile 4. I felt surprisingly OK and ran the first 5 miles in 45 minutes. Mile 9 I started to drop back as I knew the hill was approaching, huge thanks to the guy in the red top next to me for the encouragement. I didn’t catch your name but we kept each other going on that last mile before managing a sprint finish.

The Result
I finished in 1.32.54 – I equalled my PB to the second – what are the chances?
But best of all I rediscovered my love of running.
I really enjoyed it – if you are looking to increase from a 10k but don’t feel ready for a half marathon then please consider this event. I cannot recommend it enough.

Race Breakdown:
Entry Cost: Just short of £30
Water stations: 3 (sports top bottles) Energy drinks at the last station. Water / energy drinks at the finish.
Parking: Plenty (park and ride with shuttle bus), drop off pick up points within walking distance
Baggage Facilities: Yes, but didn’t use. Looked well organised
Post-Race Goodies: T-shirt, Medal, Goody-bag

Highlights: The best parts of the marathon rolled into a shorter distance.
Low points: Pricey for a 10 mile, but worth it.