Set in the charming town of Pocklington, East Yorkshire, Snake Lane 10 is the region’s top road race, drawing runners from far and wide to its scenic course.

I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve taken part in this race – but here I was again on my way to the start line. With an Ultra coming up in a few months today wasn’t about racing full throttle. Following my runna I was targeting a finish time between 1:30 and 1:40 – 1:35 seemed a comfortable goal. 

The Course:

The course weaves through the picturesque countryside, offering runners a mix of rolling hills, villages, and landscapes. Starting and finishing in Pocklington, the undulating course tests both seasoned and novice 10-mile runners.

Due to the overnight rain, runners stuck to the centre of the course to avoid puddles, making it appear more congested than usual. If I’m being honest, I started a bit too far back at the start, so it took me about 3 miles of weaving through other runners. Luckily, I have a slight advantage as I frequently train on these roads, and by mile 5, I found my stride and felt energised. This year we had a surprise addition of a water feature at mile 7 (see aforementioned rain). I was pleased to cross the finish line in 1:32!

Very pleased to receive a medal and a pair of sunnies at the finish (am I the only one who’s not a fan of race t-shirts?) Roll on the summer training – I’m well-equipped now. 

Community Spirit:

What sets Snake Lane 10 apart is the support from the local community – residents line the streets, cheering. The race organisers do a fantastic job ensuring a seamless experience for both participants and spectators.

See you again next year!📣

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