Last Sunday I took part in the snake lane 10. I’ve taken part in this race 3 or 4 times now, it seems silly not to enter as it’s cheap and literally on my doorstep. Yes, the event name includes my biggest phobia, but I’m happy to report no sightings of anything slithery so far.
Before the Race
The race has various parking points and runners meet before hand at Pocklington Rugby Club, which is about a 5 minute walk from the start line. As it’s local and I’ve done it before I headed straight to Costa where I watched the ‘pro-runners’ warm up outside whilst I enjoyed a leisurely coffee and read the paper. As you can see, I take this running lark seriously – other coffee shops are available 🙂

The Route
The course takes you out into rural East Yorkshire, running through Meltonby, past Great Givendale (I can imagine Postman Pat living here), Bishop Wilton, almost out to Bolton, before taking the hilly road back and finishing on Pocklington High Street.

During the Race
Quite a decent crowd at the start and finish areas and a few people dotted along the course. The roads weren’t closed so there was a strict headphone ban in place.  Lots of marshalls. Very windy on snake lane itself.  I’m familiar with these roads as this is where I do a lot of my training. I took the first half steady and saved my energy for the second half.

The Result
I finished in 1.31.00 bang on – a PB, happy with that!

Race Breakdown:
Entry Cost: £16.00 affiliated £18.00 unaffiliated
Water stations: 2 (cups). Water at the finish.
Parking: Plenty – just arrive early
Photos: Yes
Baggage Facilities: None that I was aware of, but parking nearby.
Post-Race Goodies: Goody-bag / chocolate bar / water bottle / various tempting race flyers

Highlights: Fab day for running, great course.
Low points: The wind (blame storm Doris).