If you were to ask me about my favourite race, I’d undoubtedly mention the York 10K. This exhilarating race course winds through the city of York, offering stunning views of iconic landmarks such as York Minster, the city walls, and the serene River Ouse. The race’s vibrant atmosphere never fails to enthral me, and I eagerly participate whenever I can. Perhaps my enthusiasm is rooted in my local connection, living right here in York, where I could easily run the route for free. Recently, I had the pleasure of returning as a pacer, a role I was excited to embrace.
The York 10K commences and concludes at the renowned York Racecourse, implementing a one-way traffic system like they do on race day. Being aware of the race-day traffic woes, I arrived early. I met up with fellow volunteer pacers, picked up our flags, and proceeded to the starting pens, where a bustling event village awaited. To my delight, an ice cream van was among the attractions!
And we’re off!
At precisely 9:30 AM, the starting gun signalled the commencement of the race. Ashley and I crossed the starting line, greeted by enthusiastic spectators who lined the start area and the iconic Bishy Road. About halfway through the course, you’ll pass by the majestic York Minster, a personal highlight of the race. The bells were ringing as we ran past – adding to the moment. The course then guides you back to the racecourse along the riverbank, incorporating a scenic detour through Rowntree Park.
Here’s a valuable tip: As you approach the Racecourse on the return journey, resist the urge to go all out because you still have approximately 2 kilometres to go. There are two additional out-and-back sections before you reach the finish line!
We crossed the line in 01:04:33 I had a great day and I loved every minute of it. Well done to everyone that took part – it was an absolute pleasure helping to round the course.
If you fancy stepping up the distance there are still paces for the Yorkshire 10 mile. It showcases all the best parts of the Yorkshire Marathon in less than half the distance!
£31.00 unaffiliated £29.00 affiliated
Water stations: 3
Parking: Plenty on the racecourse
Photos: Yes – marathonphotos
Post-Race Goodies: Top / medal / some unidentifiable chocolate snack
Highlights: Lovely scenic route, well organised
Low points: Lack of toilets in race village