After a recent flirtation with off-road running, this fully signed up member of the ‘Quakers Roadrunners Union’ (Beep Beep!) was elated to return to tarmac at the York 10K on Sunday. As one of five 10K races in the Jane Tomlinson Run For All Series (the other races taking place in Lincoln, Hull, Burnley and Leeds), it is fairly typical of a mass participation event.

The course starts on Knavesmire Road, and winds its way around the city streets for the first 5km or so, before dropping down to run alongside the River Ouse. Despite being promoted as fast and flat, the course does contain a couple of slightly undulating sections. Along the route you pass all the sights that York has to offer – York Racecourse, Clifford’s Tower, the City Walls, The Shambles and, of  course, the York Minster. Unfortunately there were no refreshment points based at Ye Olde Starre Inn or the Guy Fawkes Inn!

Paul running the Raby Castle Race, with Paul running the Raby Castle Race, with “slightly doctored” number bib!

Runners are generally well-supported, and whilst you’ll not find crowds six deep lining the streets, you won’t have to go too far along the course without there being someone on the route to cheer you along. Most supporters gather in the final 200m stretch on Knavesmire Road, which does lend itself to an exciting run in, and encourages you to use every last ounce of energy to produce a grandstand finish.

Your reward at the end of your run? The goodie bag contains the all-important technical t-shirt (none of this cotton rubbish, Brendan!), a medal and a Mars Bar, and there is plenty of water available, courtesy of sponsors, Asda. Not too bad, but as the race is £27 to enter, you should expect nothing less.

This was my third crack at this race, and no doubt I’ll be back again next year. Will I see you there?

Run Report contributed by Paul Dalton