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Fun for all: York 10k

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This was the second year in a row that I have run the York 10k. It's a well organised event with a great atmosphere and really picturesque route. It starts at the racecourse and winds it's way around the city, taking in York Minster and some great streets, and returning alongside the river. There is always plenty of support from the locals and both times I have taken part, it's been great weather. The other bonus is that it's really quite flat, with only a few small inclines and that makes it fast too. Last year I ran the fastest 10k I have ever run, and it is still my Personal Best for a 10k. I was fairly sure that I wasn't going to beat that this year, thanks to the ankle injury earlier in the year. I was definitely much fitter last year at this time, having done a lot more running in preparation for the Great North Run in September. My main aim was to get around in less than 50 minutes, and was really happy to manage it in 47:48. It put me across the line in 738th place (based on timing) out of 4600 and so I was well chuffed with that. It was also the best average pace for a run over a decent distance since the injury 20 weeks ago. The goody bag at the end is also very good at this event containing a medal, technical t-shirt, water, Lucozade, recovery bar and chocolate!

     The best thing, however, was I got to meet, hang about with, and take part in the run alongside two other members of what has become the #DravetDreamTeam. We hooked up on Twitter as we are all doing separate events to raise funds for Dravet Syndrome UK. Pat, who completed a half ironman triathlon earlier in the year ( I know - nutter) and Frankie, who has completed the set of Yorkshire runs (3x10k plus a half marathon). I discovered that both Frankie and I were signed up to do the York run, and Pat decided on the spur of the moment that he was going to sign up and do it with us - despite the fact he lives in Essex! It was amazing to meet them both and we have some before and after pictures to share. Pat also says that on the drive home, he came up with a great idea for the three of us to do next year to raise some more funds - why does this fill me with dread?!

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York City Centre

Sunday 4th August 9.30 am

A 10k run through the picturesque city of York. It's a fairly fast, flat course where I gained my current PB time for a 10k, although I don't expect to better it here this year!