It was Trust 10 today at Lyme Park. And after so much recent wet weather, Spring was definitely here today. Despite everyone having to get up an hour earlier than usual (BST begins today) it was warm and very sunny from the word go.
It was a smaller field of runners today. Partly due to the Poynton 10k also being today, and partly I suspect due to it being Mothering Sunday and people having other plans.
That said, there were still 92 runners today, although one dropped out during the run, leaving 91 finishers.
On the whole the course had dried out significantly over the past couple of days. Last month many of the runners went home wearing a large amount of Lyme Park as it was so muddy. Today, only a little bit at the start and the final downhill in the last 400m were wet. The latter making sure that trail shoes were suitably dirty and even taking someone’s shoe off completely!
First in was Mussie Kassa, smashing his own course record with a blistering 39m21s and a full 8 minutes ahead of Frank Podd whose time of 47m25s is still significantly faster than most people can achieve on the course.
Alice Duncan, our first female finisher was just 14 seconds behind Frank at 47m39s and the second fastest female time on the course to date (Ruth Sinclair’s 45m26s being the time to beat).
A full set of results are available by following the link below. As explained last month, it takes a long time to match up names and running numbers (using a database which was updated monthly by hand took about 3 hours). Therefore the times are set against your running number. Ultimately this isn’t a race and most T10’s don’t even do timing.
We had a couple of runners who did their first ever 10k event today and they did brilliantly. I think it’s safe to say that most other 10ks they may tackle will be more straightforward than our T10.
So that was the Mothering Sunday Lyme Park Trust 10. I think all who took part have earned the right to eat cake and chocolate today, and to have that extra hour of the day to enjoy it.
A big thank you to all those who volunteered their time today to marshal; we’re always looking for helpers, either to marshal, to help with registration and as a tail runner (we didn’t have one today). If you can help us out one month, please get in touch.
We also had Carl Ryder at the start and finish taking photographs. You can find them by following this link.
See you next month – April 23rd!