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by leem

September 5, 2010

Bupa Great Yorkshire 10k Michael Keenan

Michael Keenan at the end of the Bupa Sheffield 10k 2010

Good morning sports fans. This week’s race report comes from the sunny city of Sheffield which hosted the annual BUPA great Yorkshire 10k on the 5th September. The race was my 5th and final 10k hosed outside the region which I have taken part in this year following earlier events in Edinburgh, Derby, Leeds and York. Like all BUPA events the race was extremely well organised with runners given a coloured race number based on their predicted finish time and usual foot-chips to ensure results were as accurate as possible. The race began at Arundel Gate in Sheffield city centre and was very much an “out and back circuit”, after a short steady drop in the first km the course continued along a flat and wide dual carriageway which ran alongside the river Don. At 5km the runners reached the turnaround point and passed the Hillsborough football stadium, home of Sheffield Wednesday. The next 4.5km was all flat dual carriageway until the final, cruel and painful 500m up the high street and to the finish. My Garmin recorded it as a 25 meter/82 foot ascent (almost as tall as 7 Elephants!!) My plan for the race was to try and run steady 4 minute kms and to get just under 40 minutes which is what I managed at Derby earlier in the year. At the half-way point the target was in reach with 19.53 on my watch, but as the race wore on the Ben & Jerry’s ice cream from the night before began to take their toll, as did the thought of having to climb 7 Elephants and I stumbled through the 10k mark in 40.11. BUPA also decided to add 80 meters to the course which added an extra 13 seconds to my time, giving a 40.24 final time, placing me 91st out of 4,700 runners. The Men’s race was won by Craig Mottram from Australia in 28.50 and there were athletes from Finland, Italy, Spain and the UK all in the top 10. The Women’s race was won by Freya Murray in 33.01. All in all it was a very enjoyable run which was well supported by spectators all along the route. Before I joined Birtley 18 months ago, as a 100m runner, I was unable to even run 10k and so to miss out on a PB was no big deal… especially with Cross Country season around the corner!!! A special mention also for Tracy Laws who was seeded as an elite athlete and came home as the 6th fastest lady in a time of 36.52. ** For anyone interested highlights of the race will be on channel 5 on Saturday September 11th at 10.30am.**

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