Darlington 10K 2015
[Sun 9th Aug]
21 of our runners took part in this year’s Darlington 10K, a race with a strong reputation as being well organised and fairly fast. That reputation no doubt contributed to the size and quality of the field, as with well over 1600 finishers and some high quality at the sharp end this qualifies as something rather more than just another local 10K.
Perspectives on the day seemed largely to be influenced by whether or not people had run this race before, perhaps largely influenced on the day by quite warm and very humid conditions which did not help most people’s performances. While the course is quite obviously not as flat as our own Blyth Valley 10K it is also significantly less undulating than some of our other local 10K races, such as the Morpeth or Alnwick races.
19 of our runners are also taking part in this year’s Grand Prix and good turn outs from the top two divisions meant that two thirds of our runners finished in the top quarter of the field. Joseph Woods was our first finisher, with what looks like a substantial PB, followed by Paul Whalley, who is continuing his comeback. Leanne Herron was first Blyth lady.
Overall, I would say this was a well organised race not helped by some challenging conditions, and would obviously be faster in other years. Having said that, the size of the field means that you definitely would not want to get caught too far back in the starting pens!
The full results can be found HERE