Women’s Running 10k – Leeds

Women’s Running 10k – Leeds
temple newsam leeds sign

It’s safe to say that before this race when I was telling everyone who would listen that I was shitting it, that I might die and that I really didn’t want to do it... it was for a bloody good reason.

It turns out running through woods, sliding my way over mud, dodging horse poo down country lanes and massive hills isn’t all the LOLs. Who knew? Apparently this is called ‘trail running’ and it is something that people/absolute morons do for fun. Needless to say, it was not fun. You can even see the evidence of this near death experience in my vlog - yes this includes footage of me running.

mid race womens running 10k Leeds

Most people come away from races thinking YES I HAVE THE RUNNING BUG, SIGN ME UP FOR NEXT YEAR. Absolutely not. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind running (and by mind, I mean there is a list of things as long as my arm which I prefer doing), but when it involves that many hills? Nah. No thank you. I’m sincerely hoping that the Abbey Dash which I have in a month’s time will be considerably less muddy.

I do love that Women’s Running put on events as they’re so friendly and runners in general are bloody lovely. But y’know, one of my sisters guy friends can run a half marathon faster than I can run a 10k and that’s not the kind of competition I need in my life, so the all women thing is what I’m down with. There were some absolute athletes there today (the women who lapped me, I’m looking at you), but there were also normal women. Just your average women who aren’t about to get sub 60 and don’t seem to care about that either. With it being a smaller race (there were only a few hundred women there), this definitely has its’ merits as it means there aren’t mile long queues for the toilets (anyone who’s done a big race before will understand the importance of this), there are three water stations along the route and it feels more personal.

trainer charms

I think if you’re going to do a race like this, if you’re usually a road runner you have to go into it knowing you can’t compare your time as there will be times when you can’t do anything other than walk as otherwise you’ll end up face down in mud and the uneven terrain does slow you down. Likewise, the absolute mountains I ran up today, they also slowed me down. Oh and stopping to pet a sausage dog may have also added an extra 30 seconds to my time (it was SO cute). This race might not be your average 10k through a city centre, but the scenery is bloody beautiful.

womens running Leeds 10k finish

I’ll be honest and say that I really really struggled with this race. There were times when I just wanted to give in. My poor suffering sister Charlotte came to support me at the 5k point which was just before I started my second lap and she ended up doing the second lap with me. My thoughts are with both her jeans and trainers right now which are absolutely filthy. I did end up very, very near the back which was one of my main concerns and though I didn’t come last, I was well aware that I was behind a lot of people. This in itself is enough to make me want to train really hard over the next five weeks to make sure I’ll do much better at the Abbey Dash.

womens running 10k medal 2016

So, shout out to Charlotte for running half of it with me, to my mum for not only supporting but buying me an icecream at the end (well, I needed to replace those calories) and to Women’s Running for putting on a very well organised race with an excellent goody bag.

What’s your running story? Do you have one? Let me know in the comments.

1 comment

  1. Massive well done to you! You are both mad and a star! :)
    See this as a starting point, but also something to look back on in darker hours, when you think you can't.. YOU CAN! YOU DID! :)