2009 Snake Lane 10 Mile Road Race
Race report by Howard Cross

Stuart runs for Evans sake

22 February 2008

Sunday 22nd February saw Pocklington Runners stage arguably one of the best and well established ten mile road races in the country.

On a day when conditions were as good as they can be for road running, there was a bit of a breeze in your face for the first half but it made the going a lot easier towards the end, pushing runners along the last few miles home to the finish.

Pocklington Runners had a very strong and capable club presence out on the day, with well over half the whole club’s members running and many PBs being broken on the day.

Ricky Stevenson of New Marske Harriers claimed first place, in a new course record of 48:47. The ladies race was won outright by Tracey Morris of Valley Striders who ran 58:16.

First home for Pocklington came Tom Danby who ran an excellent 55:43 in ninth position   and Dennis Speck, boosting his London Marathon training, chased hard with a fantastic twelfth position overall in 57:03.

Club person of the year Simon Richardson crossed the finishing line in 60:38 to win the veteran 55 prize outright for Pock.   

Jim Holding his own

First Pock lady home was Helen Cross, sniffling her way round -  fifth lady overall in 1:03:03.   Vicky Whitelock 1:11:54 and Alison Thornton 1:14:20 both ran excellent PBs on the day, which meant that Pocklington Ladies team beat the men’s team hands down for once (Alan!!), and claimed the second team place behind Valley Striders.

Congratulations to Jackie Robinson who was second in the F60 veteran ladies race with a fantastic 1:28:47. 

Just pipping Helen at the line was silky smooth Ed Rawlings who finished in a time of 1:02:57.  Kev “The Shades” Norman made himself sick to get a brilliant  1:03:55  (PB), whilst running his best was Jim Holding 1;04:31.  Richard Ginn crossed the line with a fantastic 1:05:07, and Warwick Anderson meandering his way back to his best in 1:05:21. Paul Tatterton just for once finding the fast start a bit tough, however still producing 1:06:19 on the day. Steven Worth with an excellent time of (1:06:19), and Stuart Smith 1:09:13.

Paul Holmes ran an incredible race on his secret race strategy two cans of Fosters before the start?? Try that if you dare Tom!! Nevertheless 1:10:10 for Paul! A late entrant was Alan Kendra with a very pleasing last minute effort with a time of 1:11:10. The new breed of hero Mark Roper made his debut race and one he will cherish with  1:12:58 for Mark. Stuart Evans 1:13:48, wooed the Pocklington crowds whilst Sue Brown romped home in1:16:22.

Steve Spruyt 1:17:12, chased  Clive Read 1:17:23 whilst Clive Read chased Jill Dowson 1:17:30 who then in trying to get away knocked four seconds off her time and claimed her PB!!  So well done Jill oh and Clive!!

Clive Jeffery ran a cool 1:18:09, whilst Darren Reevell was hit with tight buns (Glutes!)  with a time of  1:18: 44, well done Darren. Fay Jessop 1:18:53, ran an excellent race with Paul Sheridan losing his toe nails to get a well deserved time of 1:19:29. Martin Davies 1:21:15, whilst the ever smiling Marcus Bourne ran 1:21:19. Brian Perkins with his usual finesse crossed the line in 1:22:30. Sue Vicary came home with 1:22:43, whilst  Adele Shipley ran with a photogenic 1:25:23.  Kevin Kendal 1:27:16 and the lovely Sarah Hargreaves made it look so so easy in 1:28:36. Paul Miller 1:29:00, Rod Robinson finishing a very good time of 1:29:10. Helen Crowle 1:29:31, David Barker still chugging away with a great time of 1:29:52.
Tracey Holden making a comeback with 1:31:14, and Katie Tolomeo in excellent form with 1:31:27.  Adrian Holden ran  a solid 1:31:27, and Steph Room with 1:33:14. Rachel Bullock ran very well considering it was her first race for many months and still managed 1:36:50.  Well done.

Helen Reevell ran in 1:37:44 and knocked a massive eleven minutes off her ten mile PB. Keith Thompson snaked his way around the course in 1:41:14, with Simon Weedy 1:42:40, and Daniel Kitchen with an excellent1:43:22. Stephen Fletcher ran very well crossing the line in 1:44:02, and a very determined to finish, Jenny Metcalf with a brilliant effort rounding the ten mile course in 2:05:53

This year s event saw a record number of finishers with six hundred and eighty five runners crossing the line and also a record number of Pocklington Runners who participated…..49  in all!

2009 saw race number 477 being the 10,000th runner to cross the finish line in the race’s eighteen year history. Hope that statistic is right. 

Pocklington Runners would like to thank all who helped on the day and who helped make this event a huge success.

Well done to all the runners and best of luck in your next races.