Gemma runs the Guy Fawkes 10

I signed up to do the Guy Fawkes 10 mile race for one reason only – chocolate in the goody bag. My Kirkstall Harrier friends kept going on about the mountains of sweet treats thanks to race sponsor Nestle, and I just couldn’t resist. It did sound like an excellent race too, which was a bonus.

On a cold November morning a few hundred runners lined up in Ripley for this tough race. Having spent ages in the queue for the toilet and not making it to the front before the gun I crossed the line expecting to have to pull off into a bush at some point, but my legs took over and I managed 10 miles without a toilet break.

This is a road race and another of those scenic events we are so blessed with in Yorkshire. Undulating doesn’t really cut it when the hills have their own names, so be prepared for some very tough climbs along the way! But there is also a lot of welcome support en route too, plus two water stations, to keep you going. We were even blessed with some sunshine for much of the race.

Up and down, up and down we went, happily running away until mile eight, when the heavens opened on those of us still on course. But with not far to go and the final push up the hill to Ripley Castle was a great finish to an enjoyable run.

I wasn’t disappointed with my goodie bag – four chocolate bars – and there was tea, coffee and cake to buy in the village hall to help us warm up. We also got a tech t-shirt, which coincidentally was the same grey as the sky.

Another win for a local club (Nidd Valley Road Runners) and a fantastic day out. Not quite a PB for me, despite wearing my fastest neon shoes, as I had done the HellRunner the day before, but I was glad to have survived and enjoyed it.

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