This was my 2nd race following the resumption of training, and the first time I’ve competed in the YVAA Road Relays. This was a 3 x 3 mile relay event, held in Holmfirth. The area was absolutely stunning, with the race starting from the cricket ground, and the running out onto Cartworth Moor Road, roughly 800m out and back.
I was running the middle leg for the M35 team, with Chris Moss going out first, and Aaron Francis running the anchor leg.
While the road was nice and straight, the first 800m had a slight uphill gradient, with approximately 40m of elevation gain. With my fitness and speed only just starting to come back, I really found the uphill section a struggle. I don’t have any issues with running downhill, so I used this to gain some time back on each of the 3 laps.
This is quite evident when looking at the pace graph for the race:
Overall, I was still really pleased with how the race went, and we positioned 4th for the M35 category.
Kit choice for me was the SRC Club Vest, Nike Aeroswift Shorts, and Nike Vaporfly 3.