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The "Traybake 10K"

06/10/2017

While on her way down to fly out for her 100k race, Joasia Zakrzewski felt she needed a run to get her legs turning over and the Stoneybeck 10k seemed an ideal way to break the journey up. 

This is a friendly "figure of 8" race on quiet country roads just north of Penrith, hosted by Eden Runners and sponsored by Traybakes, a company owned by one of their club members. 

After registering at the Stoneybeck Inn and walking to the start, runners had an initial short sharp climb up over the railway before heading on a southerly loop which almost touched the M6. They then returned to the start point and the same little climb, before heading north up to the village of Plumpton. From Plumpton, they headed back down the A6 before turning off towards the start/finish area. 

The route is far from flat, but this added some interest to the race, and caught out a few fast starters. In fact, although Jo had initially watched the leading lady disappear further and further away from her, both the hills and headwind of the last couple of miles became her friends as she closed the gap and took the lead with a mile to go. Care had to be taken on a final run down through a farm as there was a lot of mud on the road, but after this there was just a long straight run in to the finish. 

Jo was worried about being overhauled again at the end, but sight of the table laden with edible goodies at the finish kept her working to the line and she finished in 37:16, 5th place overall. The bonus of finishing a lot faster than she'd originally envisaged meant that she had the time to eat her entry fee's worth of traybakes before the prize giving which consisted of yet more traybakes, which had to make this race a firm favourite in Jo's eyes! 

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