The wet conditions of last year’s event became a distant memory as runners at the 2017 Temple Newsam Ten (TNT) were treated to dry if misty (and certainly muddy) weather on Sunday (8 January) morning. With improvements in the weather, there was hope that someone could dip under the hour mark and so it proved, Mark Smith successfully defending his title in 59:10.
After posting a sell out for its inaugural staging in 2016, organiser Tracey Piper said she hoped the 10 mile trail run could become an annual event in the racing calendar. 2017 saw registrations close in November due to high demand, a clear indication that the TNT, organised by St. Theresa’s AC, will be in the diary for years to come.
Part of the attraction is the TNT’s grand setting: Sunday’s field congregated with the historic Temple Newsam Estate as their backdrop. The course took runners on mainly bridle and country paths covering areas of the estate with stunning views of the 17th century house.
Rothwell Harriers’ Mark Smith led from the outset and never looked in trouble as he set an impressive course record of 59:10, with Phillip Batty second in 1:00:52 and STAC’s Richard Herrington third (1:01:43). York Triathlon’s Helen Cross was first female across the line in 1:06:07 – bagging her ninth overall; her closest competitors were Kirkstall Harriers pair Niamh Jackson (1:12:35) and Alice Murray-Gourlay (1:13:05)
A recent post on the event’s Facebook page read: “Well done to everyone who completed the course and thank you for choosing to run the TNT, we hope to welcome you back in 2018. We'd like to say massive thank you to everyone from STAC who volunteered for the event, you did an amazing job and did the club proud.”
Results of the 2017 TNT are available at our race listings page.
Image courtesy Andy Wicks