Andy Burton at the Watford 10K, 7/5/12

Peter Simpson reporting on the Watford 10K and Andy’s performance:

On the flat for the first 1K in Cassiobury Park.

Andy pushing hard for the line and hoping to break the 1 hour.

Feeling euphoric despite the wet weather.

Could not be much closer to work, Andy used the staff toilets before the start to avoid the queues. Andy is a driver on the  Metropolitan Line.

There were various options for an event on 7 May for both Andy and myself and Andy decided on the Watford 10K and with the public transport being convenient I decided to give Andy my full support. A regular venue for me in the past. Although Andy drives trains to/from the station, he does not step outside the station, his work day ends at Harrow.

We also ended up parking at the station with the Cassiobury car park already full. The event included a 1K run for under-10s and 3K for other juniors. The main 10K race is popular with around 1000 entered. It began to rain just before the start and became quite heavy so the runners got a soaking but eased for the finish. The route took runners over the Grand Union Canal, around a golf course and Whippendale Woods before re-entering Cassiobury Park for a large J-loop.

The Cha Cha Cha cafe is conveniently adjacent to the finish so after changing we visited the cafe that VRUK had previously visited in 2010 following a training run in the park. The menu continues to cater for vegans with various houmous options.