Grand Prix Finale – Milton Keynes 10K (30/6/09)

The Milton Keynes 10K at the Open University is traditionally last of the eight race midweek series, 5 events for a series position. This year I missed earlier events due to injury and with the St Albans half marathon a personal target, the series was a lower priority this time.

It was a hot & humid evening so it was going to be difficult. Met up with Steve Parker my nearest VRUK member who was running his 2nd event for VRUK. As usual we started on a sports field with about 300 metres on grass before entering the roads for the first 2-3K followed by cycle/pedestrian paths. It certainly was not comfortable in the heat and was relieved to reach the drinks station at halfway. Despite the heat I seemed to be slowly overtaking most runners near me but at about 6K injury struck with a familiar calf strain but fortunately it was not too bad, only slowing me slightly.

Finished fairly well and was pleased to achieve a sub-43 mins time (42.45). Steve had a good run 45.25 not running with his veggie partner this time who also improved by a 1 min on her previous 10K run.