Weedon 10K, Northamptonshire – 1 June

The Weedon 10K is the 5th of 8 evening events in the East Midlands Grand Prix Series. Unfortunately it was only my first for various reasons. With limited running in May it was a matter of see how it goes although I know the course well, approaching my 10th run here. Firstly I had to cycle on an old fold-up bike approaching 10 miles from Northampton and later the return journey.

The course is a hilly and rural one with two long climbs at 4K and 7K but from just over 8K there is over a kilometre descent with the steepest in the last third. Except for some surface water in places, the weather conditions were ideal. As normal I started cautiously, saving myself for that first major climb, thereafter increased the pace and started moving up the field. Finished well without knowing my time, hoping it may be near 43 mins but in fact turned out later to be 43.55 and 99th / 254. A good run in the build-up to my local run, the Milton Keynes 10K (last of the series) on 29 June where I normally do well.

I have added the London Eltham 5 miles on 13 June where I guess the competition will be lower.