My local 5-miler is now in its 44th year, I first ran it on its 25th anniversary. The event has since moved from its original location in Wolverton, Milton Keynes to Willen Lake about 5 miles away!
Usually the weather is undesirable but on this occasion it was calm but cold. An earlier start of 2pm instead 3pm is an acceptable choice for most. The field was mostly club runners as we come to expect, encouraging a fast start. I was soon breathing heavily and the legs were feeling a little tired but managed to maintain a steady pace helped by the calmness. The course consists of a lap around the smaller northern lake followed by a loop of the two lakes. Finished well and later discovered I had broken 34 mins (33.51), usually my aim. Given the higher calibre of runner, my position was a lot lower than normal 164/375, category position 23/49 M45-49!