Ed Auden and Nick Buckle, two friends and training partners tackled the recent British 10km Road Race on what turned out to be one of the hottest days of the year. Nor was the course easy with a number of sharp turns and it was surprisingly undulating for a city course.
Nick had willingly agreed to run the 3000m Steeplechase to support the Southern League track and field team the day before, not the best preparation but amazingly picked up the pace and started to push the rest of the field in the ” chase” to the line. He ran the 10km to support a small charity, Action on Elder Abuse who were very pleased about the publicity and the support.
Nick had run close to 32 minutes at the Highgate Night of 10000m recently, and Ed too had gone under 33minutes the weekend of the Westminster Mile, so times were rather disappointing in the conditions. They ran more or less together until 7km when Nick tried to make a break, but Ed kept close behind and was able to out sprint him over the final 200m.
The race was won by Scott Overall in 31.05, with Ed 13th in 34.24 and Nick 15th in 34.26.
Photo credits: Helen White