Thornbury AC's Oldbury Power Station 10 Mile took place on Sunday the 04th of October. A crisp autumnal day greeted the runners but as the start approached temperatures rose.
On the start line for Dursley were Kevin Jackson, Tony Freer, Rob and Moira Woodward, Ray and Mel Williams and Dave Durden. The runners were faced by overwhelmingly flat course, with head and cross winds (strong breezes might be a more accurate description), whilst quite brisk on some parts of the course they served to cool the runners down.
Kevin Jackson had promised to invest in some rear view mirrors after the close call at Cirencester 10K the previous week, and true to his word he again pipped Dave Durden who did his best to hide from view until around 200 meters to go. Kevin who had about 15 meters on Dave kicked at the same time, crossing the line 1 second ahead, a 100% improvement on Cirencesters result! With both runners looking to run well at the Stroud Half it appears it will be an interesting contrast; Kevin's hard out from the start and hold on approach against Dave's slow starts and acceleration over the final miles.
It was a good day for Pbs for the club with Tony, Moira and Dave all recording PBs, Tony worked impressively over the final 3 miles having gone out in his words "perhaps a liittle too fast" better check those split times Tony! We are not sure if Thornbury have a husbands and wives prize category, in the event Ray and Mel would have taken the prize.
Neil Parry ran at Cheltenham racecourse 10K the day before, as ever he did not allow a 10K to intefere with his mileage target for the week. Despite this he recorded sub 3.50 first and last Kios to come in 17th in 40:28. Allegedly he is tapering for the Abingdon Marathon.