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South London 10k

Nick yet again demonstrates his superalitive running ability with another win, this time leading from the front in what sounds like a highly competitive field. Here's his account of the race…

Out in the lead again, South London 10k 2011

'Keen to keep the race legs moving over the winter and somewhat reluctant to get too dirty with all this cross-country stuff, I decided to plump for this 10k run through the streets of Wimbledon.  The start and finish were on Wimbledon Common, though sadly no wombles turned up (Ed. What if a really fast womble had turned up - you might not have won)!  This race is part of a new series of 10k London races organised by Energised Sports and in the past 6 months has attracted wins from some of the finest 10k and marathon runners in the country including Huw Lobb (former GB marathon runner) and Kojo Kyereme.  Fortunately I was lucky to add my name to this list and take the victory!

I’d like to pad this story out with a thrilling account of how the race was won in gladiatorial style, but alas I managed to get a lead as early as a mile into the race and gradually managed to extend it all the way through.  I had some brief company in the form of Spanish runner and 71 minute half marathon man Fernando Del Valle, but actually the main challenge came in the form of working out where I was meant to be going!  I hadn’t quite mastered the pre-race recce and was hoping my memory of South-West London would get me through comfortably.  I was also safe in the knowledge that the lead bike would know the way and always be a marker to follow.

Unfortunately at 7k in, we started the climb back towards Wimbledon Common with a fairly sharp rise of about 300 metres.  The “lead” bike started to crawl closer to me and soon enough I overtook him (well I wasn’t going to wait!) leaving me leading the race in more ways than I had intended.  He never caught me back up again.

Luckily the marshals and signs were good enough to follow and I managed to take it home with a nice final run through Wimbledon village and then back through the Common.  Naturally I started my preparations earlier on in the day by eating an ever tasty TORQ tangy apricot bar and TORQ natural orange energy drink.

As ever, thank to our wonderful sponsors who keep us on the podium.

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