- My family home is in the village of Kinver
- Bodykraft sponsor the race and my brother Tim was driving the lead car
- Kinver 10k is almost exactly 10 months before the start of the A2A swim window, and 10 months of training seemed like a good length of prep time!?!
- 10k is 6.214 miles. 6.214 miles x 14 = 87 miles; the length of my A2A run from Marble Arch to Dover
- The race has to be the hardest 10k I have ever done - the first 5k is almost all uphill - so this also seemed an appropriate way to kick off the preparation for the longest and hardest run I'm ever likely to do
- Thanks to Paul Willis I love running hills!
- Through this race Kinver Rotary Club raises money for Action Heart, the Midlands heart charity I ran my first London Marathon for
- I heard Mike Pugh was racing and I wanted to beat him again!
The race started well with a short, sharp climb out of the village towards Enville, then the only descent in the first 5km, before a left turn up Wigley Bank Road, then on to Sheepwalks Lane and up, up, up over the sheepwalks. It was a pretty warm day and I was hurting by the time I reached the top of the climb. However, it was great to see an old school friend Rebecca Payne and her family out cheering on the descent and I was rewarded with a race win, lunch out in Kinver afterwards on mum and dad and a cheesy grin photo in The Stourbridge News!