HE was leading at one stage, but lack of fitness told towards the end of Mike Bainbridge’s first 10km race in four years.
Mike was taking part in the ADP Highclere 10km race, staged over a multi-terrain and hilly course in the grounds of Highclere Castle in Berkshire. The race was organised by Newbury AC.
The Stubbington runner led for the first 2km, but said he then faded badly through lack of race fitness. He finished 11th overall and was fifth male vet on the day in a very respectable time of 36min 43sec.
"The plan is to be running sub-35 minutes by the time of the Stubbington 10km and sub-34 by Totton," said Mike.
Tim Hughes from White Horse Harriers in Oxfordshire led home a field of 420 runners in a time of 35min 28sec. Louise Cooper from Belgrave Harriers, who came 24th, was the top lady runner in 39.48.