Darren Jackson considers himself fortunate that paracetemol and Lemsip dont feature on the UKA banned subsances list. In the lead up to this years Bupa Manchester 10k Darren developed the traditional post marathon cold, and was forced to dose himself to the red rimmed eyeballs in order to take part.
As late as the Thursday before Darren was looking an unlikely starter, but the potions did the trick and he lined up with 40,000 others for the 10th staging of the event.
As the incomparable Haile Gebrslassie stormed his way to the fastest 10k time this year, Darren was defying the aches and pains to cover the first 7k in good shape. Fellow Wigan Harriers Dave, Jaqui and Julie were out on the course to provided a much needed boost for the final 3k. Despite the effects of the cold beginning to disrupt his breathing pattern, Darren still hung in there to take 5 secons off his PB and finish in 400th place overall.
His shiny new time of 40:09 was hard won, but Darren reports the resulting sore throat and aching bones were worth the cost. Well done Darren on yat another PB this year!