1960’s RUN SERIES – THURSDAY 15TH JUNE
The ‘Swinging Sixties’ remain the defining decade for Britain. In just ten short years, London had transformed from the bleak, conservative city, only just beginning to forget the troubles of the Second World War, into the capital of the world, full of freedom, hope and promise………..and more importantly it was the decade that Milton Keynes as we know it was born
The extract below is taken from the MK50 official site and documents some of the key activities in that decade (Click HERE to visit the MK50 site for further information)
Development of the new town of Milton Keynes began following its formal designation as a new town on January 23rd. Its purpose was to help alleviate London’s chronic housing problem and to provide a commercial centre for Buckinghamshire. It was called Milton Keynes after the existing village of that name.
Milton Keynes Natural History Society (MKNHS) is founded.
The Open University, the world’s first distance learning university, formed at Walton Hall. The first students enrolled in 1971
Our 1960’s run will focus on the first official road race held in North Bucks.
The Wolverton “Five” was first run in November 1965 and is still alive an well today although following a very different route
Our run route will follow the first mile or so of the course to Wolverton station.
Here we pass through Wolverton Park (opened in 1885) where the original Wolverton Athletic Club was based (the forerunner of Milton Keynes AC and the name change took place in 1976).
The second half of the run will encompass the Ouse Valley Park and viewing the recently open flood plain.
The infamous cattle creep under the Grand Union Canal will have to be negotiated in the final mile.
The run will start from Wolverton House, Stratford Road, Wolverton Mill, Milton Keynes MK12 5NZ
SEE YOU ON THURSDAY 15TH JUNE AT 7PM FOR A JAUNT THROUGH THE 1960′s