The last time I did this race was back in 2008 when I finished 7th overall (1st M50) in 35.36 so it was going to be interesting to see how it went this year.
As I had not pre-entered for the race, on arrival I joined a large queue of 'on the day ' entries - So large that the start had to be delayed and I only had time for about three quarters of a mile warm up.
Conditions were mild but after a lot of recent rain going was heavy and very muddy in places. Especially between the two hills.
I probably started a little too fast but soon settled into a rhythm and unlike some did not have to walk up the bigger hill.
Generally I was pleased with my run, although disappointed to be passed by three runners in the last 400m or so. Unfortunately I have not been able to find the official results yet, but by my reckoning I finished in 20th place in 36.47.
photos by Francesca