The BBC weather forecast promised rain and chilly temperatures. However the race began and ended in sunshine with not a spit of rain. There was the usual ritual-toilets, baggage bus, warm up then toilets again. Somehow there are never enough toilets, and I spent an anxious ten minutes in a queue beside the indoor bowling green before managing to get to the start of the race with only minutes to spare. I didn’t see the faster runners at all but at least when I finished there were many people behind me. The magnificent support along the way was very welcome-but maybe not the click of the camera shutters. In most race photos I look like I’m walking, in some cases sleep-walking!
For the women, Sarah Ingham was both 1st in for the Poly and first in her age category (42.51). Alison Smith was next lady in for the Poly and was 3rd in her age category (43.24) and Janine Routledge was both 3rd Poly lady in and 3rd in her age category (44.40). Alison Cummings was 1st in her age category (45.13 tbc) and Sue Potter was 3rd in her age category (52.27).