At last! A race in which conditions could be described as normal. There was a pleasant atmosphere in the sports ground, as the runners started for the traditional start of a parade accompanied by the bagpipes and drums. Yet again there was an anticlimax of dithering about for 10 minutes while we were checked by the marshals - no sense of occasion.After last year's debacle, full body cover was to be carried. It was the sublime to the ridiculous as we were in the middle of a heatwave.
400 started, so crowded it was reminiscent of a Trunce! I reached the summit in lh25m (same as last year) and it was distinctly chilly up there. I allowed myself a few seconds sightseeing before plunging down for the real hard work of the race. This is the bit where you take your brain out and by the time I reached the bottom I tottered about on the road trying to find my feet before running the last mile. 15 minutes off last year's time, a pb at last.
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