Last year was apparently an aberration – this race is run on one of the hottest days of the year (supplanting the reputation of the old Offa’s Dyke race), even if this time there was a stiff breeze on top (of the 4 summits, totalling 750m of climb). Gary P ran topless most of the way, and Ruth bared her midriff to cope with the heat. Tom, Gary G and I merely toiled in their wake. Ruth, in her Mercia vest, was first of the five of us over the line, 21st (1.16.15) , eventually overhauling Gary P (22nd, 1.17.00) who had run more or less neck and neck with her all the way, but who found he had reopened blisters first caused in the Sahara. Gary G was on my heels most of the race, but began to fade in the heat towards the end as I came home 1st MV60 (24th, 1.17.41), with Gary a little way behind (29th, 1.19.37) and Tom, protecting his knees on the steep descents, a little further back in 46th (1.28.24). 66 completed the course, with 3 dropping out en route.