On almost the shortest day, 123 runners assembled at midday at the Miners Arms (Priestweston) to tackle the Maldwyn Harriers contribution to the Shropshire winter fell series. And it being a fell race, Tom and I, along with many others, managed to fall on the slippery downhill sections. After a short tarmac section, the run starts climbing, taking in the full height of Corndon Hill, before dropping down (into a gale force head wind) to a short bit of road, then the second hill as a rain shower began, and the really wet descent and circumference of the bottom of the hill and back onto the road. This is the bit that hurts, when you’re already tired and faced with a long, steady climb up to the third summit before the dash down to the finish on really slippery paths. Richie Roberts completed the course in 44.46, with me 20 minutes back in 84th (64.39) and Tom, some three minutes faster than last year (wisely not doing two fell races in one weekend this time!), in 101st (69.14).