This is the annual OU Tour - the three handicap race distances (5 mile, 5 k and 10 k) run all in one week on the Monday, the Wednesday and the Friday. On the tour, we all start together rather than staggering the times according to ability.
Yesterday was the 5 mile, on a glorious day. I really enjoyed the race. I'm three minutes slower than when I was at my best in 2007, but that didn't take the edge off it one bit. It was perfect running weather - glorious sunshine and cold with no wind. I ran the whole race on my own, pretty much, except when Brian overtook me ... which made for an exciting race. I managed to overtake him close to the end, and hold him off, but it was hard work. It probably cut at least a minute off my last time though - at the beginning of October I did it in 39 minutes, and yesterday in just under 38. I am pleased! Thanks Brian - looking forward to Day 2!
Here is a picture of us at the starting line - I am hiding at the back somewhere.