This was my 3rd running of the Ben Rinnes race, and thankfully not as sweltering as last year. David Riach and I lead the jog round the grass track at the start after which Andy Symonds promptly took over the pace making on his way to a new course record of 1:56:55.
The usual faces all overtook on the track up to the golf course. Once on the hill proper I was running in the company of Adrian Davis, Phil Mowbray, Richie Cunningham, etc. Richie had a strong run and got the better of me, despite attempts to close him down after the second road crossing. Adrian faded and Phil pulled out with crocked ankle. I thought I might be on for a PB of 2:16 something, but despite running as hard as I could from the golf course to the finish I finished in 2:18:11.
Ellie had a good run finishing as 2nd lady in 2:35:27, less than 2 minutes after Megan Mowbray.