PMJ - there were about 130 finishers in the 10 mile race earlier this year with times ranging from sub-55 to 1:51 so as it's a multi-lap course with, no doubt, a few recreational runners and dog walkers it shouldn't be too bad. I'm sure it'll be busier than the Surrey Hills at 6am!
I reckon you should do 64.xx for 10 miles and there were three runners from 62:30 to 65:08 which is slim. By comparison, Cabbage Patch 10 which has to be on your doorstep, had 19 64.xx runners.
Bus, I'm racing tomorrow At Cabbage Patch and I think Dachs is as well. I know Alex Miller is there as well and just pulled up Alex and Dach's head-to-head: any guesses? It is 8-0 to Miller: I would have thought Dachs would have a few wins.
As hard as I can is always an A race. That is what an A race means. B races are fairly easy to keep a lid on, so something like Maidenhead Half was a B and I was happy to run round in 1:24 which is harder than a tempo but not balls out. Doing 1;24 for a solo 13 is hard though.
B races are a little about putting the ego to one side. Of course, I race 50+ times a year so there are a lot of B races and it isn't like saying you do 2 A races and a handful of B races each year: it is a few A races and a bucket-load of B races.
The whole thing with sessions and B races is that they are all the same thing. It is shown that we can peak for a period and the first thing you need to do is choose when this is to be. For track athletes it is easy as the major champs come round in a nice pattern but for us it is harder so you maybe pick a spring marathon and a fast autumn road race. Once you have that period as a target (and it may be one race or a series of races over 4 to 6 weeks) it is easy. This is the A race and everything else is training for it. For me, a B race is better than a session as I find it hard to bury myslef in a solo session but can give 95% in a B race. Last winter I used the whole XC series instead of doing MP pace runs so XC race Sunday, long Tuesday and medium Thursday.