For most of us, I reckon that yesterday was the first time that we'd run in such relatively warm and humid conditions this year . For those of us from t' vale of York, the hills were an added bonus. I could feel it in the back of my legs after the first half mile - and I was going steady. The last little incline felt like a whole pennine, just on its own. So, it was pretty tough out there. But that's part of what makes this event so good. You can't run it to a timetable - My half miles were between 3.12 to 4.12, with the faster ones at the end. A negative split is yours for the taking if you don't overdo it early on. The conditions play a big part - What if it was really hot? What if it's blowing a gale? You're not really running against the clock here, you're battling nature. For those guys who didn't quite get round this time, hope you're Ok, and come back next year.