It's hard to imagine how conditions for Grindleford could have been any better than they were. About 9C and breezy at the start, and by the time we arrived in Eyam, the clouds were giving way to partly sunny skies. The views before the descent into the Monsal Trail were stunning and in contrast to reports of muddy conditions a few weeks before, the running was mainly firm. The wind was a bit of a factor on the first series of climbs, but not much. And after that the cross or tail winds were a help both with cooling and some assistance. Its perhaps more a reflection of a lack of course knowledge last year and poorer conditioning that my 2.56.33 was 18 minutes faster than last year's time, which I was pleased with. I passed BT near the top of Froggett's, which suggests a recurrence of last year's injury. Matt, OMOC and Kev all had very speedy times but one of the runs of the day had to be by Jayne L who was top female Vet. Clearly GBM was using this as a training run, but didn't see him or Foxy afterwards. Good to see WITGB there and he seemed pleased with his run. J8 was missed - hope he is mending. A very good turnout from SHAC, and even the soup seemed to taste better this year!
Minnie - I ran some parts of MWW yesterday and today and it is OK for daytime running. Generally ice free apart from the bridge at Bollington. I expect it to be a little better now that the temps have been at 4C or better and a little bit of drizzle. Worst place that I've run all week is on the pavement of the A6 through High Lane to Lyme Park.