After much dithering and doubt, I did the Ridge Off Roader today. A very nice, scenic, but quite tough local 10k that is growing in popularity. It's very well organised and has a bit of a village fete feel to it with stalls, races of various lengths, very good cakes etc.
All went pretty well and the legs held up OK - 5.30 first mile, as half of it was downhill! Thereafter the terrain is either rolling, rough and uphill, with a killer hill in the last 2k that makes a fair few walk, even at the front end. I managed to overtake a couple here. I also managed a sprint finish (without puking!) at the end to fend off someone closing fast and I think I just squeezed into the top 10, with 41:55. The winner did 39 something, just in front of local V50 legend Keith Miller.
Only two disappointments - being overtaken in the last 3k by a young bloke wearing a jacket and never quite managing to close the gap on him (He must have been baking !!!) and thinking my time was faster than when I did it in 2013, only to find out I was actually 8 secs slower!
Overall though, I'm glad I did it and the legs feel OK afterwards.