Lets see how many of the faster Dashers come through VLM unscathed. I have no doubt you could get on the podium again Ric. I think the same chap has one for several years in a row now; it would at least be nice to see him get a challenge.
Occasionally I de-lurk if only in part to re-pay the entertainment I get from reading. So, Ric, Staines 10k is a Dashers club champs event this year. I think that would perhaps double the normal amount of sub 6 min milers in attendance. That said, I don't think it would add in real competition in to your age cat and hence you're still sure to bag a prize. I once heard a phrase about 'local flat track bullies'! If you've got it, bully away!
SG - thanks for the advice today. My plan was to run easy until the last of the hills were done and then to push on.....hence the question. That's an excellent race, best likened to running round the log flume at Alton towers. Must be the first half I have enjoyed for yonks. I suppose all races should be enjoyable when you run them easy!!
See you at gosport where there will be far more beans and, hopefully, some better weather.
Phil - just what on earth were you doing out there? Get kicked out of home or something?!