You can enter online at Sports Systems We've got chip timing this year and as well as a the Race T, we've got a £5 Sweatshop Voucher, a bottle of For Goodness Shakes and loads of spot prizes for the end.
Whatever the final distance, what is encouraging as a competitor is that you are willing to discuss this openly on a public forum and that's to be commended. I've not met you but I'll try to say Hi if i get the opportunity.
"This wasnt a league race or an olympic event and i really think that this haggling over a few seconds here and there in a 'run out on a sunday morning' is little over the top?"
We all have our own reasons for running whether it be recreational (general fitness, head space) or competiitve (against yourself or others) and none are more valid or important than another. That said, for those who do try to push their own boundaries (at whatever level), having a level playing field (or accurate distance in this case) IS important. In reality, "time barriers" are arbitrary, but for many, a sub 40 min 10k is a major milestone (or should that be kilometrestone?). Speaking personally, I've been trying to approach this for some time and to "beat" it by so much when I was only capable of running slower for a 5k Time Trial the day before (20:20) did raise questions.