I've been ill this year, first of all with diabetes which resulted in cataracts so I went totally blind. Fortunately I have had both eyes operated on to remove the cataracts. The diabetes is now under control with twice daily injections of insulin, so I have re-started running. I've done 2 park runs recently and got my time down from 30:30 to 29:46. I think the second time would have been faster but we stopped to help an injured runner until a marshal arrived.
While I was ill Beans, a rescue Springer spaniel, joined us he is about 3 or so (actual age unknown) and completely bonkers. His best time for a parkrun is 26:20.
I'm getting on a bit, since I will be 11 next spring, but Bean and I, plus the two-legs are training to do the 20km route at the Stonehenge Stomp at the end of January.
The downside of Canix races is that they are all over the country and usually only 5k. (the major exception being the 1/2 marathon on the Neolithic trail). They are usually fairly pricey too, and expect you to have all the 'right' gear, which naturally they sell.
The upside is they are well organised and have a good atmosphere.
Hey GB, good to see your marathon is coming on. Thought about it yesterday as I was standing on the A37 marshalling the Wessex Ridgeway as usual. Its about time your club put a team in and tried to stop the Doddlers sweeping the board again.