It was bright and sunny when I left the house, but started raining heavily once in Norfolk, and it was a gloomy scene when I reached the puddle-strewn car park on the edge of the common at Mulbarton just south of Norwich.
I waited in the car for a while, and the rain turned to drizzle, then I got out and warmed up my legs a little with a jog around, then joined the growing numbers of people for a little chat.
We were then all taken across the common to the start and the briefing. The route is 3.75 laps of the common, which is more interesting than it probably sounds, with a variety of conditions underfoot, slopes up and down, trees, a few sharp corners. The rain stopped for the run itself, which was an improvement, though of course the ground was by now rather damp. One chap I overtook on every uphill and he overtook me on every down, but as the up came last, I managed to beat him.
I finished in 23:58, which I was quite content with, and was 31st out of 100 runners.