Simon returned to the scene of his 2010 triumph, but only 2 weeks after the gruelling Wales Ironman, and although he managed almost exactly the same time as last year, he was defeated by a Ludlow Runner junior, Russell Adams, who won in 39.30. Jamie Shingler (recorded as U/A) was 2nd in 40.29 with Simon short of finishing speed in his legs, 3rd, 18 seconds behind. His wife, Beth, improved on last year’s time and son Ben gained an award in the fun run. I was 25th (49.21) and Dave Thomlinson 34th (53.07). About 1300 ft of climb, pretty well straight up to the hill fort, and then down again, with a nasty sting of a hill climb a mile from home. The start and finish follow the tarmac drive to Walcot Hall for 1/2 mile – good for young legs!