Today just 85 toed the line ready to battle with the continuing strong winds sweeping across the country. However, the field did not lack quality as one of Yorkshire's finest, CARL THACKERY of Hallamshire Harriers had made the journey across the Pennines.
For those not aware of some of his feats......46.26 for 10 miles on the road (Brampton to Carlisle) , 61.04 for Barnsley half marathon and still UK record holder for one hour covering 20,855 metres. Now 49 Carl finished second today in 16.40 with 5 M40s occupying the next 5 positions.
My expectations? Not great. Still weary from last week, the strong winds to cope with, the half mile hill in the second mile, I was thinking nearer 22 than 21 minutes.