The day dawned & the sun was out. I was soooooo nervous. I walked to the start, got my chip & met up with a fellow poster on here. She was with a few of her pals & they kindly offered to let me start with them. I had already decided to stay at the back & before I knew it we were off! I kept to a steady plod. I tagged on to a group of 3 runners who were going a bit slower than my usual pace but I decided to stay with them because I didn't want to run out of steam. The sun was beating down & there were a couple of hills - the one at 8km was a killer! After that was out of the way I passed the little group I had tagged on to & gave it my all for the last 2km. My timer told me I had done it in 1hr 25min. For me that's a good time - taking into account hills & heat I'm chuffed!! For some weird reason the photo won't turn round but here we are proudly showing off our bling. No-excuse was much much quicker than me but we both agreed we had a great time.