So, I also managed to do Alices' Run this year. Set around Mytholmroyd, it is an on- and off-road 10K race that involves a lot of hills, slippy northern cobblestones, and quite a few potholes. I don't want to make excuses, but I have some anyway: I was knackered from all my gardening (still!), there was little time to go jogging, and I had just come back from an enjoyable time in Edinburgh, where the diet was rich in lovely, yummy fatty things.
Frankly a time of 1:09 was pretty good, given the circumstances - until my boss pointed out to me that a guy in his seventies managed to finish two minutes faster.