The race wound its way out of Eyam on quiet country roads, climbing 400ft within the first two miles. With views over five counties and tree-lined avenues, the scenery was spectacular and this was a race to enjoy. The next 4.5 miles were an 800 ft descent but then came miles 9 to 11, which we had been warned about. 800ft back up again in two stages - one a twisting, turning climb and the other a stamina-sapping long drag. We both had to walk some (ok quite a lot) but so did everybody else. The last, welcome mile was downhill to the finish. Overall, a well-marshalled event, numerous water stations, encouraging shouts and claps from onlookers and almost traffic-free... but not a race for the faint hearted.