This was the senior and veteran ladies race of the south-west inter-counties championships held on Sunday 8th January at Exeter racecourse. The 5800 metre, 2-lap course was fairly flat and fast, with one long incline/lap. Although we were the last race of the day, conditions under foot weren’t that slippery so I got away without spikes. I was very proud to be representing my club and county in a team of ten. The field was strong, and we got off to a flying start. A glance at my watch showed 5.20 mins/mile. We all began to string our pretty quickly, and I concentrated on a steady pace leaving enough for a fast finish. I managed to secure a silver medal in my vf55+ age category which was pleasing. Racing at a more competitive level than I am used to and encountering some of the best runners in the region made me realise I have a lot more work to do!