photos from the start . .

although Rima set off a little later than planned, she still took a moment to Hug the Photographer for good luck (you should try it some time!!) before heading off, tugging her tyre (specially decorated for Mothering Sunday) behind her . .

and gradually, once they were good and ready, everyone got under way . .

Heather seems to think that poking her tongue at cameras brings luck but I prefer the good old-fashioned hug!

not sure I'd be smiling at the start of 27 miles around anywhere, although I guess there's more chance of a smile at the start than at the end!!

some preferred to stand still and pose . .

this runner started off as she meant to carry on and followed the shortest line from the very start . .

spot the invisible Nordic poles!!