What a turn out! 1300 riders were registered for the event and good proportion was Bigfoot. I cannot say we had a sea of orange at the start since the new club kit has arrived and the orange tops had to compete with the new Olympic ones. Neighbouring Sudley Castle is celebrating the 500th birthday of Kathrine Parr and so the race was started by Lady Ashcombe and the medals we got at the end are commemorating this quincentenary as well. The Bigfoot group was quite at the front when the signal was given and off we went through Winchcombe and the grounds of Sudley Castle. The sun was out and the trails mostly dry. The atmosphere was extremely friendly. The sign posting was discreet with the consequence that more than one Bigfooter had to retrace steps and find the right way again. Almost everyone I spoke to had done some extra loop somewhere during the event. At the 30km food stop we had a kind of relay situation. When one group of Bigfooters had finished stuffing their faces with cakes and bananas the next one arrived. Vicky and I had a really good ride. It felt so good to ask people to give way and let us pass and that was uphill. Even downhill hardly anyone overtook us. Not that I did see much of what was coming but I followed the advice to trust the bike and let it find the way. I have to say the HONC is scoring high on the fun scale and has already made it on the to do list for next year.