This year's 5km Tees Forest Trail Races have certainly taken a 'step up' in terms of turnout. The first race at Wynyard Country Park in April had 103 runners, whilst 118 turned out for the race at Pinchinthorpe race on Thursday 25 May.
In fact many races are experiencing record fields - the David Lloyd 10k at the Tees Barrage on May Day was full before the day (350 I think).
Not only are the size of the fields getting better in the Trail Races, the quality is improving too, attracting some class runners like Rob Cole.
I dropped two places compared to the 2005 race, but was 15 seconds faster than last year - a most encouraging sign!