Okay, so it was 43°C at start time for the Griffith Joggers on Scenic Hill on Saturday, but the humidity was way low, so actually it did not feel too bad out on the course.
It felt even better after the hose down from the delightful Dodd water team.
The sixteen minute group made a big effort to stay social with Aidan Fattore, Mark Andreazza and Adam Johnson crossing first and together.
To be more accurate, Aidan made a big effort to ease up at times and let the other two catch up, and I hope he chatted because I don't think they were in any conversational state.
Tom Mackerras almost got home first, not having anyone to run with he struggled alone, and was pipped on the post.
Brock Billing had his maiden run and will be promoted for the next race for unsociable conduct, but all credit to the twelve minute group - twelve runners finishing in four seconds - I didn't know there was that much space on the electronic timing mats!
There were fourteen entrants in the Short with four juniors which simply proves that the juniors are more sensible than the oldies and stayed at home under the air-con - take note silly Ferals – and Jamie Ross got himself into the top three fastest list.
It is the last run of the BeSocial series this week and although the mercury might be down it appears the humidity might be up so it could be another awful run.
The organisers will have the water out, they expect it to be used, and they expect all runners to take it very easy. All the hot weather rules will be applied.
The following week is race one of the Bacchus competition leading up to the Flexible Solutions Bacchus on the Lake on Easter Friday.
It is hot now but judicious training when conditions are not extreme will have any runner firing on all cylinders by Easter.
The Joggers meet every Saturday with a choice of short or long on the tracks and trails of Scenic Hill.
Joggers start at 5:30pm from the water tower opposite Pioneer Park Museum, be early to register.