From the sighs as people sat down in the unusually high number of reserved seats on the train from Bath to London today, I suspect I may be surrounded by stiff-legged runners feeling the ache after Sunday’s brilliant Bath Half Marathon.

Once again 15,000 or so turned out to run and 30,000 to watch. Pounding the streets for Bath Rugby Foundation, the charitable arm of Bath Rugby, there was plenty of inspiration – but for me, none more so than my running buddy: at 70 years’ old my mum took part for the first time, making her fairly elite in my book. I can only hope I will be doing the same as a septuagenarian.