Even though I would be considered a 'fair weather runner' where mud is concerned, I have to say that suggesting that this year's National was 'too tough' can only be met with ridicule!
There was a distinct LACK of mud in both the Northerns and Nationals which made them both much EASIER than they could have been. Cross Country is supposed to TEST athletes, so I reckon we got off lightly this year in both. The hill was tough, but come on!!! What do people want - 6 laps of a set of football pitches??
I'm sure I'll get plenty of agreement from the hardened Fell Runner types here?