BLUE skies, light cloud and a starting temperature of 10 degrees rising to more than double that as the day went on ... sounds perfect for watching a marathon.
For Gala Harriers participating in this world-famous event, however, the temperature on the streets proved a tough ask on Sunday, despite the exceptional times and performances of the leading runners and wheelchair athletes in the elite field.
Several Harriers made the journey south with mixed fortunes on the day.
Calum Stewart, who has loyalties to both Lauderdale Limpers and Gala Harriers broke the magic sub-three-hour mark with a superb run in 2 .59.11.
Fergus Johnston was the next in an impressive 3.14.39, marginally ahead of Derrick Brydon in 3.14.49.
Rachel Fagan motored through the first 13 miles in 1.33.49, but found the second half less to her liking, giving her a final time of 3.17.12.
And Carole Fortune just missed the 3 hour 30 mark in 3.31.04.
All athletes should be commended for representing their club with such grit and determination over the toughest of distances.