All those and more...
Here they come, puffing up the side of a Berkshire hill, Long Run, Binocular and 34 other hardy-looking sorts, much slower than the zippy little rats that have entertained us this summer but tough enough to do two or three miles in the mud every month between now and March.
Inexorably, the wheel of sporting fortune turns, and in the space of 10 months it has done so for England.
The dual-code Wales international Gareth Thomas has retired from all forms of rugby with immediate effect.
Kelly Sotherton is taking up the heptathlon again in an attempt to compete at the 2012 Olympics.
Ronnie O'Sullivan's 10-4 win over Mark Selby on Sunday secured his fifth Masters title. Is he now officially snooker's greatest ever player?
Ronnie O'Sullivan stormed to his fifth Masters title with a crushing 10-4 win over Mark Selby.
In the aftermath of his controversial ninth round victory over previously unbeaten George Groves, Carl Froch is left with an array of options, but does he need to go back or move forwards?