Neil Page and Gillian Grant took part in this popular West Lothian trail race. The Edinburgh Marathon seems to have done nothing to affect Gillian’s enthusiasm or legs, while Neil is just on fire at the moment having bettered his 10km PB for the second time this year!
Neil said: “I decided to do the Dechmont Law 10k Trail Race at the very last minute – after I had checked with my heavily pregnant partner, Rona, there were no early signs of labour beforehand (although I did run with my mobile in case!). Anyway, I’d never run a trail race let alone this particular event before and was therefore a bit apprehensive about what it was going to be like… Well, I am glad to report that I wasn’t disappointed – not least because I didn’t find myself getting stuck in a ditch somewhere! It was a lovely looping route mainly through a forest, but also up and down wee hills, over footbridges; on well worn paths of gravel and dirt, grass and tarmac. I’m not sure if the dry weather helped but the surfaces were fine and not a problem with the ordinary training shoe. The scenery was varied and kept you going. The marshalling was well organised and noticeably thorough. No km markers apart from at halfway and at 1km to go though! To my surprise I managed to better my previous 10k PB by almost 2 mins which was good (must be Gordon’s beach training), although I think I was more shocked (you can tell by my photo) in having my usually strong flat out sprint to the finish cut to pieces by no less than runner no. 118, who I think in fairness looked like he could easily be a contemporary of David Bedford (although perhaps differing in demonstrating a stronger finish than the legend!) There was nice fruitcake at the end of the race along with juice. I also got a goodie bag that had a biscuit, banana, water and a note stating that I had won a spot prize (shame I was back home when I realised this). All in all I would highly recommend this race; it is not too difficult terrain, scenic, well organised with shower and changing facilities and, of course, not too far to travel to.”
Gillian said: “Well hasn’t Neil got an understanding partner !! Maybe that’s how you get PB’s running in that situation.
I really enjoyed the Dechmont Law 10k but found it quite a tough race. Registration (entries taken on the day), showers etc at Livingston High School. Start is 2 minute walk from the school and we watched the kids fun run and got free juice from the Lucozade promotions van prior to starting. Very undulating course, nothing too steep but a lot of gentle inclines, all very scenic running through the forest. Loops meant I saw guys like Neil on the opposite side of the trail running up the hill faster than I was running down it! Down hill last km helped me finish in 54.34. Free cake was good and the school cafe was open for tea, coffee, rolls etc. Definitely one for a good morning out.”