9 ERNs turned out for this excellent local race. The weather was perfect following the preceding days heavy cloudbursts. The race started and finished in Loretto School’s playing fields and followed a route to the harbour, back and over the Esk River and around the Ash Lagoons then back via Musselburgh Race Course to finish with a circuit of the playing fields. Some fast times posted on this flat course with varied surfaces; tarmac, compacted paths and grass. There was a humongous spread waiting for all runners at the finish. Many thanks to all at Musselburgh AC for a great race and day-out. Highly recommended. Thanks to to Nicola for her photos and to Jo and James Parry, Rona and Lily Page and Gillian Grant for coming along to support – much appreciated. Well done to all and congratulations to those that got PBs.
Murdo’s report: This was an excellent event, well organised and friendly. The (unusually) good weather seemed to bring out a large sign-on-the-day group to add to those registered online and it’s to the organiser’s credit that we managed to start on time. The course is flat and familiar to those that have been on our longer Sunday runs. The bit across the race course was new and welcomed as was the variety of surfaces. The run wasn’t chipped but timings were accurate and there was a nice goody bag (including a useful water-bottle) on completion as well as a large choice of sandwiches and cakes – probably the best I’ve seen. In short, an excellent, scenic, friendly and well organised local race. Managed to get a PB, which was nice, and it was good to see Rona and Lily and Jo and James out supporting.
Heather’s report: This is a small local race held in Musselburgh, 6 miles down the coast from Edinburgh, at the end of the Musselburgh Fair week. Hosted by the Musselburgh Athletic Club, the field was a select 350 or so, mostly fairly serious club runners, wearing team strip and looking lean and fast. Slightly chaotic registration at the start, with folks who’d registered online picking up their race numbers that morning, and others registering on the day. Plenty of marshals on the course, all of whom were very encouraging. As usual, near complete dearth of loos – only 3 permanent ones for however many women there were, and one of those was flooded. Bleugh.
Race started off round the perimeter of a local school sports field, then along the coast to Musselburgh Harbour before doubling back along the John Muir footpath heading away from Edinburgh with a following wind before come back around the far side of Musselburgh race course. At this point I imagined the adrenalin of elite race horses pulling me along!
There were distance markers every km, all of which seemed pretty accurate (or as accurate as my GPS watch anyway), and the usual digital clock at the end of a run.
The course was scenic, and with the small field, there was plenty of elbow room to find your own pace and path. The field spread out, and the few of us in contention for finishing last had plenty of space and encouragement from marshals and onlookers. Water was available at the 6km point, in plastic cups which in my opinion are less wasteful than distributing full plastic bottles of which only the first 50-100mls gets drunk and the rest abandoned on the course.
At the finish there was enthusiastic support for all and the club had put on a monster spread of sandwiches, scones, cakes, tea and coffee as well as a small goody bag of water bottle, bottle of water, banana and a Tunnock’s caramel wafer.
Managed a fairly steady run, though fell into the trap of going off too fast in the first km, pulled along by the speedy starting crowd. Settled into regular enough splits all the way round till a final push in the last km, and a supreme effort for an all-out sprint to the end to nudge inside 1.10, followed by minor puking on all fours after the finish. Always the sign of a good race for me!
All in all a good race. I’d recommend it for the post-race nosh, the friendly marshals, the scenic course, and accurate distance markers.
Some Photos: (including some from RoadRunPics where there are lots more)