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Little ERN 10K 2009

2009
Dec

P1000213Dreich weather welcomed runners and marshals when they gathered at Meadowbank Sports Stadium for the annual Little ERN 10km. The centre was busy, there was some kind of children’s gymnastic event on, but Fi took control of registration, issued numbers, noted predicted times and finally shooed everyone away to Holyrood Park for the start near St Margaret’s Loch. The route isn’t exactly flat, being a bit humply at times, but 15 brave souls took part. There was a prize (some bubbly!) for closest predicted time and given the weather and route, good times were noted. Thanks to Fi and all her marshals (Chris, Jo, Alan, Murdo and Karen). Set everyone up for the Christmas dinner later that day.

Place Actual Time Predicted Time Difference Prize Position
Neil Page 1 00:40:13 00:40:00
+00:13
2
Gillian Grant
10
00:56:27
00:59:56
-03:29
14
Eleanor Mackenzie
14
00:59:09
00:58:10
+00:59
5
Gordon Purves
3 [1st MV]
00:45:14
00:53:00
-07:46
16
Tracy Paterson
8=
00:54:51
00:55:00
-00:09
1
Zoe Grayson
6 [1st F]
00:50:47
00:51:50
-01:03
6
Phil Humphries
2
00:44:59
00:47:00
-02:01
8
George Maxwell
12
00:57:20
00:56:01
+01:19
7
Gordon Faulkner
4
00:47:01
00:49:59
-02:58
12
Val Beattie
11
00:57:10
01:00:00
-02:50
11
Aicha Reid
8=
00:54:51
00:59:45
-04:54
15
Krista Black
15
01:03:33
01:04:15
-00:42
3
Susie Smith
7 [1st FV]
00:51:46
00:52:29
-00:43
4
Heather Jones
16
01:04:46
01:07:17
-02:31
10
Andrew Simpson
5
00:48:02
00:50:30
-02:28
9
Haka
Woof
01:04:46
01:07:18
-02:32
17

Heather said:

Superb 10K event this morning, put on by Edinburgh Running Network.  Format was a “run-without-watches” and “predict-your-own-finishing-time” 10K round Arthur’s Seat, the Innocent Railway and Duddingston.

15 of us took part, on what was a wet, windy and grey day in Auld Reekie. Having predicted a finish time of 1.07.17 which I thought might be a stretch, I decided at the last minute to enlist the help of Haka, our friendly neighbourhood black lab, who generally gads about with boundless energy whenever we take her for a walk.

At the start, we – or rather Haka – took off like a greyhound out a trap causing some mild chaos, with other runners swerving round me, the lead, and Haka, followed by some surprise sprint farleks as Haka hauled me up the hill, overtaking people much faster than I am, as she decided the only place to be was as near the front of the pack as possible!  After that initial shock, I managed to persuade her to go at a steady trot – me jogging, Haka fast-walking.  We did fine until the need for a couple of short stops for some doggy relief in the bushes of the Innocent Railway.

The run off-road was lovely, and the scenery joyful, despite the grey clouds above.  It was great to see the marshals in day-glo tops, shouting encouraging comments as we surged past.

Once through Duddingston village and another gentle climb back to the roundabout, and it was time for our last big hill of the day.  No dog-assistance by this stage, but at least I kept the semblance of a run going.  Once up on the top road round the back of Arthur’s Seat it was a lovely downhill to the finish – this time with me dragging a decidedly tired Haka.

Finished in about 1.04 and change, almost 3 minutes faster than I’d predicted, and about 6 minutes faster than my only other formal 10K of the year in Edinburgh in May. Pretty pleased with the improvement in my times this year – a lot of it thanks to ERN Sunday runs, and all the support on the club.  Special thanks to the marshals, and to Haka, to whom I credit by PR of the year!  

Some photos (from Jo, Karen and Murdo):

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