A bright sunny day welcomed a big field to this well established and popular early season event. While the humply route can be challenging, Murdo, Alan, Aicha, Chris, Les, George, Heather and Hayley enjoyed the day. Thanks to Nicola for the photos and to Lasswade Athletics Club for an excellent event.
Heather said: “Some reflections on a fantastic day (having followed the full post-race triathlon recovery programme: Relax – soak in loads of bubbles in a super hot bath; Re-energise – eat lots of lovely veggie lasagne; Refresh – have a 90 minute power snooze tucked up in bed)
A fantastic 10 mile road race today, hosted by local running club Lasswade Athletics Club. It was a perfectly planned and organised local race with plenty of volunteers handing out race numbers and gear bags, starting exactly on time, a sag wagon picking up everyone’s gear bags from the start and dropping them back at the finish and placed in immaculate numerical order on some rugby club steps. Multiple, friendly, marshals on every turn of a course that followed a series of windy, twisty, hilly B and farm roads through Mid Lothian. We ran past Rosslyn Chapel, and down into and up out of Roslin Glen (twice). The mile markers were accurate, there were plenty of police and a tail runner van to ensure runner safety, and a wonderful sandwich and cake spread at the end.
I started at the back, and managed to stay there for the entire duration. Lifting my eyes to the Pentland Hills, snow-crusted, was a beautiful sight. Managed an even pace throughout, though did slow up the 1 in 3 inclines. Finished with a manic burst of speed to clock 1.51.30, so a shade within my target of 1.52, right on 7m/km pace. Best k time was 6.01 (think that was on a downhill!) and worst 8.18 (definitely on that 1:3) but the last 5 were sub 7, so am pretty chuffed with that. And more importantly, didn’t walk a step, which makes a nice change for me when it comes to hilly routes.
All in all a great race. Highly recommended and would definitely do again.”
Chris said: “This was the first time I’ve run this race… and possibly not the last. The course is a great variety of ups and downs which keeps the interest high – particularly the hill at about 2.5 miles! Phew! After that it’s fairly steady going until about mile 5 where you ease in and up for another mile and a half. And where there are ups – there are bound to be downs, including a rather tricky one which ended at an incredibly muddy turning. I had visions of a very muddy jacksie at that point – but fortunately managed to stay on two feet! The race ends on a trail route rather than road which is a cushioned joy to the feet after pounding the roads.
Finishing at the golf course, Lasswade Athletics have this off to a ‘T’! It’s extremely well organised, the lovely marshals are friendly and encouraging and the tea and buns are fabulous at the end. Big thanks to them all!”