A group of 11 ladies travelled North to Arbroath to take part in the Smokies 10 Mile Road race. This is a popular annual ladies-only race held on an undulating course on the outskirts of the town. The weather stayed fine with some good times being posted. An excellent event enjoyed by all. Thanks to RoadRunPics and to Zoe and Krista for the photographs. Well done to all. They will be back next year!
Jo said: “The Smokie’s 10 miler is always a fantastic event for the ladies, very well organised with great facilities at the sports centre, marshals on route, great goodie bag, the amazing spread of cakes/rolls & tea/coffee plus the spot prizes which we won a couple! The weather was perfect, bit chilly but soon warmed up on the route through farm roads with great views and even dancing horses! I managed to knock 5mins off my usual time so I particularly enjoyed this event, you soon get used to the undulations!!!”
Zoe said: “A great day was had by all – we travelled up in separate convoys and met in the ‘great hall’….a few stalls were set up so some of us (well, me) partook in a bit of shopping to pass the time. Some of us were a wee bit nervous having not raced for a while…so were keen to get going. Most of us spent the hour between 10 and 11 am at the Ladies, or queuing for them….along with the 500 other ladies. Suddenly it was 11 o’clock and the start just happened! Was good to get going, it was quite busy to start off with but the crowds soon thinned out. It was on overcast day but great conditions for running, not too hot or cold….and pleasant farmland scenery! There certainly were a few ‘undulations’ in the first half, but our hardcore Arthur’s Seat training came in handy here, and there were several reports of smug overtaking on the hills. The atmosphere was good, pretty relaxed (or it was where I was in the field anyway, sure there was a lot of competition at the front from the amazingly fast leaders). Everyone from ERN did really well and got good times, many beating previous records. I think most of us got a hot shower which indicates that we must have been not the last to finish, anyway! Fantastic spread afterwards of sandwiches and cakes. I had heard a lot about this (in fact it was the main reason I signed up, along with the promise of wine and chocolate in the goody bag), and it lived up to the hype. Mmm. Although ERN did not win any of the category prizes, we came up trumps in the raffle, winning not one but two prizes. Krista was particularly impressed with her Easter egg. Tired but clean, well fed, and with a sense of achievement, we said our goodbyes and returned to Edinburgh. Although Arbroath has its charms, I’m quite glad I live in the capital. It was a beautiful sunny afternoon in the toon, although this was wasted on me as all I was fit for was a hot bath and long lie down the sofa, where I consumed most of the contents of said goody bag (except the flyers of course). Thanks for talking me into it girls, it was a great day!”
Some Photos: Including some from RoadRunPics where there are a lot more (thanks):