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The 1st Annual ERN LP Run – 2010

2010
Aug

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The 1st Annual ERN LP Run
(and cake competition)

Saughton Park, Edinburgh

First, The Running Bit

And they're off!
And they’re off!

This event was the brainchild of Heather Jones and is based on a similar annual event run in Houston Texas (2010 was their 43rd anniversary) which Heather had previously taken part in while working in the USA. The event is pretty straight forward; you try and run as far as you can in 33 1/3rd minutes round a 400metre track. The concept is based (for you young-un’s) on the revolutionary speed of a Long Player record hence the LP in the title. You count (or have someone with you that counts for you) each lap and when the finish gun goes, you stand still till the distance from the start is measured. This added to the number of laps gives your total distance.

The idea was raised at our AGM and approved and Heather formed an organising committee along with Chris March, Aicha Reid, Les McIntosh and Alan Reid and what a braw job they did of it as well. Somewhere along the way, the idea of having a cake competition also took root and seemed to fit in very well with the aim of having a friendly but competitive event with the added bonus that you could eat the efforts at the end!

On the day 34 runners turned up, mostly local but including an American guest, Simon Reid from Chicago, who was visiting and had seen the event on our website; very welcome he was too. We also had the privilege of Barry “the gun” Craighead as official starter and finisher resplendent in his red blazer and cap and complete with his starter gun- Brilliant! Alan Reid brought along a PA system and we were treated to an excellent sound track as we ran round the track – it really helped and the choice of accompanying music was perfect.

After the mixed weather we’d been having of late, the morning dawned sunny with occasional clouds. There was also a wee breeze which was welcomed as you ran round. The runners arrived to find a slick operation in progress; a gazebo had been erected, trestle tables with foil tops (for the food) in place, PA system up and running, changing facilities available and the lanes marked ready to go. After a short briefing by Heather to ensure we were all okay with the procedure, down to the track we went ready to go. You were allocated one of two lanes. The first being the inside four lanes section and the second being outside that. Cones were on the separating line for reference.

Dead on 1100, Barry set us all of with a loud pistol shot and it was head-down there after. Most set-off too fast but soon settled down into a steady pace. The fast–ones soon started lapping some of runners and there was always someone close by that you were passing or being passed by. This was all to the excellent soundtrack and the encouragement of the counters and organisers around the track. Meantime, Barry, Ben McIntosh and Heather sampled the cakes and made the difficult selection of prize winners. As the clock (which was at the side of the track) clicked down to zero and Barry fired once again to end the race, it was a short wait while Les, Heather and Ben measured each individual’s add-on distance with a trundle wheel. As you got your measurement on a post-it note, it was back to the gazebo to hand in your distance-scores and to pick-up your medal, carry bag and water – excellent value for the first year reduced price £5 entry. The medal was also in the shape of an LP with the event details engraved on the back.

The results were available shortly after finishing and while the runners and friends sampled the cakes submitted, the prize giving for both the run and cake competitions took place. In line with the spirit of the event there were also some eclectic prizes (LPs) for those whose age was closest to record’s RPM speeds (33/45/78) along with a selection of prizes for the cake-bake.

In summary, an excellent event and hopefully the first of many. The cake-bake added an extra dimension (and was an excellent way of ensuring there was food at the end) and was hotly contested. The Saughton venue fitted the purpose very well, being affordable, we weren’t bothered by others and parking was easy. However, the biggest factor in the success of the event and the day was all the work put in by the organisers so thanks and congratulations to them. Well done also to everyone that turned up to run or support. Maybe next year we can get it out as an open event and invite some other clubs and runners to attend.

No. NAME

GENDER

M/F

INSIDE OR OUTSIDE LANE

LAP DISTANCE

(Metres)

NUMBER

OF LAPS

ADDITIONAL DISTANCE (Metres)

TOTAL DISTANCE

(Metres)

TOTAL DISTANCE

(KM)

1 Neil Page
M
Outside
420.00
20
207.70
8,607.70
8.61 (M)
2 Phil Humphries
M
Outside
420.00
19
324.10
8,304.10
8.30
3 Laurence Winram
M
Outside
420.00
18
367.20
7,927.20
7.93
4 Jackie McCallum
M
Outside
420.00
17
2.00
7,142.00
7.14
5 Lisa Gillespie
F
Inside
400.00
17
289.90
7,089.90
7.09 (F)
6 Colin Wood
M
Outside
420.00
16
180.10
6,900.10
6.90
7 Murdo Macleod
M
Outside
420.00
16
164.20
6,884.20
6.88
8 Steve Krauthein
M
Outside
420.00
16
64.80
6,784.80
6.74
9 Janet More
F
Outside
420.00
15
367.20
6,667.20
6.67
10 Susie Smith
F
Outside
420.00
15
324.10
6,624.10
6.62
11 Bob Murray
M
Outside
420.00
15
297.10
6,597.10
6.60
12 George Maxwell
M
Outside
420.00
15
165.20
6,465.20
6.47
13 Jo Forbes
F
Outside
420.00
15
105.20
6,405.20
6.41
14 Fi Mackenzie
F
Outside
420.00
14
388.90
6,268.90
6.27
15 Giuliano Broccato
M
Inside
400.00
15
225.30
6,225.30
6.23
16 Wendy Macfarlane
F
Outside
420.00
14
288.10
6,168.10
6.17
17 Val Beattie
F
Outside
420.00
14
198.60
6,078.60
6.08
18 Mike Newton
M
Outside
420.00
14
184.30
6,064.30
6.06
19 Simon Reid
M
Inside
400.00
15
21.60
6,021.60
6.02
20 Brendan Brodie
M
Outside
420.00
14
37.00
5,917.00
5.92
21 Elly Mackenzie
F
Inside
400.00
14
267.00
5,867.00
5.87
22 Adrienne Murray
F
Inside
400.00
14
199.90
5,799.90
5.80
23 Susan Goldsmith
F
Inside
400.00
14
170.10
5,770.10
5.77
24 Krista Black
F
Inside
400.00
14
153.40
5,753.40
5.75
25 Gillian Grant
F
Inside
400.00
14
29.60
5,629.60
5.63
26 Gillian Knowles
F
Inside
400.00
14
27.40
5,627.40
5.63
27 Gillian White
F
Inside
400.00
14
5.00
5,605.00
5.61
28 Emma Silvey
F
Outside
420.00
13
121.90
5,581.90
5.58
29 Deirdre Barclay
F
Inside
400.00
13
333.00
5,533.00
5.53
30 Sharon Turner
F
Inside
400.00
13
106.50
5,306.50
5.31
31 Emily Alston
F
Inside
400.00
13
7.00
5,207.00
5.21
32 Lorna McCallum
F
Inside
400.00
13
3.60
5,203.60
5.20
33 Laura Slater 
F
Inside
400.00
12
390.00
5,190.00
5.19
34 Linda Young
F
Inside
400.00
12
156.30
4,956.30
4.96

The LP Run Winners

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Female that ran the farthest – Lisa Gillespie 7.09km – won a prize of the “Shaky” LP by Shaking Stevens
Male that ran the farthest – Neil Page 8.61km – won a prize of “The Lion & the Cobra” LP by Sinead O’Connor

Age graded winners (ie entrants whose ages were nearest to 33, 45 and 78 years old):

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In the 33rpm category – Emily Alston 5.21km – won a prize of “Greatest Hits Etc” LP by Paul Simon
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In the 45rpm category – Lorna McCallum 5.20km – won a prize of “Puppet on a String” LP by Sandy Shaw
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In the 78rpm category – George Maxwell 6.47km – won a prize of “The Inimitable George Formby” LP by George Formby
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The successful organisers: Chris, Les, Aicha, Heather and a relaxing Alan at the post-LP Run BBQ

Second, The Baking Bit

There were 17 delightfully delicious cakes submitted by ERN runners, friends and family, and the judging panel struggled long and hard in reaching their decisions.  This required several repeat samples before minds could be fully made up.  Official race starter, Barry “the Gun” Craighead, and Cake Taster Extraordinaire came to carefully considered conclusions about the flavour, texture and balance of the cakes judging some “wonderfully light” and others “simply full of punchy flavours”.  Ben McIntosh, another of the tasters, said “ There were all very nice, it was quite difficult, but Mike’s was the best ”.  Heather Jones, the third cake taster, wished she had eaten less porridge for breakfast to leave more room for the wonderful sampling she enjoyed whilst many of the entrants were knocking out the laps on the track, and confessed that the judging was the hardest task by far of being involved in the organising committee. Some of the recipes are available at ERN LP Run Recipes.

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A small selection of the cakes submitted – a serious business!

Winners of the Cake Competition were:

1. Ultimate Cake of Cakes – Best Overall – STRIPED CHOCOLATE CHEESECAKE by Mike Newton (also a novice entrant – bravo, Mike!)

2. Best Special Diet Cake – THE ALAN CAKE by Tracy Paterson

3. Best Dressed Cake (top for presentation and appearance) (2 awards were made in this category) –

ERN CHOCOLATE COLA CAKE by Laura Slater and

THE TURNTABLE LP CAKE by Susan Boothby

4. Moistest and Most Delicious Cake (top for texture and taste) – VICTORIA SANDWICH SPONGE by Val Beattie

5. Best by a Novice Baker / Cake Maker – BISCUIT SURPRISE by Murdo Macleod

Many other entries were very close runners’ up and there was precious little cake left at the end of the event. So well done to everyone, including those trying out new recipes for the first time. And every one who entered was a winner as their cakes were enjoyed by plenty of hungry and appreciative runners at the end of the race.

Third, The Barbecue Bit

The Burning Time
The Burning Time

After the prize-giving, most of the runners and friends moved into Saughton Park for the annual ERN barbeque that had been postponed from the Donkey Brae weekend. The sunny weather held out and we all had an enjoyable lunch in the park even after after polishing off all the cakes! Jo had brought the BBQs etc and there were different grills for meat or vegetarian fare. A wonderful way to finish off what was an excellent event and we look forward to hosting many more in the future.

Some Additional Photos: (thanks to Nicola, Laurence, Heather, Chris and Les)

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And they're off!
And they’re off!

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