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Race for Life Holyrood Park 2011

Gail and her friend Louise with their medals
Gail and her friend Louise with their medals

There were two races, a 10 km and a 5 km event starting at 1000 and 1200 respectively. This year Susie Smith and Gail Dick took part in the 5km. The weather stayed dry if a little close but the route isn’t flat as it takes in loop of Arthur so well done to both.

Gail said: “For the first time the 10k and 5k races were run at different times – think there has been too much confusion on the route in the past. The 5k start time was later at 12 noon, but due to a serious injury with a runner on the hill race (not sure what that was), which resulted in an ambulance blocking the route, we were delayed by about 40 mins when we got pretty cold and it was constantly threatening to rain. At that point we had worked out we were running clockwise round the hill and I was pleased to manage to the top without stopping, but am sure that slowed me on the downward stretch!! I was very pleased to finish in just under 35 mins, having only had one day of recovery from Ladies Day, and the sun broke through for a very brief few minutes once we had finished. Louise is trying to persuade me the 10k in October is a good idea… “

Susie said: “Hi, I got over 5 x my fundraising target thanks to the generosity of people. I would echo what Gail has said. I entered with 2 colleagues from school. As race day approached, we all went down with various forms of lurgy so we were very sensible and decided just to walk instead of running as there are still 2 weeks of school to get through! I ran to meet the girls at school, walked the route and then ran home. We completed the 5km almost dead on 50 minutes, (with a wee run for the last 100m) which funnily enough was my time when I RAN my first 10km, Mmmm… It was a lovely event to be involved in, even though the start was delayed.

Hopefully see you Sunday.


P.S. Murdo, I’m still not going to do a marathon!”

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