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jogscotland Challenges 2011 – Inverleith Park

Colin and Mike run past the Duck Pond in Inverleith Park
Colin and Mike run past the Duck Pond in Inverleith Park

Well done to everyone that took part in this lovely event which this year was also one of ERN’s Summer Series Runs. A good ERN turnout (27) for this annual Edinburgh run which is now into its ninth year, and once again the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh kindly agreed to run the route through the gardens (this is not normally allowed!) – the start and finish were located in Inverleith Park.

There were 2 starting times; 6.00pm for run 1 (493 runners) and 7.30pm for run 2 (534 runners). Some of the 6.00pm runners stayed on to spectate complete with pizza and beer in the sunshine! An excellent evening run with a number of ERNs subsequently retiring to Hectors in Stockbridge for a pint.

Race One

Place (493) Time
Gordon Purves 27 00:20:22
Colin Wood 117 00:24:19
Mike Newton 119 00:24:24
Fi Mackenzie 135 00:24:56
Susie Smith 171 00:26:24
Megan Davey 173 00:26:30
Claire Duthie 181 00:26:41
Jo Forbes 183 00:26:51
Heike Ulferts 187 00:26:58
Brendan Brodie 196 00:27:11
Val Beattie 235 00:28:33
Gillian White 239 00:28:49
Elly Mackenzie 242 00:28:55
Gillian D Grant 245 00:28:57
Adrienne Murray 297 00:30:47
Aicha Reid 362 00:33:26

Race Two

Place (534) Time
Simon Evans 46 00:22:01
Murdo Macleod 94 00:23:38
Alan Reid 105 00:24:11
George Maxwell 131 00:25.00
Jennifer MacDonald 153 00:25:33
Wendy Macfarlane 164 00:26:02
Tracy Stewart 212 00:27:28
Claire Winstanley 229 00:27:59
Nicola Frith 243 00:28:25
Louise Dirken 301 00:30:07
Mary Macleod 458 00:36:23

Gillian said: “Hi, What a lovely night. The weather, the company, the bacon roll and the cup of tea. Race was tough but scenic, great to be able to run in the botanics. An eye popping effort got me round in 28.58. Which is a fair reflection on the amount of running I’m doing at the moment. So all in all a top night.”

Megan said: “It was my first race (challenge?) as I only started running last Sept through Gordon/Grace’s running fitness at meadow bank and Gordon put me onto the ERN which has been super. Combo of running fitness, beach fun and Monday nights have made a world of difference to me. Thanks Gordon and ERN!!!”

Tracy said: “A beautiful evening and what a fantastic opportunity to run around the botantics, I loved it! I’ve been running with Elly’s class on a Monday night. I started a couple of months ago as a complete beginner so I was very pleased with my time. A great start to distance running.”

Some photos: (Including some courtesy of jammybilly and also thanks to Gillian-G and Natasha from ERN)

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