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The 2nd Annual ERN LP Run – 2011

2011
Aug

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The 2nd Annual ERN LP Run
(and cake competition)

Saughton Park, Edinburgh

First, The Running Bit

p1040594 Well done to everyone who came along and either ran, counted laps or supported ERN’s 2nd annual LP Race. An excellent day all told. More or less double the numbers from last year, 23 superb entries into the cake-competition, good tunes and “Barry the Gun”! Oh and it stayed dry as well! Thanks to Heather, Jo-F and Val for all their hard organisational work, Stephen Macleod for the tunes, Nicola and Karen for all their efforts in making sure everything ran smoothly on the day. Tell your friends – Hope to see you all next year. Happy days!

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 2010 AGM and an organising committee formed, 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! Following that success, this year it was decided to see if we could entice around 50 runners to take part so it was opened up to all via Scottish Athletics and entries were via Entrycentral which was a big bonus. An organising committee of Heather, Jo, Val and Stephen along with Murdo took the event forward for 2011.

On the day 53 runners turned up, mostly local but including an American guest, David Marsh from Midland Michigan, 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! Stephen Macleod 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 having been chosen by runners themselves.

After the mixed weather we’d been having of late, the morning dawned cloudy. There was a wee shower about 1100 but it stayed dry thereafter. The runners arrived to find a slick operation in progress; a gazebo had been erected, trestle tables with table-covers (for the food) in place, PA system up and running, changing facilities available and the lanes marked ready to go. You were allocated one of two lanes. The first being the inside three lanes section and the second being outside that. Cones were on the separating line for reference. After a short briefing by Heather to ensure we were all okay with the procedure, down to the track we went ready to go. Heather then got caught in the moment and organised a spontaneous warm-up session!

Dead on 1200, 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, Val and Jo 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 Murdo, Heather and Euan 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 memento (an ERN buff) and cake!

The results were available shortly after finishing and while the runners and friends sampled the cakes submitted, the prizegiving for both the run and cake competitions took place. In line with the spirit of the event there were also some eclectic spot-prizes (LPs) along with a selection of prizes for the cake-bake.

In summary, an excellent second event. The cake-bake again 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. Happy days indeed!

Surname
First
Gender Inside or Outside Lane
Number of laps
Additional Distance (m)
Temp

Total Distance (m)

Total Distance (km)
Hall
David
M
O
19
368
420
8348.00
8.35
Campbell
Michelle
F
O
18
317.1
420
7877.10
7.88
Simpson
Andrew
M
O
18
103.9
420
7663.90
7.66
Fleck
Jody
M
O
17
204.2
420
7344.20
7.34
Robertson
Trudi
F
O
17
66.2
420
7206.20
7.21
Hay
Tom
M
O
17
18.4
420
7158.40
7.16
Grayson
Zoe
F
O
16
138.1
420
6858.10
6.86
Fisher
William
M
O
16
94.5
420
6814.50
6.81
Lawson
Lisa
F
I
17
4.6
400
6804.60
6.80
Stewart
Ali
F
O
16
57.9
420
6777.90
6.78
Beaumatin
Loic
M
O
15
291.1
420
6591.10
6.59
Marsh
Dave
M
O
15
266.9
420
6566.90
6.57
More
Janet
F
I
16
164.4
400
6564.40
6.56
Newton
Michael
M
O
15
249
420
6549.00
6.55
Haddon
Paul
M
I
16
134.2
400
6534.20
6.53
Dean
Andrew
M
O
15
177.3
420
6477.30
6.48
Mackenzie
Fiona
F
O
15
147.6
420
6447.60
6.45
Maxwell
George
M
O
15
128.3
420
6428.30
6.43
Krautlein
Steven
M
O
15
68.9
420
6368.90
6.37
Tennant
Jo
F
O
15
41.1
420
6341.10
6.34
Duncanson
Kirsty
F
O
15
0.0
420
6300
6.30
Welsh
Fraser
M
I
15
194
400
6194.00
6.19
Hall
Nikki
M
O
14
238.7
420
6118.70
6.12
Graham
Clare
F
O
14
228.3
420
6108.30
6.11
Sharkey
Gita
F
O
14
227.2
420
6107.20
6.11
Robertson
Jim
M
O
14
196.6
420
6076.60
6.08
Jenkins
Laura
F
I
15
65.5
400
6065.50
6.07
Derham
Rosaleen
F
I
15
65.5
400
6065.50
6.07
Melvin
Fiona
F
I
15
13.2
400
6013.20
6.01
Ulferts
Heike
F
I
15
10.5
400
6010.50
6.01
Smith
Susie
F
O
14
75.3
420
5955.30
5.96
Grant
Gillian D
F
I
14
288.2
400
5888.20
5.89
Murray
Sandra
F
O
14
4.6
420
5884.60
5.88
McDonald
Jackie
F
I
14
215.7
400
5815.70
5.82
Black
Maureen
F
I
14
203.1
400
5803.10
5.80
Steven
Jacqueline
F
I
14
65.5
400
5665.50
5.67
Tweedie
Marilyn
F
I
14
4.6
400
5604.60
5.60
Chinnery
Keith
M
I
14
3.3
400
5603.30
5.60
Winstanley
Claire
F
I
13
361.6
400
5561.60
5.56
Davidson
Ann
F
I
13
361.6
400
5561.60
5.56
Goldsmith
Susan
F
I
13
353.3
400
5553.30
5.55
Hay
Susan
F
I
13
326
400
5526.00
5.53
Mackenzie
Eleanor
F
I
13
281.8
400
5481.80
5.48
Black
Krista
F
I
13
281.8
400
5481.80
5.48
White
Gillian
F
I
13
252.4
400
5452.40
5.45
Wootton
Fiona
F
I
12
360.3
400
5160.30
5.16
Murray
Adrienne
F
I
12
307.5
400
5107.50
5.11
Knowles
Gillian
F
I
12
286.7
400
5086.70
5.09
Reid
Aicha
F
I
12
226
400
5026.00
5.03
Mackenzie
Morag
F
I
12
196.2
400
4996.20
5.00
Mackenzie-Brodie
Ceana
F
I
12
196.2
400
4996.20
5.00
McGeown
Louise
F
I
11
395
400
4795.00
4.80
MacLeod
Mary
F
I
11
233.3
400
4633.30
4.63

The LP Run Winners

Female that ran the farthest – Michelle Campbell 7.88km – won a prize of the "Private Dancer " LP by Tina Turner
Female that ran the farthest – Michelle Campbell 7.88km – won a prize of the “Private Dancer ” LP by Tina Turner
Male that ran the farthest – David Hall 8.35km – won a prize of "Living my Life " LP by Grace Jones
Male that ran the farthest – David Hall 8.35km – won a prize of “Living my Life ” LP by Grace Jones

Spot Prizes

33rd Entrant - Andrew Simpson from ERN
33rd Entrant – Andrew Simpson from ERN
Person who said their 5k PB was 33 mins - Fiona Wootton from Jog Scotland
Person who said their 5k PB was 33 mins – Fiona Wootton from Jog Scotland
Person who is 33 years old (3 days ago!) - Claire Winstanley from ERN
Person who is 33 years old (3 days ago!) – Claire Winstanley from ERN

Second, The Baking Bit

Val (the boss!)
Val (the boss!)

There were 23 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 along with ERN Chairman Jo Forbes and Head-chef and guru of all things baking Val Beattie came to carefully considered conclusions about the flavour, texture and balance of the cakes.

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1. Best Traybake of the Year - George Maxwell: "Chocolate Blondie Brownies with Raspberries"
1. Best Traybake of the Year – George Maxwell: “Chocolate Blondie Brownies with Raspberries”
2. Best Dressed Cake of the Year - Ellie Barnard: "T-Shirt and Shoe cake"
2. Best Dressed Cake of the Year – Ellie Barnard: “T-Shirt and Shoe cake”
3. Tastiest Cake of the Year - Gillian Knowles: " Carrot Cake"
3. Tastiest Cake of the Year – Gillian Knowles: ” Carrot Cake”

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 everyone who entered was a winner as their cakes were enjoyed by plenty of hungry and appreciative runners at the end of the race.

Some Additional Photos: (thanks to Nicola, Euan and Heather) 

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