This was the first running of this event, organised by the Dalmeny Estate Running Group (D.E.R.G.), and the feedback has been entirely positive. An unofficial near 5 mile mixed-surface race starting in South Queensferry and immediately tackling Hawes Brae before turning into the Estate proper for a descent to the shore and a run back to South Queensferry to finish beneath the Forth Bridge.
The race cost nothing to enter but a minimum donation of £3 to The Stroke Association was suggested (and it looks like almost £130 was raised for this good cause). Numbers, marshalls, timings and cakes were provided – can’t get better value than that!
Eight ERNs took part on the day and Michael Joyce also helped out as last runner/marshal. Many thanks to Alastair Scott and D.E.R.G. for a smashing event.
Zoe said: “Hi, this was a great race, very small but well organised. It was a lovely autumn day and the route took us through the Dalmeny estate. The toughest part was undoubtedly the very start which was a pretty steep hill climb! After that there were a few undulations but nothing too bad. It’s funny how whatever the distance of a race, when you’re pushing yourself they all feel long… I’d been expecting a 5m to be a breeze but it certainly wasn’t when you’re trying to do sub 8 min miles and to keep up with Trudi! 😉 She powered ahead of me on the hill and then acted as a good pace maker – some relief came at the end when the finish appeared sooner than expected! Trudi and I were 2nd and 3rd ladies respectively; don’t think I’ve ever managed that in a race! In the photo of my finishing the only other figure in the frame is a small boy on a trike, so I’m at least grateful that I beat him.
We had to dash off afterwards for a posh Sunday lunch at the Balmoral (thought of that also kept me going round the course…) but I hear here were good cakes afterwards. Alistair did a great job of organising and we raised a good amount for the chosen charity also. I might even be convinced to start attending some of his Friday night Dalmeny night runs now…
See you soon,
Photos: (A selection of photos showing ERNs, all taken from a full race/event set (courtesy of race organiser Alastair Scott) which can be accessed here.)