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Dunbar Cross Country Race 2011

(Photo courtesy of Dunbar Running Club  where there are many more)
(Photo courtesy of Dunbar Running Club where there are many more)

This was the second in the Borders Cross Country Series and Fi Mackenzie took part in what was her first ever cross country race. Lovely winter(!) sunshine, great organisation and a good course made for an excellent race. There are still five events in the series between now and mid-February (details at Borders XC) so why not give it a go! Many thanks to Dunbar Running Club for organising and hosting this excellent event.

Place Gender Pos Cat Pos Time
Fiona Mackenzie 123 32 9 00:44:23

Fi said: Dunbar cross country-race 2 of the borders cross country series…

Approx 4.5ish miles [the way I ran it-probably could have been shorter or longer!] 00:44;23

First ever cross country race I’ve ever run, this one was in glorious winter sunshine & so hot I remember thinking-wish I was only in a vest! Lots of Lasswade types but I didn’t really bother them overly much-didn’t see them apart from at the race brief.

First part of the race was along White Sands Beach and back. The marshal had been instructed to go to the end of the beach which he duly did- to the far end point so across the rock pools & stinky seaweed we went! Back along the beach up onto the grass along rough stuff and then on to the next beach- where we had to breach a bank of pebbles. Then we passed around the lighthouse and somewhere along this stretch, I made up a few places, which were duly retrieved by those who were better on the small but steep hills-both their ascent and descent was better than mine. XC seems very friendly as the man overtaking me helped me out of the hole I dropped into when he went past!

Tried to get the Gala Harrier behind me to overtake but she seemed comfortable with my speed [even if I wasn’t!] and she egged me on to the finish where she didn’t even overtake me at the finish even though she probably could have.

Finished [full stop!]quite far down the field , but not last and 9th in my category. May even go back!

It was rather bizarrely for November really hot, so went to cool my very hot feet in the flat calm waters of the North Sea. Damn hard work but survived with both ankles intact and a rather huge smile on my face.”

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