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Edinburgh to North Berwick 20 Mile Road Race 2012

2012
May

ERN members in Dirleton with less than 3 miles to go, and at the finish.
Photographs courtesy of Andy Graham and Bob Marshall.

Place (178) Category Time
Joelle Lacouture 59 FSen 02.29.11
Russell Beswick 74 MSen 02.33.15
Sharon Smith 145 FV40 03.04.09 1
Murdo MacLeod 154 MV50 03.07.16
Stephen Maloney 155 MSen 03.07.16 1
Gillian Hyndman 158 FV40 03.07.55 1
Norma Bird 160 FV50 03.08.22
Stephen Garland 162 MV40 03.08.41
Andrew Duncan 167 MV40 03.16.34 1
Michael Newton 172 MV40 03.23.21 PB

1 = First race over the distance. PB = Personal best time over the distance.

This long standing event, which was first run from North Berwick to Edinburgh in 1958, before switching direction the following year, has varied in length from its original length of 22.6 miles, when it started at the GPO in Princes Street, up to a full marathon on four occasions. Most runnings of the event have taken place over 21.8 miles with the race starting from Meadowbank Stadium. However in 2009, because of road works, (Road works? In Edinburgh? Really? How unusual!) the event was reduced to its current distance of 20 miles when the start was moved to Portobello Prom.

Conveniently falling three weeks before the Edinburgh Marathon in most years, this is ideal as a final long run for those doing a marathon training program. So it was that a small group of ERN ‘marathon virgins’, a couple of ‘old hands’ and some who weren’t even running the marathon, headed off along the prom on a bright and sunny Saturday morning in the direction of East Lothian. Some excellent times and a real confidence boost for the marathon runners as everyone completed the course in one piece, and in good form, if a bit warm. Well done! A recommended event.

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