|Phil Humphires||15||MV40 (5)||00:39:31|
|David Hope||53||MSen (17)||00:44:05||PB|
|Elly Mackenzie||174||FV40 (13)||00:58:11|
|Gillian Grant||407||FV50 (4)||01:00:55|
|Keith Chinnery||470||MV50 (26)||01:03:48|
Penicuik Harriers Running Club welcomed their largest field in recent years when they staged the 29th running of their popular, well organised and friendly, if slightly hilly, 10K event.
David said : I wasn’t quite as excited about the Penicuik 10k as some of my more “exotic” recent races. However, that might have played to my advantage as I felt pretty relaxed waiting at the start in the sunshine after registering at Penicuik High School. This was my first attempt at the Penicuik 10k but I knew most of the route.
I set off at a brisk pace for the first kilometre and then went quite hard up the long steep hill. By the time I reached half way at Wellington School I began to think I had gone off too fast but I knew it was mainly downhill the rest of the way. There was a strong crosswind on the exposed road from Wellington to the start of the downhill section back into Penicuik and my race number was flapping about giving me something to think about. Once back into Penicuik I had been warned about the steep little hill but it turned out to be more of a gentle incline and then the finish was almost in sight. The entrance to the park was a bit wet and muddy and then it was just a short sprint to the finish line.
I was really pleased to discover I had achieved my first ever sub 45min 10k which was quite unexpected. At the end I got a bottle of water, banana, a medal and a goody bag with a chocolate bar and some sweets. Then it was back over to the school canteen where there was a fine selection of sandwiches, cakes and drinks. After finishing one plateful I was tempted to go back for seconds but thought that might be a bit rude! Good race and I’ll definitely be back.