David said : After seeing the Mabie Forest 10k trail race advertised in the ERN newsletter I pencilled it into my diary. I travelled down to Dumfries through a couple of rain showers but by the time I arrived at Mabie Forest conditions were just about perfect for running – mild, dry and cloudy with no wind to worry about. I had received a pre-race email advising that parking in the car park wasn’t free so I used the pay and display machine to get a ticket. However, I didn’t see many other people getting tickets and didn’t see many cars with tickets on them. There wasn’t much signage to the start area but I eventually located some other runners hanging about.
There was a short race briefing by the race director who described the route as “challenging” and then we were off. The race was run on a mixture of surfaces from wide, rocky fire roads to muddy, single tracks through the forest and at one point going up some steep, rocky steps runners bunched up when those up ahead started to walk but that’s probably to be expected on trail runs. There were a few steep climbs and descents to contend with but it started and finished at the same place so overall the first half was uphill and the second half was downhill.
At the finish I got a goody bag with medal, water, banana and a chocolate bar. I had read there would be refreshments at the end but I didn’t see anything so that was a bit disappointing. Overall I enjoyed the route as there was some nice scenery and it was good to get away from the usual road runs and try something a bit different. Well worth the trip down to Dumfries.