Chris said : ‘Somebody’ told me that this was a ‘humply’ race (I think you all know who I mean!), that same ‘somebody’ also promised I would see Highland cows! I did … at mile bleedin’ 12! I ran 12 miles to see cows in the far, far distance shading under trees …. Humpf! But don’t let onto that certain ’somebody’ … I was actually really glad he’d encouraged me – this is a fab race. Smallish/local (about 230), very well organised, incredibly friendly, lots of food at the end and one thing is for certain, the ups and downs certainly make for variety – it’s why we do Thursday training folks! Actually – truth be known – ‘he’ wasn’t the only one I was cursin’ over the hills Mr Page!
Oh – those who know me will know I can’t not do a race report without reporting on the wind … hmmm … there was a bit more of it than I’d expected – and why is it that it’s always a head wind (ahh yes… the adolescents out there thought I was on about something else!)? However, the ‘glass is half full’ in me would say that if it wasn’t for the wind it would have been way, way too hot – big thanks to the Haddington folks who had organised the water stations so that just as you were getting thirsty along came another one (or was that a mirage!). Big thanks must also go to the ERNs who weren’t running but came out to support – that’s really appreciated and it was lovely to see you! Apart from the bloke taking photos (ahem … we’ll have words about that airbrush!). Next time you are out with Sooz ask her about the man she was sent to ‘rescue’ along the road … or was that a mirage too?!?
Well done to everyone who ran the race (and to those who were sporting pbs!), it was hot and hearty and really great fun – and I know you will ALL be back next year!
Gillian said : Despite not enjoying this race last year, I thought I’d run it again this year – it is a lovely scenic country route, hilly in parts but nothing drastic. It is a later start than I’m used to though – 2pm – and I think therein lies my downfall, as my race this year was a carbon copy of last years with hot race conditions and a persistent stitch from early on. Not a great race for me, a personal worst in fact, and I didn’t even see the lovely fields of sunflowers that I saw last year – maybe I was hallucinating last year… I don’t want to put anyone off this race though, as it is lovely, well organised and scenic, I just think I’ve been unlucky twice!