Last year’s inaugural Devilla Forest Trail Races proved very popular with ERN members, and a few of them returned for a second attempt this year with several first timers joining them. Despite snow in the East, causing the start to be delayed by ten minutes to allow runners from around Edinburgh to get to Kincardine, conditions were almost ideal, though wetter underfoot in one or two places compared to last year.
An excellent event, professionally organised and managed by Carnegie Harriers, excellent facilities, courtesy of Tulliallan Police College, and an ideal introduction to running off road if you’ve never tried it.
Krista said : After seeing the video of the this race last year I put it on my list of runs to do this year. Lovely foot paths through the forest, skirting a couple of lochs.
As we headed up to Fife, with the snow coming down and I was wondering if we were actually going to get to the startline. Fiona texted to say that there wasn’t any snow on the other side of the bridge and Andrew skilfully navigated the heavy traffic and slippery surfaces on the bypass and we got to the start in plenty of time.
A very well organised number collection, with a bottle of beer with your timing chip. Everything stowed away in the car and off to the start with the gun going off shortly thereafter. Fell into a comfortable pace, with lots of long miles behind me so far this year, I was looking for a gentle run with some nice scenery and hopefully not a lot of big puddles. It didn’t disappoint, fantastic route through the trees with one enormous puddle! There was a queue to go through it and one lass lost her shoe in the quagmire! Good trail surface for most of it, a bit hard on the ankles in a rocky section that was really uneven but that was so close to the end that it was over quickly.
Pipped over the line by a lady that had been behind me for the entire race, but hey ho.. I’ve my sights set on the D33 in a couple of weeks! Truly enjoyable race, good company. A perfect day out, would be a cracker of an ERN day trip in the summer when the puddles (hopefully) have dried out and the trees are in leaf.
Thanks to Carnegie Harriers for hosting and will be back next year.
Andy said : Having heard great things after last years race I decided to give this year’s race a go – and I was not disappointed. The course winds it’s way through Devilla Forest with a few undulations but on the whole nothing too troublesome. The views are great, marshalls are very supportive and friendly and Carnegie have laid on a great race. The only thing that did trouble me was David Dye and I spent the whole race trying (in vain) to catch him!
Definitely a race to put in next year’s diary