Jo said : This was one tough little race! But the sun was shining, and (three) people were out on the route, cheering us on. To call it ‘undulating’ would be a bit of an underestimation – the route went up and down more times than kangaroos in mating season! (Red Dwarf). We were mostly on B roads, climbing in and out of the Esk Valley a few times, but there was a nice bit of dirt track towards the end to break it up. Traffic was minimal, and controlled where it had to be so wasn’t a problem. Apparently the route was changed slightly towards the end compared to last year, but I haven’t done it before so can’t comment.
And 5 stars to the buffet and cake spread put on at the finish!
David said : This was my third year running the Lasswade 10 mile race and it’s one of my favourites. Last year I managed to knock a measly 5 seconds off my PB but I turned up not sure what to expect this year as it was my 4th (and longest) race in 15 days. When I arrived in Rosewell I met Jo and we went to registration (she had already been). I got my number, went back to the car to get ready and then we went along to the start. We had plenty of time to spare so we just hung about a bit and then had a quick warm up as the start time approached. We lined up at the start line (a bit close to the front!), the gun went and we were off.
The first mile out of Rosewell is gently uphill before flattening out a bit and then dropping steeply downhill into Roslin Glen. It’s a nice section where you can really let go and make up some time. However, after the downhill there is the inevitable uphill. It’s a tough climb up out of Roslin Glen to Roslin but thankfully it doesn’t last too long. There is then another flatter section before dropping down into Auchendinny before the climbing starts all over again. It might not be quite as steep as the last one but this is the start of a 2 mile section which is almost constantly climbing. Upon reaching the water station at about 6.5 miles the worst of it’s over and it’s mainly downhill back to Rosewell. The route then goes down to Whitehill House but due to construction work there was a slightly different route to the finish than normal (although I have to say I think I preferred this new route).
I had a slightly strange race. I worried that I had gone off too fast at the start, my legs were feeling a bit heavy and I’d convinced myself that I all my recent racing was catching up with me. I was sure that my pace was falling away over the last 3 or 4 miles as I wasn’t catching anyone and every few minutes I would hear footsteps and heavy breathing approach from behind and glide right past me (I did have a chuckle to myself when an attractive young lady from Lasswade AC passed me and thought I was one of them due to the similarities of our vests). I didn’t look at my watch once while I was running, mainly because I didn’t want to be disappointed so you can imagine my surprise when I finished, feeling exhausted, looked at my watch and discovered I had knocked almost two and a half minutes off my PB!
This is a really great local race, well organised (no sabotage or getting lost!), you get a medal at the end and I’d highly recommend it for next year. I was a bit surprised there weren’t more ERN’s taking part, especially considering the after race spread of sandwiches, sausage rolls, scones and most importantly…. cake! And remember the moral of the story is that if you want to beat your PB, do 2 or 3 hilly/muddy trail races as build up and then hit the road for a fast time!