Birthday Bash-tastic – The 5th Annual LP Run Race Report
Edinburgh Running Network is celebrating it’s 10th anniversary this year, and 2014 also saw the 5th running of one of Scotland’s most unique running events, which caters equally well to fast club track runners and newer jogscotland runners. Now in it’s 5th year, the LP Run took place in Edinburgh on Sunday 24 August and is held on the bouncy synthetic track at Meadowbank Sports Centre. The run is based on the longest continuously run race in Houston, now in its 47th year. It involves runners going as FAR as they can in a set time – in this case 33 ⅓ minutes – as the clock counts down to zero. For some runners, it was the first time they’d run on the track: ‘I loved having the chance to run on a proper track – a first for me!’
After an aerobics warm up, the runners awaited the firing of the official starting gun as the warm up music faded. Everyone set off – hares and tortoises – to run as many laps (RPMs) of the track as possible during 33 minutes and 1/3 minutes. This year’s music theme was top tunes from when you were 10 and with a wide a range of participants, we had an eclectic and enjoyable soundtrack to the race.
Numbers were down slightly on previous years, but that in no way detracted from the friendly and welcoming atmosphere. And as in previous years, we welcomed runners from outwith Scotland, including a couple who had traveled up from the North East, and a speedy dude from Spain.
The Race Experience
ERN is committed to improving the event year on year and we always listen to runners’ feedback. Here are some of the comments made on this year’s event:
“Fun, enjoyable, inclusive!”
“For a first time competitor with was a brilliant event, it was so friendly” Michael Meighan
“I definitely got in the groove with the LP Run” Al Donald
”Real fun friendly morning. Loved the coaster as a prize – nice change from a medal” Gillian
“I had a great time, it’s a novel and fun event with a great atmosphere and something for runners of all abilities” Claire Monk
“Best fun in a ‘race’ I’ve ever had!” Clare Miles
“I like the all inclusiveness of the race. It doesn’t matter if you’re speedy or slow you just get lapped a lot if you’re at the back. The advantage of a timed race is you all finish at the same time so there’s plenty of cake for all and people haven’t packed up and gone by the time the last people come in”. Ann Rautenbach
“Great way to spend a Sunday morning if you like running…and cake!” Kris Lavery.
It was a hotly contested international competition for first man with an all-out race breaking out between Ferran de Torres of CA Runners, Tarragona, Spain and Robert Watson of Musselburgh and District AC, Scotland.
The honours went to Lucja Leonard of Carnethy Hill Racing Club as first woman, who ran 7.44km and to Ferran De Torres, first man, who ran 9.63km, just pipping Robert Watson for the lead by 10 metres!
There were also spot prizes for the runners who’s ages were closest to 33, 45 and 78 on 18 August 2013, and the winners were Kris Lavery, Clare Miles and Michael Meighan. The spot prize winners were presented with commemorative LPs, and the top finishers got unique “Star Runner” baking aprons adorned with the LP run logo.
Running Results (full results after rest of report)
Top Three Men
|Club||Distance in km|
|Ferran De Torres||CA Runners Tarragona||9.63|
|Robert Watson||Musselburgh & District AC||9.62|
Top Three Women
|Club||Distance in km|
|Lucja Leonard||Carnethy Hill Racing Club||7.44|
|Rachel Heathcote||Hunters Bog Trotters||7.22|
And after the run, it’s all about the cake!
ERN love their cake, there was a cake competition too. For the first time ever, we had a professional cake judge in the form of Nell Nelson who runs two cake and coffee shops in Edinburgh (Café Connect in Comely Bank and the Mint Café in Fountainbridge). There were all sorts of cakes including a spectacular Summer Sunshine cake complete with ice cream cones, a chocolate and beetroot cake, a vegan carrot cake, a chocolate raspberry traybake, and various lemon, passion fruit and ginger concoctions. The “Best Dressed” entries were a feast for the eyes, with a cake representing a 100m track. An independent judging panel had a difficult time deciding. After a comparison of blind tasting scores the winners were announced. Barry the Gun, who has been on the judging panel since the LP run began in 2010 said: “the standard keeps getting better every year, particularly on the presentation”. The judges views were then corroborated by all the runners who enjoyed a fine feast of cake after their exertions on the track, with very little left at the end of the event, a sure sign of success in the baking and eating departments!
Star Baker prize apron:
There were  cakes entered into the cake competition, around one third traybakes and two thirds traditional round and square sponge cakes of various kinds
Best Traybake – Wendy Mcfarlane for ‘Healthy Tiffin’
Best Dressed Cake – Claire Monk for ‘ERN Gingerbread Men cake’
Healthiest Cake – Ellie Barnard for ‘Chocolate & Raspberry Torte’
The music element really fired people up. The runners said: ‘Loved the big ending with Motorhead’, ‘great choices and variety’ and ‘a great eclectic mix’.
The Charity Link
Edinburgh Running Network like to give back to the local community and this year we handed a cheque for £195 to Capability Scotland who, with fund-raising on the day, are now £338 better off. Some of our members’ children benefit from Capability Scotland’s excellent services, and we are grateful to them for the volunteers to came along to give out tea, coffee and elastic bands during the race.
And a very big thank you to all the volunteers who helped plan, organize and put on the event and to Bob Marshall for taking the photographs.
And here’s a blog from Ellnor Jensrud of Norway about her LP run experience
And for those of you wanting to try the winning healthiest cake recipe, here it is:
Chocolate and raspberry torte
For the cake:
200g plain dark chocolate (70% cocoa solids)
150g icing sugar
150g sunflower margarine (such as Pure)
400g tin chickpeas, drained and rinsed
3 medium eggs, separated
3 tbsp seedless raspberry jam
75g plain dark chocolate
50g sunflower margarine
Punnet of raspberries
- Break chocolate into pieces and melt in a bowl over a pan of simmering water.
- Remove from heat, stir & leave to cool for 20 mins (or it will melt the mix).
- Preheat oven to 190’C (180’C fan). Grease a 23cm cake tin with a little margarine and line the base with baking parchment.
- Put the chickpeas in a food processor and blend to break up the chickpeas.
- Add the icing sugar and margarine and blend until smooth and creamy.
- Add the egg yolks and blend again.
- Pour the cooled melted chocolate in a steady stream with the mixer going.
- Whisk the egg whites to stiff but not dry and gently fold into the mix.
- Spoon into the cake tin, level and bake for 35 minutes until risen and firm.
- Leave to cool in the tin for 10 minutes before removing from tin. The top tends to sink as it cools, leaving a nice hollow to fill with the topping. Spread the top with raspberry jam before completely cool.
- Melt the chocolate and margarine in a bowl over a pan of simmering water and stir thoroughly. Spread over the top of the cake to the edges of the cake. Leave to cool.
- When the chocolate topping is almost set, place the raspberries on top, hollow end down.
Sold in aid of:
Cake recipe from Freeze by Justine Pattison; made by Ellie Barnard
|Club||Number of Laps||Additional Distance (m)||Total Distance|
|Ferran De Torres||CA Runners Tarragona||22||173.3||9.63|
|Robert Watson||Musselburgh & District AC||22||163.4||9.62|
|Sid Bratley||Edinburgh Running Network||19||116.8||8.29|
|Phil Humphries||Edinburgh Running Network||19||34.1||8.20|
|Craig Mackay||Harmeny Pentland Runners||19||32.4||8.20|
|Al Donald||aldon coaching||18||273.2||8.01|
|Dale Roy||Edinburgh Athletic Club||18||201.5||7.94|
|David Hope||Edinburgh Running Network||17||336.7||7.65|
|Steve Pattison||Tyne Bridge Harriers||17||264.7||7.57|
|Gordon Faulkner||Edinburgh Running Network||17||160.9||7.47|
|Lucja Leonard||Carnethy Hill Racing Club||17||130.7||7.44|
|Rachel Heathcote||Hunters Bog Trotters||16||340.3||7.22|
|Mary Pattison||Tyne Bridge Harriers||16||44.4||6.92|
|William Fisher||Edinburgh Running Network||15||23.2||6.47|
|Clare Miles||Dunbar Running Club||14||292.9||6.31|
|Gordon Turnbull||Edinburgh Running Network||15||188.1||6.19|
|Keith Chinnery||Edinburgh Running Network||15||183.6||6.18|
|Peter Hammond||Edinburgh Running Network||14||57.5||6.08|
|Sarah Donald||aldon coaching||14||0||6.02|
|Eleanor Mackenzie||Edinburgh Running Network||14||264.6||5.86|
|Lesley Marshall||Edinburgh RC||14||189.8||5.79|
|Wendy McFarlane||Edinburgh Running Network||14||144.7||5.74|
|Gina Browse||Edinburgh Running Network||14||1.6||5.60|
|Rebecca Carter||Edinburgh Running Network||13||332||5.53|
|Gillian D Grant||Edinburgh Running Network||13||311.5||5.51|
|Claire Monk||Edinburgh Running Network||13||177.2||5.38|
|Val Beattie||Edinburgh Running Network||13||59||5.26|
|Murdo Macleod||Edinburgh Running Network||12||223.3||5.02|
|Dawn Shepherd||Edinburgh Running Network||12||204.3||5.00|
|Catriona Meighan||Carnethy Hill Racing Club||11||264.6||4.66|
|Carol Fraser||Jog Scotland (Westwoods)/ERN||11||223.3||4.62|
|Ann Rautenbach||Edinburgh Running Network||9||244.1||3.84|