I headed out to Foxlake, Dunbar for the 3rd of the FoxTrail Winter Running Series on Friday the 20th Feb, which was a 10km night run. Despite some dark and heavy snow clouds in the sky just over Dunbar, by the time I got to Foxlake the sky had cleared and the conditions were perfect, cold, still and clear. As usual I was running late, had failed to find my proper headtorch and had borrowed one of the kids ones, which prompted failed in the Portaloo prior to the race. Very kindly I was lent the use of some batteries by the marketing director of Silva, who sponsored the race, although she did point out I was wearing Petzel. The race was two 5km loops through the fields around Foxlake out to the Belhaven bay estuary and back in the dark (but with head torches). The route took us and bit up and downy through the forest, out and around some squishy muddy brussel sprouty fields, along a narrow path at the edge of the estuary and along some country lanes too. These races have had some seriously fast folk in there, so I happily trundled along at the back, which I liked anyway because it was that much darker and all the better to see the stars. In fact a magnificent prolonged sunset with a rising new moon accompanied by Venus and Mars in close apposition really topped the event. The geese were settling in the estuary too, so it was all very idyllic. At some point I turned off my torch for fun and promptly took a wrong turn, which allowed the Silva rep to overtake me but I managed to reel her back in again to finish in about an hour for a free tea and biscuits. Bob Marshall provided some fabby pics of the event, as ever hunkering down against the cold in a chilly bit of dune. I have really liked this series. The organisation has been good, the routes varied, very beautiful and well signed (unlike last year’s night course where the front runners did an extra 3km or so they claim…)and all round it’s a bit of a laugh if you don’t mind trotting in behind the speedy ones.
by Megan Davey