Gillian said : “Went down to the borders at the week-end to do the Kelso 10k, a new race to me. Its entry on line and all 200 places went prior to the event so no option to enter on the day.
Bib numbers are how-ever issued on the day and I was slightly nervous to discover that the race was based at Kelso Rugby Club. Bitter experience has taught me that the facilities are usually a lot better for the guys than the girls in such places. How-ever all was well when I got there. 4 ladies loos and a male dominated field meant queing was not a problem. No ladies showers but not the first time I have travelled home in my running kit. Male showers were on offer and I was told they were very nice!
Registration was in big room by very friendly volunteers. Tea and coffee was available till 10 minutes before the race started when we all got marched down to the start line 5 minutes away from the club. Just as well we all went together. Route was down short twisty streets and not sure I would have found the way in time on my own. Was surprisingly good fun all parading down the streets together.
Beautiful setting at the start. Riverbank, grass, sunshine. Gun fires. Off we go. Running on the grass for first half kilometre then a rather tedious incline on the pavement for another kilometre. Road was not shut so biggest challange was not to trip into the person in front of you whilst hoping that the person behind was ok about the pace cause overtaking was not an option. Pavement was narrow and road surprisingly busy.
But all was well when we took a sharp left into the stunning grounds of Floors Castle. Was really a trail race from then on. Round and about through the woods enlivened by what the people around me refered to as “borders inclines”. They looked just like Edinburgh hills to me but thankfully last kilometre was flat ending with a lovely section running downhill back to the river bank then along the grass to the start line which was now the finish line.
Medal, water, biscuits and a note pad from one of the sponsors awaited us. Then back to the Rugby Club where tea, coffee home baking (including gluten free to my great joy) was on offer in return for a charity donation. Almost every-one stuck about until all the prizes had been presented which made for a nice atmosphere.
All in all for people who like me, are more attracted to the small club runs rather than the big corporate ones this is a cracking morning out and a good excuse for a week-end away in a beautiful part of the world.