I entered this race along with the Edinburgh Seven Hills event in what can only be described as a moment of naivety and panic buying on Entry Central! It seemed like a good idea at the time…..only £5/£7 entry fee, 3 laps of Knockhill racing track seemed like a bit of a novelty, I thought it would be a nice little trip to Fife on a Tuesday night…..and then someone pointed out that racing tracks aren’t actually flat and the clue was probably in the name KnockHILL, and I also failed to factor in the rush hour traffic crossing the bridge to the Kingdom!
Anyway, fears aside, I met Gary at Ingliston Park & Ride car park after work where we left his car and boldly embarked on a mission to cross the Forth, seemingly as do half the population of Fife at 5:30pm. It took us nearly an hour (most of which was spent queuing to cross the bridge) to reach Knockhill racing circuit which is indeed located on a hill. I quote from Gary on the approach “surely it’s not up that hill…….oh…..”
There was plenty of parking at the track and registration was an easy “collect your number on the night” affair. It wasn’t a chip timed event but the track is so wide that it didn’t take long to cross the start line. Participants were mostly from clubs north of the Forth, which given the traffic wasn’t surprising and Chris and Les failed in their mission to get there in time for the start. We also met up with Ian who was running in his mid week colours of Kinross Road Runners.
The route was 3 laps of the race circuit (6.2km, just under 4 miles), starting almost at the top of a long uphill drag, followed by a short sharp downhill, then back up, and up a bit more, then another short sharp up on the bend, then back along up to the start……hold on…..this seems to be a lot more up than down I’m thinking on the 2nd lap…..a suspicion later confirmed by Garmin (total elevation gain 76m). I was hoping for a time of around 30minutes before I checked the elevation profile so was quite pleased with a time of 30:48 and I managed to not get lapped by the fastest runners.
At the finish line we were presented with unique medal memento of the evening and the club had put on a fantastic buffet spread that would have left the hardiest ERNs overwhelmed by cake! Overall it was a good midweek event, somewhat more challenging than expected, but worth a trip if you can work out of the logistics of getting there in rush hour traffic.