Saturday, 25 February 2006

Kings Building 5-mile

25th February 2006
A stark contrast to last Saturday in Falkirk. No basking in Spring sunshine this time. Far more bracing conditions with a bitter northerly wind and smirry rain.
As far as I know, the race was won by Juan Mareque of Spain, running for City of Edinburgh. The ladies race was won by Edel Mooney of Ireland, running in a Heriot Watt vest. A low-key event. The £5/£7 entry fee did not extend to any prize giving or post race refreshments.
I experimented with a top tip picked up from Es Tresidder during the week. His advice was to start fast, and when it begins to hurt then speed up. This worked up to a point. I certainly passed quite a few people on the long climb - who then immediately passed me again once it levelled off, with Edel trotting past at the halfway point as usual. But I just managed to fend off 2nd lady Sarah Blake - also running for Heriot Watt.
Not too many other hill runners there - just Alasdair Anthony, Ian Wellock, Michael Diver, Bruce Smith (who all beat me) and Kate Jenkins (4th lady).
Profile of the course - Quite hilly Route Map Dramatic sky from Newhouse Industrial Estate on drive home

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