This was the 2nd running of the Ayr Seaforth 5-mile Trail Race.
Tonight the race organisers took no chances, and the route was very clearly marked and marshalled throughout.
The route follows scenic trails alongside the River Ayr with a detour into Dam Park to loop around the playing fields on freshly mown grass.
I kept the leading trio of Stephen Wylie, Jeff Farqhuar and Brian McEwan in my sights for as long as possible, but after 2 miles they had all disappeared into the distance. With nobody chasing me down it would have been easy to give up and coast along, but I decided to keep working and treat the race like a time trial.
By pressing right until the end I squeezed under 29 minutes, to record 28:57 on my watch, which was about 10 seconds faster than last year, making it my first PB of 2010!