A new Scottish Athletics event consisting of 10km trail race for the women, and just over 14km for the men.
The trails would be pretty familiar to anyone who has run the various Leg 4 options of the Burdens over the years.
The weather turned out a real scorcher, by Scottish standards at least.
The women were off first at 12 noon. First back was Edel Mooney of Lothian, although Gaynor was unfortunately already back having dropped out with hamstring problems. Ellie came in strongly in 13th place in 46:00, and Sarah Adam was not far behind in 30th place in 50:25.
I was the only Westie in the men's race, and was slightly daunted by the prospect of 15k intense trail running. I therefore once again started off slowly, thinking I might pick people off later on. I enjoyed the run and the route, albeit the mix of short tough climbs and fast runnable trails really knocked the stuffing out of me.
I had hoped/expected to run under an hour, but finished way down the field in 42nd place in 1:02:45. I can't say I was disappointed though, since it's the toughest hour of running I've done recently.
|Feeling the heat at around 7km|
|Ellie looking far more comfortable|