After running this race last year, I thought I'd give it another shot and perhaps run a bit faster.
After the low-key phlegmatic race brief from Dave Mitchell, we were quickly underway and I decided to get up to speed as soon as possible, so found myself on David Phee's shoulder for the first lap of the track before Robert Gilroy and another guy overtook. I then held onto 4th place for a short while before various Kilmarnock and Ayr runners started passing. After 2km I was holding position again, until Kara Tait caught me at more or less the same place as last year. We then traded places several times before I made my move with about 800 metres to go as we turned onto Mill Avenue. I just managed to hold on for the lap of the track and finished in 17:40, which was about 8 seconds quicker than last year.