Great Stirling Castle Run

This was the second year of the Castle Run which succeeds the Great Winter Run and it is a much lower key event with runners going off in waves all day.

There is a similar elevation gain to the Great Winter Run but the course is slower due to narrow and winding route and more of a trail feel too, often tarmac. Glad we weren’t using the soggy mud bath followed by the Cross Challenge runners so one for trail or road shoes.

What a day! Squally showers on a hard wind. Once round the King’s Park golf course then a more sheltered traverse of the Castle (high risk of slipping/crashing on the narrow Gowan Hill section with two way running traffic). Organisers knocked off 100m for H&S reasons so it was a 7.3k.

We jogged around at a conversational pace. Good to be out at all in these conditions after an enforced layoff. Didn’t stay to watch the XC.

Might give this one another chance next year.

Report courtesy of Niall Patterson