East District XC
A bit more action last weekend, starting with the final race of the East District Cross Country league at Livingston. Many thanks to Brian Miller for his report on the series which can be found at Easy District XC 2020. Congratulations to everyone who took part in these races over the season. Looking forward to a good showing at Falkirk in a few weeks’ time.
Meanwhile, 4 hardy Harriers took on the challenge of the Tyndrum 12 and 24 hour races. Definitely a bit of a gamble at this time of the year but, thankfully, the conditions were probably better than could have been expected, although the temperature did drop below zero overnight. Hoping for a full race report – any offers?
On Sunday the action moved to Selkirk for the Feel the Burns hill race, the second Hill GP counter, with eight Harriers on the start line. For the men it was a repeat one-two-three for Steven, Peter and Lee. Arianne led the women home, beating dad Lee in the process, with Michelle taking second. Well done to all.
Great Stirling Castle Run (report courtesy of Niall Patterson)
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.