A record number of 260 runners on the start line this year, all ready for an undulating jaunt round our beautiful route in the sunshine, supported by our incredible marshals and refreshed post-race with our home-baking and savoury foods. Results are available on our results page.
Thank you to everyone for being part of this race; welcome back to old hands and a warm welcome to new runners alike. Our shift to a mornig start seems to have proved particularly popular, no doubt helped by the forecast for lovely weather. This caught us out slightly however; unfortunately we didn’t have enough medals for all the finishers. Our sincere aloplogies to those of you who finished later in the race; this will be rectified very shortly and we’ll endeavour to contact every runner affected.
This highlights one problem of not closing entries before the day and trying to be friendly and allowing people to decide on the day if they want to run. As we also don’t know how many may pre-entires may drop out (it was 32 this year) it is an difficult to predict. Although we only advertise ‘medals for the first 220 runners’ this has rarely been an issue in the past. We will make sure this doesn’t happen again though.
Photos are being organised and links will be posted here soon; I believe there a fair few!
Well done to our category winners and apologies for the 3rd lady mess up – a recording error followed by a (human) name mix up made for an uncomfortable few moments! Thanks to our video evidence we had the problem sorted before the end of prize-giving 🙂
I would like to reassure everyone that the runner who had medical difficulties during the race is recovering well and hoping to run the race again next year. I would also like to thank the marshals and first aid team who acted quickly and professionally and showed me that the emergency procedures we have in place worked, and this runner was fully supported in their time of need. Most of all, I need to thank the retired Doctor, David Begg who provided vital medical assistance to this gentleman and had he not been there then things could have been very different. Also to his duaghter who luckily was spectating and ran to get her Dad. This is a testament to the community of Penicuik and how lucky we are to be part of it.
Our efforts to raise funds for SIMBA proved worthwhile with £370 raised through our post-race refreshments. The Penicuik High School teachers running to raise awareness for MYPAS have raised £1,447 so far – a fantastic effort on their part.
I would also like to thank our sponsors who help support this event; their financial support to our club is something we are very grateful for.
Harriers club members did what they do naturally on Saturday and showed the field of runners what proper marshal support and encouragement is – I have recieved dozens of messages from runners saying how grateful they are.
Next year’s race will be on Saturday 11th May 2019, once again at 11am – hope to see you all there!
Susie Maxwell (Race Convener)