A truck load of harriers headed to Peebles for this race. It was great to see so many of us there and for some it was their first hill race. This race is a great introduction to hill racing, the weather was ideal for running and the atmosphere relaxed. The race begins with a lap of the grassy area by the river, we could see our very own Rob Wilson leading the pack. Then its a short stretch of road running before the trail begins up through the woods. The path becomes quite steep and many of us began doing some fast walking as the running became more difficult. Then its out onto the hill proper, through the heather. The ascent to the top is more gentle in parts and allows for some running. I was just wondering why Chris Downie wasn’t doing the race when I saw him at the top of the hill with his camera. Then it was everyones favourite part, the downhill, there are a couple of gates to deal with but other than that just some very enjoyable running as you head back to the finish. It was lovely to see Bill’s smiling face at the finish where he was helping with the times. Stuart won a prize for 3rd vet and he was also 6th in the race I think, Gillian also won a prize, but she wasn’t sure why. There was beer generously handed out to many of the harriers as we had such a good turnout. Thanks to Moorfoots for a wonderful race and well done to all who took part, both running and supporting.
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