Pencaitland Winton trail 10k Saturday 9th April 2016

The race has changed slightly from when I ran it 2 years ago. It used to start from the primary school, but now starts at Winton house :
‘A dramatic and historic castle only half a lunch hour from Edinburgh, Winton lands predate the Magna Carta; and the Setons built the House before Leonardo da Vinci established his reputation. Their architect, the King’s Master Mason, didn’t work on ordinary castles! His carved, twisted chimneys still herald the palace within and his ornate plaster ceilings are the most elaborate in Scotland.’


Its a great venue for a race, the grounds were smothered in daffodils. We were surprised to be allowed to use the facilities, a rabble of runners queued up for the loo under the portraits of ancestors. The race has a gala day feel. There was bouncy castles for the kids. ‘Saltire radio’ were there doing the PA and there was even a man dressed as a daffodil having his picture taken with runners. I think he actually ran in this garb and probably finished in front of me. They do a fun warmup too:


There is a 3.5k, a 5 k and a 10k route. Each winds around the Winton estate through the woodland and there isnt much hill making for a race that feel a bit like a cross country.
‘The Winton Trail run 10K, 5K and Family 3.5K Fun Run offers a unique opportunity to run off road through some of East Lothian’s most beautiful countryside and the estate of Winton House. Formally the Pencaitland Fun Run, the event is now into its 5th year and supports the work of Marie Curie and local registered charities, the Pencaitland Primary School PTA and Pencaitland Playgroup, with the funds raised. There are clearly marked and marshalled off road routes’




At the end of the race you are handed a goody bag, with water and a macmillan daffodil pin. You also get a biscuit medal that you can decorate with icing and sweets. Both children and adults were making the most of that!







10 K Results:
Place Racer name Finish time difference to winning time
39 Michelle Walkingshaw – Kevin 44:11.9 +10:29.5
45 Michael Greens 44:55.2 +11:12.8
68 Rachel Lees 46:56.5 +13:14.1
79 Sadie Kemp 48:42.6 +15:00.2
119 Michael Philp 52:47.5 +19:05.1

Kevin was running as a Michelle.
We were hoping he might end up with a podium finish, that would have been interesting!



3.5K Results:
179 Lily Dunbar 28:17.1 +14:34.5



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