Described as Fast and Furious, this is certainly a quick race for some sections as a third of the route is gravel track (flat or downhill!). Of course, after the first 3km sprint, the steep climb up out of Tillicoultry (reverse of Maddy Moss race) is difficult on leaden legs and then there is a continuous annoyingly runnable 2 km climb that never seems to end. Once up on the tops however (the NE easterly wind not hampering the going too much) running was finally pleasant although the rain (and snow apparently for those further back) did reduce the temperature somewhat. Andrew Gannel and Ben Cleuch were in the cloud, but visibility was OK and the route obvious if a tad boggy in places. One always forgets the short climb up Ben Ever, but after that it’s all downhill all the way to the finish. Fast, fast, fast until you hit the final km of track and your knees explode!!
Great results for all Harriers involved. PBs and prizes all over the place.
14th, Stuart – 1:25:36 (PB) 1st M50 – 2 bottles of beer
24th, Rob – 1:31:27 (PB) 3rd M40 – 1 bottle of beer
56th, Andrea – 1:56:43 1st F40 – a bottle of wine!!!
60th, Chris – 2:01:51 (PB)