A cool but thankfully dry evening saw a good collection of runners assemble for the latest CAAC 5 Mile road race.
Despite being a Wednesday night and with a hill grand prix race also taking place at Red Moss Kips, there was a healthy turnout from the Harriers. Me, Charlie, John, Ritchie and Zoe were all competing and coach Dave was there supporting and offering encouragement.
It’s a race I always look forward to as I enjoy the midweek races and this is long enough to be worthwhile but short enough to be able to go reasonably fast.
The route is on the open road starting from the end of Turnhouse Road and circling Turnhouse Golf Course and Cammo. There is a fast downhill start before doubling almost towards the town and round Cammo, a good uphill is quickly followed by a sharp downturn in the road to the 3 mile mark. Just before the 4 mile mark there is another incline before the course drops to a fast finish just off Turnhouse Road.
This year it was chip timing and there were no entries on the night. At only £6 for entry it is good value.
Our Harriers did well amongst a strong field where the race was won in a time of 26:44.
Harriers results below:
|121||John Gibbs||00:28:32||00:28:28||M||38||Penicuik Harriers M||11|
|94||Ritchie Thomson||00:28:41||00:28:38||M||34||Penicuik Harriers M||15|
|202||Allan Dunbar||00:33:21||00:33:14||M||43||Penicuik Harriers M||74|
|193||Charlie Crawford||00:36:22||00:36:10||M||40||Penicuik Harriers M||118|
|195||Zoe Fowler||00:37:20||00:37:09||F||39||Penicuik Harriers F||129|
There were bananas and water for finishers at the end of the race and, as I only discovered much later, a selection of tray bakes and other sweet treats were also available to those that managed to find them.
As always a really well organised and competitive race. Thanks to Corstorphine AAC for putting it on.
Sorry I don’t have any photos – I think Dave got a shot of us after the race but I’ve not seen it yet.