Monday, July 20, 2015
The Clydestride ultra runs for nearly 40 miles from the centre of Glasgow out to New Lanark, following the Clyde Stride walkway, which follows, for the most part, the River Clyde. The relay is split into 4 legs of roughly equal distance, and which start urban and flat on Leg 1 and get increasingly rural and lumpy as the route approaches New Lanark.
This year's Strathearn Striders comprised Fi on Leg 1, Ruth C on Leg 2, Ruth H on Leg 3 and me in the finishing leg. Fi ran her socks off to complete her leg in 1.17, some way ahead of her anticipated time, handing over to Ruth C, who had to negotiate the roadworks on the M74 before coming into Strathclyde Park. Ruth overtook a couple of the relay teams to finish her leg in 1.22. Ruth H spent the morning saying she wasn't running fast before reeling off a blistering 1.14 for her leg, while I rather let the side down with a slightly sluggish 1.25 on my leg, although I did get to overtake another relay team in the last mile or so. Our final time was 5.19.18.
Other Harriers interest was present in the form of Iain Thomson, running with the Carnegie Wrinklies, as he has every year bar 2014. Fortunately, we beat them. As usual, there were lots of familiar faces, including Kirsty Mackay, running the whole ultra, completing in 7.38.54.
Relay winners were the unlikely named Jordanhill Garden Supplies, in 4.24.
The ultra was won by James Stewart in a new course record time of 4.39.40.