Sunday, October 9, 2016
The penultimate championship race for 2016 saw a couple of half marathon pbs, with Wendy Taylor leading the way in some style with an excellent 1.32.38, and Lauren Fairweather finally breaking the 2-hour mark with a very satisfying 1.57.44.
The race was run in perfect conditions - cool, sunny, no wind - but was rather more undulating than I remember it being. I led the Harriers runners until Wendy sailed past me just after the 2nd water station, and while I though I was managing to hang on to her for a couple of miles, she strolled away over the last few miles and finished 4th woman, and 1st in the FV40 category.
I found the last couple of miles really hard work, but was happy enough to finish in 1.34.07, 4th in the MV55 category. Next in was Nicola Watson, training hard for the Glen Ogle 33 in November and with many, many miles in her legs, finishing in 1.45.17, also 4th in her age category. Mark Dillon put in an awesome effort to run, having raced the Meall nan Tarmachan hill race the previous afternoon, and finished in 1.54.07. Lauren Fairweather crossed the line to great acclaim, beating her half marathon pb by 3 minutes, and Colin Tipping was doing it for the old gits, finishing in 2.17.08.
The men's race was won by Crieff 10k record holder Robert Gilroy in a time of 1.11.43.
Unfortunately, Aaron Dawson had to withdraw early in the race with a dodgy knee - the overwhelming consensus was that he did the right thing, to avoid further damage.