This is a classic “Games” hill race, with Lee Pen overlooking the St Ronans Games Park. The first test was trying to find the declarations desk, hidden in the centre of the arena. The lady on the desk asked if i was a vet, which made my day. There were 15 starters including Carnethies Charlotte Morgan and Bob Johnston. I was by far the oldest competitor and it showed as I was last to leave the games field after one lap of the track. I felt a bit sluggish but manage to pull back one place at the first ascent into the woods. It was pretty hot as I tried to keep a tempo going up the grassy slope where I caught a second runner, who I discoverd unfortunately had to retire. There was no real hope of my catching anyone else so I just took it steady along the plateau to the last steep ascent to the flag. The lead runners had already been up and back down, and the eventual winner Scott Fraser had built up a commanding lead. My descent wasn’t the best and the contour down the grassy slope back to the woods is a bit tricky. I was slower than 2 years ago, but not last. Charlotte picked up 1st ladies prize.
The Junior Caerlee Hill race only attracted 2 entrants -something for Carnethy juniors next year ? Good to see Iain and Anne Nimmo, who had cycled from Cardrona to help with the marshalling.
Results are here:-http://moorfootrunners.blogspot.co.uk/
A great wee race and brilliant sunshine. Thanks to St Ronan’s Games and Moorfoot Runners for organising.