Lammer Law Handicap
Another sultry East Lothian summer evening for this popular trial by flies, heather, bracken, confusing skylines and even some fast runnable terrain.
26 runners had their starting spread of times compressed by a factor of 2.4 to deliver not quite a Tour de France sprint for the line (the impossible dream that our Handicapper pursues with his mysterious algorithms late at night with lots of black coffee), but an interesting finish nonetheless.
At least one runner was saved from an excursion across the watershed and down to Carfraemill by shouts from pursuers. Judging by the intense efforts, by some, to take advantage of fellow runners’ superior knowledge of the route, there’s still a curious reluctance by crap navigators to use this event to achieve some improvement in their own ability to find their way. So much so that your organiser is considering a change of format to an annually-changing navigators’ trial after the style of the Lakes Mountain Trial. This seems very desirable as typical hill race fields now accumulate an ever greater proportion of competitors who are proud to profess that they don’t have a clue about navigating and are content to follow the guys in front. Those who did this in a Durisdeer Race many years ago found themselves in a cloud shrouded village that was miles off the race route.
Anyway, I rant. Back to the race. The temperature
was on the warm side. The vegetation was much lusher than normal; so
much so that some your
organiser’s secret tracks through undergrowth had disappeared completely.
The Tweeddale Arms fed us well, but, unusually, with a spread of delivery times that matched the spread of start times in the race. If this persists, we’ll introduce a handicapped eating event (not to be confused with a handicapped-eating event) based on this years’ starting data.
Your organiser’s success was a return to competition that removes any right to post-injury handicap concessions in future.
If there is enough interest, the next East Lothian event will be a revival
of the East Lothian Three Peaks Team Duathlon (long standing record held
by Graeme Bartlett and me). Candidates please let me know.
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