this race has been going on for quite a while now, but I'd never
heard of it until a couple of weeks ago. The ParkRun is a free,
weekly, timed 5k run along the Cramond Promenade, each Saturday
starting at 9:30 am. See here for more info: http://www.parkrun.org.uk/edinburgh.
It's short, it's extremely flat, and it's a road race - so why mention
it to a group of hill runners? Well, perhaps there are other Carnethies
out there that fancy a quick blast on a Saturday morning. The nearby
location, the early start and the short course mean that it's pretty
handy if your weekend is dominated by something else...or if you
simply want to add a fast run to your training. Some Carnethies
have already posted times for the club, maybe more can be added.
Rather than just advertise it, I guess I should write a quick report
on it too...
On Saturday morning I took the bus down
to Cramond to enjoy a rare trip to the coast and to see what this
race was all about. Looking
around on the start line I didn't see any Carnethies, but then the
Wilkinson family (Michael, Trevor and Rhys) came over to say hello.
Mysteriously, Matt Grove then appeared out of nowhere standing one-footed
in (what I think was) the "Tree" yoga position. Very strange.
Pleasantries were exchanged, then we were off. The route is an out-and-back
along the promenade starting near Cramond and turning back near
the West Shore Road. Initially the wind was favourable and the sky
bright, but by the turn the rain started and the wind picked up.
The race seemed to uncover my failings - the first two kilometres
highlighted my poor preparation, as my lungs burst trying to get
into a speedy rhythm, and the final three highlighted my cowardly
nature as I tucked-in behind a faster fella to shield me from the
driving rain. Not very gentlemanly, I know, but it got me round
in good time. A good race for all the Carnethies including a PB