Traprain Law Hill Race
12th June 2010


Colin Ledlie Fiona McKinnon Matthew Grove Digby Maass
More photos here from Bob and Leslie Marshall

The long hard winter and good recent rainfall had prompted the East Lothian vegetation to launch a mad growth spurt in the few days before the race. Course preparation the day before needed sickle and branch loppers to hack a way through the denser parts of the undergrowth. There was so much to clear that we had to leave some of the low hanging stuff as a scenic feature of the course. The hideous industrial orange plastic hazard fence along the edge of the quarry was not of our making; it seems to be the latest initiative of our hyper-vigilant council protecting us from ever having to make a decision for ourselves when we find something we might trip over in the great outdoors. Their warning signs on the Law must put the fear of God into visitors. It’s a pity they don’t use their creativity to give us more protection from crazy motorists with killing machines who use the local lanes as though they’re in the Monte Carlo Rally. Despite these frustrations, all seemed to enjoy this quirky race with its early bath and unique section of via ferrata (vium ferratum?).
Don Naylor had to work hard for his 14 second victory over Brian Marshall, who made repeated threats just as Don kept thinking he could relax. The Boggies squad provided strong back up for Don, securing the team victory for HBT with the support of Al Hart and Jamie Thin. Megan Wright further consolidated Boggies’ supremacy with a fine win from Georgie Nesbitt (Gala) and Gillian Carr (Corstorphine). Olly Stephenson must have been distracted by the summit view because he put a foot wrong coming off the summit and sustained a painful ankle twist that put paid to his promising start; the only other injuries were nettle stings and pride.
A field of 73 sustained the popularity of this low key event, with many remarks on value for money compared with the Edinburgh marathon. Thanks for the invaluable support from our usual marshals, who always fill the vacuum created by the shortage of young apprentices in this important and neglected service industry for hill runners.

Keith Burns

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