A large contingent of
Carnethy volunteers braved the lovely weather
to marshal Edinburgh marathon. A grey start soon
burnt off to leave wall to wall sunshine and
conditions verging on hot. It's quite a sight
to see the start with nearly 7000 runners with
the excitement palpable. Slightly less inspiring
is marshalling in the queues for the ineffable
portaloos, but hey ho, it makes a valuable contribution
to the club coffers. Some of us also assisted
at the finish area in Musselburgh so witnessing
the transformation of the starters into varying
degrees of running wreckage. Looking very good
though was Andy Lennie, pleased with a time of
3hr 34, and determined to beat 3hr 30 next time.
Persevering to the finish was a battered Micheal
Nowicki who suffered a foot injury after another
runner trod on it, and who was still feeling
the effects of his epic run. A Carnethy relay
team had a setback on one of the legs but I have
no further news at the moment.
Many thanks to all the Carnethy shouts along the route.
I set off far too fast, a classic mistake but enjoying
passing loads of people, something I don't usually
do in Hill Races!, caught up with Micheal N. in Port
Seton complete with bad toe and we ran a mile or so
together before I thought I'd have a go at my sub 3:30
target. Saw Bob and Cali on Longniddry Bents which
was a real boost and then my wife and 3 little nieces
a wee bit further on. It was starting to get hot at
this point!, with the loop around Gosforth House really
scorchio, I was on target at 20mls ( 2:32:00) but started
to wilt, so in order to look good for the photo's at
the finish line I slowed down and "cruised" in
at 3:34:20 ..... Great to see Nick, Gordon and Digby
at the finish line. A really good day, but no more
of this road nonsense, time to forget about pace and
time and get back to the hills.
like to say a huge thanks to all the Carnethies
for the support along the route during
the Edinburgh marathon. You guys are one
amazing bunch of people.So glad to be
part of the club. Also well done to all
Carnethies at Jura and Edinburgh marathon.
One hot weekend!!
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