9th June 2012
Traprain Law race
|We were spared a repeat
of last years deluge but the recent rain led
to the iconic river wade being ruled out and
a detour via the bridge added 0.6m to the distance.
Lots of Carnethy vests though the large turnout
was not really reflected in the results. Leading
lady Charlotte tumbled on the descent and badly
bruised her knee, giving herself a dead leg that
forced her retirement and gave the win to HBT.
Adam and John R withdrew, we know not why. I
fell over as usual. Gordon clinched a prize as
did Bob W, and Michael's wee boy got to sit in
a fire engine as East Linton celebrated the annual
gala of which this race forms a part. Results -
the turnout of 93 runners was the largest for
many years, possibly ever! More photos here
After last year’s
deluge we enjoyed an excellent brief weather
window this time with warm sunshine. However,
the previous night’s rain on the hills
had created a characteristic River Tyne surge
overnight of over a half metre’s depth
increase on the previous afternoon’s
already high level. The murky brown
torrent at the early morning pitch inspection
led to a reluctant decision to abort the
river crossing. It was even too deep to immerse
the old and well-used race depth gauge (KB).
A record 93 starters made for congested progress along
the raging brown torrent. Beyond the normal river
entry point, the dunk diversion took runners to the
Hailes footbridge and a backtrack along the road to
re-join the steep climb to Kippielaw. From Kippielaw,
the field margins to the quarry were heavy going through
the long grass. The rock outcrops on the east
ridge seem to get longer each year due to soil erosion. Here,
the restored rustic municipal gas-pipe fence protecting
the quarry edge did little to enhance the otherwise
imposing east ridge.
This year, Exmoor ponies replaced sheep on the Law,
with copious piles of steaming Exmoor excrement along
the race line. Was this the reason for the unusually
luxuriant vegetation? There was one heavy tumble
on the descent (an over-exuberant overtaking move?)
- but no serious damage. One clearly delirious
competitor ignored three large arrows on the ground
marking TURN RIGHT and turned left for Haddington.
The family Gala Day operations on the field were well
attended compared with last year’s rain washout. Thanks
to all our helpers, without whom the race would not
happen: Fiona, Anne, Jane, Therese, Barbel, Barry,
Jon, Nick, Chris, Stuart, plus our community coppers
Gavin and Kevin on their assault mountain bikes.
My first hill race since
my big run. Question - how will I feel racing fast?
For me it was all about seeing everyone and having
a great weekend with the family. Myself, Monika and
Greg arrived nice and early. We met Keith and Barry
the start official, had some banter going with fellow
Carnethies also. Time for race start, the horn went
and here we go!! The first mile I really struggled
and was over taken by many folk, after that I got into
a relatively good pace coming into Traprain Law itself.
The climb was short but steep and seeing Nick Mcdonald
with his camera was good. Then the down hill and stretch
home to the finish felt really good, I managed to go
all out and answered my question how the legs would
feel. They felt good. I arrived at the finish happy
with my time of 54 minutes. Great admiration to Keith
& Trevor for organising such a good event and with
it my family really enjoyed themselves especially Greg.
Also great seeing everyone. We headed to Edinburgh
as quick as possible as there was sunday to think about,
Dechmont Trail race.
More excellent race photos
from Bob Marshal here and
from Sandy Wallace here. Thanks