Sunday, 12 February 2012


Normally in February I have a weekend where 2 races coincide and this year is no different, so it was club x-country championship on Saturday and Kirkintilloch 12.5km on Sunday. Normally the Kirkintilloch race is the day after the national x-country and I run it with tired legs but that is not till next week and I thought I was ok for this year till I found out about the club race.
So I managed to sneak away from work early on Saturday to run the club race which is run in conjunction with Garscube, Clydesdale and Maryhill at Mugdock Country Park. I took along the trophy which I had surprisingly won last year not expecting to see it again but only one other runner turned up so I ended up winning it again by default, although I still had to slog through muddy fields for 6 miles for the privilege.

X-Country Route:

Me and club captain Kenny
 The plan for Sunday was to meet my brother Michael and run the 5 miles to the race, race and then 5 miles back, SIMPLES!

Kirkintilloch 12.5k route.

On paper the route looks flat but unfortunately we were not running on paper. Robert's description of the route was, "if you count more than 12 hills you have gone the wrong way" so that about summed it up.

Discussing which direction with Gavin Harvie.
(photos courtesy of Karen Craig)
I started off steadily and started counting off the climbs, none too big but enough to slow you down. Slowly moved through the field and ended in 4th place with Michael a couple places behind and my other brother Chris another few minutes behind.

Did not wait for the prizegiving as I wanted to get the final 5 miles done before I seized up so Chris collected my 1st Vet 40 prize and Michael's 2nd vet 40 prize. Had a wee latte before heading off and boy does that  give you a wee kick, might plan that for the Highland Fling drop bags.

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