Sunday, 14 June 2015

Lilliesleaf Offroad 10k, Gala 10k, Durisdeer Hill Race reports

Lilliesleaf Offroad 10k - (actually 10.7km) and 180m /600 ft ascent 
A very low key event in aid of the Lilliesleaf village hall fund. A very varied route following a complete mixture of surfaces with a short section of tarmac to start and then encountering hard farm tracks to soggy muddy forest trails and rutted fields with a stream crossing to finish. The course should be here:
Very friendly and clearly all the top runners were elsewhere as the Moorfoots filled the podium. It would have been different if the guy leading the race hadn't taken the wrong turn when he was clear of me, Mike and Wull running as a group.
There we some really rough and uneven surfaces and steep sections of descent near the end which allowed me to push on in the last mile and get a gap from Mike and Wull to record my first running win ever. I don't think that I get an international call up any time soon but vastly enjoyable course and good tray bake at the end!

1st Colin Williams in 45.00, 2nd Mike McGovern (1st v40) 45.30ish , 3rd Wull Hynd (1st V50) 46.00ish , Alan Elder 3rd V50 I expect results will be here soon:

Gala 10k - Darin and Craig ran and some speedy times posted with the top four all from Gala Harriers clocking 33 minutes something (I'm glad they weren't at Lilliesleaf!!)
Darin Dougal won the V40 prize and 6th overall in 36.41. Craig Rendle 10th overall in 37.58 - went off hard but paid the price later

Durisdeer - British Hill Champs Counter - Andy Cox in 58th in 1.45.46 in a hugely competitive field with 269 finishers. It was won by Tom Owens of Shettleston in 1.25 only a couple weeks after the representing GB to 4th place in the 85km World Ultra Trail Champs. Crazy!

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