If a weekend race isn't enough and you are looking to give your legs a sound midweek thrashing - I would recommend looking out for a Wednesday night race (should you decide to take leave of your common sense!).
Caerketton is on my way home from work so I thought I would join in. Probably not the best idea after running Philiphaugh on Sunday - a 6 mile 'recovery run' around Cademuir on Monday and a Tuesday night beasting (courtesy of Colin and Ruth) at training.
But hey..it was only 3 quid to enter!
As I arrive , the junior race is just coming to an end and I spot some junior Moorfoot vests speeding down the final stretch to the finish line.
Angus Carlyle dashes down in a fantastic 2nd place - soon followed by brother, Cameron in a very creditable 5th and Danny Lancaster puts in a great effort for 8th. Good show from the juniors - 3 in the top 10!
The adult race is soon underway and it feels like a vertical kilometer to reach the top - in fact it probably is? It's a hot night and a tough climb to get around the second cairn.
|The middle section on the way up (courtesy Carnethy dot com)|
My legs are suffering from the past three day's activity but once around the top cairn, I know it is all down hill. Time to enjoy....
From rounding the cairn, I managed to make up 12 places before the finish line. Some Moorfoot support from the Carlyle's on the final corner probably accounted for half of the places!
I had an outside time of 28 minutes in mind - so not too disappointed with 27.20.
A new record of 17.51 was set by Jonathan Crickmore of Dark Peak and Charlotte Morgan of Carnethy set a new female record of 20.23 - beating her previous by 28 seconds.
108 entered - the highest number in the last 12 years!