The weather gods were kind to us again for Feel the Burns this year. It was a cold, clear day with a dusting of snow on the tops and eight Moorfoots headed to Selkirk for the race.
The start was as tough as always, with the climbing beginning after the first mile, but it was nice to head up though the bracken and into the sun. After the lung-busting climb up to the Three Brethern the race follows the Southern Upland way along the tops on a lovely runnable track. There were a lot of muddy puddles, and some snow and ice to dodge, but the views of surrounding hills were beautiful. And helped distract from burning calves!
It was great to be cheered on by Dean and Gillian, who’d run up to the summit of Brown Knowe, and their vegan sweeties were much appreciated! The marshals all around the course were great too, always with a smile and offering encouragement as we ran past.
There was a chance to enjoy the long descent to Broadmeadows Farm—lots more muddy puddles and far-reaching views—before steeling ourselves for the last steep climb up the aptly named Foulshiels Hill.
Back at the rugby club we enjoyed the simple pleasures of dry socks and hot tea! The soup and haggis pies made for a good post-run feed too.
The Selkirk Fund Runners managed to capture some great pictures of us all grimacing. I’m sure we were smiling on the inside!
And special mention to Diana who came 2nd in the W40 category. Well done!
Full results are due soon here.