In the 4km race lots of juniors were in action with Ben Allan winning outright and Kate Harvie, Elena Lee picking up the two top female spots only seconds apart. Club results copied below and full results: https://results.sporthive.com/events/6457908406747414528/races/446368
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I must admit when Mike McGovern said during the week before the tunnel run that I “should win it”, it’s the first time I’ve been in a position where I felt an anxiousness ahead of a race (cheers mike!) which resulted in some lovely pre-match stomach issues not to be mentioned here!
What a beautiful route in autumn the tunnel run is - really showcasing Peebles, the Tweed and all the stunning trails winding throughout it. I heard many runners commenting on how stunning the 20km Route was.
With a staggered start to the event, I chose to go out near the front and planned to run comfortably for the first half of the race and hope my strength would show on the hills in the second half. I was caught up at the 6 mile point by a Jedburgh runner who had better pace on the downhills than me - we ended up running together until the second climb up the Sware when I was able to put 20 metres between us before the descent to the tunnel.
Head up and run quick was my motto to the end, through the tunnel and over the finish line. I had to wait for other runners to finish before first place was confirmed by a 30 second margin.
Nice to win and a relief to prove Mr McGovern correct! Plus my first outing wearing the club vest!
What a super friendly and gorgeous event this is. Made me proud to live in Peebles!
Andrew spent Sunday celebrating by doing a 18 mile run over the Eildons and beyond reccie-ing the middle part of the 37 mile Jedburgh 3 Peaks Ultra that he is doing on Saturday coming! Good luck there Andrew.
I was delighted to be the first person to set off on the tunnel run this year and enjoyed the lead position for a short wee while. It wasn’t long before I was being overtaken under Neidpath Castle and saw the mighty Andrew Dancer speeding past.
The route was spectacularly beautiful with autumn colours and didn’t disappoint visually. However I found it brutally hard and significantly harder than year 1. Heading up into Cademuir I was fully expecting to turn left and head downhill, I nearly cried when I realised I had to continue the climb up on the rocky trail. All in all it was a brilliant race which I enjoyed, the marshals, signage and organisation was excellent too.