Monday, 27 July 2009

Musselburgh Festival 10K race 27th July 2009

A number of Harriers went PB hunting at the Musselburgh 10k after a few people mentioned it was a fast flat course. This indeed was true. So, 9 Vics set up a convoy along the M9 (without GPS units this time) on Saturday morning to run the event that has grown in popularity over the years.

The route took in a few different terrains to give the runners a true test early on a Saturday morning, starting on grass and taking in tarmac, trail, mud, more grass and more tarmac. The first 3k was twisty, running on footpaths along by the Firth of Forth, before straightening up and moving out towards the back end of Musselburgh race course. A small bouncy grass sections then a stoney path seemed to suck the life out of everyone's legs between 7 and 8k, before the last 2k retraced the route back to the playing fields. The varied terrain was indeed a test to the runners, but something which we seemed to enjoy.

As always, the road runners seem to descend on races where home baking is supplied at the end the race, and as we sat chewing the fat over the race, whispers of cakes being "better than Crieff" were mentioned. Indeed, the quality and quantity of cakes and sandwiches supplied had us going for 2nd and 3rd helpings. Cake rating : 10 out of 10. A fast flat course with home baking at the end, this is definitely on the calendar for 2010. See you there.

Some race pictures, just click to expand:

Official Positions and Gun Times:

12th Anthony Devlin 35:47
13th Barry Paterson 35:52 PB
19th Fiona Matheson 36:28
63rd Colin Thomson 40:07
85th Brian Casey 41:26 PB
102nd Mark Dunnachie 42:46 PB
151st Tracey Newman 46:22 PB
188th Christine Eadie 48:13
233rd Elaine Thomson 50:47

Out of 325 runners

The full set of results can be obtained here

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