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:

The full set of results can be obtained here

Athlete
Place
Time
Comment
Tony Devlin
12
35.47
Barry Paterson
13
35.52
PB
Colin Thomson
63
40.07
 
Brian Casey
85
41.26
PB
Mark Dunnachie
102
42.46
PB
Tracey Newman
151
46.22
PB
Christine Eadie
188
48.13
 
Elaine Thomson
233
50.47