Another of these things which, at the time, sound like a good idea. Well, I suppose it was. Enter the Glenlivet 10k race in mid-April and that will give a focus to the winter training.
BUT, these things have a habit of drifting into the background and then, a couple of weeks beforehand suddenly rise up and you realise that you should have been doing more speed work, more hills (the Glenlivet 10k route is well known for the ‘steady incline’ which is 1k from the start and lasts for about 2k) and generally more of everything.
The forecast was not very great, strong wind from the west - yes that happened - and heavy rain showers which did not materialise during the race. There were about 700 entrants, with 600 turning up on the day. Marshalling at the start was casual, no signs for the approximate run time so that meant people had to talk to one another! The start was prompt and a nice easy 1k of downhill to get the legs working. I was amazed at the people who seem to be unable to run downhill.
The race then turned south along the Braes of Glenlivet and the uphill slog began. I ran (well, shuffled) all the way and overtook some who walked. The route undulated a bit then descended before heading back north towards the finish. I was able to pick up the pace a bit here and in the last 1k, ran my fastest one - well it was a bit downhill and I was still a bit too fresh. Jenny & John Clarke were at the finish and removing the timing chips, good to see known faces. All the marshalls were really encouraging though, as I have found at these races (triathlons, running races, cycling races).
I was reasonably pleased with my time, given the climb on the course. Paul also had a good run.
Would I recommend this race? Yes, it is well set up, there is a very large hall at the Distillery which is used for registration and general meeting area, the course is interesting (but exposed in bad weather), there is also a good onsite café where we had soup afterwards.
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