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'Run With The Wind' 10k, Strathaven.

02/11/2014

On Sunday 2nd November, Vicky Hart and Margaret Gray travelled to Strathaven to take part in the Run With The Wind 10k. Vicky sent the following report of their race...

"As the name suggests the weather conditions can have a real impact on the race as much of the route is exposed, but on this occasion we were fairly lucky. The race starts at the entrance to Whitelee Wind Farm and finishes on the playing fields at Kirkland Park School. The first 4km of the race are primarily downhill (and hence this is a very popular race). Often people can go too fast on this descent and trash their quads before they've even reached the half-way point of the race.

Buffeted by a cold headwind we were both able to manage our speed on the descent and not go too fast, with the hope of saving some energy for the tougher second half of the race. After the left-hand turn at the 4km mark the route starts to climb for the next 2km. At this point the wind disappeared and the remainder of the race was surprisingly warm for November in Scotland! This meant we both slowed from our starting pace. Having studied the route beforehand we knew there was no need to panic as this was what we expected. From 6km to 8km the route provides more downhills to pick up the pace again before hitting a sharp climb from 8 to 9km. Fortunately the final kilometre is downhill into Strathaven, but there is a wee sting in the tail where you have to negotiate some slippery footpaths and race across the muddy playing fields to the finish.

Initially I was planning on pacing Maggie to help her achieve her Bronze Club Standard time but on the journey up Maggie told me to try just running my own race and see what sort of time I could do. I didn't expect any miracles as it's only 2 weeks since I ran a marathon and I haven't done any training to target such a short race, so I was very pleased to run a chip time of 46:45, crossing the line as 14th FV35. This was much better than I expected.

Maggie had a superb race. Approaching the race with a strategy specific to the route meant that she was able to finish well inside her target with a chip time of 50:13, crossing the line as 21st FV45. This is her second Bronze standard finish this year and it was thoroughly deserved."

Vicky

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