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EMF Festival of Running, Edinburgh

30/05/2015

Nine of the Club's runners took part in a variety races held during the weekend long Edinburgh Festival of Running...

Saturday hosted the shorter 5k and 10k distances and the routes were challenging, taking in the climb round Arthurs Seat and with windy conditions on the day, with the wind behind the runners in the first kilometre.

In the 10k, Sarah Queen finished in 3rd place out of 1,367 female runners and 61st place overall. Sarah started fast taking the lead in the women's race before turning and starting the ascent of the formidable Arthurs Seat where the race settled down as runners persevered to the summit. Once at the top, the runners turned into a strong headwind, with the picturesque view of Edinburgh Castle in clear sight. The race continued round the outskirts of the hill, circling Duddingston Loch before runners headed back into Holyrood Park via the short sharp climb at the end of the innocent railway path. Knowing the last mile was down hill, there was then time to catch breath and prepare for the descent. At 9km, being told she was in third position, there was no chance to ease off the pace as Sarah held on, not knowing if there were any challengers close behind. Completing the race and being rushed off for photos and a podium presentation ranks top in Sarah's running achievements to date.

Danny Queen.

In the same race Kirsteen Kellock was delighted to finish in 52:48 and 10th in her age category.

Sunday played host to both the Half marathon, Marathon and the Hairy Haggis marathon relay events which tempted the remaining eight runners. Niall Campbell and Paula Craven joined Andy and Karen Reed in the Half Marathon.

In his first attempt at this distance Niall managed to cross the finish line in 79:59 in 57th place out of 8,700 competitors. Slightly further behind was Karen in 1 hour 57 minutes, closely followed by Paula in 2 hours 3 minutes and Andy in 2 hours 21 minutes.

The full Marathon tempted Margaret Laurie, Bryan Lowrie and Ranjit Thomas. Bryan and Ranjit ran at a similar pace throughout the race with only four seconds separating their times at the halfway point. Bryan, in his third marathon, earned a new PB of 3 hours 27 minutes, edging less than a minute ahead of Ranjit.

Margaret was delighted to finish in a PB time of 4 hours 50 minutes, bettering last year's performance by three minutes.

All agreed that the weather had made for challenging conditions on the day due to the strong headwinds encountered in the last six miles towards the finish at Musselburgh race course.

Sarah Lancaster took part in the Hairy Haggis relay event with work colleagues and enjoyed running an eight mile section of the route.

Stephen Mohan.

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