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SVHC 5K and SKIDDAW FELL RACE

13/07/2016

Les Hill has had a busy week by competing in two contrasting races.

On Wednesday night, 29th June, he went to Clydebank and ran a 5K road race. He has done many parkruns and 5K handicapped runs but this was only his third official road race over the distance.

The route was three and a half laps, of virtually traffic free roads, within an industrial estate. It was organised by the Scottish Veterans Harriers Club (SVCH) for its members with a few guests also taking part.

Les’ pace was almost identical for each lap which meant he gained several places during the run as those who started too fast tired as the race progressed to finish 40 th out of 82 starters.

He recorded a time of 19:05, on this pan flat course, and was happy with that as it is his fastest time over this distance compared to the other races he has done.

Then on Sunday 3rd July he travelled to Keswick, and took part in the Skiddaw Fell Race. This race is 9 miles and climbs to the Trig Point at the top of the mountain and involves a climb of 823 metres then it turns at the top and follows the same route back down.

Les started with an easy pace and on reaching the climb he gained about 40 to 50 places as he managed to keep running while others around him were walking. This was his third running of this event, but the first time he has been fully fit while doing it, and so he smashed the times recorded on his previous two attempts with a time of 1 hour 34 minutes and 21 seconds.

Steve Mohan

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