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Ayrodynamic Turkey Trot

26/12/2012

Whilst the rest of the club pondered the joys of a Boxing Day breakfast and another round of entertaining the inlaws, Jim Buchanan and Theresa Lavery represented DRC when blowing the festive cobwebs away in the bracing air on the Ayr Promenade...

The Ayrodynamic Triathlon Club Turkey Trot is a well known Boxing Day fixture, with a potentially fast flat course, out and back along the promenade, along the riverside and through some residential streets.

This year the weather was perfect for fast times – no wind, a cool six degrees, and only a light drizzle later on in the race. The mens' winning time was a cracking 30:59 by Michael Deason of Shettleston Harriers and the first women was Hayley Haining of Kilbarchan AC in 34:15. Fifty-eight runners out of a field of 284 dipped under 40 minutes.

Theresa Lavery was happy to get round in 49:10 nursing an ankle recently hurt in an argument lost with a Nunholm pot hole; Whilst keen for a faster time, it was a good run out to see how her injury recuperation was holding up.

Jim Buchanan had lost most of his season to injury and this was only his second road race of 2012, but coming after five months of hard training it was time to let the cork out of the bottle. Jim said, “Training is going well, and looking at past years' results I reckoned I could make the top twenty with a time of around 37:00, so I decided to start out with the first runners and see what happened.  Unfortunately, with this year being so fast, it meant a first kilometre in 3:22 and a first 5k in 17:38". Jim reports that the return leg was "rather painful and several wheels fell off the bus", and whilst conceding that he had "died out" to a poor split time, with an 18:19 second half, Jim was encouraged by a very supportive and festive crowd on the promenade who cheered him home in a PB time of 35:57, placing him 13th overall and second male vet.

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