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Troon Tortoises 10K... the Tortoise and the Hare.

08/05/2013

On Wednesday evening, the 8th May, Theresa Lavery and Mark Johnston headed up the West Coast of Scotland in search of some early summer sunshine...

The turnout for the Troon Tortoise 10K was outstanding but the sun seekers were greeted with gusts of wind blowing along Troon promenade. The bustle for space at the start of the race meant that Mark and Theresa had to be patient and were able to ease themselves into the race, fighting the howling wind with every step.

The crowds soon spread out after the first kilometre and both runners were free to run their own race, taking in the main attractions Troon has on offer along the way. It did not take long for Mark to find his stride as he eased his way around this familiar course, running a strong race at a steady pace to finish 142nd in a time of 43:25.

His fellow club member Theresa was also happy with her performance on such a windy evening, finishing 330th in a time of 48:58. She later revealed that she had been trying out a new running trick of imagining being pushed from behind whenever she felt like she was flagging a little. However this had become reality in the home straight as all runners benifited from the tailwind which helped to push them towards the finish line, where the glowing 10K finishers T-shirts could be spotted in the distance.

Both headed home to the south happy with their consistent performances in 10K races and agreed that this had been a most enjoyable event with great organisation and support from the crowd being appreciated by all runners.

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