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The Black Rock 5

21/06/2013

On Friday 21st June, the coastal town of Kinghorn was once more packed with runners who had gathered to compete in the 26th Black Rock 5. Dumfries Running Club's Mo Khan was amongst them and he sent the following account of the race...

Legendary runner Angela Mudge includes this race in her book ‘The World’s Ultimate Running Races’ and having entered it last year, it’s fairly obvious why! The race has a bit of everything – tarmac, soft sand, wet sand, a couple of testing climbs and a bit of wading through water. 

There is a bit of a climb at the start before running down to Pettycur beach. Once you hit the soft sand, the legs are sapped! You then have to run over a lot of wet sand which isn’t that much better. All that keeps you going is the great views across to the Forth bridges as you follow the trail of runners heading out to the turning point of the race – the Black Rock. As always, there was a bagpipe player waiting to greet us at the rock with delightful tunes. The great catch with this race is that the slower you are, the higher the water level at the Black Rock for you to wade through…

The race is an out and back route and there is a great buzz around the town as you return. Loads of locals lining the streets and I’ve never seen police stewarding an event cheering on runners as enthusiastically as they do here. There is an additional very steep climb at the end which you don’t see when you start the race. The legs feel dead by now, but the sight of the free bottles of ale being handed out to finishers does spur you on.

My time (34:32), was a paltry 4 seconds faster than last year, but I had to stop TWICE to tie shoelaces that had come loose!! I didn’t hang around too long feeling sorry for myself though. It’s a great sight seeing all these runners from different clubs enjoying drinks on the streets of this small town. There is even a barbeque as part of the post-race entertainment.  After collecting my bottle of beer, I spent a great evening catching up with friends (keen rivals). 

I would definitely recommend DRC runners enter next year.

Mo.

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