Five Maryhill Harriers took part in the 7th Erskine Bridge Buster 10K. I get to do the race report as I suggested this one, and have subsequently been banned by Chris from any future race suggestions!
I got my excuses in early, with my knee and hip still hurting from my fall at training on Tuesday night, although the real excuse was just not enough training over the last few weeks.
The course was fairly tough but it was varied and scenic in parts. Starting on the banks of the Clyde at Erskine sports centre the route follows a flat path along the river side for about a mile. From there it enters Boden Boo, which I thought was the name of one Jamie Oliver’s kids, but turns out to be a nice wee woodland in the shadow of the Erskine Bridge. The path through the woods was twisty, part trail, and with a short steep climb. After the woods, there was a short run along the main road before turning on to the Erskine Bridge itself. As expected it was a long hard climb to the middle of the bridge then downhill to the other end. From there it was a short loop under the bridge and then back on to bridge at the opposite side and back along the same route.
It was pretty congested at the start, but after a bit of dodging and weaving I managed to get in behind Chris, with James already out of sight. Lynsey breezed past us at the start of the bridge climb. I stuck with Chris until the return trip over the bridge, but I ran out of steam before I reached the top and he easily pulled away on the downhill. With 3K still to go the rest of the race was a real struggle and a few runners I had passed earlier got in front of me again.
James was first Harrier past the post in a new 10K PB. Lynsey was second, and first female, with another sub 50 run. Cat came in not far behind me, taking about 5 minutes off her recent 10K times.
The race was won by Simon Lennox in 38:54
First female was Jennifer Rooney with a time of 41:22
29th James Prior 47:46 (PB) (and 4th female according to the results!)
40th Lynsey Parker 49:30
47th Chris Hever 51:00
59th Kenny Henderson 53:13
67th Cat Nisbet 55:11
After the race an official looking photographer approached us and referred to us as the Maryhill ‘Warriors’, before swiftly moving on without a photo – obviously word gets round!
All finishers got a medal and the obligatory banana and Tunnocks biscuit, but there was no room for these, as back at the sports centre there was tea & coffee and the World’s supply of cakes – all free!
The organisation of the race was superb and the course was well signed with plenty of marshals – definitely one for the diary again next year.