Five harriers (with support from Mick and Caroline) headed over to Milngavie on Sunday 3rd June for the Milngavie Trail Race. This is an event organised and run by 20th Glasgow (1st Milngavie) Scouts with the money raised being used to support the ongoing up-keep and refurbishment of their Scout hall as well as being used for events, equipment, tents etc.
Our long spell of very warm and dry weather had broken the day before plus there had been rain overnight but as we all turned up at Scout HQ the temperature was creeping up as the sun again came out. It turned out to be a hot and pretty humid race, evidence of which was clear by the pebble-dashing of dead midges on everyone!
The pressure was off a bit as no Merit League points were up for grabs although last year’s first Harrier home (James) was there to defend his title. The race would also offer some last minute trail race practice for our club rail race the following Thursday. Having been listening to Andy and Mick about race craft I thought it was a good time to try something new and experiment with a more conserved and controlled start with an aim to ramping up the pace as the race progressed.
A blast of the whistle and we were off for a loop of Lennox Park then up through the Milngavie precinct and onto the West Highland Way. The course was pretty flat until the first steep uphill after which there was some recovery time before the main ascent up through Mugdock Woods to the Castle. The reward was great views if you remembered to look up from the trail. The route then entered the woods again as we headed over to the Carbeth Huts to again pick-up the WHW and head back to Milngavie. One last testing but fantastic trail section of rocks, tree routes and streams had to be completed before we started the fast run for home with one last grassy uphill section to the finish line but that didn’t stop some great sprint finishes.
Out on the course and my change of tactics seemed to be working well as I felt good and overtook many runners without anyone coming past me. Unfortunately for Chris his hamstring went and wisely he pulled-out of the race. Of course it went after he’d climbed the two hills! Thanks to one of the marshalls for giving him a lift back to the start – a bit of rest and he’ll be back….. All Harriers felt the heat during the 8.5 miles but we all enjoyed the race and the cracking spread of homemade cakes plus tea & coffee in the Scout hall afterwards. On top of that all runners received a bottle of local beer to go with their medal. So… good (albeit warm) weather, a great course, as many cakes as you could eat plus beer – we’ll be back again next year J.
The race was contested by 233 runners – first male was Nick Heaney (Garscube Harriers) in 54.02 with the first female being Jennifer Rooney (Kilbarchan AAC) in 1.02.16. This was the third straight victory by Jennifer at this event. As well as trophies each winner was awarded a Milngavie Scout staff onto which their name will be added.
A massive shout out to the Scout Leaders, Scouts and marshalls (and there were loads of them) for putting on another great race.
15th Craig Perrie 1.01.19
115th James Prior 1.17.20
141st Linda Sinclair 1.21.48
178th Margaret Peebles 1.29.11
– Chris Hever DNF