On Sunday, the most northernly 10K on the UK mainland, the 6th Castle of Mey 10K took place in the scenic grounds of the Queen Mother’s Castle. For the last three years of this event, a Westerly wind meant that the first 4.5K was very tough. However, this year we had an Easterly wind, which meant we had the wind at our backs for the first 4.5K and only had to contend with a headwind for the last 3K. The made a big difference to everyone’s times (see below).
The course followed the usual route along the north coastline (next to the Pentland Firth) through Skarfskerry for about 4.5K before turning south on Burn Road and following the main A836 road back to Mey and into the Castle’s gardens. The 293 finishers were cheered round the course by a very supportive crowd, particularly at the finish.
Yet again the North Highland Harriers did a great job of organising the race, the associated events (Mey mile and Mey meander) and entertainment. This year the race was won by Andrew Douglas (Inverclyde AC) who smashed the course record in a time of 31.03. Andrew won the race by some distance from Mathew Sutherland (Edinburgh University, Hares and Hounds, 34.34). The first lady home was Oonagh Dunnet (North Highland Harriers) in a time of 42.33.
Maryhill Harriers were represented by me in what I consider my home race. The first two runners took off quite quickly and already had a big lead after 2K. I managed to work my way up into a second group of five runners and after 2.5K, Kevin Cormack (North Highland Harriers) who eventually came in third (35.58) took off on his own. I went with him and eventually managed to drop the other three runners at about 4K. I couldn’t catch Kevin who had opened up a bit of lead and this meant that I ran about 6K of the race on my own. I also didn’t have my Garmin with me and so had no idea of my time or pace. Eventually came home in 4th place overall in a time of 36.59, knocking off over two minutes from my PB for this course.
*All times are provisional gun times