For the 5th running of the Milngavie Trail Race we fielded six harriers to take on the 8.5 mile trail route from Lennox Park in Milngavie, through Milngavie precinct and onto the WHW then up to Mugdock Castle, over to Carbeth and back along the WHW to the finish in Lennox Park. The race was again very well organised and supported by the 20th Glasgow (1st Milngavie) Scouts with all profits going towards the up-keep of their premises and purchase of kit to support their activities. Quite possibly the best spread of home baking on offer after a race….and then there’s the beer awarded to each finisher.…what’s not to like? 🙂

It’s a great course and familiar to many of us from training runs. The race again sold out very quickly and, going by the large presence of local clubs, would be familiar stomping grounds for many others. Last year it was racing vests, suntan lotion and shades – this year we had rain but that only made the running conditions and those technical sections all the more interesting ;-).

We all had crackin’ runs with everyone recording great times vs last or previous years. Chris has become so used to lugging his 6kg backpack around (Half Marathon des Sables training) on his runs that, without it, he felt as light as a feather and was flying up the climbs. On her first proper race outing post-knee operation Lynsey was feeling really strong which was brilliant to hear and great that the recovery is going so well. After having to pull out of starting the Highland Fling at the end of April, Linda stormed the course and took 1 min 30 secs off her previous time – great stuff! Margaret also had a brilliant run and, like us all, really enjoyed the route which has a bit of everything. James was suffering with a stomach issue and started the race but had to pull out and head back to the start – only after a good chunk of climbing though! I was hoping to crack the top ten and sub-60 mins and just managed both plus came home 3rd in the V40 category, maybe getting old(er) isn’t all that bad ;-).

A huge thanks to the whole Scouts team and all marshals out on the route as well as all the home-bakers and helpers back at race HQ. It’s an event which has ‘got it right’ in so many ways – well done, we’ll be back again next year!

A total of 216 runners completed the race which was won by Matthew Hunter in a time of 54.56 with the first female being Katie White (Garscube Harriers) in a new female course-record time of 57.42.

MARYHILL RESULTS:

9th Craig Perrie 59.38 (3rd V40)

83rd Lynsey Parker 1.14.05

101st Chris Hever 1.17.26

120th Linda Sinclair 1.20.22

173rd Margaret Peebles 1.32.04

DNF James Prior

Photos at Milngavie Trail Race 2019

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