Penicuik Harriers 10K road race

Myself and Chris ran the Penicuik Harriers 10K road race today, got to say I really enjoyed it, although the start was a tad tough (Uphill for a while) so I was blowing big time for the first 4K or so. See the elevation graph of the route here.

What I found quite surreal, was that having lived in Penicuik. During my formative years I went to Penicuik High School, I found it really quite strange having to walk the hallowed halls of the “Big School” after so many years. That and using the same changing rooms that we used between the ages of 12-16.

The finish was eventful for me because I sprinted the last 100m to avoid getting passed by someone, I love doing that but one of these days, someone will sprint faster and I’ll be passed, it’s not happened yet but it will.

About 10 minutes after we finished the heavens opened and everyone got soaked to the skin, even heard a bit of thunder in the background.

Below are the finishing times and photos of myself and Chris at the start.

Penicuik Harriers 10K Road Race Medal

Positions Name Time
30/185 Chris Dawson 41.42
37/185 William Dickson (Me) 42.21

Here and here are some photographs of the day and below is a google map of the route provided, both provided by Penicuik Harriers.

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Last long run before Paris

This weekend, myself and Mark did our last long run in preparation for the Paris Marathon. All went well on the day, the weather ended up being ideal for running (nice and cold) and unusually, it wasn’t raining. We started in Penicuik and ran through West Linton, over the bridge to the “Broken Tree”

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Mark at the broken tree Myself at the broken tree

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Weekend run in the sun

This weeks run was a nice one in the sun, it was a bit blustery but you can’t help that if you live in Scotland. Myself and my running mate Mark ran from Penicuik, to just outside Dalkeith, my new running shoes and now well and truly muddy, a lot of the running was on grass and packed earth.

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Penicuik to West Linton 20 mile run

Today I ran from Penicuik to the “Broken Tree” just outside West Linton Whoooooooh! scary!, anyway, weather was fine, a bit cold but not too bad. My legs were a bit heavy but I didn’t feel tired at all after the run. I’ll see how I feel tomorrow, after all it usually a day or two after a long run that the tiredness kicks in. About 7 weeks to go until the Paris Marathon and I’m looking forward to it.

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CCcold 20 mile training run

Today was quite an interesting run, started of in Penicuik, ran along the road to West Linton and back again. Then around Penicuik by running along Carlops Road, up towards A702, down Belwood Road and Mauricewood Road and along Edinburgh road, a grand total of 20 miles. Unfortunately Google maps seems to miss out the last part of the 20 miles for some reason, not sure why, hence the commentary.

I’ve not ran any distance on snow before so it was a learning experience, what I did notice was that because it was snow, I was wasting a lot of effort, my feet were continually slipping. From mile 6 to 8 the wind picked up and the snow was practically horizontal, making visibility almost impossible (should have worn snow goggles). The running pace wasn’t good but considering the conditions, I’m more than happy with it.

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Snow wonderfull snow Photo of me in my cold weather running kit Photo of Marky in his cold weather running kit

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