I made no secret of the fact that I wasn't up for the River Ayr Way (RAW) Race. I was only in it to complete the four races required to qualify for the Scottish Ultra-Marathon Series.
I had my eye on fourth position, which would mean the 1st lady vet. I know, I'm a bit of a charlatan considering I had only just turned 35 when I did my first race this year. And the organisers are changing it to 40 for next year.
After a disastrous training run on the route two weeks before the race, I just had to screw my head on and get to the end.
The first 20 miles - of the just shy of 41 mile - I was a bit up and down, but after I left the Catrine checkpoint I felt reborn. The miles just kicked off and I really enjoyed the last 20 miles. Weird, eh?
It was by far my favourite race this year. The first, The Highland Fling - I blew up. The West Highland Way Race - well, it's 95 hilly miles. Enough said. The third, the Devil o' The Highlands - was just nasty from the start and then I fell running full pelt down a hill. RAW was the way I liked to feel during all races. Maybe it was the conservative start. Or maybe I ate so much the day before I should have really turned at the end and ran back to try and burn it off.
JK basically wrote my race report for me, so click here for the full account.
I got the points I needed to take 1st lady female...just. I didn't realise how close it was until the awards ceremony. My 1617 to Gail Murdoch's 1616. Thankfully most of the races are on trail, as Gail would run circles round me on the road.
The biggest challenge was trying to get my shoes on for the SUMS ball. My feet were soaked within one mile of starting the race, so my blisters had blisters.
Congratulations to all who completed the series. Especially Sonic who finished third in a hugely competitive field.
1st male Grant Jeans
2nd Jack Brown
3rd Marco Consani
1st female Lucy Colquhoun
2nd Sharon Law
3rd Jamie Aarons
1st male vet George Cairns
2nd Thomas Loehndorf
3rd Gavin Harvie
1st female vet Debbie Martin Consani
2nd Gail Murdoch
3rd Rosie Bell
1st male supervet John Kennedy
2nd Bill Hutchison
3rd John Kynaston
1st female supervet Elaine Calder
2nd Marion McPhail
3rd Jane Grundy