Arthur Seat – RCD 5k – Sunday 21st August 2016

A warm and sunny Sunday, saw Run Club Dalkeith begin their 5k series for this year. 15 members made the 11am (ish) start – just as the sun was warming up!

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A strong wind swirled the famous volcanic rock in the heart of the city and runners were faced with the steep climb up Queen’s Drive to Dunsapie Loch. The Park was busy with other runners, walkers and cyclists. The odd car on the road meant we had to be super alert. How rude. Cars on our route! But they didn’t deter the determined Dalkeith runners and all 15 battled on!

A water stop mid-way up Queen’s Drive gave relief for some. For others, the thought of stopping on THAT hill was enough to ensure they ploughed through without the liquid help!

At the top of the hill, the plateau of the road helped runners get their breath back and prepare for the downhill section of the route. The 5k route is truly a run of 2 halves. The steep incline of the first third of the route is matched by an equally steep decline through Holyrood Park. As runners left Dunsapie Loch to start their downward run, they were faced with the strong wind coming from the west. The pleasure of the downward section was marred slightly by the strong wind – but no one was to complain – especially as the sun was still shining and, after all, a good downward hill is a joy to any runner!

Passing Dynamic Earth, the route flattened again and runners were left with a flat home straight that seemed to be never ending! However, a tree mid-way along the road was the 5k mark and our finishing post. Finishers gathered and welcomed club mates over the finish line. Even those who chose to cross the line trainer less!!! (A strange point for some, but not, it would seem, for Maureen!!)

A lovely day and a fantastic run was topped off with flapjack, mars bar crunch, fairy cakes and scones (with butter AND jam!) Refuelling after such a route is, of course, a necessity!

Well done to all Club runners – a great turn out on a Sunday morning and a great run by all.

Thanks also to those who came along to encourage, cheer on, hand out water and generally be supportive! Your sounds of encouragement were appreciated by all!

Our next run in the 5k series is Saturday 17th September 2016 and is the Forth Road Bridge run. Here’s hoping for a good turn out and similar weather!!!

Report by Pamela McIntosh…….RCD

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Forth Road Bridge 10k – Sunday 14th August 2016

Wow!……..What can I say??!!……………….Absolutely loved this run!!:)

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During race briefing, a representative from Pitreavie AAC very proudly informed all runners of the event’s success over previous years, thus now making it the most popular Scottish 10k race!!…..I can certainly understand why and would definately recommend this race to any runner looking for an excitingly exhilarating event.

Starting at North Queensferry Community Centre, the route began with a long, winding & scenic, downhill stretch before heading slightly uphill towards the bridge.  Once on the bridge the gradual yet challenging gradient was made bearable by the magnificent views.

Upon completing the first leg of the bridge, a much welcomed water station led the way into the underpass before taking on the return leg.

It was great to see so many supporters along the route and at the finish line, offering encouragement and praise to all runners.

The race was followed by a very impressive buffet for all runners, helpers & supporters back at the Community Centre … I was well impressed with my ‘plain bread’ jam piece!! 😉

An extremely well organised event……  Well done and thanks to Pitreavie AAC and all volunteers/helpers.

Suzanne Kerr – August 2016

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Musselburgh Festival 10k, Junior 3k & Fun Run – Saturday 16th July 2016

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Many of our clubbers headed to Loretto School Playing Fields, on Saturday 16th July 2016, for the annual ‘Musselburgh Festival 10k, Junior 3k and Fun Run’, where four of our clubbers took part in the 10k.

Organised by  Musselburgh & District AC, the 10k follows a flat course of paths, tracks and grass, passing through residential streets, along scenic coastline and race track.

Our runners were cheered along on route and welcomed in at the finish line by many of RCD’s fellow clubbers, family & friends!!……………Thanks to all!!………A familiar face is always a welcome sight!! 🙂

This was a fantastically well organised event with goody bags and many delicious treats awaiting all runners as they crossed the finish line.

Well done to all who took part in the various events on this day especially to our own RCD clubbers who fought the wind, the dry saltiness of the sea air and the pain of wasp stings, in finishing their 10k with pride and as always, a smile upon their faces!!

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