Trail/ Mountain mix race 1:16:55  18.0 km (4:16 / km) +724m 3:33 / km
slept:8.0 shoes: Salomon S-lab Sense SG
Deuchary Hill race, 01:16:55
A day for the vest and shorts. Sun was shining and dry underfoot making for some good running conditions.
20’ easy jog plus some leg swings, lunges etc to warmup.
Started off in the front group of 4 along with Andy, James and a Carnethy runner as we headed up a section of road and onto the trail. A short section on flatter trail before getting into the first climb where Andy soon upped the pace and was off like a shot. With Andy soon out of sight it had quickly become a race for 2nd place!
I led the 3 of us up the first climb before opening a slight gap on the other 2. They were still very much in touching distance though. Maintained this gap for the next few miles before James closed it and ran neck and neck with him for a while, both of us pushing the pace and pushing each other on. Hit the next climb up to the summit of Deuchary itself and I started to pull away gaining a gap of a few hundred metres. Took on a gel at the summit and kept this gap all the way back to the finish. Too small a gap to feel comfortable and felt like I was digging quite deep to keep hold of 2nd. Felt a lot stronger than last year but was still pretty surprised to knock such a big chunk off my pb. Finished inside the old course record and about 3 mins off Andy who took the win. A good day.
Did some easy jogging post race to cool down, about 15 mins or so.