Monday, 11 October 2010

East District XC Relay Champs, Prestonpans

The first XC of the season kicked off at the weekend with the East District XC Relay Champs in Prestonpans last Saturday. We had a record number of CAACers taking part this year with loads of juniors, 2 womens teams and 8 mens teams. I was in a team with Gillian and Megan.

Gillian headed off with the stampede (sporting her new "go-faster" socks) to bring us in well up the field. I was on second - I started off fast in the excitement, and then realised I probably wouldn't be able to maintain the 5:45 min/mile average my Garmin was displaying, so I slowed it down after the first couple hundered metres!?! This was my first run of this course, and although not the most inspiring of routes, I quite liked it for it's flat, ankle friendly nature. I treaded carefully in the ploughed field out towards the far end of the course as to keep both ankles intact, but felt I could push out along the other sections. I managed to overtake a couple of girls, though one Gala girl got past me too. I handed over to Megan for the final leg. She ran a strong race and we finished in 13th position out of 31 teams, so we were pleased with that! Not quite the bronze medal of the senior men or the Vets gold, but we'll work on it for next year ;-).

13th Corstorphine AAC "A"
Gillian Carr 13 15:57 15:57
Jo Kirby 11 31:58 16:01
Megan Smith 13 49:13 17:15

Really enjoy the CAAC team spirit for these types of events, and I'm looking forward to the Nationals in Cumbernauld in a fortnight's time!

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