Great Run Edinburgh 10 mile – Pete O’ Grady

Great Run Edinburgh 10 mile – Pete O’ Grady

Great Run Edinburgh 10 mile – As those that read my committee intro blog will know – I love big races so when my daughter asked me what I wanted for Christmas I asked her to enter me in a Great Run race. She did and Edinburgh was the result.

A race like this also gives an opportunity for a weekend away for myself and Mrs O’G. Add to that the fact that Virgin Trains were offering cheap travel to the event and it really was a win/win.

10 mile races are not the norm but I felt comfortable going into the race having trained with Sweatshop for a marathon I was never going to do and having completed the Darwen hill fest half a few weeks ago. Covering the distance was never going to be an issue. However, knowing the route was going to be really hilly and having become happy with 9 minute miling , I wasn’t chasing a good time but went to enjoy the views of the Scottish capital.

On the morning I decided to walk to the start at Arthur’s Seat leaving Mrs O’G in the hotel bed with a course map so she could find me later. After 30 minutes I arrived at a field with about 50 others so decided to use one of the 30 or so empty toilets. By the time I came out 2 minutes later the field had filled with 5000 people!!

I went to join my pen (in with first one with the top 35%!) but had to stand by the entrance as it was full of people trying to wave arms and warm up – not just before the race but because the temperature was about 0 degrees. After a 5 minute delay we were off, past Holyrood Palace and the Scottish Parliament building then up the first hill – the Royal Mile. A nice downhill to Waverley station before a serious climb up The Mound. We then wound our way around the town (passing Mrs O’G at the 3 mile mark, Greyfriars Bobby, and the 5 mile point). Several long hills followed but fortunately there was a great downhill and flat section behind Arthur’s Seat. The 8-9 mile section was another long, steep climb but it was then downhill to Holyrood Park and the finish.

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Heard Mrs O’G again at the finish, crossed the line and stopped my Garmin – 1hr 21 minutes – 8.05 minute miles. Wow, on the flats, downhills and the first hills I had been 7.30 and 7.45 miling!! OK the last hill was very slow but the last mile was also well sub 8 mins. Delighted? – you’d better believe it!!!

The goody bag consisted of a protein bar, crisps, water, Lucozade, a medal and, a first for Great Run, a technical t-shirt. An old Scottish mate had provided a list a great boozers to try and it would have been rude not to.

Not having to get back for work meant we could enjoy the evening and Monday as well – A great weekend indeed.

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