HBT Grudge Match
27th November 2011
Swanston Village at the foot of the Pentlands was the setting for Sunday's HBT vs Westies, Corstorphine & EUHH Grudge Match.
As usual, Westies were vastly out-numbered by the swathes of brown, however Alasdair bravely lead the Westies charge up Allermuir, complete with trademark rucksack and picnic? I chose a super-slow pedestrian start after my horror show race at Bellahouston the day before. It therefore took a while before I realised that Alasdair was way up ahead. Bit by bit I reeled Alasdair back in and caught him just before Allermuir summit where Ellie was braced in a screaming freezing wind taking photos.
I tried to open a gap on Alasdair on the descent, but was caught by Andy Sims who I then tracked since it was easier than worrying about the route. This took us both past Sula Young (Gay) who was doubling back after a wrong turn. The track dropped steeply to skirt round the edge of a golf course before hitting a pretty level horizontal landrover track where I could generate some speed and get past Andy Sims to finish in 25 minutes-something.
I was then subjected to some hoity toity woman from the neighbouring stables saying she couldn't have riff raff like us hanging around near her horses, and to make the point she violently revved her impressively large black 4x4 at Dan and Sula has she tore away down the track.
I therefore did not see Alasdair, Mindy and JD finishing, although I did see John Hamer rushing into the car park, only to be told that isn't where the race finishes.
The afternoon was rounded off with drinks and prize-giving by Phyllis O'Brien and Sarah O'Neil at the Hunter's Tryst, accompanied with good chat and company from the Boggies.
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