13 hardy souls braved the bitter cold night to race the 5km dash alongside the River Tay at Birnam.  This was my first time racing here so I had no clear idea of where the route would take us.  I feared I’d still get lost despite race organiser Adrian Davis’s very descriptive pre-race brief of every twist and turn the route would take and its waymarks such as the smelly sewage tanks and ploughed field!  A little off putting perhaps for those wearing their favourite new shoes! However all was good, there was a grassy verge in the field and no-one plunged to their death down any of the dark holes where the river bank had fallen away.  So the race begins, I set off at a strong pace determined to maintain it and my lead on those I’d left behind.  The winner was Will Hensman from Central AC in 17:58 and I was the first lady home.  Although only a small field I was thrilled with my time of 22:17.  After the race it was back to Birnam Guest House for cups of tea, yummy soup and flapjack and of course the race de-brief with old and new chums.


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