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.