Stirling – 4 laps of a golf course in the posh part of town.
Kilmarnock – 3 laps of the fields by the Ayrshire Athletics Arena
Who was there?
Stirling – James C, James B & Niall
Kilmarnock – James C, Scott & Niall
Where was everyone else?
Stirling – Disgracing themselves on the Southside.
Kilmarnock – Excelling at Feel the Burns
How was the weather?
Stirling – Storm Brendan.
Kilmarnock – Sunny with an occasionally bitter wind.
Stirling – A classy assortment of Olympians, Commonwealth Games medallists and other international athletes. And us.
Kilmarnock – A small but perfectly formed group of West of Scotland club runners.
Stirling – Hilly in places with hunners of difficult hair-pin bends in others.
Kilmarnock – Nice and flat.
And the mud?
Stirling – Ankle grabbing, strength sapping, morale-draining quagmire.
Kilmarnock – Negligible. About 20ft of unpleasantness per lap.
Your pre-race goals?
Stirling – Don’t get lapped.
Kilmarnock – Run faster than I did in Stirling.
How’d that go?
Stirling – Didn’t get lapped. Happy with 108th place.
Kilmarnock – Sat off Niall’s shoulder for the first 1 ¾ laps then faded a bit . Happy with 7th place.
Stirling – Got a 4 pack of Bounty bars for couriering some spikes to the race.
Kilmarnock – Niall got 3rd after very narrowly missing out on 2nd.
Cross-country is a land of contrasts.