A 5km race around a Clydebank industrial estate wouldn’t normally be my 1st choice way to spend a sunny saturday afternoon but it’s a Bella club championship race and my plans for a long run had been scuppered by having to work in the morning. So after finishing work I decided to make the short hop over to Clydebank for the sociable 2pm start. With the popularity of free weekly parkruns everywhere 5km races are pretty few and far between which probably why this attracts such a surprisingly strong field. When I did it back in 2013 I got my pb of 16:32 and barely scrapped into the top 20. I wasn’t expecting to beat that today but thought a sub 17 might be on the cards if my legs had recovered well from D33 last week.
The course is 2 laps of the industrial estate before you leave up a wee incline towards civilisation then you turn on to the canal and hang on to dear life until you see a man with a clipboard and a pile of bottled water and Lidl mars bars. Delightfully low key- no chip timing, medals and technical tshirts. Just turn up, run hard, eat yer mars bar and be on your way. I like it.
Didn’t quite manage the sub 17, strava says about 17:08. HR wasn’t very high so probably a bit of lingering fatigue from D33. Lots of PBs from fellow bellas though. Greig continued his rich vein of form post Lyme disease with 16:20 or so.
To make up for spending an afternoon in Clyebank, I got home and headed for the hills with Elsie. We did the route up Slackdhu which involves climbing over a huge fence at the back of St Kessogs church. Maybe we could build them a nice stile one day? The sunset was stunning, pace was slow with lots of stopping for pics, glad I put the headtorch in as it was dark as we dropped back down to the pipe track