Kilomathon race report

Andy and I warming ourselves in the shopping centre

Andy and I warming ourselves in the shopping centre

Yesterday husband Andy and I did the Kilomathon. Well, strictly it was a half ‘kilomathon’ (i.e. 13.1km, rather than 13.1 miles for a half marathon). It’s a newish race, and despite it only being the fourth year I had a good half dozen PT clients running in it,  so we thought we should take part and check out the route and logistics.

The Kilomathon start was very well organised, despite it being the day after the clocks changed. We got the equivalent of a 5.30am start, quite early and something I’m sure race organisers will consider for future events. Despite the early start, it was lovely to be able to use the loo, and then wait in the nice warm Ocean Terminal shopping centre.

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The chilly startline

The route wound around the front of Ocean Terminal, up the cycle path with a wee detour and loop of Victoria park, then to the Goldenacre cycle path to the long slight incline up Ferry road cycle path, over Crewe Toll and along the remaining cycle path past Blackhall and Ravelston Dykes. The downhill off the cyclepath to Murrayfield was most appreciated. That is, until we had to do a big loop of the car park (to make up the distance, I would assume),  with a stadium finish in Murrayfield stadium itself. The route was very enjoyable as it was nearly all off-road, with a few onlookers dotted here and there.  The crowd was friendly and it was the first race of the season for many, so there was a relaxed vibe…

After the finish line, the flow of human traffic was smooth, with medal collection and a half decent goody bag. I was overjoyed that Dot Mathie, one of my old running clients, won the women’s section outright and a number of other clients broke their PB’s. An excellent race all round, and I even enjoyed my first tram journey home.

Two thumbs up!

More info at www.kilomathon.com. If you need a hand (or a leg-up!) with your running, check out my website at www.griffenfitness.com

Bling finisher's medal

Bling finisher’s medal

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