Good race at the Southside Six this morning. Did 2.45 for 16 very hilly, sometimes muddy miles, taking in 5 different parks, good mix of road and trail sections. Nice of them to throw in the 'worst' set of stairs in Queens Park just before the finish !
Well marshalled and marked out so no worries on losing the route, which was just as well as the bit through Linn Park was quite convoluted through the woods. No road closures, so there was a lot of running up to pedestrian crossings and waiting for lights, or waiting for gaps at major junctions, but that was a good excuse for a rest after some of the hills!
Discovered trails I didn't know were there. From Linn Park we were out on the pavement up to Clarkston, then a long downhill, then another long uphill up Ayr Road, overtook about 5 here (the local advantage of regularly running this hill!!). Into Rouken Glen, about 1.5m in here of quite muddy rocky leafy trail then out at Speirsbridge roundabout. A boring bit down the road through Thornliebank scheme, which just went to prove anywhere can look quite nice when the sun shines ....sometimes .
Across the very busy roundabout near Pollok Park and then went the back way into Pollok Park (through the muddy bit at Cow Glen), also a route I wouldn't normally take, overtook 3 on the muddy bit, and then out onto the road past the football fields, the only place where we experienced any problems with cars (this comes back to my usual rant about how this part of Pollok Park needs to be one way, as its not wide enough for two cars and you get mown down if you're on foot). Managed to pick up a bit of speed here mainly cos I wanted to get clear of the traffic as quickly as possible and overtook another 3. Then from here across to Bellahouston Park, where again it seemed like we went up every hill in the place, and then yet more stairs up to the checkpoint (another 4 caught).
From Bellahouston 13mile done, then a long stretch down Nithsdale Road, (shook off 3 from earlier who had managed to catch up when I stopped to cross the road), but legs really starting to drag a bit here, finally across Pollokshaws Road, caught 1 more and overtook and then into the bottom of Queens Park, but the finish was back uphill at the flag pole, so we did a bit of circle around the pond then the climb up to 'The Stairs of Doom' . Walked up the stairs, but the hill just after the stairs is actually worse, so jogged up that, then straight uphill to the finish!!
Good race, free hat in the goody bag! Enjoyed it and was by no means near the back, good mix of runners and good marshalling. The hardest part is probably getting an entry in the first place!
330 - If you are experiencing hip, knee or foot issues I would suggest go see a podiatrist (free on NHS). I wouldn't trust a running shop to understand the results other than as an excuse to punt you off a pair of trainers that may or may not be suitable for your needs.