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Comrie Hills Relay

posted 18 Sep 2017, 12:32 by Dominic Williams
Sunday 10th September 

Sunday 10th September saw DMC enter two teams to the Simon Wake Comrie hills relay.  This is a 42km route over four legs with 2,110m of ascent.  Speaking to people there previous events had seen great weather and sunshine.  Unfortunately this year the forecast was for rain.  The first leg saw 23 runners leave the cricket ground where the race was based and head up into the forest.  This 11k leg was on good paths but as the first leg had rather more ascent than descent.  The next leg was the shortest but hardest navigation required being largely pathless so two runners per team were needed.  After the leg 2 runners has disappeared up into the mist Dave our shuttle bunny for the day took us up to the 2/3 handover.   The rain was getting worse now so Amy and Paul were not too keen to get out of the car.  After waiting for a while the shout that two of our runners were approaching meant appeared out of the car wearing his infamous shorts.  A mass start was scheduled 2 ½ hours in to ensure the race didn’t get too spaced out and 45 seconds before this deadline Andrew and Allan appeared and handed the baton to Paul.  Amy started in the mass start.

Dave rushed the four of us down to the base picking up our leg 4 runners to take them up.  The rain worsened and I was glad to be eating lunch under the gazebo rather than being up on the hill.  Eventually Dave returned with the other runners (apparently it had been quite wet and misty on legs 2 and 3) and finishers started to appear.  Ed and Jen decided to run leg 4 together (which also had a mass start) so we had a DMC joint finish line.  DMC gents came 16/23 in total time of 5:30:35, DMC mixed team came 21/23 with a time of 6:01:10.  A slight mix up on entries nearly resulted in us receiving medals but Dominic refused to play ball and pretend to be over 40.  All in all a good if rather wet day and respectable position for an event mainly populated by running clubs.

Report by Dominic

DMC Gents: Dominic, Andrew, Allan, Paul and Ed
DMC Ladies/Mixed: Mhairi, Berenice, Bruce, Amy, Jen
DMC chauffeur: Dave