It was a
beautiful day in Eastbourne for this event with a number of trophies up for
Cup is up for grabs to those Scottish members who have never won a trophy
before. The Galashiels is a very old club trophy and is for everyone not
eligible for the Novice Cup. The Cole Land Cup is a walking trophy and there
are a couple of trophies for the kids, one for the boys and one for the girls.
A traffic diversion in Petone resulted in a
delayed start but that really did not spoil anything.
What did spoil the day
was that disappearance of the secret Harry Potter portal on the bush
track. Worst of all there are no photos
from the Nikon because of a card writing error. I did get a few with Canon.
At the business end the course is roughly the
same as the one 40 years ago except runners don’t need to cross the road to run
on the sand and under the jetty wharf on the return journey.
It’s a tough wee
course especially when you hit the track going up into the bush. No wonder the
fast off road specialists stayed away.
But Dave Hatfield turned up to make sure
that nobody nicked his race record set all those decades ago.
Just so you know
that record is 15.26 and it was set in 1981.
the bush, just before the before the sharp turn to the left up the track to the
road, was Andrena Patterson and last
through as the backmarker was Michael Wray. The video above shows all of this.