The Antonine trail race is a 10K trail run on a beautiful but challenging course.
At the start line I bumped into someone I knew from the Glasgow Triathalon Club who’d done the race before.
He said to me: “Don’t start off too fast. It’s downhill to begin with but then you’ll have to come up Croy hill”
So, what did I do? I started fast. I then came to Croy hill. Fast became slow then slower then slower then…he passed me. Thankfully he resisted the urge to say “I told you so!”
The course was a great mix of hill running, forest tracks and some gravel trails. The volunteers were excellent. There was lots of encouragement and cheers from them. This was the only race briefing I’ve been to where everyone was specifically told to “high five the volunteers” I think most people did. The volunteers must have had sore hands by the end.
I was happy that I was able to run the whole course as it was very hilly. Some people walked the hills. That was a wise move as those people then passed me on the downhill sections! Note to self: practice running down hills just as much as going up.
The race is called Antonine because it passes along Antonine’s Wall. This was the furthest the Romans made it into Scotland. I prefer to recognize it from the book World War Z which is about a zombie apocalypse. The wall was the last line of defense in Great Britain against the zombies.
Thankfully I didn’t spot any on the night although my slow shuffle on Croy hill might have made people think I was one!