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22 Feb

Close Encounters Of The 3.5K Kind

UFOThe truth is out there, according to Mulder and Scully… And a PB might be out there too if you enter the Dechmont Trail 10K and 3.5K on 11 June.

The race, organised by Lothian RC, is held at Dechmont Law, famous for a UFO sighting in 1979. Forestry worker Robert Taylor claimed to have seen a 'flying dome' at the hill, which tried to pull him in. When he returned home, his clothes were torn and he had grazes on his chin and thighs, resulting in the police recording the matter as a common insult. It is thought to be the only example of an alien sighting becoming subject to a criminal investigation.

Those expecting to see an extraterrestrial may be disappointed, warn race organisers: “We can't promise an alien but you will experience a scenic woodland trail.”

The 10K off-road course is mostly on firm paths, though there may be some muddy patches. The 3.5K race is said to be an ideal introduction to off-road running.

For more information and to enter, visit the Q-Buster website.