Hundreds of competitors from across the world will take part in the sold out Musselburgh Festival 10K on Saturday (20 July) and for one runner in particular, there's a chance to seal a place in the race's history books. Andrew Douglas of Inverclyde AC holds the course record of (30:18) and is looking to make it a fourth consecutive victory at the race. He faces stiff competition from a very strong field of club runners from the length and breadth of Scotland, England, Europe and America.
Starting on the grounds of Loretto School's playing fields, the flat and fast course has PB potential, taking runners along the promenade towards Fisherrow harbour before doubling back and returning to the mouth of the River Esk. Participants then run adjacent to the river where they can take in all the wildlife and lovely flower beds that decorate the banks of the Esk, before peeling off the footbridge (which will be closed to the public for the duration of the race) at Goose Green Road. The course then heads along the John Muir Way following the path adjacent to the sea wall where you can see Fife across the Forth to your left, East Lothian straight in front of you and a conservation area to the right. Runners then go round the lagoons before heading past the Old Golf Course (the oldest in the world) and Musselburgh Racecourse to rejoin Goose Green Road towards the finish in the grounds of Loretto playing fields.
One runner who will be hoping to capitalise on the flat course is Dave McGregor, who experienced a very different course last Sunday. Dave told scottishrunningguide.com: "After finishing Sunday's Bupa Great Edinburgh Run I was looking forward to the Musselburgh Festival 10K purely for the reason that it is a flat course. I would surely get a faster time than on Sunday, no hills."