A total of 66 runners took part in Wednesday’s Self Transcendence 2 mile race around Edinburgh’s Meadows. This was the last event in the summer series and competition was high as runners sought to end the series on a high. Three athletes managed to finish in less than ten minutes, with Edinburgh’s Matt Bell taking pride of place in 9:46. The Women’s Race was also closely contested, with Hunters Bog Trotter Shona McIntosh winning in 11:22.
In second place, just six seconds behind Bell, was HBT’s Murray Strain, with his club mate Steve Cairns placing third in 9:55. Edinburgh AC’s Katja Eravisto finished 14 seconds behind Shona to claim second woman, with her club mate Cath Ferry in third spot with 11:44.
SCOTTISH RUNNING GUIDE asked Kieran Morgan (49), who finished in 37th position with a time of 12:37 for his reflection on the race:
“I set off aiming to try to run at or just under 6.30 min/mile pace but the effort I had been putting into regular hard summer interval and track sessions with both of the clubs I run - Carnegie Harriers and Harmeny AC - proved even more fruitful than I had imagined.
The first lap I concentrated hard on not setting off too fast and kept a regular eye on the Garmin. I passed the mile marker in 6.20 and, although I knew this was pretty much at my limit - almost out of breath but not quite - my legs still felt surprisingly strong and full of running. I kept the pace going on the second lap, past the left hander and down to the Pavilion - still ok but expecting to blow up at any second. Along the bottom straight I still felt good and turning into the final straight at the tennis courts I glanced down and saw I was still on 6.20 average pace. No stopping me now and I even managed a wee sprint finish to cross the line in 12.37, removing a full minute off my 2 mile PB in just over two months. It was also my seventh PB out of my last eight races; my best ever spell of running. I am one chuffed Fifer!
Almost as satisfying was the spread of free doughnuts and drinks laid on back at The Pavilion as this was the last race in this year's series. In addition to the medals, the organisers handed out large apple pies to the top competitors; each accompanied by cries of "Who ate all the pies?" from us jealous lesser beings - good craic!”
Although the Self Transcendence series does not start again until April 2010, we would recommend that you keep a number of Wednesday evenings free in your diaries for Edinburgh next summer.