Congratulations to the team of volunteers at Edinburgh parkrun who managed to ensure that the weekly event went ahead on January 2, albeit on an alternative route, whilst all other races fell victim to the wintry weather. The Edinburgh parkrun therefore enters the record book as the first road race to be held in Scotland in this decade.
First footing the event was Iain Taylor (MV40-44) who became the first person to cross a finish line in 2010. The Carnegie Harrier recorded a time of 18:45, more than a minute ahead of his closest rival. Lana Turnbull (FJ15-19) became the first women to win a race in the 'teenies', the Deans High School pupil and Lothian AC runner, won the women's event in a time of 24:51.
The extreme weather conditions of late meant that the Silverknowes promenade was extremely icy in places and to prevent the cancellation of the event, the road run became more of a flat cross country affair. Organisers rerouted the course along the grass perimeter of the usual route and salted the remaining footpath sections to ensure the safe passage of runners too and from the loop between the 2k and 3k mark.
Graeme Ackland (VM45-49), representing Lothian RC, took second by 72 seconds recording 19:57. Unattached Paul Craig (SM35-39) placed third in a time of 20:13. Harmeny AC's Christina Morgan (VW40-44) earned the runner-up spot in the women's race with a time of 24:55. Lasswade AC's Lorna Rice (SW30-34), competing in her first parkrun, placed third woman with 25:32.
Organisers have received very positive feedback from the runners and will revert to the alternative course again, should they be faced with such icy conditions in the future. Hopefully this will guarantee that the event will be staged should there be further thick ice in the coming weeks.
Race winner Iain Taylor told www.scottishrunningguide.com: "I enjoyed the alternative course. This was my tenth time competing in the Edinburgh parkrun and I was well chuffed to win it for the first time. Well done to everyone for ensuring the race went ahead." Fellow Carnegie Harrier Kieran Morgan who finished in 17th place with a time of 22:24 said: "It was a really good alternative course. I ran in trail shoes (Rocklite 295s) but spikes would also have done the job as there were only a few short road crossings to negotiate. Well done to all the volunteers at the Edinburgh parkrun for getting this event on."