Gartmorn 6

Gartmorn 6 route
Coach Dave had said many a time that this race was a good one. So after resisting his encouragement for the past couple years I had relented and entered this 6 miler. Apparently I wasn't the only one who had been 'encouraged' as I spotted more of the cream of the CAAC seniors in the car park near the start. After a bit of coaches banter - or healthy positive encouragement as I like to call it and Keith observing that between my positivism and Coach Dave's encouragement he had no idea why he didn't win every race he entered, the 11 of us (Caitlin, Amanda, Lisa, Fiona, Jilly, Megan, Dave, Keith, Neill, Graeme and me) made our way to the start.

Before we set off the Coach warned us that the course can be quite tight at points and was likely to be muddy in places...... if you were at the XCountry Nationals a few weeks ago you'll know what muddy is. Well his sage advice didn't disappoint. It was muddy, very muddy in places and when the course entered the woods after about half a mile there weren't that many chances to overtake. Just as well I hadn't started right at the back. To describe what I can't see is always a bit difficult but suffice to say that Keith floated over the course and was hardly muddy at the end of the race, a brilliant 2nd place was his reward. Greame after a very strong run finished 8th. The battle of the CAAC ladies was won by Fiona, who although not convinced she had well enough to pick up a prize, picked up 1st V55 lady - another stand out performance! Caitlin, who had dipped under the magic 20 minute mark on Saturday at the Park Run managed to stay ahead of Lisa, who had put a fair distance between her and myself. If only I could say the same about myself and Megan, Neill and Jilly who were all breathing down my neck near the finish! I had made a concious effort not to go off too fast and had been picking up CAAC places over the first half of the course. I don't ever think that looking behind you in a race is ever a good idea but did have peek about half a mile from the finish, hoping that if there was a comfortable gap between me and the next runner I could possibly relax a bit - no such luck! I managed to just stay ahead of the chasing pack of Megan, Neill and Jilly. Coach Dave was also not too far behind. Amanda completed the CAAC 11. A great off road course with plenty of mud, woods, a nice around the reservoir flat bit and more woods and mud at the end.

Back in the village hall a great spread of cakes, sandwiched and tea awaited us. Dean you'd love this race!! A great race and nice spread - if you haven't done this race, give it a go!

Coach Dave's picture

Good write up Jan. I think

Good write up Jan. I think this is the first time that the CAAC ladies outnumbered the guys. Great to see and hopefully some more new ladies joining soon. Next stop Winton 10k on the 8th April for another mudfest.
NeillP's picture

Great write up Jan, great

Great write up Jan, great event and loved the coaches banter..defo a new section for the website for sure. ;)