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Turkey Trot Race Report

Moray road runners 10 mile Turkey Trot. Race report by Alan Riach

 

  

Balmy weather greeted (8) members of the club who turned up at Lossiemouth high school to run the Moray road runners 10 mile Turkey Trot. This early winter jaunt was part of Lisa Lawson’s fitness test for those of us who were preparing for the Inverness half marathon in March 2017. Why a road race but often not we run around on trails in the Strath valley but road running always feel so different and this was a good test to do a good long road run in preparation for March

As I said the weather was very unseasonal with temperature about 15 degrees and a cool pleasant breeze blew off the Moray firth so it was a bit of conundrum how many layers do we wear and this was of more concern to all of us rather than the actual race.

Duly we lined up with 240 plus other runners outside the entrance to the old RAF base who were full of early festive spirit. Promptly the runners took off heading through Lossiemouth with me remembering a mile gone passing a fully dressed Santa who was redder in the face than the suit he was wearing. My rule of thumb when racing try and not get beaten by people in fancy dress in this case there was more chance this Santa was going to collapse with heat exhaustion.

After winding through Lossiemouth, leaving the sea behind we headed inland doing a large loop of the former air base to say the least on a fairly flat course.   The finish was back at the school where an array of various goodies to eat and a welcome cup of tea or coffee greeted the runners.

As for Lisa, Avril, Jeanette, Nikki, Karen, Lindsay, Marty and myself it was mission accomplished a good workout and credit goes to the Moray road runners for a well organised event. But special mention must be given to Karen, Lindsay and Marty as this was their longest run to date and they are well on course to conquering the half marathon course at Inverness in March.

The day was not quite complete  Lisa had arranged a table at the Harbour lights restaurant at Lossiemouth Harbour where we enjoyed a well  earned late lunch and some great social time. Thanks goes to Lisa for her planning of the day and being the driving force to get us focussed on training through the Winter.

 

Next up Inverness half marathon 2017.

 

--Alan Riach