Land O Burns 10k, 28/5/14

My legs felt like they had recovered alright from the Kirkcudbright half four days earlier so I headed down to Ayr for the Land O Burns 10k organised by Ayr Seaforth.

There was a good field, probably just over 300 runners and looked like some serious runners at the front as we lined up waiting for the start. I had made a schoolboy error and forgotten to charge my Garmin during the day so it was touch and go whether what little battery was remaining would see me through the race. As the race started there was the usual stampede where everyone started off a bit too quickly but after 200 metres I found myself at the front with an Ayr and Kilmarnock runner. I soon pulled away and built a steady lead over them both as we ran along the water front for the first couple of kilometres. I followed the lead cyclist as we twisted and turned through streets of houses. By 5k I could no longer hear any cheers for runners behind and as part of the course doubled back on itself I could see I had a big lead. I knew mile 4-5 featured a steady climb so eased up a bit to save my legs for the last mile. By 6 miles we had entered the old racecourse park. I picked up the pace and finished strongly, winning comfortably in about 34:15.

I was delighted to take the win especially with what felt like a very comfortable run just days after a half marathon.