Team Road Relays

For the past 4 years I've ran the Scottish Relay Championships in Livingston and this year was no different. 

It was my second year racing with an Edinburgh AC vest rather than a Pitreavie AAC vest. 

6 legs, alternating between just over 5k and just short of 10k for each team. I was on the 4th leg and on a 10k lap. It's a tough, undulating course. The first 200 metres are downhill and then you start climbing until about 5k in to the race.

It's a tough race because unless you are the first runner, you don't really get an idea of who you are racing against. You might be racing someone who is slower than you or get past by someone who can run a sub 33 10k, you just don't know how the other teams are performing. 

My aim was just to try and not lose too many positions, we started in second place after the 1st leg but drifted to 15th overall in the end, I think I lost one position. 

I really enjoy the race. Chasing the person in front and then trying to keep anyone else behind you. I was passed with about half a mile to go but managed to pass him again in the final 100 metres. Everyone position counts!

It was my fastest time over the course as well which I was pleased with. My legs felt really heavy at mile 3 but considering I hadn't tapered for the race, I feel good about Grangemouth 10k this weekend and if weather and legs allow, maybe a PB is possible. 

Thanks Alan Ramage for the photo from the relays.

Road relays

Owain Williams

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