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A wee report from the race Gillian McCracken ran through beautiful Fife last weekend!

Scurry2Bridges – an epic day out in Fife!

About 6 months ago one of my friends came across a race which I hadn’t heard of before. Scurry2Bridges is a team relay from Dundee, along the Fife Coastal Path, finishing near Silverknowes in Edinburgh. I’ve not done an organised race for a long time, at least 3 years and probably longer, and been struggling with long term injury and lack of decent running. So, to make a return why not sign up for a very long day covering about 25 miles.

I managed to get up to 10 mile runs in training so just had to hope the wheels didn’t come off. The race consists of 16 legs of varying lengths with teams of four doing four each to complete the route. It starts on the Riverside in Dundee, crosses the Tay Road Bridge, follows the Coastal Path to the Forth Road Bridge, then along the foreshore to Cramond and on to Silverknowes.

On one of the hottest days of the year we set off from Edinburgh at 4am to get to Dundee for a 6am start (there were 42 teams and 3 start times depending on predicted pace). Even at that time it was unScottishly warm but quite pleasant. My first leg was from Leuchars Railway Station to the leisure centre at St Andrews which is about 6 miles. Quite hard going as you’re running beside the road for quite a bit and you can see the long road in front, and by the now the sun was beating down. I also did Pittenweem to Shell Bay which is a lovely part of the route with road, trail, beach, bit of a hill, a windmill and a castle! My next section was Kinghorn to Aberdour, a route I have done many times and again a bit of everything including some shade which was bliss. I was on the glory leg too, from Cramond Brig to Silverknowes, a place lots of Carnegie folk will be familiar with.

We came in 29th place in 17 hours 28 mins so delighted with that.

Overall it was a great day out. It’s very well organised, lots of pre-race info, easy to follow course with plenty of markers, well organised checkpoints/handovers, race tracking which is great for team-mates and followers, fabulous weather (maybe even too hot!), wonderful Fife scenery, fee pies from Stuarts the Bakers, great atmosphere and a nice bit of sustainable bling.