ANTONINE TRAIL RACE: Garscube athlete Del Young featured in our ‘Posts by Others’ section recently as David Sawyer reported on the 32-year-old’s big improvement in half marathon. Young has now won the Antonine Trail Race in a course record 1.26.42 (believe the course is 13.8 miles long) to maintain his fine recent form.
In that blog interview with David, Del explains how he has gone from a ’24-hour party animal’ to a serious athlete with the help of training programme set-up by his club and drafted by Olympian Lynne Macdougall.
It makes fascinating reading and good for senior athletes to look at this and maybe see how they can improve.
Read more here: http://zudepr.co.uk/runningblog/del-young-files/


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ust read some bad news the train will not  be stopping at Croy station this Sunday. I do apologise to anyone think of using the Trains from Edinburgh or Queen Street Glasgow but this is outwith my control. There is a large car park at Croy Railway station which you can use if that is of any help and I suggest you car share if you are coming with a frind.

ntonine Trail Race 2014 – Final Instructions

Final Instructions are below.  Please read them carefully, and post any questions on the blog here.

This is the same information, in a slightly different format, as was sent to all runners by email earlier this week:

Hi, only a few days left until race day.  Here are a few final reminders and instructions:

  • Weather: as of Tuesday 13th October, the weather for the race looks dry/light showers, light wind, and cool, at 11C.  There is some rain predicted for the rest of this week, so we recommend that you use trail shoes, and have waterproof cover with you.
  • Traveling to the race: the race starts across the road from Croy station, so train is a good way to get to the start line.  If you’re coming by car, please use the car park that is furthest away from the station.  This is still only a few minutes walk from the race start.  You can use the postcode G65 9JG to get to the station.
  • On the day registration: open from 8am, upstairs at the Sports Hub on Constarry Road.  The Sports Hub will also act as the race HQ.  This is about 100m further up the road (north-ish, away from the motorway).
  • Number and chip collection for all runners:available from 8.30am at the Sports Hub.  All competitors must display their number on the front of their race shirt at all times.
  • Changing & bag drop: the Sports Hub has one male changing room, and one female changing room, both with limited space but with showers.  Do not leave your kit in the changing rooms.  Bring it upstairs to the main room.
  • Mandatory kit: please ensure you carry your mobile phone with you.  As mentioned, we strongly recommend you have waterproof cover with you.
  • Race briefing: 10am at the start line, with any course updates and to answer final questions.
  • Starting position: please help us get the race started safely, and be considerate of your fellow competitors.  The first mile of the race has fences on both sides, which can restrict overtaking.  If you’re a racing snake, and expect to run the course in 1h 40m, make sure you are towards the front of the pack.  If you expect to take around 2h 20m or more, then you will be better to start at the back, to avoid any bumping.  Your timing chip will record the time accurately, whether you start at the front or the back.
  • Route: the route will be marked with large yellow directional boards attached to lampposts, ticker tape, and biodegradable spraypaint markings showing ‘ATR’ on the road/trail.
  • Marshals: all race marshals will be in contact with the race organisers via radio and mobile phone.  They’ll be cheering you on, so please give them a smile and say hi as you pass.  Marshals will be located at the following rally and check points, which will remain open until all runners have passed:

+ Start of race (Croy Sports Hub)
+ Canal basin (Boathouse at Auchinstarry)
+ Dumbreck Marsh (next to the pond/at the only water station in the race)
+ Twechar Communtiy Center (St Johns Way)
+ Croy Miners Club on the B802 road
+ Finish (Croy Sports Hub)

  1. Dropping out: if you need to leave the race due to injury or for any other reason, please ensure that you notify a marshal, the back runner, Helen Maclean, or call the emergency number.
  2. Prize-giving: this will take place at approximately 12.30pm/1pm, in the Sports Hub.  Please remember to remove your shoes, as the Sports Hub is carpeted.
  3. MND Scotland massage: the Antonine Trail Race is proud to be supporting MND Scotland.  There will be massages available after the race.  Please leave a donation in the buckets provided.
  4. Emergency number: in an emergency, please contact 07752 360 400.
  5. Emergency plan: in case of a larger emergency, all runners should make their way to a rally or check point (see item 9), which will be manned by a race marshal and which St Andrew’s Ambulance first aid can be called to attend if necessary.

If you have any further questions, please leave a comment below.

Well that’s all for just now.  Thank you all again from me, Rob. Sanderson (Adventurezonescotland), & MND Scotland.


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