King Bruce is Dead, and almost took David with him.
Hi All, Decided to do the Dunfermline Half Marathon just because I was in Edinburgh! Arrived on the Saturday with rain lashing down and getting a thorough soaking. Had the intention of 'sussing out' a decent hotel, but just bundled myself through the doorway of the first available hotel for shelter!
The morning of sunday was looking exactly the same with dark clouds and sporadic rain. Got the bus from Edinburgh to Dunfermline (half hour trip) which was fantastic because you travel over the Forth road bridge and get the best view of the Forth Rail Bridge (it is magnificent).
Arriving in Dunfermline and finding the start was easy but those clouds where constantly threatening to unleash a deluge of biblical proportions.......then 10 minutes before the start....a patch of blue sky. 5 minutes later it was baking hot and my double layer startegy was looking like shoddy planning. Sure enough, the weather got hotter throughout the run.
The course was a real tough one. Two laps of contant up and down terrain with the odd bit of cobbles (always a favourite). For those of you who did it, think almost as bad as Roddlesworth but on the road. By 6 miles I had decided to just take it slow and not bother with a time. Finished in just over 2 hours! but not disappointed!! it was that tough! Picked up a decent goody bag then sauntered back into the town (finish is in a beautiful park). In Dunfermline Abbey is the grave where Robert the Bruce lies. David almost went the same way!