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This page is about the notorious training sessions on the Gullane Dunes
GullaneThis was a Edinburgh Southern/Edinburgh AC annual event, basically to cure us of Xmas Day hangovers. It started at the car park at Gullane Bents with an easy run along the edge of Muirfield past the ruined chapel and onto the beach to the first dune for a few hill reps, usually 5 or more. It was hard work in the soft sand.
This was followed by a short jog onto the sand, where we did a number of short sprints. Then another jog along the sand to the second dune, where we did at least 5 more reps. We then did another set of sprints, latterly using the "Begley Triangle" which allowed recovery jogs along the edges without having to stop and turn, thus keeping up a tempo. We then back-tracked along the beach to the first dune and ( usually)did another set of reps. Finally a steady run back to the car park , back the way we came. Soup, mince pies and hot blackcurrent were usually on offer at the end, as on occasions it could be quite cold.
The session allowed people to make it as hard or easy as they liked without falling behind. The full session lasted about 1 1/2 hours, and covered roughly 7 miles. The sessions ran from the late 1980s until 2006. Only I did 2007 and 2008. It's unlikely they will be held again.
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