Dollar Hill race is a bit more of a challenge, with 960m ascent and 15k. With a few short hill races done I needed to know how the self diagnosed and chronic upper hamstring tendonitis would cope with something more substantial. Torrential early rain before the race gave way to a window of dry weather for the race itself from Dollar Academy, attracting well over 100 runners. After the early dash along the road the route proceeds fairly brutally up the left hand side of Dollar Glen to take you up above castle Campbell and the long haul up to Whitewisp hill. Then its the long route west over the tops to Andrew Gannel, normally a fast route, but yesterday mostly a waterlogged sponge. Another big descent follows to a giant floating bog below Maddy Moss that caught out a few of the unwary, the last effort of ascent to King's Seat and a fantastic long descent over the open hill with Dollar town spread out below you, its a buzzards eye view. Care is needed lower down through the forest of tree roots and slippery steps and then that awful road section to the end. Relief, rehydration, tea and cakes follow in that order. There were one or two injuries sustained by runners, a HBT stalwart came off second best after an argument with a style early on, and a white faced runner who had fallen somewhere was helped over the finishing line by a couple of marshals to loud cheers.
All in all though this is a great race in lovely hills and well worth the effort. As for the tendonitis, well it was pain all the way round, so no progress I'm afraid.