With the nights already drawing in and following some pretty testing twilight conditions for the finish line crew in 2016, this year's Autumn Handicap will take place a few weeks earlier than normal on the 14th of September.
The race, open to U17's and up, starts and finishes on the path adjacent to Stevenson Drive right outside the main entrance to the track and the first runner will be set off at 7pm.
With the Saughton Park and Rose Gardens refurbishment works well under way our usual route through the Park is closed. As such an alternative route will be run which is of identical distance - https://gb.mapometer.com/running/route_4605850
The changes see a right turn off Stenhouse Drive one street earlier (Stenhouse Terrace) followed by another right hander back onto the usual route at Ford's Road. Then, instead of the chicane into the car park at the back of the track, it's another right across the footbridge and continuing along Ford's Road to rejoin Gorgie Road at the end. A left turn to follow the course in reverse takes you back to where you started.
To enter please see your coach and give them a recent time for a race of 1mile up to 5km (or several if you like) or else post here.
If you are able to help out then please let me know - I generally need 6-7 people to marshal the course and operate the start/finish area although the more runners the better. BRING PINS!
For those interested in the history of the event and past results see here http://www.caac.org.uk/handicap (just don't follow the route map on that page!)