Prior to the successful local marathon on Sunday, Finlay Wild was over the water on Saturday for a British Championship race at Silent Valley in Ireland . Finlay gave his usual commitment and was unfortunate to finish in second place in a time of 01hr 43min 08secs, only 8 seconds behind winner Gavin Bland 01:43:00 (Borrowdale) third place went to Robb Jebb 01:43:51 (Bingley).
Full report is available on NIMRA web site.
This Sunday the Beinn Lora race takes place at Benderloch at 13:00 hours and not 11:00 hours as advertised on Scottish Hill Runners calendar.
Clocks go forward on Sunday at 0200 hrs bringing in British Summer Time which means club nights move to Claggan Yeah!!!! but only until the clocks turn back in the autumn Boo!!!. All welcome 6pm.
68 Runners took part in Saturday’s race, only one entrant from Lochaber made the trip, but Colin Donnelly (v50) certainly made an impact finishing in third place in a time of 32:53 minutes only 7 secs behind second placed David Wilby 32:46 (Highland Harriers) and less than 2 minutes behind winner Gordon Lennox 31:27 (Forres Harriers). Colin told me (as he passed me on cow hill recently) he has been out injured for about a year, so that was a good comeback run considering most of the runners were senior category .
Saturday saw 20 runners from Lochaber on the start line at Carnethy , a record field of 535 took part and it was Finlay Wild (00:49:46) who triumphed over second placed Robb Jebb (00:50:47 Bingley) and third placed Mark Addison (00:51:13 Helm Hill). Finlay was backed up by Gary MacDonald (00:57:44) , Jon Gay (00:58:16) and John Binnie (01 00:51) to secure third place in the team race. Jon Gay picked up a prize in his first race as a Vet 40 finishing third in the category. Amanda Blackhall (01:11:08) was our first lady home, sadly out of the prizes, the ladies team finished ninth Julie Corner (01:17:59) and Nancy Kennedy (01:27:25) making up the team.
Amazingly Jimmy Jardine took part in his forty third Carnethy run having not missed one and in a time of 01:48:04 including photo stops.
Sunday, it was winter league duty at Kinlochleven and the Blackwater Dam run, David Wilby (01:13:53 Highland) romped home with a comfortable margin over Jon Gay (01:19:57) and John Binnie (01:20:45). John Binnie was technically first Vet 40 (winter league rules apply) and Ali Kennedy(01:27:06) first Vet 50, Jim Treasurer (1:40:00) was first Vet 60.
The ladies race was won by Lina Mardall (01:33:52 Deeside) and a close race for second was won by Elaine Liddell (01:42;58 Jog Scotland) over Nix Forster (01:43:38). Lina was first FV40, Teresa MacKay FV50 and Elma Murdoch FV60.
Thanks to the organisers and helpers (the weather made for some spectacular scenery to ease the pain) also to Pamela and her mobile shop and providing credit for the purchase of a new vest.
The first race in the championship series takes place this Saturday 16th Feb at Carnethy 5 hills (short ), 16 males and 7 females from Lochaber AC will make the journey to the east coast . The club should expect some success (no pressure guys and gals ) with so many of our best runners taking part. Can I just remind you all of the other races and dates in the championship calendar .
Stuic a Chroin ( long ) 4th May, Goatfell ( medium ) 18th May, Tap o Noth ( short ) 17th August , Ochils 2000’s ( long ) 24th August , Run of the Mill (medium ) 16th Nov.
To complete, one from each distance and one other unless over 60 then any 4 from 6. Teams first 4 to count, ladies and over 40 first 3 to count.
Any stories, good or even mishaps where it does not go to plan on the hills let me know I’ll make your excuses here.
Having a cycle thro’ the Leanachan forest from Spean to loosen up after a club run the previous evening ( 10.5 miles and nearly 2 hours ,I’m sure Niall had a bad day at work ) you might expect to meet a dog walker or maybe the odd roe deer but something slightly more scary than even some of those featured in the previous post was there in the forest. As I turned a corner at speed there before me was this totally black fat wild boar , we sized each other up in seconds and as I was the bigger (on my bike) he/she decided to flee. Now it’s my first encounter with a boar in 8 years running/biking in the area , so two questions, has the boar just arrived in the area (anyone else seen it ) and if I had been running and therefore not look so big would I have been the one fleeing ? Any experts ?
Sunday saw the second ” long ” race in the winter league series and it was the long legs of John Binnie (1:03:33) that crossed the finishing line first ahead of Alan Smith (1:04:14) closely followed by the ever improving Jon Gay (1:04:48) . The ladies race was won by new recruit to Lochaber AC, Diane Baum (1:11:01) followed by Amanda Blackhall (1:13:59) and Lucy Prins (1:17:56).
The mens category winners were first and second placed John – Vet 40 , Alan – Vet 50 respectively and for the second race in a row Jim Treasurer (1:18:14) was the first Vet 60 .
The ladies category winners were Amanda – Vet 40 , Nancy Kennedy Vet 50 (1:24:09) and Elma Murdoch Vet 60 (1:51:56) .
Good to see the Jog Scotland ladies turning out once more . Elaine Liddell and Sandra MacDonald both finishing in 1:32:16 not forgetting Ray Morrison(1:56:18) .
Full results now on results page.
A reminder from the organisers of the junior race. Sunday 27th Jan. at 11.00 am registration 10.30 at Aonach Mor car park (short 10 minute walk to start). Juniors 8 years and under must run with an adult.