Report from Helen
Saturday the 7th May saw the first Glen Lyon Ultra from BaM Racing. A 30+ mile ultra through Glen Lyon then up and over into the neighbouring Glen, with a total ascent of 3369ft, this is a stunning hilly location about 23 miles from Killin and very remote.
After a bit of wild camping on the Friday night Helen Smith and Debbie Reynolds (aka Wee Plum) started off with the other 75 competitors at 0930 hours for a 15 mile run around Glen Lyon on a good landrover track and plenty river crossings up to your knees, or thighs depending on your height!! The weather was perfect – overcast and dry. A bit of a head wind in places to remind you that you are working hard and not just there to enjoy the gorgeous scenery. The first loop finished at the start point within 3 hours, where a quick change of shoes and socks sent you off on the second loop which takes you about 4 miles up an old tarred road before cutting off and heading down into the next glen, again on good landrover tracks. The loop takes you back onto the old tarred road where you can enjoy a good climb back up to the top where the finish line is then in sight and a good long downhill to finish. Debbie and Helen finished the 31.8 mile race in 6h 10mins, placing them about 50th (provisional results) out of 77.
There is no doubt the length and location of this race will make it a very popular race in the future and highly recommended. More info can be found at runyabam.com or on Facebook.
Ben Lomond on Saturday saw a great turnout of 20 runners from Lochaber. Steve Macdonald finished 15th overall in a time of 01:21:09 and was our first runner back down the hill. Amanda Blackhall was among the prizes being 3rd lady in a time of 01:35:01. Well done to all our runners and a mention for Nicola MacMaster who doggedly stuck to her task and finished with a smile. Result
Report from Helen
Saturday 30th April was the 11th Highland Fling Race, 53 miles from Milngavie to Tyndrum. The forecast was not great for the day, however it turned out to be a stunning day, fine frosty start at 6am, and the sun stayed out only briefly disappearing to allow a welcomed rain shower.
The busy start line with over 750 competitors included Helen Smith and Mike Connolly from LAC. The 53 miles route climbs to over 7500ft/2300m and descends through Loch Lomond & Trossachs national park, the views were stunning throughout!! The first couple of sections were very runnable however as you leave Inversnaid towards Beinglass the terrain along the loch side becomes very technical and the majority was certainly not runnable! but the scramble over rocks and tree trunks was also a welcome break from constant running! as always with this race the organisation was second to none, each checkpoint was well manned and your drop off bag was ready and handed to you, no faffing around looking for it
Mike was unable to continue after mile 40 at Beinglass farm and sadly pulled out. Helen finished 365/625 with a PB of 12h:20m:07s. Mark Leggett finished 123/625 in a great time of 10h:09m:38s. The finishers are piped in over the red carpet then enjoyed the free beer/wine, soup, baked potatoes and ice cream among other treats.
Results from Nix. Well done to the frozen timekeepers and June Watt for photos.
The Junior Winter League presentation took place at Claggan on Tuesday night before training. A total of 40 girls and boys took part in at least one of the four events. The runners had to complete three of the races to qualify. Wendy and Margaret Rose with their team of helpers namely, Katrina MacPhee, Roddie MacPhee, Lynn McTavish, June Watt and Willie Anderson did a sterling job with the organisation. Missing from the presentation was girls Under 11 winner Mollie Blackhall. Well done to all the runners.
Thanks to June Watt for the photos
Lochaber had four runners on the start line on Saturday in Dingwall. Gavin Macmillan with a strong run finished 17th in a time of 01:19:29. Good runs were had from Barrie Mackinnon 01:25:28, Robert Maclean 01:32:19 and Brian Campbell 01:34:25 on the soggy course, the water crossing being easily negotiated. Thanks to HHR for the event.
Thanks to Elizabeth Maclean for group photo and Phil Hindell for action shots.
On 28th June 1995 my first daughter, Nicki, died during labour and was still born. This year would have been her 21st birthday. Like many other “big” birthdays that have passed, I try to set a”big” challenge.
This year is no exception! My challenge is Ramsay’s Round. Running up hills is not my strongest point, so a big reason why this is my chosen challenge!
I am conscious of the fact that so many “bigger and better” runners make attempts at this challenge and I know I am nowhere near their level, however, I will be happy with whatever time it takes me to get the 24 Munros in. (21 in 24hrs would be special!) I know that God willing, I will complete the challenge, how many in the 24 hours? Time will tell.
I am looking for lots of help – support runners, dogsbodies and supporters!
Can you help – run a few Munros and keep me motivated, ideally with navigation skills, to help free me up to just concentrate on running! Help with logistics of supplies and runners? Run some recces with me? Anything is appreciated and I know a few who have already volunteered!
I will not be going round with sponsor forms etc. However, I will organise a just giving page if anyone wants to donate to Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team. Appropriate as I will spend so much tie stomping around their patch.
It will be on the 28th June, I think a midday start.
So even if you can only offer a friendly face and smile along the way, it will still mean as much as you running half of it with me!!
Many thanks and kind regards.
Helen Smith…Lochaber Athletic Club
Report from Nancy
Twenty seven runners contested the latest round of the winter league at Kinlochleven yesterday. This year the Blackwater Dam race took place in perfect winter conditions, crisp and clear with stunning views over the Mamores. Andrew Barrington (Lochaber) won in a time of 1:15. A good effort after racing through the deep snow at Carnethy the day before. The ever consistent Craig Mattocks (Gala) came second with Jon Gay (Lochaber) running strongly to secure third place. Young Steven Burns (Lochaber) was fourth.
First lady and eighth overall was Helen Gertig (unattached) in 1:27 with the well travelled Kate Jenkins (Gala) in second place. Third place went to Lucy Prins (Lochaber). A special mention to Mo Aitken (Lochaber) whose efforts in the January 100 mile challenge paid off by taking around twelve minutes off her previous best for a new PB. Thanks to the timekeepers, marshals on the hill and everyone else whose help is much appreciated.
Full results to follow.