Thanks to Peter M Bracegirdle/Fife AC, Marie and Neil for Pics.
Report from Jon Gay
A team of 6 Lochaber AC members completed the Devil’s Burdens 31km Hill Relay on 23rd January. The race is organised by Fife AC, there are four legs over the Lomond Hills in Fife, starting and finishing at Falkland. First impressions were what a huge number of hill runners (nearly 800 from as many clubs). After we managed to find the start, Gavin MacMillan ran the first 7k cross country leg to Strathmiglo and finished well up. There were many elite XC racers.
Jon Gay and Neil Arnott did the hill leg over West Lomond to Kinnesswood (10km, 680m). Neil has recently moved back to the area so is familiar with the best lines, we didn’t have time to see the Devil’s Burdens which are a series of rock formations. The changeover was a chance to catch up with familiar faces.
Helen Smith and Mike Connolly took the “baton” and headed back up the steep Bishop Hill. The 11.5km/410m leg 3 partially re traced leg 2 and featured some boggy sections, the second half was on trail to Maspie Den near Falkland.
Our anchor lady Marie Meldrum ran the East Lomond summit loop (5.5km/390m) in less than it took us to walk the short distance to the final finish.
Our team finished a very creditable 53rd out of 131 teams. Marie declared it was “National Pie Day” so we set off looking for these well earned rewards.
We are grateful to Neil’s friend Jane for lifts and logistics, it can be tricky to get to the changeover on the other side of the hills, we wouldn’t have managed without her also thanks to Fife AC for organising the event.
The British Fell Relays take place at Luss in October, this would be a superb opportunity for LAC teams.
Report from Jon
Three LAC members took part in the Run 4 It North District Cross Country league race at Dores on Saturday 16th January, organised by Inverness Harriers. The ground was frozen but it was a beautiful course at the end of Loch Ness. In the senior men’s 6 mile race Steven Burns ran well finishing 19th in a strong list of entries. Jon Gay was about halfway down the field in 42nd place. Ciara Largey had an excellent run finishing 10th in the women’s race. Ciara’s warm up was to cycle to the event from Inverness, luckily it wasn’t snowing. Well done to all three participants.
Finlay Wild is the 2015 UKA British Hill and Fell Running Champion. Here is Finlay’s account of the weekend.
“On 21st November, Suzy Devey and myself headed down to Grasmere in the Lakes for the FRA Annual Dinner and Dance. This was an impressive sight with lots of smartly dressed fell runners in very different attire from the normal hill running kit. One club’s ladies even had matching club coloured dresses!
Simon Bailey from Mercia Fell Runners won the English Championships for the 8th (or 9th) time running.
Jon Ashcroft from Carnethy Hill Runners won the FRA Long Distance Award for his Charlie Ramsay Round Record.
I won the UKA British Hill and Fell Running Championships, with Rob Hope from Pudsey and Bramley AC coming second.
Jasmin Paris from Carnethy Hill Runners was also there to pick up her prize for being First Woman in the British Champs as well as First Woman (and 7th overall) in the Lakeland Classics Trophy, which she has now won 4 times.
After the lovely three course dinner and extended prize giving – with dozens of club prizes and age group prizes – there was a funky bank and some pretty boisterous dancing. A dance off between Ambleside Ladies and Calder Valley Men was a spectacle.
The next day we headed to nearby Kendal to catch the morning showing of the Best of Kendal Mountain Festival, with some really interesting and varied films. One film documented the achievements of Alpinist Tom Ballard (previous resident of Lochaber) and his amazing Solo Climbs of the Six North Faces of the Alps in one Winter Season.”
Well done Finlay from all at Lochaber AC…… A fantastic achievement!!
The club has been allocated two places for the London Marathon on the 24th of April 2016. LAC members interested in taking part should reply to this post in the comments box below by Wednesday 2nd of December. If more than two runners apply the decision will be taken at committee level.
The new Beinn Resipol race in September attracted nineteen club members. Steve Macdonald had an impressive run finishing 3rd, Steven Traill, Stuart Crutchfield and Jon Gay all finished in the top ten. Well done to all nineteen. Thanks to Niall MacBeath who managed to catch some of our runners on camera.
Our intrepid leader deserves a post all to himself after a return to racing today in Eddie’s Half Marathon. Wearing the No 1. Pressure what Pressure!! Surely the photos show total commitment to the event and……what about those blonde legs!!
Thanks to Jon Gay for capturing the moment.