Photos from Jim Stalker “up top”
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Andrew Barrington, Jon Gay, Sarah Mackenzie and Steve Macdonald took part in the extremely tough Skyline event on Saturday, all completed the course with I’m sure great satisfaction and relief. Photos (below) include time and position. There were 148 starters of which 122 completed.
Reports from Sarah
The Arrochar Alps race took place on 27th June. This Long Classics race covers 25km with 2400m of ascent, taking in all 4 Munros in the area. As this race can be notoriously difficult to navigate in poor weather, it was a nervous start for runners with low cloud and drizzly rain. Luckily this cleared for the most part and the sun even made an appearance. Tackling rough and demanding terrain, 3 LAC runners performed well. Stuart Crutchfield was the first LAC athlete across the line in 9th place (03:57:50) with Jon Gay close on his tail in 10th place overall (03:58:31). Sarah Mackenzie finished 2nd lady in a time of 05:08:56.
Dollar Hill Race
Four LAC athletes completed the Dollar Hill Race on Saturday 4th July. The race covers 9.4 miles with 3150 ft of ascent over the runnable, grassy Ochils hills near Stirling. It was murky, muggy day with low cloud throughout the duration of the event, which would have made navigation challenging, were it not for the excellent marshals along the course. Ciara Largey had a brilliant run to finish 2nd lady in 01:40:44, with Sarah Mackenzie 4th lady in 01:44:15. Steve Macdonald performed well , finishing 9th overall in 01:32:27 with Aidan Donnelly 17th overall in 01:37:22.
Thanks go to organisers and marshals at both events
Lochaber’s Finlay Wild holds onto the lead in the 2015 British Championship series. The latest race the Lingmell Dash in the Lake District saw Finlay finish 2nd in a time of 00:43:40 behind Simon Bailey (Mercia) 00:43:03. Finlay’s closest rival in the championship Rob Hope (Pudsey & Bramley) 00:44:42 finished 3rd. Sketchy results were taken from Wasdale MRT site. The final race on the 15th August is the Seven Sevens at Newcastle, Northern Ireland. Well done that man.
Saturday saw good performances at both these hill races from Lochaber athletes. Andrew Barrington had to settle for 2nd place at Ben Rinnes finishing behind the super fast V50 Stewart Whitlie (Carnethy) 02:04:58. Andrew’s time was 02:05:27, Jon Gay finished 1stV40 and 6th overall in 02:12:50. Pawel Cymbalista 02:29:37 and Aidan Donnelly 02:41:57 also had solid runs. Jon always likes to test himself in the field races but in the 800 metres admitted to being nearly last, but a feast of jelly babies saw him storm the 1600 metres to finish 3rd, revelling in the fact he beat a few youngsters in the process.
At Ben Ledi it was Gary Macdonald in 00:54:32 who impressed, finishing 4th in a quality field of runners. Stuart Crutchfield 00:59:01 and Steve Macdonald 01:01:27 also had good runs finishing 9th & 10th respectively. Sarah Mackenzie 01:11:43 was 35th overall and 3rd female. Markus Mertens finished behind Sarah in 01:11:48. Prasad Prasad (Squadra Porcini) 00:51:44 won the race.
Well done to all.