Report form Nancy
Over twenty LAC runners made the long trip to LLanberis for the 40th Snowdon race. As usual our old pals Colin & Joan Wilson were picked up in Stirling to join in the fun. Arriving on Thursday evening meant a relaxed approach on Friday and a chance to register and stretch the legs before race day. The town had an entire week set aside to mark the historic anniversary with exhibitions, concerts, music and various events such as the Twilight race adding to the atmosphere.
Weather conditions on race day suited us Scots being cool and breezy higher up. The race itself started over half a mile further through the town to recreate the original start. Runners assembled in the finish field then paraded through the town in the company of previous winners such as the legendary Kenny Stewart, with samba dancers and brass bands leading the way. A Welsh soprano gave the stirring version of the Welsh anthem before the start gun set the runners off. As usual the streets were thronged with supporters. The support continued to the summit with cowbells and whistles lending a Tour de France atmosphere.
Snowdon is almost a roadrunners hill race being very runnable in comparison to the Ben. First home was young Steven Burns who flew up and down a shortened course to win the U18 race against strong opposition. A proud moment for Lochaber.
First LAC overall was Gavin MacMillan followed by Ali Kennedy. Amanda Blackhall finished 1st FV40, Ali Kennedy 3rd MV50 and Nancy Kennedy 2nd FV55. All Lochaber runners ran well and LAC vests were prominent on the hill.
The race meal was held in The Royal Hotel and a grand sociable time was had by all. To round off a great weekend Bryan and Linda got engaged on the finish line and instantly found themselves all over the media. They will be signing autographs in due course!
Accommodation is already booked for next year so get down for a great race and a fun weekend.
All LAC runners results can be found on the race website.
Lochaber’s Helen Rennard finished 12th female in last weekend’s classic Kentmere Horseshoe race. This was an English championship counter with a very strong field competing over 19k and 3,000ft of ascent.
Report from Nancy
The first An Teallach (Bidein a Ghlas Thuill) race took place on Saturday afternoon in relatively fine conditions. Organised by Highland Hill Runners to raise funds for Dundonnell MRT’S new base in Dingwall this proved to be a classic in the making. Starting from the rescue centre in Dundonnell with 1062 metres of ascent and 10.6k this was tough from start to finish. Rough, muddy, rocky and demanding concentration both up and down.
Five Lochaber runners made the trip with Stuart Crutchfield first LAC runner home in 1:27. Helen Rennard had a strong descent to finish third lady in 1:45. Steve Kennedy was next in 1:48. Good to see Jim Stalker back in running action with a time of 2:03 while Nancy Kennedy finished in 2:18 after getting lost in action. This was a great race on one of Scotland’s most iconic mountains. Thanks to HHR and Dundonnell MRT for a grand day out with superb baking to round it off. Worth taking the minibus next year!
The Cal Mac strike last Friday presented the Barrathon Half Marathon runners with extra difficulties. The ferry leaving Oban after midnight meant very little sleep for competitors, arriving in Castlebay around 6am. Lochaber had five runners on the start line, no doubt not feeling at their best. First over the line for Lochaber was Teresa Mackay in a time of 01:53:45. Teresa also had the additional difficulty of jet lag having just flown home from Canada. John Dougan was next to finish in 01:58:17 and 3rd V60, Bill Scott 02:02:00, Roddy McAuley 02:12:31 and Elvire Feeney 02:26:20 were the other finishers. Undeterred (the energy obviously not totally exhausted) the five made it to the evening ceildh. Well done to all.
The weekend of 6th June weather wise was pretty miserable, races were shortened, altered and cancelled. Jon Gay ran the Trotternish Ridge and reported very little about the race, only that he finished 5th (well done Jon) but elaborated on the side show one mile into the race at the Quiraing. With cameras and a red banner being waved around, Jon assumed “they must be Carnethy supporters” what Jon seemingly missed was the naked model who was being filmed, as reported by others. The Quiraing on a good day can be a pretty hostile place but on this particular day with 44 runners passing by she’s one brave lady.
The other event that weekend was the Glas Tulaichean Uphill which was shortened and also included the run back downhill. The interesting thing here was the race to the line between Niall Macbeath and partner Susan Jane Ross, Niall just made it in 01:11:11 with Susan Jane 9 secs behind. Perhaps I should mention Niall’s pulled calf muscle.
Saturday past was the latest SHR championship event at Durisdeer, this was also a British counter. A close finish over the medium distance course saw Lochabers Finlay Wild finish in 2nd place in a time of 01:25:28. Tom Owens (Shettleston) 01:25:00 won with Rob Hope (Pudsey & Bramley) 01:25:45 placed 3rd. Jasmin Paris (Carnethy) 01:37:33 was 1st lady. Ciara Largey 01:58:28 for Lochaber finished in the top half of the 269 runners. Well done to Finlay and Ciara.
Thanks to Donna for photos
A small mixed team of Lochaber runners travelled to the Slioch hill race on Saturday, “man flu” having claimed another couple of entrants. The course was shortened due to a dangerous river crossing. The day was superbly organised especially the prize giving where everyone received a momento of the day. The team failed to win the “best beard” award but nevertheless did well. Jon Gay finished 12th overall and was 3rd MV40(becoming a habit Jon), Ciara Largey was 57th overall and 6th lady and making up the team was Suzy Devey 72nd overall and 7th lady. The race was won by Andy Fallas (Carnethy) and just ahead of Jon was 1st lady Jasmin Paris also Carnethy.
Well done to Pete Duggan who completed his last Munro (including tops and demoted peaks) to coincide with the race.
Report and photo from Jon.
Following his win on Goatfell last week it was on to Jura for Finlay Wild, the smooth crossing obviously meant favourable conditions for the race. Jon Gay accompanied Finlay on the Anster Haddies “team” boat and both did really well, Finlay finishing first in around 3hrs 13mins ahead of Al Anthony (Ochils). Jon Gay was 13th and 3rd MV40. The ladies course record was broken by Jasmin Paris (Carnethy). Mark Shaw offered his services to LAC but being a dyed in the wool Diurach decided to stay loyal.
Thanks to Jon for photo and info ahead of results.