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.
Malcolm Patterson kindly sent the following which maybe usefull to those wishing to read up on navigation :-
1. OS map reading guide for download Here !
2. Mountaincraft and Leadership – Eric Langmuir (the standard reading for those doing Mountain Leader courses, etc).
3. Mountain Navigation for Runners by Martin Bagness – ISBN 0-9521005-0-9 (Aimed at navigation for fell and mountain runners – Out of print now but 2nd hand copies available on Amazon).
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!
Cow Hill 2015 Results (Triple Hirple)
Triple Hirple 2015
Half Ben Race Results Here!
Triple Hirple 2015
LAC Meall an-t Suidhe (Graham rooks Memorial Hill Race) 2015 Results Here!
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.
LOCHABER ATHLETIC CLUB
TRIPLE HIRPLE 2015
SATURDAY 27th June ~ 2PM, CLAGGAN PARK
Graham Brooks MEALL-AN-T SUIDHE
3.5 miles/1500 feet
SUNDAY 28th June ~ 12 NOON, CLAGGAN PARK
HALF BEN NEVIS
6 miles/2200 feet
MONDAY 29th June ~ 7PM, PARADE
2 Miles/900 feet
Helpers & Marshalls Needed!