Friday 2nd December at the Alexandra Hotel.
£25.00 per head which includes a sit down meal, bubbly at the door and wine on the table. Also, entertainment for after, it’s a 70’s 80’s theme.
If you are interested, please phone Teresa Kennedy on 07930025114 to book your place.
Team Strides 29th Lochaber Marathon 2012
Under SAL/BAF rules, Incorporating Scottish Veteran Harriers Club Championship
Sunday, 15th April 2012, 11am start
Registration is at the Nevis Centre, An Aird, Fort William PH33 6AN. This will be on Saturday 14th April from 2.30pm till 6pm and on Sunday 15th from 8.30am till 10.30am. Here you’ll be given your race number and race t shirt. The event is hand timed, so you must wear your number on your front and keep it visible during the race and particularly at the finish.
The course is accurately measured and considered a fast, flat route; good for securing a PB. There is a race limit of 600 entrants and last finish times are typically around 5½ to 6 hours.
Start/Finish is at Fort William Shinty Club field, adjacent to Nevis Centre car park.
2012 Lochaber Marathon race information
2012 Lochaber Marathon entry form
2012 Lochaber Marathon online entry
If you have any questions please do not hessitate to contact us.
Alternatively, you can contact the race entry administrator Dugie MacDonald on 01855 841 276 or 07818 887 373.
This new guide contains 70 routes including all the Lochaber classics. A must have for any runners bookshelf. A great introduction for the hill-running novice or an excelent reference and guide for the more experienced and seasoned hill runners among us! It presents mountain challenges, routes and races in an easy to follow format, full colour throughout. Available from www.scottish-collection.co.uk or speak to John Hepburn about picking up your copy.
Dave Cummins, former SHR Convenor, together with Ochil’s Ron McCraw, are cycling from Lands End to John O’Groats in July to raise money for the Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund, and in memory of his mother who recently succumbed to this terrible disease. Read more and donate here: You can donate here.
To complete the league, you need to do 5 races, 1 short, 1 medium and 1 long plus two others of your choice. Bruce Poll will be keeping score: [email protected]
Saturday 6th October .. the final 23 miles of the WHW.
I’ve raised £6k so far since June for Help for Heroes, target 100k. You can read about the whole thing here
Looking forward to hearing from anyone (at all really 😉
Jane Talbot 07739 046943
LAC Ron Hill running jacket, light weight, showerproof. They will be in club colours with club logo on back.
sizes available: 10, 12, 14 etc and men’s : sm, med, large etc – The price is £27.00.
The club can now get a good quality Ron Hill running jacket in the club colours with the club logo. Anyone who’d like to order one of these jackets or find out more, please contact Aileen Duncan: 07917605128
A busy few days on Ramsays Round in Lochaber. Alan Smith (Deeside) and Bruce Poll (LAC) set off on a semi provisional last minute weather forecast decision on Thursday at 1700 from Glen Nevis YHA.
In hindsight a good few hours earlier would have been better, but that only became apparent after dark. Ahead after the first hill, confidence was up, enough for Alan to find an antler and wrap it up and pack it in his rucsack as his Ramsay Antler Trophy. Confidence was high and the weather was fantastic, totally as forecast. Progress was steady, and more importantly always ahead of Charlies schedule, but not by enough to think we should slow down, both having never done a day quite like this before. Having done a few Mountain Marathons together and never been too far apart in normal hill races for quite a while we were lucky to be alongside for this adventure. Luckily, Alan had only jogged around Tomnabat, after the forecast had given an incling to a great possible weather window over the two days we were out on Ramsays.
The night section from Sgurr Eilde Mor slowed us significantly by being off tracks and trods in deep heather and bog. It was a blessing to arrive on the track next to Loch Treig. Dawn and herds of red deer welcomed us on Chno Dearg in the cloud (another antler), but atleast the head torches were off by now. On arrival at Fersit damn, which we had cycled to the previous afternoon to leave a bit of food, we found Alan’s bag ripped with empty food bags and crisp packets lieing on the path. Alan reckoned a wild boar attack, an escapee boar probably recognised the smell from several years ago, and thought revenge to all those SHR members who had eaten his brother at the hog roast after Tomnabat. Bruce’s rucksack was however intact and had enough food for both runners. Interestingly Bruce was not at Tomnabat. Watch out for wild boar around Loch Treig.
Climb after climb continued until some flat running along the Grey Corries Ridge. The ascent of Aonach Beag was a bit of a struggle, but, it was always going to be. We were still well ahead of schedule and after Aonach Mor we were just concentrating on getting to the end without any injury and finishing in 22 something. This was acheived in 22 hours 47 minutes. Totally elated. Thanks to Olly at Glen Nevis YHA and supporters who got to know who met us at the end. HUGE DAY.
Highly recommended, just don’t overdo it on the race calender, or go up the Ben the day before!!!!
On Saturday at 1200 Peter Duggan (LAC) and Jon Gay (LAC) set off on the same route, but with a bit more planning, recceing and pacers in place behind them. Jon was not sure whether to do the whole thing or not, but would be pacer for Peter on their first leg. They met up with some other pacers along the way, and Jon kept going too. Along the Grey Corries Peter was not sure whether he would make it, and set Jon off on his own. Jon made it in in 23 hours 07 minutes and Peter 23 hours and 49 minutes. A great weekend to boost the Ramsay completion list for LAC members and to Deeside for Alan getting round.
Read more about the most recent attempt by visiting US athlete Rhonda Claridge, and also about Peter and Jon’s successfull round here.
for giving Jog Scotland and LAC a HANDS on evening about the benefits of stretching and how to do it properly. It was worth it just to see him bending Ian around for an hour! The evening was very specific to running and went into detail about how to perform correctly all those stretches we thought we knew how to do, plus a few new ones thrown in for good measure.
You can contact Jeoff on 01397 702257 or visit www.click4osteopath.co.uk
Lochaber Ladies (Dawn, Emma, Aileen, Susan-Jane, Jo, Kate, Jackie, Nicky & Ellen) have reported that their trip to the Dolomite region of North Italy was a great success! The main reason for their choice of destination was to go and experience the world renowned Via Feratta (iron wires you can clip onto, aiding scrambling/climbing). Other reasons include good company, good wine (lots of it) good food and good weather (although to their surprise it rained for the first two days of their trip).
Undeterred by the rain the ladies took to the Italian hills for a seven hour walk on their first full day and were totally drenched by the end. The next day the sun shone, and they all experienced climbing their first Via Feratta. Two Via Feratta were completed that day and some spectacular scenery was witnessed including the snow capped Austrian Alps. The dwarfs, (oops sorry, the ladies) split into seperate groups on the Tuesday and the Friday of the trip, which enabled them to go off and pursue their own personal choice in Via Feratta, as there were different grades.
Wednesday was the groups longest day (10hrs) on the Italian hills; this included a fantastic D grade Via Feratta climb, which had sections of vertical rock, finishing across a suspension bridge with a 500m drop below. The ‘hill walk’ continued through what could only be described as breathtaking scenery and terrain which culminated with the group reaching the sumit of Piz Boe at a height of 3152m.
History was also seen by the group when they visited the Pass of Falzarego. This had featured greatly during the First World War when both the Italians and the Austrians, to aid their war effort formed separate tunnels through the hill. The tunnels ran through the hill near enough from top to bottom.
On the social side the ladies enjoyed eating out at various restaurants, with an odd glass or bottle of vino. Arabba, the small town where the ladies were based (1600 mtr above sea level) hosted a week long music festival, which on most evenings the ladies showed their support, having a dance or two! The ladies commented on how much laughter there had been on the trip from start to finish, which is a sign that a good holiday was had by all.