Black Water Dam Race Results (Winter League) 2014 – 2015
Well done to all 53 that took part in today’s Black Water Dam Race, big thanks to Ian Adams, Andrew Cameron, Ellen Morrison, Pamela Hamilton, Elaine Liddell, Raymond Murdoch,Race Organiser :- Nancy Kennedy and any other helpers/marshalls for their assistance. Results are below.
Jon Gay Blackwater Dam 2014
Leanachan Race 2015 Report
Well done to all that took part, helped to organise and marshall.
Riverbank Splodge Race Results (Winter League 2014 – 2015),
Well done to all that took part and helped in today’s Riverbank Splodge Race. Results & Race Report Below:-
Big Thanks To Graham & Shonda MacNab, Ian Adams, Pamela Hamilton, Elaine Liddell, and Andrew Cameron and all helpers on the day in what was a pretty miserable day.
There are some items left in jim’s van please get in touch! Joggy bottoms with Spectacles.
Hi folks please find a link to this year’s Cruim Leaccain Hill Race Report 2014
Report from Jim Treasurer. Photos from Jon Gay.
Gold For Isla
Lochaber athletes had a successful day at Dores on Loch Ness on Saturday at the North District Cross Country championships. Isla Mackay came out on top in the under 20 women’s race covering the 6km course in 22mins 39secs. Craig Maclean also had a good race on a course of mainly long grass with a silver medal in the under 20 men’s race. The under 17 men’s team missed out on a team bronze award by only 3 points, with counters being Steven Burns in 8th place in 23mins. 50secs, closely followed by Bruce MacLean in 9th place and brother Ewan MacLean making his race appearance in 18th position. In the under 13 girls race Callie Rodgers and Josie Bloom tasted their first competitive race with a hard fought 3000km in 15mins 1 sec. The long grass made difficult going but both girls enjoyed the competition. Rebecca Johnstone from Invergarry was 7th in this race and this has gained her qualification for the inter-district races at Holyrood. Brother Ben was 11th in his first year in the very competitive under 15 boys race. Making up the team, Jon Gay ran in the men’s race to complete the 10500 metre course in 43mins 11secs.
Druimfada Chase Race 2014
A break in the rain provided ideal race conditions for the second winter race – the Drumfada Chase. 93 runners took part with Finlay Wild L.A.C coming 1st in a time of 49:05 secs, 2nd male Scott Craighead from Carnethy Hill Runners and 3rd was Stephen Burns (snr) L.A.C in 51:17. The women’s race was won by newcomer to the area Edie Hemstock L.A.C. 57:38, 2nd female Sarah MacKenzie L.A.C 58:16 and 3rd Amanda Blackhall L.A.C. 1:01:09. Good runs by L.A.C. under 18’s with Bruce MacLean 55:31 and Steven Burns (jnr) 57:13. Well done to all runners who took part and a big thank you to the timekeepers and helpers Andrew Cameron, Ian Adams, Elaine Liddell, Pamela Hamilton, Simon Andrews, Niall MacBeath and the team photographer John O’Niell.
Hope to see you all next week for the Larig Mhor race, please see Lochaber Athletic Club Webpage for further details.
Lochaber runner June Watt travelled to Interlaken for the Jungfrau Marathon in September. Here is June’s report.
Voted as one of the world’s most beautiful marathons, it starts in Interlaken and climbs 5026ft to finish in Kleinne Scheidegg at the foot of the spectacular Jungfrau, Monch and Eiger mountains.
Having been there on holiday a couple of years before and seeing posters of The Marathon, I thought it would be a great excuse to come back and run in such stunning surroundings. The fact that I’d never run a marathon before was a minor detail!?
I thought I’d see if it was possible for my body to complete one and trained for our local marathon in 2013. I was happy with my time and realised that my joints could withstand the distance without too much pain.
Application was on line and thinking it would be impossible for me to get in, I stayed up to the early hours to ensure my entry. I was shocked, delighted and nervous when I realised that I’d been accepted and would have to start some serious training.
Race day arrived and amid the carnival atmosphere, blue skies and fresh alpine air, nerves were forgotten and I ran the first 3km loop around the town with 4000+ runners and a big smile on my face. I’d done all the hard work, now I was just going to enjoy it.
The first 10km were flat then the gradual climb up the valley to Lauterbrunnen through picturesque Swiss Chalet villages which were lined with cheering crowds, various bands playing and people ringing huge cowbells. Suppoort was amazing with drinks/food stations every 5kms, laid out in neat piles for easy access. The valley boasts 72 waterfalls + 400ft cliffs from which we saw base jumpers launching themselves off and landing in front of us.
At 26km, the real climb began, involving a steep 1800ft climb up to Wengen which was the first cut off point at 30km + 4233ft. I was delighted and relieved to make it with 4 minutes to spare and now focused on the hardest part of the race which was trying to make the next cut off point at Wixi/38km and 6120ft before the sweeper’s bike. I tried to push on but it was hot and hard, with the legs tiring. I made it to 34km before the bike appeared. With 4km to go I kept pushing and reached Wixi but was timed out at 8 minutes over the time.
Disappointed but was delighted to have made it to Wixi and see the Eiger during the race as well as experiencing such a wonderful, well organised and supported race. Willie was shocked to see me behind him at the finish line, but happy I’d done so well and even more delighted when I got my finishers beer, t-shirt and medal.