‘LOCHABER DINGHY HILL RACE’.
Tuesday 17th June 2014.
Lochaber Yacht Club, Fort William.
Nineteen sailors and ten hill runners competed in his year’s Dinghy Hill Race organised by Lochaber Yacht Club. The event is part of the LYC Regatta week. All runners were Lochaber Athletic Club members.
Competitors sail across Loch Linnhe from LYC, this year there were ten dinghies. Runners are dropped on the opposite beach to ascend Meall an t Slammain (a steep heathery hill of 457 metres height) returning by the same route and mode of transport.
This year a staggered start helped to equalise the different boat speeds, this worked well with most dinghies reaching the western shore closely spaced. Or this may this may have been because the wind dropped half way and most crews opted for paddling, great athletic training for the sailors!
There was spectacular sunshine which contributed to the fun. Despite nearly twenty five degrees heat, times were fast with the leading runners taking little more than half an hour for the hill. Meanwhile their sailors enjoyed cooling themselves in the water whilst waiting. Learning from last year all boats were back in time to collect their athletes for the return sail (or paddle).
Transfer to the larger boat was by Canadian canoe, always a source of amusement and in this case due to boat balance issues became a great way to cool off! There was some deliberate swimming at the end too!
The team of Ian Flemming and Keith Falconer with runner Kenny Lang were first back at the Yacht Club, winning the LYC Three Peaks Trophy in a time of one hour nine minutes.
Lucy Ballantyne, Emma Parton and Diane Baum (runner) were the first female team and close second overall.
Isla Mackay won the junior prize with a great run.
Stevie Macdonald took the fastest runner prize.
It was agreed that the mix of sports was fun and ‘different’. The event was also enjoyed by many spectators, over 70 people attended the prize giving and barbecue. The current format is now in at least it’s fifth year and will be run (and sailed) again in 2015.
Thanks to: Conaglen Estate, Lochaber Embroidery And Printing (LEAP), Polaroid Sunglasses, John Oneall for the photos, and to all marshals/ helpers.
The LYC Regatta continues this week, everyone is welcome. Check out the website for details- www.lochaber-yacht-club.co.uk
Pictures Curtesy of Jon Gay:- https://www.facebook.com/jon.gay.56/posts/412337972237807
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Pictures Curtesy of John O’neil:- https://www.facebook.com/john.oneill.353/media_set?set=a.10203670010689145.1073741950.1183355436&type=1
Hi There folks ! Merry Christmas To You All, Well done to all that took part in todays Cruim Leacainn Hill Race 2013 big thanks to organisers Kathy & Mick Tighe for yet another good day 🙂 get the results and race report below:-
(Results) LAC Cruim Leacainn Hill Race 2013
(Report) Cruim Leacainn 2013 Race Report
Look forward to seeing you all at next week Aonach Mor Uphill, which is Online Entry Only below
It was good to see a total of 68 runners turn out for a new and improved Druim Fada Chase with the usual suspects from the two Lochaber running clubs along with a few new faces who we hope to see through the rest of the winter league.
The route wound 7 and a half miles around the Loch Eil forestry, with a steady climb for the first 3 miles up to 370 metres before descending down to end at Annat.
The race was won in a very respectable time of 47 mins 48 secs by Finlay Wild of Lochaber AC, 2nd place was taken by Michael Bossard also of Lochaber AC in a time of 49 mins 42 and third place went to Craig Mattocks of Carnethy in 49 mins 55.
The first lady home was Diane Baum of LAC in 54 mins 37, second lady home was LAC’s Sarah MacKenzie in 57 mins 24 sec and third lady was Carnethy’s Kate Jenkins in 57 mins 48.
A big thank you to all who turned out and hope the high numbers continue through the winter league.
Please find all race results on the results page of the website.