Ben Lomond on Saturday saw a great turnout of 20 runners from Lochaber. Steve Macdonald finished 15th overall in a time of 01:21:09 and was our first runner back down the hill. Amanda Blackhall was among the prizes being 3rd lady in a time of 01:35:01. Well done to all our runners and a mention for Nicola MacMaster who doggedly stuck to her task and finished with a smile. Result
Report from Helen
Saturday 30th April was the 11th Highland Fling Race, 53 miles from Milngavie to Tyndrum. The forecast was not great for the day, however it turned out to be a stunning day, fine frosty start at 6am, and the sun stayed out only briefly disappearing to allow a welcomed rain shower.
The busy start line with over 750 competitors included Helen Smith and Mike Connolly from LAC. The 53 miles route climbs to over 7500ft/2300m and descends through Loch Lomond & Trossachs national park, the views were stunning throughout!! The first couple of sections were very runnable however as you leave Inversnaid towards Beinglass the terrain along the loch side becomes very technical and the majority was certainly not runnable! but the scramble over rocks and tree trunks was also a welcome break from constant running! as always with this race the organisation was second to none, each checkpoint was well manned and your drop off bag was ready and handed to you, no faffing around looking for it
Mike was unable to continue after mile 40 at Beinglass farm and sadly pulled out. Helen finished 365/625 with a PB of 12h:20m:07s. Mark Leggett finished 123/625 in a great time of 10h:09m:38s. The finishers are piped in over the red carpet then enjoyed the free beer/wine, soup, baked potatoes and ice cream among other treats.
Results from Nix. Well done to the frozen timekeepers and June Watt for photos.
Lochaber had four runners on the start line on Saturday in Dingwall. Gavin Macmillan with a strong run finished 17th in a time of 01:19:29. Good runs were had from Barrie Mackinnon 01:25:28, Robert Maclean 01:32:19 and Brian Campbell 01:34:25 on the soggy course, the water crossing being easily negotiated. Thanks to HHR for the event.
Thanks to Elizabeth Maclean for group photo and Phil Hindell for action shots.
A Wee Thank You Card From Jimmy Jardine For Honorary/Life Membership,
Well deserved Jimmy
Well done to all that took part in the first Cow Hill winter league race, a big thank you to the helpers, Ellen, Pamela, Corrina, Ernie, Graham and Race Organiser Ian Adams. Let us know what you thought of the route 🙂
Please find the results here:
Report from Nancy
Twenty seven runners contested the latest round of the winter league at Kinlochleven yesterday. This year the Blackwater Dam race took place in perfect winter conditions, crisp and clear with stunning views over the Mamores. Andrew Barrington (Lochaber) won in a time of 1:15. A good effort after racing through the deep snow at Carnethy the day before. The ever consistent Craig Mattocks (Gala) came second with Jon Gay (Lochaber) running strongly to secure third place. Young Steven Burns (Lochaber) was fourth.
First lady and eighth overall was Helen Gertig (unattached) in 1:27 with the well travelled Kate Jenkins (Gala) in second place. Third place went to Lucy Prins (Lochaber). A special mention to Mo Aitken (Lochaber) whose efforts in the January 100 mile challenge paid off by taking around twelve minutes off her previous best for a new PB. Thanks to the timekeepers, marshals on the hill and everyone else whose help is much appreciated.
Full results to follow.
Thanks to Peter M Bracegirdle/Fife AC, Marie and Neil for Pics.
Report from Jon Gay
A team of 6 Lochaber AC members completed the Devil’s Burdens 31km Hill Relay on 23rd January. The race is organised by Fife AC, there are four legs over the Lomond Hills in Fife, starting and finishing at Falkland. First impressions were what a huge number of hill runners (nearly 800 from as many clubs). After we managed to find the start, Gavin MacMillan ran the first 7k cross country leg to Strathmiglo and finished well up. There were many elite XC racers.
Jon Gay and Neil Arnott did the hill leg over West Lomond to Kinnesswood (10km, 680m). Neil has recently moved back to the area so is familiar with the best lines, we didn’t have time to see the Devil’s Burdens which are a series of rock formations. The changeover was a chance to catch up with familiar faces.
Helen Smith and Mike Connolly took the “baton” and headed back up the steep Bishop Hill. The 11.5km/410m leg 3 partially re traced leg 2 and featured some boggy sections, the second half was on trail to Maspie Den near Falkland.
Our anchor lady Marie Meldrum ran the East Lomond summit loop (5.5km/390m) in less than it took us to walk the short distance to the final finish.
Our team finished a very creditable 53rd out of 131 teams. Marie declared it was “National Pie Day” so we set off looking for these well earned rewards.
We are grateful to Neil’s friend Jane for lifts and logistics, it can be tricky to get to the changeover on the other side of the hills, we wouldn’t have managed without her also thanks to Fife AC for organising the event.
The British Fell Relays take place at Luss in October, this would be a superb opportunity for LAC teams.