Andrew Barrington, Jon Gay, Sarah Mackenzie and Steve Macdonald took part in the extremely tough Skyline event on Saturday, all completed the course with I’m sure great satisfaction and relief. Photos (below) include time and position. There were 148 starters of which 122 completed.
The Two Inns Scottish Championship race took place on Saturday in near perfect conditions for running and navigating this tough race, 24km/1770m of ascending , with the entry list reading like a Hollywood A list , Tom Owens , Al Anthony , Iain Whiteside , Jasmin Paris ,Shona Robertson ,Helen Bonsor ,the list of top class hill runners goes on and on , Lochaber runners were there in good numbers proving they could compete against the best, Andrew Barrington, 1st Lochaber and 10th overall , Jon Gay 2nd ,and 12 th overall ,3rd, Stuart Crutchfield ,26th overall, also good runs from ,Michael Bell , Diane Baum , (first run back from injury) and Craig Macgougan , thank you to all our marshals,Linda ,Bryan, Glencoe and Oban mountain rescue teams , Jim , Sharyn , Cammy ,Ali, Nancy, and Glencoe visitor centre for use of the facilities .
Saturday saw good performances at both these hill races from Lochaber athletes. Andrew Barrington had to settle for 2nd place at Ben Rinnes finishing behind the super fast V50 Stewart Whitlie (Carnethy) 02:04:58. Andrew’s time was 02:05:27, Jon Gay finished 1stV40 and 6th overall in 02:12:50. Pawel Cymbalista 02:29:37 and Aidan Donnelly 02:41:57 also had solid runs. Jon always likes to test himself in the field races but in the 800 metres admitted to being nearly last, but a feast of jelly babies saw him storm the 1600 metres to finish 3rd, revelling in the fact he beat a few youngsters in the process.
At Ben Ledi it was Gary Macdonald in 00:54:32 who impressed, finishing 4th in a quality field of runners. Stuart Crutchfield 00:59:01 and Steve Macdonald 01:01:27 also had good runs finishing 9th & 10th respectively. Sarah Mackenzie 01:11:43 was 35th overall and 3rd female. Markus Mertens finished behind Sarah in 01:11:48. Prasad Prasad (Squadra Porcini) 00:51:44 won the race.
Well done to all.
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.
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!