Tom Smith masters the Mull Monsterette, 24 April 2010, read more…
26 juniors braved the persistent rain to run the vitrified fort races this weekend. Calum Fraser set a new Under 15 boys record of 16min54sec, with Craig MacLean 2nd and Finn Munro 3rd. Isla MacKay won the Under 15 girls and Eilidh Moynihan was 2nd.
Innes Blackhall was the Under 13 boys winner with Bruce and Ewan MacLean 2nd and 3rd respectively. Chloe MacDonald had an excellent run to win the Under 13 girls race finishing just behind the boys and Rosa Gibson was 2nd.
Ruairidh Shaw was the under 11 boys winner with Keir Gibson not far behind in 2nd and Lachie Shaw was 3rd. Keeping it in the family Abbie , Robyn and Molly Blackhall took the top three places in the Under 11 girls race. The next junior winter league race is Leanachan on Sunday 20th February.
Despite volcanic ash clouds and threats of snow, there were 356 starters in the Lochaber Marathon this year. Spring sunshine with cool breezes made for good running and spectating conditions.
Kirkintilloch Olympian, Stuart Kerr, was first runner over the line in 2:31:43, having battled with second place Kerry-Liam Wilson of Ron Hill Cambuslang for much of the race. Kerry was just 17 seconds behind in 2:32:04 and both runners posted personal best times. Third spot went to Kerry’s club mate, Robert Gilroy, 2:34:26 who’d also held the lead during the race. Kilmarnock Harriers took the men’s team prize.
First lady Pamela Tosh of Aberdeen AAC finished 22nd overall, in 2:29:11. Second lady was Carnegie Harriers’ Gail Murdoch in 3:07:56 and third was Westies’ Katy Mackintosh in 3:13:25.
Backed up by Pauline Walker and Linda James, Carnegie was the first ladies team.
In an excellent day for Lochaber Athletic Club, John Binnie was first man home in a time of 3:03:57. John took an impressive 19 minutes off his last year’s time. Second local man was dedicated Jog Scotland coach and LAC runner, Ian Adams. Finishing in 4:02:54, Ian was awarded the Tarradale Shield as most improved local as he took an astonishing 43 minutes off his previous best. Third in was Lochaber exile Angus Whyte in 4:27:45. Taking 9 minutes off his last year’s time, Angus was also the second male vet 70+ to finish.
Amanda Blackhall was first local lady. Finishing in 3:19:06, she improved her already impressive time by almost 4 minutes. Second local lady was Sarah Mackenzie in 4:28:57. At just 21, Sarah is a successful hill runner and this was her first marathon. A delighted Margaret Rose MacPhee was third local, also in her first marathon, finishing in 5:18:18.
This year, Lochaber Marathon hosted the British Masters Athletic Federation Championship which brought an impressive and inspiring range of runners in the veterans categories.
Some runners were unable to make it to Lochaber because of flight cancellations and others were to be commended for the long train or car journeys they undertook to get to the race. Chief among these was Enrique Arroyo, an American living in Stuttgart who set out with his wife on Thursday and arrived at the Nevis centre on Saturday looking remarkably cheerful.
The race was on his birthday and he was determined to run, which he duly did, wearing a plaid and Tam O’Shanter made by his wife. Enrique set out on his return journey rewarded with birthday gifts from the organisers of the Dew of Ben Nevis and the mile 26 race sign!
Race convenor Clare Rumgay would like to thank the small army of volunteers who work so hard to make the day such a success, including marshals, finish and results team and local groups who man the water stations every year. Thanks also to sponsors of the race and the Nevis Centre. Particular appreciation goes to Northern Constabulary for road safety support.
A field of 404 runners gathered at the start of the 27th Lochaber Marathon in weather which was ideal for the spectator if not for those about to tackle the 26.2 mile course.
The race was dominated by Kerry-Liam Wilson and Robert Gilroy both of Ron Hill Cambuslang. Wilson lead for the whole race until the final couple of miles when Gilroy edged past him and opened up a gap to win in a time of 2 hours 35 mins and 44 seconds, Wilson following in 2 hours 37 mins 56 secs. Third was Roger Van Gompel of Dundee Hawkhill Harriers in 2 hours 45 mins and 34 secs.
The ladies race was won by Sarah Jarvis of Bingley Harriers and AC, finishing her first marathon in a fantastic time of 2 hours 51 mins 33 secs, only 1 minute outside the ladies course record. Second lady was Erica Christie in 3 hours 17 mins and 26 secs, with Melanie Henderson of Portobello RC in 3 hours 19 mins 48 secs.
Despite the hot weather, there were some outstanding performances from the Lochaber Athletes taking part. John Binnie was first local improving on his time from last year by a massive 15 mins with a time of 2 hours 50 mins thirty one secs and bagging a personal best as well. First local lady was Aileen Duncan who had the race of her life coming home in an incredible time of 3 hours 48 mins 16 secs, taking 8 mins off an already impressive personal best. What made Aileen’s run all the more impressive was the fact that Aileen was the main organiser of this year’s race! Ellen Morrison, in her fourth marathon, was again outstanding with a fantastic time of 4 hours 3 mins and 40 secs.
Andrew Cameron, Laura Barbour and Bruce Davie, all of Lochaber, were running their first marathons and came home in 3 hours 52 mins 47 secs, 3 hours 55 mins 39 secs and 3 hours 58 mins respectively – all brilliant times on their debuts. Both Andrew and Bruce originally started running with Jogscotland and hopefully what they have achieved will inspire more people to take up running.
Margaret Rose MacPhee also bagged a personal best finishing in 5 hours 3 mins 34 secs, taking almost 15 mins off her previous year’s time. Another regular Lochaber marathon runner, Angus Whyte, was second vet 70 in a time of 5 hours 31 mins 25 secs.
Organisers would like to thank the volunteers and marshals who assisted with the race, Stuart and Sylvia, the time keepers and recorders, the Nevis Centre, and Northern Constabulary for keeping the runners safe out on the course. Organisers would also like to thank all motorists for their patience and safe driving during the marathon as this is much appreciated. LAC Lochaber Marathon 2011 results
The distance might be 6.25 miles but any 10k race always feels like one big sprint so hats off to the 58 runners who took part in Lochaber Athletic Clubs annual Winter League 10k on Sunday 7th February 2010.
Tom Smith went out fast shadowed by Bruce Poll and followed closely by Oliver Blomfeld and John Binnie. Tom pulled away from Bruce after a mile and never looked backed finishing in an excellent time of 34 mins 20 secs.
Bruce Poll tired in the second half and was caught by John Binnie who finished first male vet 40 and second overall in 36 mins 20 secs with Oliver Blomfeld in third in a time of 37 mins 01 sec.
In the senior ladies race Amanda Blackhall lead until the final few yards when Sara Byrne stormed past her to take first lady and 10th overall in 40 mins 33 secs. Third female was Keri Page in 42 mins 54 secs.
Susan-Jane Ross showed her continuing fine form finishing first female vet 40 in a time of 46 mins 22 secs.
There were also impressive performances from Mark Haran and Stephen Martin taking part in their first race. Both LACs Ian Henderson and Bruce Davie had strong races as did Andrew Cameron for Jog Scotland. It was great to see several Jog Scotland runners taking part and we hope to see more of them compete in LACs Winter League.
Thanks once again to Northern Constabulary for keeping the runners safe crossing the main road and to the marshals, Donna, Dave, Paul and Alan and to John and Ellen for timekeeping and results.
NEIL Renault won the Eddie’s half marathon at Fort William on Sunday 1st November in a course record of 67min 25sec. Conditions were very wet but luckly the forcasted gales did not arrive. The Edinburgh AC runner, who won the Stroud half marathon the previous weekend in just over 66 minutes, picked up a £300 bonus prize, plus the winner’s £150 prize, for breaking the record. Neil Renault’s coach, Andy McNeil, won the Vet40 prize when finishing fourth overall in 76:21.
Fiona Matheson (Scottish Veteran Harriers) won the ladies in 80:19 with Amanda Blackhall (Lochaber AC) runner-up in 88:25 and Nicola May third in 90:42. Mens team Bellahouston RR, Ladies team Lochaber AC, Amanda Blackhall, Chloe Paterson, Nicky Martin.
Colin Donnelly produced what must be one of the most outstanding runs in Scotland this year, even for someone of his pedigree. At the age of 50, he not only won the race outright (meaning the Over 50 record is now faster than the Over 40 record ! ), but in recording 68:50 he ran an almost unbelievable time that was only 36 seconds outside the 2006 course record of Brian Marshall (68:14). This year, Brian could only watch as Colin disappeared into the distance, as he came home a distant 2nd in 71:03. First woman was Kate Jenkins in 80:51, comfortably clear of Carnethy’s Lucy Colquhorn (84:46). The field of 86 was the 3rd largest ever and they enjoyed a surprisingly warm autumn day results.
Taken from www.carnethy.com
Well done to Nicola Meekin, 14th overall in the up and down event. The ladies also took team bronze read more…
3 countries – approximately 166km and 9400m of positive altitude change on semi-autonomy, 46 hours max – Start Friday 28th August 2009 at 18:30 in the centre of Chamonix Mont-Blanc. 2300 participants max.
George Cairns completed the race, finishing in 57th place in a time of 29:33:37. I’ve been round the route and it took me 6 days! can’t begin to imagine running round in under 30hrs, well done George! What’s next?
Manny Gorman, who spent the summer completing all of Scotland’s Corbetts on manpower only, won convincingly at Lochaber Athletic Club’s Blackwater Dam race. Part of the Winter League, the race takes runners the 11.5 miles up to the Blackwater Dam from Kinlochleven.
Manny led the 50 competitors on the steep ascent and held the lead throughout. LAC’s Bruce Poll finished second with course record holder Tim Brand coming in third.
First lady Amanda Blackhall finished 9th overall, overtaking 4 strong runners on the return leg and taking an impressive 3 minutes off her previous best time. Sara Byrne was second lady with Chloe Paterson third.
Conditions were testing with a bitter wind and sharp showers and the competitors showed real strength and endurance. Particular credit goes to runners who tackled this distance for the first time and to Jo Ness and Margaret Rose MacPhee who both took 5 minutes off their previous bests.
Thanks go to Astie Cameron, Rio Tinto Alcan for permission, to Calum MacInnes Blackwater Hostel for shelter and Ice Factor. Also Peter Duggan, Ken Rumgay and Ray Murdoch for marshalling