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
A good turnout with folk on the waiting list from August for this ultimate Mountain Marathon in the British Isles. Conditions were relatively benign this year, compared to last years attrocity in Borrowdale. Shorts and thermal were the order of dress for both days, despite the rain on day 1 and the occasional shower and strong winds of Day 2.
Bruce Poll partnered by Alan Smith (Deeside and regular runner in Lochaber) managed 6th in the Elite class, won outright by Jethro Lennox (Shettleston), partnered by Steve Birkinshaw (Borrowdale). We think Jethro could be the first Scot to lift this title in the 42 years of running the event. Navigation was the key for the first half of Day 1 with visibility down to 40 metres most of the time, before it cleared to give easier navigation but harder going through the Peat Hags and at times endless tussocks. The overnight camp was breezy, but dry, with a spectacular starry covering, a pleasure to lose that extra hour as the clocks went backwards.
Chasing starts on Day 2 always give you the feeling of being the fox, being chased by the hounds. Unfortunately, on Day 2 Alan was an injured fox, and we were tied at the hip, we could only really be caught, and never aspire to be the hounds, heading for the fox ahead. ‘Can’t wait for next year’ were Alan’s words. There were far fewer tussocks on Day 2 and much more running, which was liberating. It is always enjoyable running somewhere new.
Joanna Schreiber was second in the mixed categaory in the ‘A’ class, a fine effort. Our paths crossed briefly on Day 2 for a quick ‘hello’.
The OMM has become a fixed weekend in the calendar and attracts both hill runners and orienteers. It is both friendly and competitive. There are classes to suit all. It is both an end of season blast, and a kickstart into the winter. Highly recommended by 3500 participants in 2009.
Lochaber has more than enough terrain to enable people to prepare for this event, see you there next year. Entry by July normally, but changes allowed on the day within the same class, a very accomodating organisation.
Bruce (the builder) and Alan (Reindeer man) were 7th on day one and finished 6th overall after day two, a superb result in the elite class of this event. CAN they beat IT next year? YES they CAN