Another great day for the Lochy Munros race, cloud free and dry underfoot. The long grassy descents were pure joy today and there was a good quality field on the start line. Last years winner Andy Symonds set off fast this year and his lead kept growing to the finish. Despite some suffering in the heat Andy took 7 seconds off his record from last year to win by over 10 minutes from Brian Marshall (first V40) and Matt Sullivan in third. A very impressive run from Andy. In the ladies race Emma O’Shea also ran a fast time, to win by nearly 20 minutes from Jaqui Higgingbottom (first V40) and Linda MacEwan in third. Laurie Anderson won the V50 and Ray Murdoch the V60, avenging his defeat to Mick Tighe at Slioch. Mick got second V60.
Tom Smith came in 6th, just ahead of Manny Gorman, with Paul Maclean in 10th. Andy Dale made up the 1,2,3 for the Lochaber Team. Due to the low level of ladies in the race they all got a beer to take home. It was a long hot day for Donna, Fiona and Kathy, well done, hard miles done in the heat will pay their dividends in the weeks to come.
Strong running from John Binnie, Ali Kennedy and Andrew Craig gave Lochaber the 3rd team position too, ahead of Highland Hill Runners.
As last year the river at the finish provided a great cooling down spot before sampling the beer supplied once again by Glenfinnnan Brewery. Thanks to the Brewery (John Fish) and to the helpers from Lochaber, particularly Elma, Robert, Theresa, Lynnn, Roger for his arrows, Emma and Outward Bound for the ‘O’ flags and friends from Borrowdale who missed the start, but stayed until the end, very much appreciated and thanks for coming along for a great day in the sun in a very scenic part of Lochaber. Sorry if I have missed anyone.
The final race of Lochaber Athletic Club’s Junior Winter League took place on Sunday in good conditions on Sunday in Leanachan forest.
Calum Fraser set a new under 15 boys course record of 15.21 over the 4km route, with Joseph Tangney not too far behind in 15.52 and inside the old record. Craig MacLean was 3rd in 18.08. Isla MacKay also set a new course record in the girls under 15 race in a time of 17.11, with Emily Strathdee 2nd and Elidh Moynhihan 3rd.
Innes Blackhall set an age group record of 10.16 in the under 13 boys race, with Bruce MacLean just behind in 10.33 and Ewan MacLean 3rd in 10.38. Rachael MacPherson won the Under 13 girls in 11.24, with Eleanor Strathdee 2nd and Rosa Gibson 3rd.
The Under 11 boys race was won by Ruairdh Shaw in a good 10.58, 2nd was Keir Gibson 11.26 and 3rd Lachie Shaw 11.32 with Alex Dent just behind in 11.41.
In the Under 11 girls race the times ran were exceptionally fast. Ishbel Strathdee from Edinburgh won in 10.40, the fastest time for any girl over this course, Robyn Blackhall was 2nd in 11.21( this would have been a course record by over a minute!!) and Abbie Blackhall was 3rd in 11.23.
On Saturday at the final North of Scotland Cross Country League meeting in Dornoch, Lochaber Athletic Club Juniors did extremely well coming home with well deserved trophies.
Isla MacKay finished 2nd Under 15 girl and was 2nd overall in the league whilst calum Fraser finished 4th Under 15 boy but this was enough to retain his 3rd place overall in the league.
Although not doing enough races to complete the league Craig Maclean had an excellent run for 6th place in the Under 15 boys, whilst younger brothers Bruce and Ewan fished 12th and 13th respectively in the Under 13 Boys race.
Sun 21 Nov 2010 Fort William by Roger Boswell
Lovely weather and the prospect of running up the wonderful Achdalieu stalking path for the last time attracted 73 runners to the Druim Fada Hill Race on Sun 21 Nov. Pals Dawn Scott and Davey Rodgers won the women’s and men’s races and both finished about 90 secs outside the race records, both getting back to form now. Dawn finished well clear of Amanda Blackhall who was herself well clear of the other girls. The boys race was more competitive, with Graeme Bartlett of Forres pushing Davey all the way finishing 10 secs behind him, with Ross Bannerman of Highland Hill Runners 4th 1 minute later. Best run of the day was probably over 50 Alan Smith of Deeside, finishing 4th.
Next winter series race is Ben Lora, hill/forest trail (3 miles/1100 feet), Benderloch, bring body cover in case it’s grim.
While the rest of the country were struggling to get around this weekend the going on Beinn Lora was pretty good. It was clear of snow and a hard frost to firm up the large boggy sections near the summit. 69 runners turned up with only one DNF. Last years winner Alex Johnson complained of being “unfit” but still produced a good run to win again well clear of 2nd placed John Binnie who was first M40. 3rd was an outstanding run from Callum Fraser, 2nd to the top but dropping a place on the descent, Callum is only 14 and was running “unofficially” as the lower age limit is 16 but ive included him in the results nevertheless.
Another blinding run came from Nicola Meekin, coming in just behind Donald Paterson in 5th overall, smashing her own record down to 29.57. 2nd lady was Sarah Ward, getting faster all the time and 3rd was Nix Forster who was also 1st F40.
Brian Campbell was fastest M50 just edging out regular face on the hill running scene Davie Duncan. Nancy Kennedy took F50 honours while Mike Tighe with 37.57 was the fastest M60.
Calum Fraser set a new course record of 9 minutes 6 seconds in the Under 15 boys race at the Canal Bank Junior Winter League on Sunday,with Sean Munro 2nd( 10.01)and Joseph Tangney 3rd ( 10.13). Isla Mackay just missed the girls course record winning the Under 15 girls race in 10.33, with Eilidh Moynihan 2nd ( 12.01) and Hanna Dougan 3rd(18.23). Bruce MacLean won the Under 13 boys race just ahead of brother Ewan, Stephen Dent was 3rd and Rosa Gibson won the Under 13 girls race. Ruairdh Shaw had an excellent run in the Under 11 boys race to win ahead of brother Lachie and Keir Gibson was just behind in 3rd.
The day before saw a number of Lochaber athletes competing at the Elgin Cross Country. Calum finished 3rd following his win at the first league meeting at Lochaber, Isla MacKay had a fantastic 2nd place, Bruce MacLean was 12th, David Rodgers was 3rd senior man and 1st Vet with Dawn Scott 4th lady.
Despite the Lochaber type weather for the weekend we all had a great time (not necessarily in the race).
Nicola Meekin 1.22.42 , Niall MacBeath 1.27.14, John Grant 1.29.48,
Ray Murdoch 1.50.40, Ellen Morrison 1.55.08, Aileen Duncan 1.55.09,
Ian Adams1.55.11,Elma Murdoch 2.01.50, Jim Hamilton 2.13.42,
Pam Hamilton 2.14.44.
we have been allocated 3 club places for the London Marathon, anyone wishing to be considered for a place, please write to the LAC committee stating why you would like to be considered for a place. Letters must be with the club by 1st December 2010. Send your letter to:
132 Glenkingie Street,
Caol, Fort William,
Well done to all the LAC runners who took part in the Ben race this year, great conditions and some superb runs. Great to see a local winner, Finlay Wild in a time of 1.35.39
Ben Race preview here.
A record field of 74 runners lined up and both male and female records were broken. Robbie Simpson took 3 minutes off the Mens record and Nicola Meekin LAC took over 4 minutes off the ladies record. Lochabers Craig Mitchell came 2nd, just ahead of 16 year old Craig Tomisen of Tobermory High School. 2 teenagers in the first 3 – another record? Great to see the juniors right up there. Amanda Blackhall also beat the old record to come in 2nd in the women’s race, she is getting seriously fit.
Only 73 runners finished as Caroline Cole’s race finished brutally and abrubtly with just a mile to go at the cattle grid where the route emerges from the forest. Caroline was lying about 7th in the women’s race, and was concentrating on the route choice just ahead, watching the arrows and the opposition, which way they were going at juncton just beyond the cattle grid, she never saw the cattle grid. The race organiser was lucky she got up with minor injuries only, bruised, grazed and temporarily unable to breathe. This cattle grid will feature in next year’s risk analysis.