No snow this year but Alan brought along some Rein deer for that festive touch.
The weather was fine with a fairly stiff breeze on top but with all that rain lately it was still very wet under foot for the record breaking 71 starters.
Alex Johnson has just returned from a three year sailing expedition and now resides in inverness. he hasn’t got his Highland Hill Runners vest yet but im sure its in the post after a strong run taking the win in 27.35. Only Corbett king Manny Gorman keeping him on his toes, Manny also took 1st MV40. 3rd was Alan Smith.
Local lass Nicola Meekin rounded off her excellent year with a cracking performance, i thought Dawn Scott’s record was pretty good until Nicola stripped it down by 1.31! this sets the standard girls of 31.19. Second was another Oban girl Keri Page in 34.06. 3rd was Nix Forster in 36.28. Nix was first FV40 too.
MV50 race was hammer a tongs all the way with Gordon Pryde coming out on top. With Nancey Kennedy taking FV50 honers.
MV60 winner was John Banks beating Ernie Orr.
Well done to Martin Bonnar, his first hill race at 16 and managed to raise £200 for the heart foundation for his efforts.
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?
The Canal Bank is the first of the Lochaber Athletic Club’s Winter League. A very enthusiastic field turned out, 59 runners in total. There was a battle for first place right from the start, with Craig Mitchell, LAC, coming first in a time of 24mins and 16 secs, 2nd was Alex Johnson (U/A) in 24:25, and 3rd Tom Smith (LAC) in 24:41. Tim Brand (LAC) 1st Male Vet 40 in26:46, Alan Dent (LAC)1st Male Vet 50 in 28:00 and Dave Tomlinson (LAC) 1st Male Vet 60 in 29:17.
With the women Amanda Blackhall was a clear winner in the lead the whole way, she was first woman and 10th overall with a time of 27:10, Sara Byrne came 2nd with 29:07 and Sarah Mackenzie 3rd with 29:19 all LAC runners. 1st Female Vet 40 was Nix Forster in 29:33 and 1st Female Vet 50 was Nancy Kennedy in 31:32.
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
2009 North of Scotland Cross Country Championships held in Inverness Lochaber AC athletes came away with a handful of medals with excellent performances all round.
Isla MacKay took silver in the Under 15 girls race, Calum Fraser bronze in the Under 15 boys race, Innes Blackhall bronze in the Under 13 boys race, Amanda Blackhall bronze in the Lady Vet 35 event and the Under 13 Boys team took bronze behind East Sutherland and Stornoway, and the Under 13 girls took 5th team.
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