Congratulations to Graham Nash and John Ryan who ran the Scottish 4000 footers last weekend! A low-key effort, they set off from Glenmore lodge, running the Cairngorm 4000ers (Cairngorm, Ben Macdui, Braeriach, Angel’s Peak, Cairn Toul) and then making their way through Dalwhinnie, past Loch Ossian, and towards Glen Nevis for the final four (Aonoch Beag, Aonoch Mor, Carn Mor Dearg and finally Ben Nevis). Using Strava stats: 83miles, 15,600ft climb, 23hrs 14mins, 53secs. Amazing!
It has been an outstanding year for both runners, truly exceptional, and I’m sure there’s more to come!
A link to the start times is now up on the handicaps page. NB contact Phil before Wed 27/7 if you are new and want a handicap, as Phil is on holiday for 2 weeks from Friday 29th. Otherwise you will get an average handicap (23:30) on the night.
One of the listed ultimate 500 races in the world. An SHR Championship Race. Described as one of the toughest races in the Scottish hillrunning calendar but probably never described as the cheapest race in the world though. What? Oh yes, prizes and the whole event sponsored by the Sligachan Hotel, free hot meal, free drink, free post-race ceilidh, a mere £4 entry fee and amazing scenery. Full details on the Glamaig race page.
What Can You Do?
Take part of course, Carnethies must enter on the day only but others can enter online via SiEntries or again on the day but to make any club race work we need people to help with registration, help with time recording, help controlling traffic and controlling enthusiastic spectators. So if you’re coming up to support and help, then let me know in reply to this or text 07889717822.
Harlaw results. Points and positions after 3 races are on the handicaps page.
We had 61 runner of which 51 finished in a 10 minute spell, so well done the finishers for a high quality set of results.
Handicaps for the Lammermuir race will be out soon.
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60 or so runners tonight, and a lovely evening for the handicap, breaking the endless succession of grey days. Jasmin passed me soon after the start and went on to win by a considerable margin. Everyone else took their turn to pass by. Then I fell over on the way up Black Hill. I’ve lost several cameras to boggy puddles but this is the first time blood threatened the works. Good food in the Grey Horse. First time I’ve had toast with the soup. Nice touch.
With the travel/childcare logistics being too tricky for a weekend LAMMing on Harris, Matt and I plumped for the Trotternish Ridge Race instead. I was watching the weather forecast anxiously before the weekend, as it cycled through varying forms of horribleness (thunderstorms? No thanks! Fog-bound cliff edges? Nuh-uh!) but in the end we were treated to glorious sunshine all day (and regretted leaving the suncream at home).
It was VERY hot and VERY dry, and even with two waterstations it was a struggle to stay hydrated, but the views were spectacular. After a steep climb up the Quiraing, we were treated to an “undulating” 16ish miles of peaks, precipices, and pinnacles. Navigation was easy enough (especially as I was running with the “Matt-nav” 😉 ) and despite a slightly daunting race briefing (in which we had been darkly warned of potentially fatal wrong turns) I managed to stay vertigo-free.
The final mile or so of the race was back down on road/tarmac, with a sadistically unnecessary crossing of the Loch Leathan dam(n) bridge.
The race was incredibly well organised and outstanding value for money! For our £15 we got shuttled to the start and back from the finish, huge mounds of sandwiches, soup, cake etc at the finish line, plus another (delicious) meal at the Camanachd Club in the evening. And with it being a small field this year, there was a good chance of bagging a prize (I got a bottle of Talisker for being second (not very fast) female).
Results here: http://www.theskyetimes.co.uk/index.php/3250-trotternish-ridge-race-2018-full-results