Lairig Ghru 2005
Photo Report

The race, starting in Braemar and finishing 28 miles away in the centre of Aviemore, runs through the wild and spectacular mountain country of the Cairngorms National Park. The first and last miles are on tarmac road but the middle 22 follow the Lairig Ghru on a highly runnable track (apart from the tricky boulder field at the Pools of Dee). The race leaves the tarmac road at Mar Lodge and follows the path to Derry Lodge, an old hunting lodge that is no longer in use. Soon after, it crosses the river Luibeg (wading required unless you use the bridge higher up!) and the path begins to turn north. Here, the Devil's Point comes into view, a magnificent peak guarding the entrance to the steep-sided valley between Braeriach and Ben Macdhui.The track climbs to the Pools of Dee, 838m, the source of the River Dee, where some boulder-hopping breaks the steady rhythm of the run. On the way down the vista opens up and the green of Rothiemurchus Forest beckons, although Aviemore is still some 10 miles away.
The cameraderie of the runners and the low key, unpretentious nature of the event make it a race many return to.

The girls relax before the start

And they're off....


Aviemore feels a long way off

Mind the bus please!

Gillian Godfree with a spring in her stride

Stewart Barrie looks a little worried

Kate chats up another bloke

Mar Lodge and the end of the tarmac road

My support team dash off to the other side via the Lecht

And here's the view from the other side!

Meanwhile some of us have time for a picnic

..but Aviemore is still 10 miles away

Tom is good company

In front the leaders are flying

The eventual winner

Shades were the order of the day

Gillian and her support

Kate and a camouflaged Ben

It was Alan Smith's 3rd race of the weekend

'This way'

The girls had their 'escorts'

That man is still following Gillian

Jokers, from start to finish!

Somewhere Stewart lost an arm

A sprint to the finish

Prizegiving in tropical Aviemore

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