one hundred and fifteen runners took part in this year's classic, tough
little race. For a short
race, Glamaig has it all. The race started on a sad note, however, with
news that Ian Campbell had finally succumbed after a very lengthy and
typically—for Ian—feisty, battle with cancer and died on
Monday of race week. Along with David Shepherd, Ian’s family came
up with the concept of the race (realised chiefly by Robin Morris) and
have supported it strongly since 1988, with Ian not only facilitating
the race but also competing several times. With Ian gone, we all struggled
with the dichotomy of the past and the present. Following on from the
death, in March, also after a long fight with cancer, of the long-term
Glamaig marshal Shirley Wishart, it was hard to go on with the race,
except we had the knowledge that it was what they both wanted … and
so the race did and will go on.
With the hill wrapped in thick cloud up until about half an hour before
the race, the mist lifted in time to give a glimpse through my binoculars
of Keith Burns arriving at the mullach for his lonely vigil before enshrouding
the upper part of the hill again.
From the start Carnegie's Andrew Wright forced
the pace to give last year's first and second placers Brian Marshall
and Alec Keith a run for
their money. With the rest of the field stretched out in their trail,
Andrew held the lead as the frontrunners disappeared into the summit
cloud. But as a pack of around four tightly packed runners closed on
the summit Brian moved into the lead and the rest is history, for less
than twenty minutes later Brian stormed across the finish line – having
picked up a one and half minute lead - to notch up his seventh consecutive
win! Having lost the lead, Andrew was recompensed with second place,
half a minute ahead of Alec who picked up third place and first Vet.
As always, a healthy contingent of Carnethy runners
travelled up to enjoy the weekend and a mix of old hands (OH) and first
timers (FT) had
some good runs. Old hand, Steven Fallon just edged out first timer John
Mitchell to place 6th and 2nd Vet, although John picked up 7th and the
first local trophy. A jubilant Shane Bouchier (FT) breezed in at 31st.
Chan eil saoi air nach laigh leòn , however, and Andrew Shepherd
(OH), David’s brother, crossed the line at 39th with a nasty gash
on his arm to join the ranks of a few other scree battered and bloodied
competitors. He was quickly followed in by Andy Millard (FT) at 41st.
Michael O' Connor (FT) was 56th and Helen Bonsor (FT) was not only 60th
but after sorting out a cock-up I'd made in the results – she eventually
picked up the prize for second lady. Sorry for getting it wrong initially
but congratulations Helen!
Brìgh gach cluiche gu dheireadh  and on reflection
Glamaig confutes the argument that short races are not worth the journey.
It is a race
which encompasses a tough, steep ascent, mixed with serious scree descents,
a need for some navigation and a variety of route choice out and back
and some amazing history. Oh, aye, and in these parlous times, it represents
great value for money, especially for Carnethy members who get free entry,
but even for those other entrants who only pay £3 for the race,
a meal and a drink and with some good craik and a post race ceilidh thrown
Thanks to all the marshals and all the people
at the Sligachan Hotel for their unstinting help and support which
made it such a good day.
Mol an latha math mu oidhche .
 No hero is proof against
 The essence of a game is at its end.
 Praise the good day at the close of it.