view from the back
A lovely summers day; with
flies. This is one hard long race and part
of the Dufftown highland games. Great fun with
stirring pipe bands, very large men variously
throwing, heaving & tossing hefty objects
and lots of other events. I knew I wasn't particularly
race fit and tried to pace myself, though progressive
fatigue just meant going slower and slower.
I didn't think there were that many runners
in the race for so many to overtake. There
are 5 climbs over 2 outliers & the
main Corbett with 1500m of ascent in all, and
14 miles of running. Although not bad going underfoot
there was at least one fall & nasty grazing.
At the finish, on tottering legs, it's quite
something to do a circuit of the games field
with everyone clapping - in sympathy no doubt.
Many Carnethies present, and a good scattering
of prizes - including myself, 2nd MV60, though
I have the feeling there may only have been 2
of us in the running. I don't care, I'm still
This race is part of the Carnethy Club Championship series
and also the Scottish Hill Runners Championship
Stewart Whitlie led Carnethy to the team prize
with a great 3rd place, behind Robbie Simpson
(Deeside), who broke the record (and won by
nearly 10 mins) and Jethro Lennox (Shettleston). results
details: Roads near the games ground
closed to parking. If you get to Dufftown early
enough you can park in the public car park
near the centre. Entry to the highland games
£6, which gives entry
to the race (and the caber tossing if you like).
There are changing facilities with toilets
& showers, though rather small & scruffy.
There are also track races up to a mile if
you have any energy left. Underfoot are peaty
heathery paths on the first two hills and
a wide stony track on Ben Rinnes, with some
stone steps. The course is marked and there
is a drinks station at the road crossing
at the foot of Ben Rinnes. On a hot day like
this one you would probably want extra water.