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The Glen Ogle 33

01/11/2014

On Saturday 1st November Alison Groat took part in her second ultra marathon of the year - the Glen Ogle, she reports on her race experience as follows...

"The race usually starts and finishes just outside Strathyre however due to flooding earlier in the week, the organisers (BAM) decided to move the start and finish to Killin. Everyone took this in good humour with waders and life jackets being suggested as compulsory kit!

On the day, the weather conditions couldn't have been better for a 33 mile run in the hills. Due to the route change (but still an out and back) the start was a 4.5 mile climb of around 900 feet out of Killin, the reward was beautiful views of Glen Ogle across the viaduct down towards Lochearnhead, Balquhidder & Strathyre. The terrain was mainly forest roads & cycle paths, with none of the other ascents as tough as the first. I enjoyed the variation as well as the amazing scenery.

This was one of the friendliest events I have taken part in with everyone having a chat and encouraging each other. The marshalling was superb and huge thanks to my support crew of Andy & Karen Reed and Alan McKean who managed to shout encouragement at 9 different points along the route.  Several runners came up to them at the end to express their thanks and say they had seen them "everywhere"!

Surprisingly my legs were still feeling fairly strong at the final checkpoint around mile 29. One of the marshalls remarked I looked far too happy and was even more so when told that the final 4 miles were all downhill into Killin, past the Falls of Dochart.

There was a warm reception at the finish where runners were presented with a medal and a special bottle of GO33 cider. Runners were also given a voucher for soup & a drink at the Strathyre Inn.

I was hoping to complete the run in under 6 hours so was delighted with my time of 5 hours 18, 13th lady overall and third FV35. This one is definitely on the list for next year where I can build on my ultra experience (e.g. don't use whiteboard marker and garden string for the drop bags)!"

Alison

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