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The Devil's Burden Relay

24/01/2015

Six members of Dumfries Running Club completed the Devil’s Burden relay on a beautiful clear crisp day, starting and finishing close to the village of Falkland in Fife...

Run over 4 legs, the event covers 34km of navigation on hill and trail around and over the Lomond hills with 1,650 metres of climbing to provide a severe test for those taking part.

On leg 1 Susan Gallagher had a relatively short 7.5k which was mainly on fire roads through the forest that was more undulating than hilly with a climb of 220 metres and she fully enjoyed the downhill final 2k that allowed her to finish in 42.39.

Unfortunately the handover to Mo Khan and James Kellock for leg 2 must have looked like a scene from Fawlty Towers to the race organisers as the two of them were delayed in getting to the checkpoint and Mo fell on a patch of ice within a few seconds! Once they eventually got underway it became more of a training run than a race as there were no other competitors in sight. After a long slog up to the snow-capped summit of West Lomond they finally got on to the downhill section that gives the entire event its name. On frozen rutted ground with several large ice puddles the ascent of the next peak of Bishop Hill gave beautiful views over Loch Leven and a final run down to the checkpoint. Mo’s runtime may have been 1hr 50 but the record books have them coming in at 1hr 57, a haunting reminder of ‘that handover’!

On leg 3 Kerry Walker and Sue Jeffrey had an extremely tough start with 270 metres of climbing within half a mile but were rewarded with relatively flat farm roads and woodland trail leading to Harperlea’s reservoir. At this point Kerry and Sue spotted a team ahead and comfortably overtook them after having crossed the dam at the reservoir. The remaining 2.5 miles on easier terrain allowed runners to take in the fantastic panorama over the Lomond Hills, with East Lomond in clear view ahead. The penultimate section of Leg 3 involved a short section on the road before taking a left turn at checkpoint 11 to the final section of fantastic downhill trail towards Maspie Den and the House of Falkland to finish in 75 mins.

Stephen Mohan took over on the short final leg of 5.5k which had the very sharp climb to the 424 metre summit of East Lomond and an equally severe descent and a steady run in to the village of Falkland to bring the team home in 47 mins.

The combined time of 4 hours 43 may not have troubled many of the specialist hill runners at the front of the field but a challenging event was thoroughly enjoyed by all. Many thanks are due to David Burns for his navigational skills and on course support.

Stephen Mohan.

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