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Devil O the Highlands

21/08/2015

Two DRC members, Ian Anderson and Alison Groat decided to take on the Devil.....

 

This is a 42 mile  race from Tyndrum to Fort William, the second half of the West Highland Way.  189 competitors lined up at 6am in Tyndrum to start the race, which had newly been taken over by Johnny Fling.

Ian (who had previous experience of the race was running well), enjoying the race and feeling strong until unfortunately a hamstring injury forced him to withdraw at Kinlochleven around the 30 mile mark. Thankfully the reliable Dumfries support team of Alan, Emma and Neil were on hand to transport him to the finish.

Alison (who was running the race for the first time) was feeling slightly underprepared but hoped that she still had the strength in her legs from running the Highland a Fling in April. This seemed to be the case until she reached  the Devil's Staircase, which lived up to its name. Here she was passed by a fellow runner from Dumfries, Lesley Jeffrey who went on to have a fantastic debut ultra marathon. The hardest part of the race for Alison was along the exposed Lairig Mor where the weather was horrendous and it was a struggle to feel her feet even on the jagged rocks!

There had been rumours circulating of a 'Sting in the Tail' which Alison hoped was a joke.  However the new nearly mile uphill finish made for a challenge on weary legs. There was a fantastic reception for all finishers at the leisure centre playing fields and Alison was delighted to pass under the archway in a time of 8 hours 36 and 16th female. The sociability, scenery and great hospitality at the end ensured that both runners agreed they would be back to tackle the a Devil again.

 

 

 

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