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West Highland Way 2016

21/06/2016

At 1am on Saturday morning, the gun fired for the start of the annual West High Way Race.

As well as the four runners from Dumfries Running Club, another 195 runners set off from the underpass at Milngavie near Glasgow to complete the near 95 mile footrace to Lochaber Sports Centre in Fort William. The relentless surprises that the race throws at competitors unfortunately meant that only 159 finished the event. The route takes in the notorious Conic Hill, the banks of Loch Lomond, the steady climb past Inverarnan and over Rannoch Moor, the Devils Staircase followed by a steep climb onto the Lairig Mor and finally down the steep decent to Fort William covering a total of 14,760 feet of ascent and descent. Not only were the physical attributes of the course all the competitors had to deal with, but a big orange ball in the sky known as the sun decided to make an unfamiliar appearance on race day making the going extra tough, and this was further added to with a higher than normal midge infestation along the route.

 

Representing DRC were Jacob Tangey, Paul Hart, Alison McKean and Marian McPhail. It was cat and mouse in the early stages of the race between Jacob and Paul. Sitting 20th and 22ndposition respectively going through Balmaha checkpoint at 20 miles, both were running well. Unfortunately Paul went over on his ankle only 2 miles into the race and therefore had to cautiously make his way through the pack. By Rowardennan at 27 miles, Paul narrowly got into the checkpoint followed by Jacob. Both runners were now sitting in 13th and 14th position with Paul clocking the 8th fastest time of all runners over this section however, by the time Beinglas Farm came along, Paul was now suffering from his injury and had no option but to withdraw at 40 miles in a very credible 17th position overall.  

 

Alison McKean and Marian McPhail were also running well. By Beinglas Farm, both were feeling fine with constant split times being recorded. For Alison, this was her first time taking part in the West Highland Way Race, but showing good form at previous ultra-marathons, she was taking the course with confidence. For Marian, it was not only was her fourth race over the route but up until now she held the record for being the oldest female finisher of the race. Both were feeling the effects of the unusual heat and on occasions were struggling to run through walls of midges. 

 

As the race progressed, Jacob moved through the pack steadily and from Glencoe Ski Centre, made his attack on the leader group moving from 7th place to 3rd position at the finish line. His amazing time of 17 hours 37 minutes saw him with a podium finish. Alison McKean also remained strong, and although also carrying an injury to her foot sustained on the loch side, and feeling understandably fatigued by Lundavra, she kept a good pace and managed to finish her first West Highland Way Race in 23 hours 46 minutes. For anyone to finish this race in under 24 hours is a remarkable feat in its own and to do it on her first attempt is testament to the hard training she has put in over the previous months. Marian McPhail was now carrying a quad strain picked up after a fall earlier in the race. Showing true determination Marian kept going through some real pain and managed to see off the Devils Staircase and Lairig Mor to finish the race in a time of 31 hours and 22 minutes.

 

Regardless of times, positions or abilities, the first person will hurt as much as the last person during and after the race, and the last person will put in as much effort as the first person. Therefore anyone who takes part in this race is a champion. Jacob, Alison and Marian were therefore cheered by around 700 people as they individually made their way to the front of the hall at the prize giving ceremony to receive the now famous finisher’s crystal goblet. Jacob also collected his prize for being third overall in the race.

 

And behind every runner is a support crew who tirelessly ensure that the runner’s needs as well as their health, safety and wellbeing are seen to. Supporting Jacob was Seb Pflanz and Stevie McKillop. Supporting Paul Hart was Les Hill and Sandy Shankland. Alison McKean was supported by Sue Jeffrey, Nicola Allan, Keith Ainslie, Allan McKean and Gillian McLeod. And the team supporting Marian was Maggie Gray, Dawn McDonald, Ian Anderson and Emma Luebke.

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