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Devil o' The Highlands 2016

16/08/2016

At 6am on Saturday 6th August in perfect running conditions, 6 members of DRC lined up in Tyndrum to take on the Devil.  

This popular event in the ultra running calendar covers over 42 miles with 7,100 feet of ascent over the second half of the West Highland Way. 

With only 7 weeks since they had completed the full West Highland Way Race (95 miles) Marian McPhail and Alison McKean were starting on still tired legs with the only aim of getting to the finish line in Fort William, and completing the Triple Crown Challenge (Highland Fling, WHW and DOTH all in one year).   Just getting to the finish line was also the aim of many of the other members, some of who were coming back from injury and some of who were completing the race for the first time.

The route is made very challenging by the rough technical terrain underfoot, incorporating huge climbs over the Devil’s Staircase and out of Kinlochleven (KLL).  For many, the decent from the top of the Devil into KLL is just as tough with huge rocks and quad bursting miles.  The runners also had swarms of hungry midges to contend with.

Norman Neilson was first home for the club in a fantastic time of 7 hours 25, making it look easy after recent knee surgery and picking up a prize for third male 50.  Alison McKean was next home and was delighted to knock over 3 minutes off her time from last year finishing in 8 hours 33.  Next back was Craig Malcolmson who ran with, and encouraged Stevie McKillop (from Dalbeattie Running Club) to another great result finishing in 8 hours 54, both enjoying the event and socialising along the way.  Ian Anderson enjoyed his run, finishing strongly in 9 hours 15 and was pleased to get the Devil off his back after having to pull out at KLL last year due to injury.   Marian McPhail displayed her usual determination to finish in a great time of 9 hours 45 and picking up the prize for first female 60.  Maggie Gray got a huge round of applause coming over the finish line in 11 hours 03 still smiling despite two falls along the route. 

Everyone agreed that it was a fantastic event with great support and hospitality.  The plentiful hot food and drinks in the marquee were enjoyed by all giving a good opportunity to catch up with running friends and compare stories from the race.  Marian and Alison were over the moon to be amongst only 39 triple crown finishers (7 female) for 2016.  As always, huge thanks for the support along the route from the many family and friends who had made the journey to encourage us all in our daft running adventures!

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