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Ben Nevis Hill Race

07/09/2016

On Saturday 3rd September the 600 hill runners who were lucky enough to gain entry to the 2016 Ben race converged on Claggan Park in Fort William.

With the weather looking grim as heavy rain was persisting & visibility not great runners were resigning themselves to a long hard day, however in true Ben fashion 30 mins before kick off the sun split the sky drying up the rain & burning away the clouds, with the MC of the course announcing light breeze & reasonable visibility on top, this heartened the hardy runners.

This year the 3 usual candidates from Dumfries Running Club made the long trip to Fort Bill. Ranjit Thomas & Craig Malcolmson travelling up from Dumfries to meet recent departed (due to work commitments) club mate Mo Khan who now lives near Aberdeen but still chooses to run in DRC colours.

Will the race due to start 1pm the gathered crowd of runners are paraded round the park by the Fort William pipe to the start line, with nerves jangling the starter fires his gun & they're of on the near 9mile round trip with an ascent and descent of 4409ft. 

Leading the way for DRC this yr was Craig who despite disliking the mile or so undulating road section reached the foot of the hill where he began the long hard climb & reached the summit in 1hr 25 (the winner for the 7th time consecutively Findlay Wilde reached the finish in 1:hr28) at the summit runners have to hand in a ID band, then  Turn to make their way back down the mountain for the relentless descent back to the finish. This year there was a change to the route, with runners threatened with disqualifications & a life time ban if the stepped foot on the Grassy bank , which allegedly was being eroded, this now made the route longer but for many more runable. Once the runners cross the Red Burn for the 2nd time they join the tourist path for last 2 miles or so back  to Claggan Park and one more lap of the park to the finish. Craig was 1st DRC home in 2:13:01 and 139th place. Next up was Ranjit who by his own admission hadn't put the hill miles in, but fair play to him & with sensible hill running shoes on for a change gave the beast of a mountain his best shot and finished in a very respectable time of 2:47:01 and  368th place and his usual quip to Craig "Don't ever let me do that again!". He says that every year.

Next home for DRC was Mo Khan who surely has the bragging rights as the only one of the 3 to achieve a PB on the day in knocking 6 min off his previous best time to cross the finish line in a time of 2:54:48 and 406th place. I'm sure there's a lot more to be knocked off Mo. Thanks again to the organisers for another superbly organised race, the DRC trio will be back next year & would like to entice other club mates to join them.

Craig Malcolmson

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