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Glen Lyon Ultra

17/05/2017

On Saturday 6th May 3 DRC Members made the trip to Perth & Kinross to participate in the Glen Lyon Ultra. The morning of the race saw a beautiful , clear cloudless day. 

Upon leaving the main road, competitors had a journey through the glen of approx 23 miles along a single track road through truly absolutely stunning scenery, before reaching the start/finish point located below the dam at the head of Loch Lyon. 

The race was basically in two parts in a figure of eight. 

At 9.30 am the runners set off on the first part of the race which took the field out and along the shores of Loch Lyon, around the top of the Loch , returning along the opposite shore back towards the dam, where the runners crossed over the dam and headed back towards the Start/Finish line and the bag drop area. This part of the race was run, for the most part, on a fairly flat track and was 15.5 miles. 

The second half of the race was a totally different contrast where the competitors were met with a fairly steep hill, which eventually levelled of after a 2 mile climb.

The pleasing thing at this point was knowing you had a 2 mile descent to the finish line on the way back.

The route took the competitors down into the next glen towards the next water/checking station where welcome drinks of water was awaiting. From this point the route took us along the valley on a 7 mile loop, returning back to the water station approx 1 mile up the hill and 27 miles into the race. 

Upon passing the water station, there was a fairly steep climb of just over a mile, before levelling of, with just over 3 miles to go. A welcome sight came to view at the top of the descent where the start/finish line came into sight. 

Competitors were met with loud cheers, applause and the sound of Vuvuzela's in the air as they approached and crossed the finish line.

First Dumfries runner back was Jo Johnstone in 7:16:15 followed by Bob Quin and Andy Dickson who stuck together and supported each other throughout the race. 

Bob finished in 7:47:35, in only his second Ultra and Andy Dickson in 7:48:13, in his first Ultra.

Competitors could not have asked for a more beautiful day to take in the stunning surrounding scenery of the Glens which we were running through, even though it was a warm day. The support/help from the marshals on the day was second to none, and all were very friendly and happy to help.

Great big thanks to them.

Andy Dickson

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