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The Highland Fling

03/05/2017

Saturday April 29th saw the running of the 12th Highland Fling Race - a 53 mile trail/mixed terrain race from Milngavie to Tyndrum along the West Highland Way. 

Only 3 members of DRC took part in this year's event, with several more as support and as marshals.

The race can be conveniently divided up into 4 main stages- the first is a relatively flat, runnable mixed terrain route (including some ankle deep bogs and many gates) to Drymen. The second stage climbs up over Conic Hill and then undulates along the side of Loch Lomond to Rowardennan whilst the third leg is a rather technical trail along Loch Lomond side to Bein Glas farm requiring much use of the hands for scrambling over rocks and lowering yourself down the other side. The final section is rather a sting in the tail as it involves climbing high up above Crianlarich, before descending towards the finish at Tyndrum.

Sue Jeffrey, Ali McKean and Norman Neilson started at 6am,each with their own race plan. Sue and Ali ran comfortably together and reached the Drymen checkpoint in under 2 hours and continued this to the top of Conic hill until Sue went ahead on the descent. The support of Alan McKean and Les Hill who alternated between checkpoints was an encouragement to the three of them during the race as was the familiar face of Susan Gallagher who was marshalling at Rowardennan. Sue felt strong and ran well on the slippy Loch Lomondside section to Beinglass farm in showery conditions in 8 hours 13 and although she found the last section to be especially difficult, Les Hill popped up with 4k to go and his words of encouragement helped her to reach Tyndrum in 11hours 13mins.

Ali unfortunately had a fall at approximately the halfway point and met her husband Alan at Inversnaid and both he and a marshal gave her the encouragement to carry on and her natural determination prevailed. Reaching Beinglass in 8 hours 56 she pushed on and ran very well to the finish in 11 hours 31 and the sound of the piper and the cheering crowds helped her over the red carpet on the final few metres.

The fastest of the trio was Norman who was thoroughly delighted with his performance. Reaching Drymen well before 8am, he pushed on in the warm and muggy conditions to reach Rowardennan in 4 hours 16 and maintained his excellent pace beyond Loch Lomond and crossed the finish line in 9 hours 37. As an added bonus, he won a prize for the best decorated “Highland Midgie” drop box at Balmaha and gained a hamperful of food and drink to enjoy now that he is recovering from his exertions. 

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