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Mid Summer Highland Relay

29/06/2017

The Mid Summer Highland Relay is a three person, 43 mile relay covering the northern sections of the West Highland Way from Tyndrum to Fort William.  It takes place as part of, and on the same day as, the full 95 mile West Highland Way Race.

Three enduring girls namely, Hazel Smyth, Sue Jeffrey and Alison McKean made their way north in the early hours of Saturday 24th June.  Excited but maybe a little nervous of the challenge that lay ahead.  Weather reports stated a strong head wind with rain, not to be discouraged all three girls had a strong attitude to get their heads down, grit it out and race hard. 

First up was Hazel, encouraged on by Sue and Alison as she left Tyndrum, she grinded out the 17.5 mile stage to Glencoe.  Running strong into Bridge of Orchy, however thereafter underfoot was difficult, she swore never to complain about cobble stones on a road marathon course again.  Keeping up a strong pace into Glencoe she put in a hard but extremely enjoyable run saw the girls hand over in 2nd place in the female race.

Second leg was undertaken by Sue Jeffrey, a distance of 10.5 miles from Glencoe to Kinlochleven, a technical run covering 'The Devils Staircase'.  The Devils Staircase is the highest point on the West Highland Way at 1850 ft. This stage played into the strenghts of Sue, a keen climber and talented hill runner proved true, running a superb leg, holding onto 2nd place and running 15 minutes faster than she self predicted setting the team up well for the final stage. 

Alison taking the baton for the final leg from Kinlochleven to Fort William, a distance of 14.5 miles.  This year Alison ran out of Kinlochleven with fresh legs compared to last year were she impressively completed the full 95 mile race.  The strong wind and driving rain didn't give up, Alison got her head down and ran a strong race, bringing the girls home in 2nd place and 11th team overall. 

The girls hugged at the finish and were delighted with their performances and making it onto the podium.  They will be back next year and hopefully the weather is kind. 

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