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Highland Fling 2019

15/05/2019

2019 saw the 14th running of the Highland Fling, a 53 Mile Ultra Trail Marathon through Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park which saw competitors climb an descend over 2000metres with a 15hr time limit to complete the race.

4 members of Dumfries Running Club Seb Pflanz, Laura Broatch, Andy Dickson and David Burns made the journey to participate in the race. Weather conditions on the day were mixed with frequent heavy rain showers, making for slippery underfoot conditions.

At 6.00am on Saturday 27th April 700+ runners set off in waves from Milngavie on their way to the finish line at Tyndrum. After the first few miles, the field started to thin out, giving runners the chance to get a steady race pace on their way to the first checkpoint at Drymen. The going was good at this stage with the weather being favourable.

After leaving Drymen it was on to Balmaha, and the climb of Conic Hill. Many found the ascent hard going, and the descent to be very challenging due to the muddy underfoot conditions which was not helped by the heavy rain and water on the path. The views over Loch Lomond and the surrounding area were stunning despite the weather on the day.

The next leg took the runners along the loch side via Rowardennan. The approach to Inversnaid was fairly hard going in parts. From here the runners next stop would be at Beinglas, but standing in their way was a very strength sapping leg from Inversnaid to the north of Loch Lomond. This section was very taxing and really zapped the energy due to the amount of climbing over rocks, dodging tree roots and generally having to contend with very slippery conditions, again due in part to the heavy rain showers and the paths having been churned up with all the foot traffic going over it which also included walkers/hikers on the route.

Many a relieved competitor was happy to see the checkpoint at Beinglas, knowing the hardest part was behind them. It was now onwards to Tyndrum some 12 miles away where the finish line awaited. Throughout the day, spirits were lifted along the route by the camaraderie and friendliness of other runners and the very helpful marshalls. On the last 6 mile leg, many commented on the much needed boost and surprise of passing two ladies in a tent halfway up a hill playing accordions, cheering on every runner as they passed despite the rainy conditions.

The best part of the day was passing the piper just before the red carpet to the finish line, to the shouts and cheers of fellow runners and spectators at the finish line which was an amazing feeling. All were very happy to cross the finish line in their respective times:

David Burns 12:34; Seb Pflanz 13:13; Laura Broatch 13:37 and Andy Dickson 14:44

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