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Ben Lomond Hill race

11/05/2013

For the second time in two weeks, Dumfries RC member Craig Malcolmson found himself in the car park at Rowardennan on the banks of Loch Lomond. This time though, instead of running the Highland Fling Ultra marathon, he was about to take part in the Ben Lomond hill race...

With a climb of over 3,300ft over a race distance of 7.6 miles, runners have to negotiate the tourist path on the way to the summit, with the only deviation being an 800 metre grassy bank which saps the energy from already burning legs. After reaching the summit, where the wind chill factor made temperatures feel more like winter conditions, the runners retraced their steps for the first 600 metres before turning right down a steep boulder strewn grassy decline to then rejoin the tourist path back to the finish, all the while dodging the backpacking day walkers.

Craig, on his first Ben Lomond hill race, had a steady climb from the start to reach the summit in good shape. He then embarked on his usual fast descent, athough at the same time being careful not to pick up an injury before heading to South Africa to run in the Comrades Marathon, 56 mile ultra on June 2nd.

He finished 32nd of the 125 starters in a time of 87:48.

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