Sunday, 10 May 2009

Ben Lomond Hillrace, 10 May'09

The bulk of Ben Lomond is on NTS land and therefore the annual race field is limited to control the errosion. Organised by Don Reid of Westerlands CCC, this race is always a cracking event. This year the weather had decided to make things more interesting as the summit was snow covered and heavy rain showers ensured the ground was going to be slippy. The race start was delay for a few minutes as the organisers checked with the Mountain Rescue marshalls on whether or not to cut it short. Fortunately it was decided to go with the full course and we set off on Don's 'go'. The field quickly stretched out and four of us Carnethy runners kept up near the front. An unseasonally cold air forced many of us to put on extra layers as we ran uphill and at around c600m we were running into a snow shower. Further up we slipped as we tried to progress across snow covered ground through an ever thickening mist. At last the summit was reached - I was there in 51 minutes and a quick turn-around saw me running downhill against uphill runners. Slipping and gingerly descending on the rocky path, times were guaranteed to be down on previous races, but I was pleasantly suprised at by how little. The race was won in a dead heat with Brian Marshall and American Judson Cake, both stretched out, flying and splatting at the finish-line. I ended up 5th overall and first over 40 and Carnethy (with myself, Adam Anderson and Andy Fallas) won the team prize (though this was initially incorrectly given to Ochils at the prize-giving, who I'll bet have now drunk the prize). Results and more here .