Friday, August 17, 2018

Arrochar run

Back to Arrochar for a shorter long run, Narnain and the Cobbler. Straight up Narnain from Succoth. From the end of the old block track a new path is being built, steps similar to the back path. Struggling same as last week until a sugar and water stop. Into the cloud and wind on the way up, thankfully the wind eased on top although a bit damp. Easy run down to the bealach then slow plod up the steps.

On top not a lot to see, dropped off behind the tops and down the grassy ridge to the small dam.

View of Narnain ascent ridge from Cobbler descent.

Zig zag paths to finish in just over 3 1/2 hours. More pictures here.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Stoneymollan Race

First club race for a while, the usual descent from Mount Mallow was overgrown so changed the route to start behind the pedestrian bridge behind Renton, running up the track behind Carman reservoir, through the quarry to Mount Mallow then followed the usual race route in reverse finishing at the top of the tarmac road up Stoneymollan, just over 4 miles and about 900' of ascent. Handicap race, 3 start times, 0, 10 and 15 mins, went off in the last group. caught the two runners in the second group after they took a wrong turn, finished 5th out of 7 in 41:20.

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Arrochar run

Set off early for a run over Ben Vane and Beinn Ime. Warm running up Glen Loin, a few walkers out. Onto the hill path and found it hard work, stopping every few minutes. Good views to Loch Lomond, Ben Vorlich and A'Chrois on the way up.

Thought about turning back at the top, a drink of water and a couple of jelly beans seemed to resolve the problem and within a few minutes felt fine as I reached the top of Vane.

Views were good with a bit of cloud floating about for atmosphere.

Met a few people on the usually deserted down and up between Vane and Ime. Took the quick line up the gulley. Views to Paddy's Milestone and the Paps of Jura from the top.

Easy run down to Bealach a 'Mhaim then followed the path beside the Buttermilk burn then zig zags back to the finish at Succoth in just over 4 1/2 hours, more pictures here.

Wednesday, August 08, 2018

Mid Hill

Late afternoon run up Mid Hill.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Lossie Beach Runs

Annual holiday at Silversands Campsite at Covesea. A few easy run and swims along the beach and onto the Moray Coastal Trail towards Hopeman. Always sunny and run along the waters edge.

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Ben Rinnes Hill Race

About 160 runners for the first long race in the 2018 SHR Championship. Date coincided with the start of our annual Lossiemouth holiday so we went up on the Friday. Change of weather for the race, rain, wind and sleet to keep us cool. Took it easy over the Convals on the way out then tried a steady jog up Ben Rinnes, Kept it going for about 2/3 of the way up then jog walk, the wind alternatively helping and hurting on the zig zags. Through the summit tor and steady run down to the road crossing/water station at Glack Horner before a slow climb back up Meikle Conval, along to the last hill, Little Conval, and tried to push the pace, nothing much there and pleased to get over the top and start running down to finish inside 3 hours 15 with a lap of the games field.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

The Cobbler

Last run before Ben Rinnes, ran up the zig zag paths. Cobbler slopes looking green after some rain.

Past the Narnain Boulders to the back steps, not many others out as it is a weekday morning. Had a few more stops than I would have liked going up the back steps. Along the plateau and onto the last wee climb, only managed to run the first and last sections.

Stopped on top for a few photos then continued past the Needle and 3rd top descending via the south east ridge dropping down to meet the top of the zig zag path at the small dam.

Finished in about 2 hrs 45 via the Jacuzzi. More pictures here.