Saturday, April 14, 2018

Arrochar run

Trying to build up my runs and set off for Arrochar to run Narnain and the Cobbler. Started just after 12, plenty of walkers out going up and down. Warm going up the zig zags through the trees, nice breeze from there to the Bealach a'Mhaim where wind picked up, hat, gloves and jacket on for a trudge up the new Narnain path. A few patches of snow from half way up and despite using my microspikes i turned back at the start of a snow covered boulder field below the summit. Good fun running down snowy banks back to the Bealach. Steady walk up the Cobblers back steps, detour to avoid the usual snow bank. Running again as the slope eased then walked up the snowy slope to the central summit.

Not much to see and turned back after a quick refuel. Soon back at the Bealach and the run alongside Buttermilk burn and back down to Succoth, finished just over 3 hours.

Wednesday, April 04, 2018

Beinn Dubh

Plan was for a longer run today, made do with a snowy Beinn Dubh, ran the first third then walked as the snow deepened, ranging from a few inches to a few feet. Zig zagged up picking a line up where the most tufts of grass poked through the snow. Ran the odd patch where the snow had been blown away.

Rime encrusted fence at the top. Tried running along the top, snow just too deep and soon turned back.

Might have kept going if the cloud had cleared a bit sooner, about a third of the way down, blue skies and sun. Good fun on the downhills apart from the snow buildup under my microspikes. Finished in about two hours. More pictures here.

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Beinn Eich and Doune hill

Set off for an afternoon run from the top of Glen Luss. Out over Beinn Eich, Beinn an Lochain to the Doune hill trig and back the same way. Up Beinn Eich still carrying some snow and ice towards the top.

Off the back good view to Cruach an t Sidhein off to the left, up over BAL then the short down and up to the Doune Hill trig.

Good views to Ben Lomond and the Arrochar Alps. Easier run back two smaller climbs, BAL then Beinn  Eich. Steady run down to Glen Luss to finish just over 2 1/2 hours. More pictures here.

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Luss Hills

Afternooon run and couldn't get parked at the top of the glen for a run over Beinn Eich and had to make do with another run over Beinn Dubh, ran along to Mid Hill and the two small unnamed cairns. Wee squally snow shower blew through on the way up, much of the rest of the run in sunshine, even heard skylarks singing near the top.

Beinn an Lochain at the top of the Rest and Be Thankful

Good views to the snowy tops of Ben Lomond, Arrochar Alps and beyond. Ground mostly thawing, the tops around the Mid Hill end still just about frozen underfoot.

Would have been happy to stay out for longer if I could, easy run back to finish over two hours. More pictures here.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Chapelgill Hill Race

Chilly short race, the first counter in this years SHR Championship.

Field slightly down on expected, about 130, probably due to the baltic condititons in Glenholm. Started towards the back and immediately felt like I was hyperventilating, this lasted 5 or 10 minutes, after that I revertted to a wheeze, behind many I would normally keep up with. Slope eases towards the top and manage a slow jog round the summit marshalls tent. Steady run back down through the heather avoiding the frozen path, managed to overtake a couple on the way down, finished warm in about 37 minutes, soon cooled off once I stopped. A few pictures here.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Beinn Dubh and Mid Hill

Snow still lying on the Munros we set off for the 2000' high Luss Hills, a bit muddy at the bottom, dried up a few hundred feet up the ground still partially frozen.

Into the mist, snow, ice and wind from about 1500'  the top completely covered and whiteout conditions most of the way round to Mid Hill.

Turned back at the first cairn visibility pretty poor easier but going down hill and trying to follow our  rapidly disappearing footsteps from the way out.

Running down from the top of Beinn Dubh starts to snow but soon below the cloud to finish about 2 hours 15.

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Whinny Hill Cross Country

Perfect day for cross country but there was more spectators than runners. Slight route change taking us to the bottom of Fairy Glen to start the climb, the muddier trail making up for the smooth hardcore path up through the trees. Ground part frozen should have made for faster running. Great views to Glen Finlas snd Luss from the seat, mostly down hill on the way back with one wee climb through the trees, managed to pick up the pace towrds the end to finish insude 50 minutes. Good day, great wee race.