Saturday, November 11, 2017

Tinto Hill Race

5 of us took part in this years Tinto, 4 and a bit miles up and down with about 1500' of climb. Nearly 250 started, ran up the trail then through the mud at the bottom of the climb and ran and walked to the top, recovery jog on the stoney trail round the cairn then brakes off for a quick as possible descent. Finished in 115th place in just over 47 minutes, great day for it, cool, not much of a breeze and clear blue skies overhead.

Sunday, November 05, 2017

Ben Bowie

Shorter run today, out and back along the 3LW trail with a short detour up to Ben Bowies double summit. Sunny with a cool breeze made for pleasant running and a busy 3LW trail.

Interesting tree through the forrest. Great views to the Clyde Estuary, Loch Lomond and the surrounding hills.

Easy run back to finish inside 2 hours. A few more pictures here.

Saturday, November 04, 2017

The Cobbler an Ben Narnain

Weather looked better than forecast and set off under blue skies for Arrochar. From the car park dark clouds over the hills and rain began to fall. Only lasted about 20 minutes so jacket off the breeze kicked in climbing up the back steps to the Cobbler. Running up by the Buttermilk burn a rainbow brightened up the view.

Climbing the Cobblers back steps a squally hail shower blows through. Didn't hang about at the top. Soon going up Narnain and the sky clears only for it to cloud in just before the top.

Down through the spearhead and sky clears again to finish under blus skies in about 3 1/2 hours. More pictures here.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Beinn Dubh

Late afternoon run up and down. Set off after half three, steady running to about half way where the wind picked up. Stuggled to run from there, keeping upright good enough. Round the cairn and blown straight back down. Wind eased from about half way down, finished in about an hour and a half.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Beinn Ime

Wet and windy all weekend, Sunday long run, start late morning as wind meant to subside through the day. Left Succoth before midday up the zig zags then alongside Buttermilk Burn past the Narnain Boulders, the usual wind tunnel effect from the Boulders to Bealach A Mhaim made for hard going. Soggy climb up from Bealach a'Mhaim to Ime's claggy summit, at least there was some shelter from the wind.

Couple of photos of mist at the top then back down Ime's soggy terraces and across the Bealach to meet the Buttermilk Burn path.

Clouds clearing as I run back down to finish in just over 3 hours. A few more pictures here.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Beinn Eich

Short run up and down Beinn Eich, top hidden in cloud and wind increasing with height then dissapears on the summit.

Didnt hang about on top and soon back into the wind and under the cloud, nice view down to loch Lomond.

Finished in about 80 mins.

Sunday, October 08, 2017

Pentland Skyline Hill Race

Signed up for this to complete my 4th race from the Long Classics series. About 16 miles and 6000' of ascent over 16 hills. Started at the back and took it easier than usual, 9 hills on mainly grassy trails on the way out to the Drove Road water station, 7 hills on the way back, the first 4 on heathery boggy stuff just when your looking to take it steady then back on to grassy trails for the last three, a good test in judgement of pace and effort. Cool at the start, soon heats up under clear sunny skies on the way out, not much of a breeze. Walked more than last year. Reached the Drove Road comfortable and set off for the rougher run back. Ease back through heather and bog keeping cramp away ss long as possible. Jog and walk to the last two tops then push on to finish in 4 hours 10. A great run.