Strathearn Harriers - New Year's Day Run 2014

Glenmore 24, Aberfeldy half, Aberfeldy marathon and Ben Nevis

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Busy weekend! First of all we had two PBs at the Perth parkrun, with Paul T showing some real form to record 19.15.

Later on Saturday, we had Patrick, Phil T and Mary in action at the Highland Perthshire Half Marathon. Patrick was fourth overall, and first M50, with an excellent time of 1.21.46. Phil T ran his first race in the M50 category and was second in the category with a time of 1.28.30 in 16th place, and Mary ran a personal best of 2.5.53. Club veteran Jim ran the full Marathon to finish in 3.30.38, 30 years after running his first marathon.

Meanwhile, up on Ben Nevis, Gordon and Bob Hughes were running the annual Ben Nevis. Most walkers take at least six hours to get up and down Ben Nevis, but Gordon and Bob managed it in 2.41.15 and 3.04.55 (while the winner was up and down Britain’s highest mountain 1.34.43!).

Perhaps the biggest event of weekend was the Glenmore 24, a 24-hour ultra-marathon which has competitors running a 4-mile loop in the woods on the shores of Loch Morlich. Kerry and Chris C were both taking on the challenge for the first time and braved hail stones and rain during the course of their 24 hours. Kerry completed the 24-hours, covering a massive 91 miles in the time, but unfortunately, Chris had to withdraw with a suspected torn ligament after covering 88 miles in 17 hours. Or, to put it another way, they both ran the equivalent of the distance from Crieff to Stonehaven! Kerry and Chris were supported in their epic by Team Greaves, Team Sweeney and Nic, who travelled up to Glenmore to run with Kerry on Sunday morning - good efforts by everyone!