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2015 Lairig Ghru race report

SAM HESLING AND SARAH HODGKINSON WINNERS AT 2015 LAIRIG GHRU

After a cold and damp start, the day steadily improved to provide near perfect running conditions for the 161 starters at this year’s Lairig Ghru. It was a case of mission accomplished for last year’s runner up Sam Hesling (Highland Hillrunners), who returned this year to win in 3.15.18, getting clear of Rob Sinclair (Garioch) 3.16.51, on the run in to Aviemore. Chris Hill (Cosmics) was third in 3.26.57. After another close race the first female home was Sarah Hodginkson (Cosmics) in 4.32.09. Second was Hilary Ritchie (Fife) in 4.33.51 and third was Jennifer Ross-Jenkins (DCC) in 4.36.42. Cosmics Chris Hill, Neil Easton and Steven Ord were the first male team and Deeside’s Sam Rendall, Marie Entwistle and Jane Douglas were the first female team.

Thanks to all our sponsors and supporters: Bremners of Aviemore, Run4it Aberdeen, Deeside Water Company, Braemar Community Hall and of course the Mar Lodge and Rothiemurcus estates. As always special thanks to Cairngorm Mountain Rescue Team for their marshalling of the remoter sections of the race and the ever excellent Mountain Café who provide the much appreciated spread at the finish in Aviemore. A big thank you to all the Deeside Runners for marshalling, manning the water stops, registration, kit checks etc. and to the campers at the Coylumbridge who set up the impromptu water/feed station!

Finally, thanks to all the runners without whom there would be no race and a donation of £1000 is on its way to the Cairngorm Mountain Rescue Team.

Kit left:

Red camelback, grey/silver sunglasses, 1 compass – let us know if they are yours.

Lairig Ghru results 2015

1

3.15.18

Sam Hesling

M

Highland Hill Runners

2

3.16.51

Rob Sinclair

M

Garioch Road Runners

3

3.26.57

Chris Hill

M

Cosmic Hillbashers

4

3.32.57

Jack Trevelyan

M

Highland Hill Runners

5

3.34.20

Brian Bonnyman

MV40

Westerlands Cross CC

6

3.42.43

Johnny McBain

M

Dundee Hawkhill Harriers

7

3.44.07

Malcolm Schofield

M

enniskillen running club

8

3.45.22

Nick Williamson

M

Dunbar RC

9

3.49.30

Neil Easton

M

Cosmic Hillbashers

10

3.52.45

Keith Taylor

M

Fife AC

11

3.56.07

Phil Williams

MV40

Central AC

12

3.57.24

James Addie

M

Dunbar RC

13

3.57.58

Martyn Davidson

M

SPRA

14

4.01.04

Robert Warnock

MV50

Wee County Harriers

15

4.01.22

Christopher Cowley

M

Stonehaven Running Club

16

4.01.34

David Weir

MV50

Forres Harriers

17

4.03.09

Kevin Stephen

MV40

Garioch Road Runners

18

4.04.00

Michael O’Donnell

M

0

19

4.04.37

Ivor Normand

MV50

Hunters Bog Trotters

20

4.05.47

Colin Baird

M

0

21

4.06.29

Dirk Wallis

M

Deeside Runners

22

4.08.46

Scott Harrison

MV40

0

23

4.08.49

Robbie Hayman

MV40

Bellahouston Road Runners

24

4.08.49

David Weatherhead

M

Bellahouston Road Runners

25

4.09.02

Paul Foster

M

Carnegie Harriers

26

4.09.33

Nathan Crossley

MV50

Horsforth Harriers

27

4.11.36

Steven Ord

MV40

Cosmic Hillbashers

28

4.11.53

Alexander Rose

MV40

0

29

4.15.37

Graham Kirby

MV40

Fife AC

30

4.17.01

Craig Stewart

MV40

Forfar Road Runners

31

4.17.05

Daniel Clarke

M

Fife AC

32

4.17.46

Christopher Hill

MV50

British Military Fitness

33

4.17.49

Steven Morrison

MV40

0

34

4.20.42

Stuart Pringle

M

Deeside Runners

35

4.21.02

Peter McFadzean

M

Cosmic Hillbashers

36

4.22.04

Alastair Swanston

M

0

37

4.22.05

Malcolm Watt

MV40

Darkside

38

4.25.09

Martin Bell

MV40

Fife AC

39

4.26.48

Paul Morgan

M

0

40

4.28.30

Ben Hopkin

M

0

41

4.29.32

Matthew McCullagh

MV40

0

42

4.30.09

Ian Hawkins

MV50

Fife AC

43

4.31.25

Jonathan Bellarby

MV40

Cosmic Hillbashers

44

4.31.40

Chris Sheen

MV40

0

45

4.32.09

Sarah Hodgkinson

F

Cosmic Hillbashers

46

4.32.21

Peter Torrance

M

0

47

4.33.14

Dan Walmsley

M

0

48

4.33.20

David Hanna

M

Carnethy Hill RC

49

4.33.51

Hilary Ritchie

FV50

Fife AC

50

4.34.43

Richard Coombs

MV40

Central AC

51

4.35.43

Roger Coombs

MV50

Deeside Runners

52

4.36.42

Jennifer Rees-Jenkins

F

DCC

53

4.36.48

Sam Rendall

F

Deeside Runners

54

4.36.49

Michael Grant

M

Hunters Bog Trotters

55

4.36.50

Richard Ingram

MV40

Cosmic Hillbashers

56

4.38.19

Kenny Monk

MV40

Garioch Road Runners

57

4.38.53

Huw Thomas

M

0

58

4.39.11

Tony Wayte

MV50

Strathearn Harriers

59

4.40.07

Ian Rentoul

M50

0

60

4.41.17

Jim Trueman

MV50

Pennine Fell Runners

61

4.42.07

Ron Milne

MV50

Forfar Road Runners

62

4.42.21

Elaine Liddell

F

Lochaber AC

63

4.42.43

Cameron Lamond

MV40

Southern Navigators

64

4.42.56

Daniel Hawthorn

MV40

0

65

4.44.57

Keith Martin

MV50

Harmeny AC

66

4.46.32

Kirsty Robson

FV40

Metro Aberdeen RRC

67

4.46.54

Colin Fraser

MV40

0

68

4.48.29

Joan Wilson

FV50

Lomond Hill Runners AAC

69

4.48.49

Robin Livingstone

MV60

Hunters Bog Trotters

70

4.48.51

Dugald Robertson

MV40

Harmeny AC

71

4.48.57

Alan Welsh

MV50

Forfar Road Runners

72

4.49.11

Sarah Simpson

F

0

73

4.49.17

Marc Herbert

M

Stonehaven Running Club

74

4.49.38

Angus Kay

MV50

Harmeny AC

75

4.49.45

Euan Mackinnon

MV40

Carnethy Hill RC

76

4.50.30

Andrew Vincent

MV50

0

77

4.51.15

Charles Ritchie

MV60

Cambridge & Coleridge AC

78

4.51.19

David White

MV40

Helm Hill Runners

79

4.51.19

Kathleen Aubrey

FV50

Helm Hill Runners

80

4.53.03

Avril O’Donnell

F

Carnegie Harriers

81

4.53.43

Marie Entwistle

FV40

Deeside Runners

82

4.53.51

Simon Andrews

MV40

Lochaber AC

83

4.54.07

Pawel Rydzewski

M

0

84

4.54.47

Mark Mcalister

MV40

0

85

4.54.53

David Smith

MV50

0

86

4.56.59

Michael Mitchell

MV40

0

87

4.57.14

Chee Kong Chen

M

Metro Aberdeen RRC

88

4.57.30

Jane Douglas

FV40

Deeside Runners

89

4.58.22

Keith Headridge

MV40

Forfar Road Runners

90

4.58.47

Ian Ellis

MV50

0

91

5.01.30

Melanie Sinclair

FV40

Carnegie Harriers

92

5.01.50

James Richardson

MV40

0

93

5.03.37

Phyllis O’Brien

FV50

Hunters Bog Trotters

94

5.03.37

David Nightingale

MV60

Gala Harriers

95

5.07.42

Miles Newman

MV50

Deeside Runners

96

5.08.05

Sandy Dunn

MV50

Wee County Harriers

97

5.08.56

Jennifer Kostiuk

F

Stonehaven Running Club

98

5.09.05

Ausrine Ward

F

Kirkintilloch Olympians

99

5.10.48

Alistair Scoular

M

0

100

5.12.15

Kenneth Gourlay

MV40

0

101

5.13.37

Donna Pass

FV40

Forfar Road Runners

102

5.15.43

Simon Nash

MV50

Ochil Hill Runners

103

5.16.16

Mike Schneider

MV50

0

104

5.17.05

Claire Reilly

FV40

Moray Road Runners

105

5.17.19

Katie Henderson

F

Deeside Runners

106

5.17.35

Michael Yule

M

0

107

5.18.13

Rob Irvine

MV40

Cosmic Hillbashers

108

5.20.13

Joe Battle

MV50

Deeside Runners

109

5.22.44

Andrew Sim

MV40

Carnegie Harriers

110

5.23.17

Gordon Thomas Main

MV60

Nairn Road Runners

111

5.23.24

Angie Mackenzie

FV40

Forfar Road Runners

112

5.25.25

William Halliday

MV50

Mid Argyll Tri and Cycle

113

5.25.29

Krysia Smyth

F

Carnethy Hill RC

114

5.25.40

Chris Sim

M

0

115

5.25.50

Neil Fowler

MV50

Kilbarchan AAC

116

5.25.51

Graham Fowler

MV40

Fleet Feet Triathletes

117

5.26.36

Cheryl Cameron

FV40

Monday nighters

118

5.27.37

Jim Stalker

MV50

Lochaber AC

119

5.27.40

Colleen Black

F

Darkside

120

5.27.40

Roma McIntosh

FV40

Darkside

121

5.29.20

Sadie Kemp

F

Penicuik Harriers

122

5.29.53

Brian Howie

MV60

Carnethy Hill RC

123

5.30.48

Iain Beedie

MV40

Lomond Hill Runners AAC

124

5.32.57

David Stakes

MV50

Bellahouston Road Runners

125

5.33.36

Beverley Smith

FV50

Horsforth Harriers

126

5.34.12

Chris Golightly

MV40

Three Witches Racing Team

127

5.34.52

Andrew Torrance

M

The DarkSide

128

5.35.37

Neil Fuller

M

0

129

5.38.16

Neil Ramsay

M

0

130

5.39.14

Michael Watt

MV40

0

131

5.43.36

James Hamilton

MV40

Lochaber AC

132

5.44.11

Neil Laing

MV50

Moray Road Runners

133

5.47.46

Richard Emslie

M

0

134

5.49.14

Daniel Kershaw

M

0

135

5.49.38

Sharyn Morgan

FV40

Lochaber AC

136

5.51.40

Stephen Moul

MV40

0

137

5.51.40

Elizabeth McInally

FV50

Forfar Road Runners

138

5.53.04

Craig Douglas

MV40

0

139

6.02.09

Kirstin Grant

FV40

NRR

140

6.02.28

Colin Reid

MV40

Cosmic Hillbashers

141

6.07.45

Claire Allan

FV40

Stonehaven Running Club

142

6.11.34

Aileen Duncan

FV40

Lochaber AC

143

6.12.50

Michael Curtis

MV50

0

144

6.14.12

Pamela Paxton

FV40

Teviotdale Harriers

145

6.14.12

Kirsty Ash

FV40

Muckle Toon Jogger

146

6.16.51

Duncan Tunstsall

MV50

Deeside Runners

147

6.18.27

Fiona Thomson

F

Stonehaven running club

148

6.26.41

Bruce Hay

MV40

0

149

6.28.13

Mary Towns

FV40

Arbroath Footers RC

150

6.28.13

Tina Fowler

FV40

Arbroath Footers RC

151

6.38.18

Christopher Litherland

MV50

Gainsborough&Morton AC

152

6.47.02

Thomas Butler

MV40

Ochil Hill Runners

153

6.48.00

Peter Ritchie

MV50

Perth Road Runners

154

6.48.00

William Baird

MV50

Kirkintilloch Olympians

155

6.48.09

Jane Macleod

FV60

Pitreavie AAC

156

6.50.47

Alan Forbes

MV50

Pitreavie AAC

157

6.54.15

Mark Chapman

M

0

Hill of Fare

27/06/2015 Ran from west end of Raemoir up onto Craigrath and then continued on the track to the bothy where I turned right. Then it was into terrain to find a route back to the half hoos at the end of the track below Cragrath. This took 15′ of mixed terrain to get to there with a bit of a slog to regain height at the end. From there it was a lovely track run back. Finally enjoyable to run in just shorts and T and no need to carry any spare kit 🙂

No photos as I forgot the camera.

Invercauld

14/06/2015 Ran from Keiloch car park up to the Fog house (cp 28) then round below the crags on Craig Leek, across the track and up Meall Alvie (cp 30).It was a lovely day but the temperature was back to single figures and there was fresh snow on Lochnagar.

Broom Hill

I headed up the Capel Mounth to reach Broom Hill, overlooking Glen Clova. There are a lot of peat hags on the plateau, and I avoided them by following a grassy burn on to Dog Hillock and walking round the northern slope to reach Broom Hill. It was a much warmer day than of late, but quite dull. I got a great view of the fantastically named Juanjorge crags. I saw raven, buzzard, skylark, dipper, common gull, black-headed gull, redstart, lapwing, curlew, snipe, oystercatcher, swallow, house martin, ring ouzel and wheatear.

Creag Ghiubhais

Saturday 20th June parked in lay by on the South Deeside Road by the kissing gate and walked on a direct line to the ridge ,then the cairn following animal tracks for quite a bit of the climb. Good views from the top, a surprisingly pleasant cp.
Sent from my Fire

A slow and therefore long circuit of Ben Avon

A long day in which was not clear wheter Gaba, one of our Dogs or myself were most tired. I was definately waiting for him on the way down and he ignored a large herd of deer croosing just in front of us. Training coming good? Well cycled up to Slugan Ruin, a regular jaunt on route to the many rock and ice venues on Beinn a’Bhuird. A short steep push then cycled on tp the substantial new drain. From there headed to new ground for me up To Creag an Dael Beag. a fine spot made supurb by an eagle. Steep scree was then followed up to the rifge over two Muntoe tops to the summit of Leabaidh an Dambh Bhuidhe. a fine summit with once again thick mist.

A good path leeds down and would normally take you back to the bikes. But the drive to tick cp19 led me to traverse horizontally SW, over several rivers to eventually get to Dubh Lochan, which memmory tells me is a fine situation but was struggling for motivation as not obvious which was best way and much much time was wasted.

Inverey- and yet another eagle

Up to Inverey in chilly, but dry conditions. By bike up the glen, about an hour up to Altanour Lodge, with a stop at the Colonel’s Bed. This was another new glen for me, although I had been up as far as the Colonel’s Bed. I was surprised by the number of grassy areas, clearly old farmland as there were several old settlements up the glen. I then came back down and turned up the other track, leaving the bike at the last bend in the track to follow a narrow animal path on to the ridge to ascend Tom Anthon ( wrongly identified on the challenge site as Colonel’s Bed, but numbered CP 18). Stopping at one point to look for the summit, I was amazed to see a golden eagle swoop over my head, my second in just a week. There was a small cairn of quartz stones at the summit, with a nice view down to the Dee at the Quoich.

Longest day.

Well to be honest the weather not exactly helped re fulfilling dreams of high bivvis and watching the sun rise from the hills on the shortest night. C’est la vie but still keen to get some exercise in case offered a place on the Larig Gru,(which I Iwas but it had expired by the time I opened it….showing my age re modern communications).

Anyway re ticking points had always envisaged combining with climbs where possible and of all checkpoints, the Dubh Loch is the summer place to go. Jules Lines writes in his book about his conversation at by the Dubh Loch with Paul Williams, the late guide book writer for Snowdonia., who has always held that Clogwyn Du’r Arddu on Snowdon is the Mecca for British climbers, that following his ascent of Goliath on The Dubh Loch that it was indeed a better cliff.

So point 37 is perhaps the tick point for me for this year, but the weather has not neen helpfull and I had become moderately obsessed with Loch Buidhe, a place I had not noticed on the map before, and never visited. The weather won the argument and a bike to Glas-alt-Shiel, followed by some uphill work to the Falls of the Glasallt ( a tick point already ticked) then up a short steep slope to a high valley and west to Loch Buidhe. This turned out to be pleasantly runable, after the steep start, and the lochs (there is a tiny one as well) did not disappoint. The weather did and to be honest it felt like snow would soon be falling, The descent west and down to the Dubh Loch was a pleasure. The Creag an Dubh Loch looked dark and threatening, but will draw me back. The jog down passed many hikers all enjoying the summer weather.