Tuesday 22 August 2006

Ultra Tour du Mont Blanc

25th/26th August 2006
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The race was won in 21 hours 6 minutes 6 seconds by 58-year old Italian Marco Olmo.
First lady was French Lafuma-sponsored athlete Karine Herry in 25 hours 22 minutes 20 seconds.
Youngest lady to finish was 22-year old Alice Garnier who I climbed Triglav with in September 2005.
My race was a bit of a disaster. I had to drop out almost immediately with excrutiating lower back pain, and only made it as far as Les Contamines, which couldn't arrive soon enough given how much my back was hurting. Arriving in Les Contamines was exactly like a Tour de France mountain stage where the riders enter a parting sea of thousands of people making an unbelievable level of noise. Unfortunately I was in no fit state to enjoy the occasion, and was only interested in catching the first bus back to Chamonix.
Ultra Tour du Mont Blanc Ultra Tour du Mont Profile
Marco Olmo - Race Winner Nemeth Csaba in 2nd place Vincent Delebarre in 3rd place Torrential Rain on Saturday Afternooon Stephen Pyke - 1st British runner Karine Herry - 1st Lady Marc and Simone Kayer from Luxembourg - joint 36th place Dave Atkinson of Northumberland Fell Runners - 3rd British runner in 41st place Finishing Area on Sunday Morning Mime Artist in Chamonix

Photos from Murdo McEwan:
Topher Gaylord at the start Murdo McEwan at the finish Alice Garnier at the prize-giving

Saturday 19 August 2006

Lowsy Point, Barrow-in-Furness

Sunset at Lowsy Point near Barrow-in-Furness, looking across Duddon Sands to Black Combe.
Level Crossing Track to Scarth Bight and Lowsy Point Scarth Bight Marshland Signpost - Cumbria Coastal Way Beach Hut at Lowsy Point Gateway to beach at Lowsy Point Sunset at Lowsy Point Sunset at Lowsy Point Sunset at Lowsy Point

Sunday 13 August 2006

Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival

12th August 2006
Tartan Heart
Nothing to do with hills or hill racing.
Tent City Phoineas Hill Tartan Heart

Abernethy 10-mile Road Race

12th August 2006
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Simon Pride (Speyside Way record holder) romped away with an easy win at Abernethy 10-mile road race, finishing in 53:49 - more than 4 minues clear of second placed Doug Ross of Mansfield Harriers (57:59).
The ladies race was won by Julia Henderson of Helensburgh in 66:29.
I finished 10th in 62:25, my slowest ever 10-mile road race.
Profile of the race Pipe Band Competition Simon Pride opening up an early lead Group jostling for position Carl Pryce of Cosmics Muffy Calder Sprint for the line with Dave Atkin Julia Henderson Simon Pride Finishing Straight Muffy Calder
Some of the photos courtesy of Forres Harriers

Sunday 6 August 2006

Helensburgh Half Marathon

6th August 2006
Pretty tired after getting back late last night from Les Deux Alpes in France. Just about kept awake to finish the mainly flat course in 1:25:40. The race was won by Allan Adams of Clydesdale. Second was David Millar of Irvine, and 3rd was Alastair Morrison of Dumbarton. The ladies race was won by Julia Henderson of Helensburgh. Second was Dhavala Stott of Sri Chinmoy, and 3rd was Alison Winship of Garscube.
Profile of the race Finishing area Finishing area