Russell and Kenny made their way to Brodick on tthe Isle of Arran by a mixture of planes, trains, ferry and automobile(well actually, no planes...) for the 2009 Goatfell Hill Race.
Goatfell was ominously 'missing' in the cloud on the sail over, but magically reappeared as the ferry docked at Brodick, as the sun made a welcome reappearance.
More than eighty runners set off along the mile or so run in the the foot of the hill where the climb starts up the rocky 'tourist' path. The last few hundred meters of ascent became 'hands-on' scrabbly stuff over the large granite boulders and the cloud reduced the visibility sufficiently that the route markers occasionally disappeared.
Russell ran a blinder, coming home in twelth place in 1'33" and collecting the M50 trophy.
Kenny finished strongly, crossing the line in 1'46", despite a small tumble on the way down.
In fact, it was one of the 'bloodiest' hill races seen for a while with something of a queue forming at first aid, and runners getting bandaged up and comparing blood streaked arms, legs and faces - but fortunatly nothing too serious.
The day was rounded off by a couple of pints of Arran Blonde at the Ormidale Hotel before the ferry trip back to the mainland - all in all, a grand day out....
Full results here.
SHR race report here.
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