Thursday 1 March 2018

Glentress Trail Races Report - 24th & 25th February

Paul Nichol report from Facebook for the Saturday Races (Half Marathon & 10km)
Thought I'd put a wee word down about the Glentress Half (12.6 miles?) on Saturday where we had 3 Moorfoots representing, Alexandra Nisbet, Colin Williams and me. We were able to get a photo at the start and then Colin was off like a rat up a drainpipe. I managed to run some of the way with Alex which was nice. I thought I would be smart and try and reccy the course on the previous Wednesday but clearly my map reading skills are still rubbish as most of the route up to the Buzzards nest was a surprise. After that was better although there was a lot of climb and we hit the snow line close to the mast where the descent begun properly. Although there were a few surprise climbs thrown in by the course. Good to hit the downhill from the buzzards nest and hit the finish in 2.05. Looking at the results Alex was 14th F in 2.06 and Colin was 10th and 1st MV40 in 1.40. I was 6th MV 50 which is some kind of PB for me. All in all a good day for the club with Ruth McKean coming in as 1st F in the 10K.

Colin adds:
These races are proving very popular with almost 1,000 racing the three events over the weekend!

Ruth McKean excelled again winning the 10km in 44:58 - 1st woman, 3rd overall according to the results, but awarded 1st prize overall as first to finish the course properly. The two in front did a detour.

Also racing on the Sunday in his first race as a Moorfoot was Simon Hammond racing the two lap marathon, finishing in a very credible 15th place in a time 4:16:07.  The second lap is the killer - I did it in 2016 so can testify. Well done!

Full results:
Half Marathon, (2,500ft, 750m ascent) 478 ran

10km, (1,000 ft, 330m ascent) 285 ran

Marathon, (5,000ft, 1,500m ascent - OUCH!) 170 finishers + 13 DNF,

Photos can be found via the race organisers Facebook page

Alex, Colin & Paul before the start
Colin & Ruth at the finish
Marathoners at the summit on the Sunday - Could be Simon, who knows?

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