Monday 14 June 2021

Blair Castle Trail Weekender

The inaugural Blair Castle Trail Weekender took place on the 5th & 6th of June 2021. The blurb says:

Staged within the grounds of the iconic Blair Castle on the Atholl Estate, this Scottish Athletics fully licenced weekend of trail running has races from 5km right up to the 58km 'Full Tilt Ultra'.
All respective races start at the event village before runners make their way past the castle and into the stunning Diana's Grove which feature the tallest Japanese larch and Red fir in Britain.
From here on out, depending on your choice of race, runners either loop round past Hercules Gardens and back to the start, fork off up the winding Glen Tilt or head toward the 1009m high summit of Ben Dearg.

There was a great showing over a scorching hot weekend, especially among some of the clubs newest members, Milan, Jen and Dorien who have all moved to the valley in the last few months.

Milan Misak, Colin Williams and Simon Hammond took part in the 30km (well actually 31.5km / 19.7 miles) up and down Ben Dearg. Milan won it in 2:37:50, Colin 4th in 2:47:03, and Simon 15th in 2:58:13. Huge congrats to Milan on brilliant run.

On the Sunday Jen Misak took on the Full Tilt 37 mile ultra with 7,283ft ascent! (60km/ 2,220m) while it was Milan's turn to look after baby Freddie, and finished 4th woman. More fantastic running

See modestly commented:

Fabulous route over two munros with amazing views, and the star wars filming centre. Pretty warm, but good amount of water on course. Pleased with the finish on not much longer training, 4th woman (not many) . Lovely to see Milan and Freddie half way round.

Another new Moorfoot Dorien Kimenai did the 10k and had a strong run too, great going.

Dearg Up n' Doon - 30km Results
Hercules Garden - 10km Results 
Full Tilt Ultra - 60km Results

Simon, Milan, Colin

Jen with Freddie half way