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Next Meet

"Wild Camping"

1st - 3rd March 2013

Next Social

AGM. Portland D136.

Thursday 14th March
8.00 pm

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This year 3 pairs from the club entered the Lowe Alpine Mountain Marathon, held at Glen Fyne in the Southern Highlands. We received a welcome email from Chris just before we set off. Despite being in Chamonix he appeared to know far more about what was going on than those who were actually competing and informed us that Lou was also running and that there would be free LAMM beer at the finish.


Thankfully Haydn and Sean were able to drive us up on the Friday sparing us a hellish coach journey.

The decision to head up in convoy was soon abandoned as Ben insisted that Haydn stop off at a Nursery School along the way. Sean's car was also delayed after Greg was forced to make an urgent call to the SU Safety Officer.

Haydn and Ben had been reading a lot about fell running on the internet and were especially keen to make sure they were well hydrated and carb loading before the event started. This naturally involved numerous toilet stops along the way, including one in a particularly uninviting laybay just outside Glasgow. Despite being sensible enough to avoid the first pitfall I did become rather nervous about my low carbohydrate intake and was guilt tripped into buying very expensive bread and pasta dishes in motorway service stations along the way.

Arriving at the event brought us back to reality somewhat. We soon noticed that we were the only ones laughing, not wearing outdoor clothes and generally looking like we were having a good time.


After being bussed to the start of the B course and a mad scramble to mark the checkpoints on our map we were off. The weather was fantastic on the first day and it all ended with a thrilling sprint finish.

We chose the worst possible place to locate our tent at the midcamp with numerous tussocks making the ground anything but flat and even. I discovered the virtues of sleeping bags (having not packed one in a bid to save weight) and had a terrible night's sleep. We were woken at 5.30am by the delightful fellow pictured below.

Greg and Brannock had a bit of a disapoiniting day, knackering ourselves out on the first climb, losing more time with Brannock's rather slow running downhill and Greg's cramps, for some stupid reason at the end of the day we put our tent next to Ben and Phil's on possibly the worst bit of ground available.


After a dreadful start where a schoolboy error cost us about an hour we actually had a pretty strong day. Ben was no longer suffering from the cramp that had plagued him the day before and I had enough energy to do a jig on the top of my 99th Munro. The final descent to the finish was definately a highlight where, using a combination of bum sliding, jumping as well as a little running, we were able to make up a fair amount of time.

Brannock and Greg got an early start courtesy of the piper, and made up for time lost on the first day moving quickly. There was some great nav by Greg and a great run to the finish where Lou cheered us over the finishing line.

The LAMM beer did live up to the hype, so much so that we made Haydn drive us to the brewery to get more. As I am writing this I am staring at the empty bottles forlornly.

Thanks once again to Sean and Haydn for driving. All in all fell running really isn't as bad as it sounds.

The results are as follows:

B Category
45th - Ben and Phil (6th in the University competition)
Honourable Retirement - Haydn and Sean

C Category
73rd - Greg and John (5th in the University competition)

D Category
19th - Lou and Katherine Young (2nd highest all-female team in the category)

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