Lochaber’s Fin­lay Wild wins Ne­vis hill race

The Oban Times - - Sport -

LOCHABER Ath­letic Club held its an­nual Half Ben Race on July 2.

The race is part of LAC’s Triple Hir­ple se­ries, in­clud­ing Me­lantee and Cow Hill.

The races are spon­sored by Lochaber Em­broi­dery And Print­ing and Cotswold.

There was a good turn out of 70 run­ners from a num­ber of clubs as far away as Hast­ings.

The race starts from Clag­gan Park, Fort Wil­liam and as­cends to half way up Ben Ne­vis, a 670 me­tres as­cent and 9.6km dis­tance, by the tourist track, returning the same way.

The course has evolved in re­cent years to avoid ero­sion on the ‘Grassy Bank’ and new fences cut out a num­ber of short­cuts.

Cool misty con­di­tions made for good run­ning con­di­tions. First home in the se­nior male cat­e­gory was mul­ti­ple Ben Ne­vis Race win­ner Lochaber AC’s Fin­lay Wild in a time of 52:05. Sec­ond was James Espie of Dee­side Run­ners in 54:49. Third was the rapidly im­prov­ing Steven Traill in 57:27 (LAC).

Amanda Black­hall (LAC) won the ladies and FV40 prize in 1:14:05, closely pur­sued by (Mrs) Sarah Mac­don­ald (LAC). Jo Smith (LAC) was third lady.

A spokesper­son for the club said: ‘Thanks to the Hirlple’s spon­sors LEAP and Cotswold, and the many helpers and spec­ta­tors.’

Photo: Abright­side Pho­tog­ra­phy.

Win­ner Dr Fin­lay Wild, No 179, as the Half Ben Race be­gins.

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