Lochaber’s Finlay Wild wins Nevis hill race
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.’
Winner Dr Finlay Wild, No 179, as the Half Ben Race begins.