Sixty-eight runners compete in Aonach Mor race

AONACH MOR UPHILL RACE 13/4/19 Picture John O’Neill

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On a beautiful April day, runners faced the gruelling the Aonach Mor Uphill race at Nevis Range.

The wind was strong and just too much for the gondola at Nevis Range to be running so an alternative course was used for this year’s race.

The change of route meant all 68 competitors had to complete 5k with 310m of ascent before descending back to the Pinemartin Cafe.

Eoin Lennon, from Highland Hill Runners, was in fine form and came storming home in first place in a time of 24:26, ahead of unattached Samuel Arroyo del Álamo, in 24:54. Third place was Sam Alexander, of Westerlands, in 25 minutes exactly.

The first junior, in an amazing fifth overall, was Angus Wright, from Team East Lothian, on holiday in the Highlands from North Berwick in a time of 25:55.

Catriona Morrison, of Highland Hill Runners, was first lady in a time of 29:22, followed by teammate Diana MacDonald in 30:26. Third lady was Megan Wright, from Highland Bog Trotters, in a time of 33:52.

Full results available on the Off Beat Bikes website.

The next race in the Off Beat hill running series is the Glencoe Mountain Uphill Running Race on Saturday June 8.