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Wild weather and transport problems meant the odds were stacked against the running of this year’s annual Ben Resipole Race on Saturday September 14.
Technical issues with the Corran Ferry meant early morning sailings on the day of the race were cancelled, leaving many participants struggling to reach the start point, let alone the summit.
At 1pm though, with the ferry back on and runners ready for the off, summit marshal Angus Mackay radioed to say conditions were breezy but not dangerous and the runners were off.
First place went to Sam Alexander in a time of 01:13:55, with Elvin Laugier second and Luke Taylor third.
Angela Mudge was the first woman home in 01:27:27. Angela had been first in 2017 and second in 2018. Second place went to CJ Macphail and third to Suzy Devey.
Twenty four runners completed the race. It was the fifth Resipole run for Nathan Martin, Stu Crutchfield and Neil Waslidge, with several more runners attending for the third or fourth time.
An after race lunch was provided by Ewen’s Room with soup from the Ardshealach and those staying on for the evening enjoyed a meal and traditional music.
This year’s race raised more than £600 to be split between Ewen’s Room and Ardnamurchan Active Schools.
Race marshall Angus Mackay said: ‘This race simply would not happen without the help of the Resipole community. From marshalling, to course-marking, time-keeping, putting up the marquees and making and serving the food, it’s an extra special event with extra special volunteers. We would also like to thank the Real Food Cafe for its ongoing support and prizes for the race.’
The date for the 2020 race is Saturday September 19.
First male and female runners home were Sam Alexander and Angela Mudge. Photograph: Chris Houston.