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The first hill championship race in 18 months was back on Saturday with the first of the Scottish Hill Runners’ championship events at Dollar.
A scenic 15 km run with 960 metres of ascent in cloudless and scorching conditions proved a real heat test with more than 200 of Scotland’s top hill runners taking part.
Lochaber Athletic Club’s contingent were just glad to be back out on the hill though and were rewarded with some outstanding performances.
The ever-improving Andrew Barrington, fresh from a fifth place in the long Lairig Ghru race in June, finished seventh in one hour 21 minutes and seven seconds in a very competitive field.
Next up for Lochaber was former junior north cross country champion Callum Fraser in 35th place in 1:30:26.
Callum seemed happy with his run as he had not raced for well over a year. Matt MacDonald was close behind in 42nd place in 1:32:35.
First vet for Lochaber was Gregor Davidson who was 65th overall in an impressive 1:41:06, with vet Ben Dodman close behind in 1:45:07.
The Lochaber women’s challenge started with Amanda Blackhall 10th woman overall and second in her W50 category in 1:50:05. Amanda has proved to be one of the leading and most enthusiastic runners for Lochaber AC over the years and this must rank as one of her best races on the hill.
Isla Mackay also had a good run to finish in 1:56:23.
Hill racing is back and runners can enter most hill races on EntryCentral; several are fully booked already but applications can be made to be placed on the waiting lists.
Runners are advised to book races well in advance as there are limited race numbers due to current health restrictions.