Winter League Cow Hill Race

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Runners were back for their first race in 18 months when they took part in the Winter League Cow Hill Race at Fort William at the weekend.

A virtual league was held last year when runners ran the race route and sent their times in. However, on a bright dry morning, runners were obviously happy to be back in the races.

There was a record turnout of 87 runners for this first race of the season which started in Braveheart car park, ran up the forestry track, up the Cow Hill, turned off on the track on the right near the top, descended to the Sugarloaf and tracked round the Cow Hill.

This was followed by a steep ascent to the Cow Hill mast and a steep fast descent from the top on to the peat track across bog and back to Braveheart.

Many welcome new faces, men and women, made this race an unknown quantity and too hard to call.

More action from the first Lochaber Athletic Club race of the Winter League, which was started from the Braveheart Car Park in Glen Nevis. Photograph: Iain Ferguson, alba.photos NO F46 LAC WINTER LEAGUE RACE 03
Runners striode out in the first Lochaber Athletic Club race of the Winter League, which was started from the Braveheart Car Park in Glen Nevis. Photograph: Iain Ferguson, alba.photos
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However, George Fisher, Lochaber Athletic Club (LAC), came home first by more than a minute in 38 minutes, 51 seconds, with Alex Hill, unattached, second in 39:54 and the ever-improving Alan Ross in third place in 41:15 and first male 40.

First male 50 was Stewart Wilson of Highland Hill Runners (HHR), 22nd, in 47:46 and first male 60 was Don Reid, 40th, of Westerlands in, 52:57.

Hill running champion Caroline Marwick of HHR was first woman, 20th overall, in 47:14, with Hannah Ward-Rennie of HHR second in 49:15 and third was first home runner Georgia White (LAC) in 49:48.

First F50 was Amanda Blackhall, LAC, in 52:20. The turnout of women of all ages made this a close and exciting hill race.

Junior runners also enjoyed being back, with the first of four junior winter league races also getting under starters orders.

Races were in under 11, under 13 and under 17 age categories.

First home in the under 11 boys over the 1,600m trail course was Aaron Tresidder with a fast run of seven minutes and 58 seconds. He was followed by brother Kai in 9:44, Merry Wells in 10:05 and Rhuaridh Cant in 10:46.

Lily Cant set a fast pace in the under 11 girls event, racing home in 8:39. In the under 13 boys race, Ossian Bellshaw clocked a speedy 14:09 on the 3,200m course with Angus Davies racing home in 16:41 and Joshua McIntyre close behind on 16:49.

Maddison MacMillan continued her fine form with a first place in the under 13 girls in 14:04, also over 3,200 metres, with Isla Cant on 14:14 and Talia Ham in third place.

Dylan Martin ran the under 17 course over 5km in an impressive time of 17:47.

CAPTION:

A large field of runners took part in the first Lochaber Athletic Club race of the Winter League, which was started from the Braveheart Car Park in Glen Nevis. Photograph: Iain Ferguson, alba.photos

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