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Undulating terrain and a river crossing were just two of the challenges facing Lochaber athletes in their latest cross country outing.
The Drumfada chase race was the second in the Lochaber Athletics Club’s (LAC) winter league running series and attracted 80 runners of all ages.
The nine mile route combining hill and trail started at Greengates, Locheilside, with a hard two miles uphill, a fast descent on a wide trail, a river crossing which took first timers by surprise followed by an undulating section with views over Loch Eil then a steep descent to Annat.
This proved a highly competitive race with outstanding times.
Liam Hutson continued his good form to take pole position in a time of 47 minutes and 18 seconds. Second was Sean Cumming of Highland Hill Runners (HHR) two minutes behind with Francesco Cabrera also of HHR third in 50:23. Congratulations to Liam who, the previous day, broke the three-year Fort William Parkrun record, although this was on a modified course.
In fourth place was Ryan Mackay in 50:25 for LAC and first veteran over 40 – sixth overall – was LAC’s Alan Ross in 50:40. Stewart Wilson of HHR was first over 50 in 58:45.
Georgia Whyte continues to improve and was first woman in 58:34 in 28th position overall. Amanda Blackhall was second woman and first W50 in 61:41 with Lisette Walters third woman in 66:44 and just outsprinted at the end.
The club thanked the organisers.
The next race takes place this Sunday, December 5, at Beinn Bhan.
Photograph (NO_F49_LAC DRUMFADA CHASE 01): A large field set off on the Lochaber Athletic Club Drumfada Chase. Photograph: Iain Ferguson, alba.photos.