Athletes brave the elements over festive period

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While everyone around them was eating leftover turkey and nursing New Year ails, Lochaber Athletics Club continued to celebrate the festive season in its own traditional style.

A cold north wind greeted Lochaber Athletic Club’s Boxing Day runners as they lined up for the annual cross-country run from Torlundy to the summit of Cruim Leacainn, a distance of 10.5 kilometres along the muddy remains of General Wades Military Road, over bog and heather to the summit and back.

Visiting Spanish Highland Hill Runner Francisco J Cabrera headed the field in a time of 48.27 minutes, closely followed by local runners, Iain Foggo, 48.41, and Peter Wilson, 49.10.

Isla MacKay was first female home in 55.50 minutes and the Moynihan pair of Edie and Eilidh were not far behind in 57 and 58.11 respectively. Sixty six runners completed the course with much jostling for position in the various veteran categories further back in the field.

Everyone came home safely to an excellent, socially distanced, outdoor buffet where muddy tales were related and plans made for the club’s next fixture – the Aonach Mor Uphill race on New Year’s Day.

Conditions were terrible for this one and an alternative course was run. Everyone involved agreed it was a great way to begin the new year nonetheless.

A total of 93 runners took part, with Finlay Wild and Andrew Douglas battling it out for the win with the former coming home first in 23 minutes and 50 seconds.

Jill Stephen of Hunters Bog Trotters had a fantastic run, taking home first female in a time of 29:53.

Results

Top 3 males: 1 Finlay Wild 23:50; 2 Andrew Douglas 24:15; 3 Robin Howie 25:40.

Top 3 females: 1 Jill Stephen 29:53; 2 Majka Kunicka 31:34; 3 Helen Leigh 32:44.

Competitors in Lochaber Athletic Club’s ‘Riverbank Splodge’ in Glen Nevis. Photograph: Iain Ferguson, alba.photos. NO_F02_LAC RIVERBANK SPLODGE 02

Last Sunday, January 9, the club was back on the Winter League trail with the Glen Nevis Riverside Splodge.

Starting from Achriabach, the race lived up to its name with 64 athletes enjoying a wet run down to Claggan Park. Lochaber Athletic Club’s George Fisher came home first in the men’s section while Highland Hill Runner Caroline Marwick was the ladies number one.

Sixty four athletes took part in Sunday’s splodge. Photograph: Iain Ferguson, alba.photos. NO_F02_LAC RIVERBANK SPLODGE 01

Results

Top 3 males: 1 George Fisher 40:42; 2 Andrew Barrington 42:40; 3 Allan Ross 42:46.

Top 3 females: 1 Caroline Marwick 50:04; 2 Monica Padilla 50:23; 3 Edie Moynihan 52:45.

Main photograph: Members of Lochaber Athletic Club burnt off the Christmas calories in their Boxing Day Cruimm Leaccain (Winter League) race at Torlundy. Photograph: Iain Ferguson, alba.photos. NO_F02_LAC BOXING DAY RUN 01