Nine Shettleston Harriers made the trip to the Resipole Farm Holiday Park in the Ardnamurchan Peninsula for the last race of the Scottish Hill Running Championships, Beinn Resipol. Our very own David Houston and Co. (emphasis on ‘Co.’ as a lot of effort was put into organising by David and Claire’s families, David and Claire themselves, friends, neighbours and many more I have probably missed) have once again put together an absolutely brilliant event which this year also hosted the Scottish Hill Runners Award Ceremony and Dinner.
Unfortunately due to calendar clashes some of the club talent was otherwise engaged or not available to race. Nonetheless, a serious effort was made by all who attended, whether it be running, making sandwiches, cocktails, hedgehogs, taking down the event tent or all of the above.
The race itself was muddy, windy and wet with thick clag up top…in other words, perfect conditions for any Scottish hill runner worthy of the denomination.
John Connaghan, on his course debut raced brilliantly as always, coming 13th overall and 2nd Vet40 in 1:18:56.
Bill Breckenridge, not too bad himself, finished 17th in 1:22:08 but sadly missed the V50 podium being the 4th home in his category. Stephen Winter followed closely and was next home with a time of 1:22.14 – 18th overall and 3rd Vet40.
Ross Cruickshanks (22nd) and Iain Pender (23rd) may have been practicing synchronised hill running and crossed the finish line with times of 1:24:13 and 1:24:32 respectively.
‘Local’ gent and all-round entertainer Alastair Pringle, TJ (as he is known in the cocktail-making scene) finished 37th (1:30:35) and even got the scars to prove it!
Graham Ramsay was next Shettleston Harrier to finish (72nd overall) in 1:56:18, followed by the club’s Portuguese contingent Rodrigo Reis (101st) in 1:58.10 and the only lady who braved the weather and the drive along the A82, the evergreen Susan Breckenridge (pictured below) who was 7th F50 and 120th overall in a time of 2:10:13, still jumping and smiling for photographs at the end of the race.
It’s also worth mentioning it was PBs all round by Bill, Stephen, TJ, Graham and quite a spectacular one by Mrs Breckenridge who shaved just under 30 mins off her previous race time. The mens’ race was won by James Espie of Deeside in a new course record and Jill Stephen of HBT was victorious in the ladies’ race.
Also worth a mention is the fact this race supports a number of charities like Ewen’s Room and Active Schools Ardnamurchan. The race winners are presented with a trophy donated by the Ewen’s Room charity, which aims at raising awareness for mental health challenges. Please see the event page www.benresrace.co.uk for details and a donation if you’re feeling generous.
Thank you to Rodrigo Reis for the race report.
A full end of the Year Report will appear soon with all the details about the Hill Runners 2018 Season.
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