Race reporter: Bill Breckenridge
Saturday 7th September saw the annual Ben Nevis Race take place on the outskirts of Fort William. 8 Harriers made the start line on a hot sunny day faced with the prospect of running (14k) and climbing (1360m) up Britain’s highest mountain.
Local hill running legend Finlay Wild had won this iconic race the previous 9 nine years and was aiming for 10 in a row! A remarkable achievement which he duly completed 1 hour 32 minutes and 5 seconds later. It was never in doubt, congratulations Finlay!
The race attracts runners from far and wide and none more so than our very own Bjorn Verduijn who dropped by from the Southern Hemisphere on his way to the Alps. Bjorn has a had a spectacular year cycling the length of South America, climbing just about any mountain he encountered and still managing to find time (and energy) to get married!! Congratulations to you and Sandra and great to see you back in the blue and gold.
The other notable achievement on the day was a fantastic 4thplace finish by Robert Simpson, mixing it with the best at the front of the field and finishing in 1.39. Next home for Shettleston in 43rdand just dipping under 2 hours was Steve Winter in 1.59 who lead the rest of the Shettleston contingent in a fairly tightly packed bunch all within 16 minutes of each other… Bill Breckenridge in 49th2.01, Ross Cruickshanks 58th2.03, Walter Henderson 81st2.09, Tj Pringle 96th2.12, Bjorn Verduijn 114th2.14, Iain Pender 123rd2.16.
There was post-race beer and merriment enjoyed that evening in the Glen Nevis Campsite followed by a ‘recovery run’ on the Sunday morning in our new pink race t-shirts!!
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