The Highland Fling
Saturday also saw the start of the 14th Highland Fling, a 53 mile trail race that takes place every year in April. The race route follows the first 53 miles of the West Highland Way footpath from Milngavie to Tyndrum, along Loch Lomond and through The Trossachs National Park and has 7500ft of climb. The trail sections vary greatly in nature, going from smooth hard-packed man-made paths, to undulating runnable sections, to technical rock and tree root dominated terrain where you need to use your hands as often as your feet! Like the Fellsman this is an unsupported event where no external support is allowed. Again the weather wasn’t kind to runners this year and delivered torrential rain for the majority of the race making the technical sections very slippery and turning the paths into rivers. Entrants must qualify for the event and then, assuming the qualification criteria is met, they are invited to enter a ballot for the 1000 available places. There is a strict cut off of 15 hours to complete the race. Claire Baker completed the race in 11 hours 9 minutes finishing 26th lady and in 207th place overall.
For anybody interested in this event I would definitely recommend it. The organisation is fantastic and the scenery is stunning (when the weather permits you to see it).