Well done to Mike TELFER and Dave WISEMAN who tackled this monster on Saturday, 30th April. Here is a report on the event by Mike:
A small group of us travelled up to Glasgow this weekend to compete in the Highland Fling. The race covers the first half of the West Highland Way from Milngavie up to Tyndrum. Although I’ve now done a few ‘long’ runs this was my first attempt at an Ultra race.
In its 53 miles the course winds it’s way through a fantastic diverse range of countryside. Approximately 450 competitors have a staggered start heading out the leafy suburb of Milngavie on smooth low land tracks then climb up Conic Hill after about thirteen miles to provide spectacular views over Loch Lomond.
After a rapid descent you spend the next few hours following a mixture of forest track and tortuous twisty, rocky/boulder strewn paths along the side of the Loch (don’t be fooled into thinking this may be flat!). Eventually with great relief you reach Bein Glas at the top of the Loch, the countryside widens out and you then start climbing upwards in the direction of Crianlarich. Although ‘relatively’ easy running/walking this last section seems to take an awful long time until you eventually drop into Tyndrum to be welcomed by the Piper at the finish line!
It’s a fantastic, well organised event with a great atmosphere. The excellent ‘drop bag’ system enables runners to confidently participate without the need of a support crew.
Furthermore for the mere £20.00 it costs to enter you get a quality ‘goody’ bag, which contains your medal, beer, wine and a shirt. I doubt there is an event anywhere that gives better value per mile!! We had a great day with glorious weather and running conditions and would recommend it to anyone!
Results were Mike Telfer 10hrs21mins (73rd) and Dave Wiseman 11hrs09mins (133rd). More information at www.highlandflingrace.org/