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Real Whackey Races Present:
‘Away you all go and take a run up the Clisham’
Saturday 13 July 2013 at 3pm
16 assembled at the bottom of the 'Magic Mountain' for the inaugural 'Up the Clisham' race with one runner Michael Diver arriving from Clydebank on his bike (Michael is the gentleman who every year, on the first Sat in September, cycles up to Fort William from Clydebank on the Fri night, does the Ben Nevis race on the Saturday, then cycles over to Elgin on Sat evening, runs the Moray marathon on the Sunday, then cycles back to Clydebank). A good mixture of locals and those visiting the island also including Manny Gorman, a Scotish Hill running legend for his 2009 60 day circumnavigation of all of Scotlands Corbetts.
The 2 Iain's set a blistering pace across the bone dry moor to reach the summit in just over 29mins with only 10 seconds seperating the Glasgow runner from the North Uist representative. Iain S proved the Stronger on the challenging 2100ft descent crossing the finish line in 42.10, followed by 'Corky' in 43.51. A third pace to Mr Corbetts, Manny Gorman in 47.12 who moaned afterwards about his legs being tired on the day - well Manny if your gonna run everything in Harris over 500ft in the 3 days before the race your legs will be tired, he will not listen to reason this man, but is highly effective at raising funds for Mountain Rescue teams with his exploits.
The ladies race saw an equally impressive performance from Peigi McKellar to come home in 53.44. I would say her sub 16 min descent was even more impressive than her 37.53 climb. SRAC runner Catherine McLean coming home as second to win a mug that was intend for the first Vet Female, unusual for a hill race their were no Female Vets.
Impressive to see all runners making the summit in under 54 mins, although the less experienced did struggle on what is about as tricky a descent as you will find in a hill race. Good to see 2 members of the newly constituted (an hour before the race to be precise) island running club, Scalpay Hill Runners, those Calbost Harriers better keep their eyes open for them.
A thank you to all for making this race happen. Particular thanks need to go to Sean Z for his support in this venture before, after and during the race and the memebrs of HebSAR who volunteered to Marshall the event, and finally to the Marshall at the summit who provided the apres race entertainment by the first descent on a push bike of An Cliseam.
Next hill race on the island will be the Harris Mountain Festival hill race at Rhenigidale on Sat 14 Sept and I suspect that last years 'unoffical' winning time of 74mins is going to get a little obliterated if the reports of whos coming over for it are accurate.
‘Away you all go and take a run up the Clisham’ Result
‘Away you all go and take a run up the Clisham’ - 2100ft, 4miles
The perfect way to end the Half Marathon season by doing a real running race! For those naïve to hill running equivalent to 8 mile road run.
A leading academic, myself, has produced some ‘scientific research’ that shows beyond question that doing this race shall improve your times on road races by 7.19%.
Course shall be partially marked, fully body kit required and shall be checked at race start. Quickest time that organiser is aware of is just under 53mins.
Date: 13 July 2013
Start: "No Dumping" sign on the M1 at the bottom of the Magic Mountain (parking at start reserved for race officials and Search and Rescue)
Registration: Scaladale Centre 1.30-2.30pm
Entry: £5 (all proceeds to HebSar)
Age Limit: Over 15 on race day only
Contact details: Stuart Simpson 07774398719, email@example.com