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Real Whackey Races Present:

‘Away you all go and take a run up the Clisham’
2100ft, 4miles

Saturday 13 July 2013 at 3pm

Away they all went and took a run up the Clisham!
Away they all went and took a run up the Clisham!

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 race turned out to be a tale of 2 Iain's, one a familiar face, MacCorquodale, adding some colour to the field by running in the blue vest of North Uist AAC, the other, not so well known about here, Iain Stewart of Glasgow club, Westerlands Cross Country Club.

Iain Stewart takes the win
Ian Stewart wins the race

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.

 Peigi McKellar wins the ladies race
Peigi McKellar wins the ladies race

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.

Neil and Catherine with their Cailleach and Bodach mugs
Neil and Catherine with their Cailleach and Bodach mugs

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

Place Name Cat Club Time to Top Time
1
Iain Stewart MS Westerlands
29.10
42.10
2
Iain MacCorquodale MS North Uist AAC
29.19
43.51
3
Manny Gorman MV Westerlands
32.06
47.12
4
Stuart Simpson MV Stornoway RAC
35.56
49.57
5
Peigi McKellar FJ Stornoway RAC
37.53
53.44
6
Neil MacRury MV50 Stornoway RAC
42.26
58.25
7
Alan Morrison MS Scalpay HR
40.43
58.31
8
Calum MacSween MV50 Scalpay HR
41.38
58.59
9
Angus McKellar MV40 Stornoway RAC
40.42
60.48
10
Michael Diver MV40 Clydesdale
37.17
63.28
11
Alex Sutherland MV60 Highland HR
43.25
64.28
12
Brian Brennan MV50 Westerlands
44.26
64.58
13
Stephen Smit MV50 Stornoway RAC
49.26
75.32
14
Catherine McLean FS Stornoway RAC
46.33
76.26
15
John Groom MV50 Balallan HR
46.44
76.42
16
Brenda Paul FS Westerlands
53.09
83.53

‘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
Time: 3pm

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, stuartsimpson06@aol.com

Enjoy the view - if you can!
Enjoy the view - if you can!