At the check point Frank helped fill my bottle again and I got a chocolate brownie. I took a couple of minutes to massage my foot and ran on best I could. I was still hoping for around 5 hours but couldn't be sure of my pacing. Running downhill now you get the full view of how high we climbed earlier in the day. A couple of runners passed, not going much faster than me. Then approaching the Viaduct I heard 'you went out too fast again Colin!!'. It was Sandra telling me off. I felt like a naughty school boy for a moment! I managed to keep sight of Sandra and another runner for a while as we decended towards Lochearnhead. I met alot of people for the first time today and the next was Elaine Sandeman. Elaine passed me on her bike looking for Donald. We said hi as we introduced ourselves and i wished I had asked for a backie. The steep decent on the tarmaced bike path was bleedin agony on my sore foot so I decided to take 2 ibrophen, which didn't kick in until the CP at Kingshouse. I filled my bottle for the last time here and had a cup of coke. Just as I was about to leave a group arrived including Terry and Susan Addison. I headed off before them and it wasn't until the old stone bridge in Balquhidder that they caught and passed me with two others.
I managed to keep them in sight all the way to the finish, well Susan anyway. I lost sight of Terry and thought he had stopped for a pee. At the end I saw him and he told me he decided to leg it down the last hill. My foot was killing me but on the last decent I passed one runner who looked done in. Susan was just in front but I couldn't catch her before the line, finishing seconds in front.
I finished in 5 hours 18 minutes and 11 seconds.
Not what I had hoped for but happy considering my foot was throbbing. I still felt positive and my legs still had miles in them. Met a few people at the finish and we all said our well dones. Back on the Tartan track earlier a guy had passed me and saw me limping and when he turned to see if I was ok nearly came a cropper by slipping on the edge of the path. It's good to know runners look after their own. I met him at the finish. He was Andy McHendry (2 minutes in front of me). I recognised the name as he had finished a few points in front of me in the SUMS this year. So if your reading this long and winding tale, it was good to meet you today. I headed back to my car, got changed and headed back into Strathyre for my free soup and tea. On the way I nipped back to the finish to see who was still to finish and just as I got there heard someone up on the bridge shout 'here comes Ray'. Ray finished in just over 6 hours. Top man. Well done to Karen Robertson today for not running 'her race' today, but instead ran with a clubmate new to Ultra running, a fantastic gesture. They finished in just under 6.5 hours. I hope he enjoyed his first of many too come ultras. Glad to hear Karen D finished safely after hurting her foot and ankle. So well done to us runners today. If I forgot to mention you, sorry. Leave me a comment, and I will. At the top end of the field Paul Raistick blew everyone away with an awesome run. There were also fantastic runs by Paul Giblin, Lucy Colquhoun, Robert Soutar, Gavin Harvie (who ran another event the next day!) and Bob Steel amongst others. Well done and thanks to Bill and Mike and their team of marshalls and helpers today, it was a fantastic event.
My application for the WHW race is in, so fingers crossed. I've entered the Cateran and my Fling and Devil entries will follow before the end of the year. I'm hoping to get a place in next years Glenmore 24 or 12 as well, so next year shaping up. Bring it on!!