(Photo above taken by Fiona Rennie)Last year I was at BoO in 50 minutes, this year in 57 minutes and felt I was controlling the pace reasonably well. I had told my support, my parents again, to not bother with BoO and just go to the Ski Centre. In hindsight I wish I had asked them to go to BoO, even just so I could change my kit. So, I ran straight through BoO and onto the climb up onto the hill above the Hotel. I had to stop for a pee on the climb, where a few others, including Kirsty (from the By the Way) passed me. I played catch up on the decent to Victoria Bridge and passed them while approaching forest lodge. The crowd at the bottom of the hill were all wrapped up in scarfs, nets and anything else they could use to protect themselves. The midges here were horrendous. A couple of people shouted my name but I had no idea who it was as it was muffled from being wrapped up!! All the supporters had my sympathy today as at Bridge of Orchy and Victoria Bridge the midges were hellish. The only way to avoid them, was to outrun them. I felt good coming down the hill but on the gradual climb on the Black Mount from Forest Lodge I began to feel very hot again and suddenly very tired. More people began to pass me on the wide open sections including Dave, Ian (Minty), Katrina and Kirsty. I tried to keep up but my legs only had one gear today. I began to catch up a bit on the final climb up to the cairn on the Mount but not enough to pass anyone, but it was a wee bit of progress which worked wonders on my morale. On the decent I met the ever smiling Sandra on her way out to meet Ian. I met Sandra a few times on the route with Susan Gallacher, who were both supporting Ian today. At the top of the hill I sent a text to my mum to get my shorts and a lighter top ready at the Ski Centre Checkpoint.
Well Done to Robert Soutar who won the RS50 today!