Flinging In The Rain
As host to the 2019 Scottish Ultra Trail Championships, our race preview highlighted this was going to be a fierce competition. The top five raced to the line leaving those of us waiting at the finish unsure of who was going to hit the red carpet first.
John Hammond (Carnethy) threw down the gauntlet from the gun, already strides ahead through the Main Street in Milngavie. By Beech Trees he was four minutes up on second place, which became six minutes over Conic Hill. Sam Humphrey (Victoria Park Harriers) and Toby Chapman (Bournemouth AC) ran together from the early stages and the podium trio never changed for the duration of the 53 miles.
As always, some of the over-zealous runners paid the price for the fantasy ‘race to Drymen' and fell back on the leaderboard by Balmaha. Local runners Scott Craighead, Stuart Paterson, Graham Connelly, Marco Consani and David McLure battled along the lochside for the remainder of the Scottish Championship Medals.