The 3rd edition of the Beinn Resipol hill race and 2nd edition of the fun run was held on Saturday the 16th of September 2017. There were 54 hill runners and 31 fun runners.
The hill route was very boggy and tough after the wet summer we’ve had. An early lead was taken by Westerlands’ Sam Alexander and Lochaber’s Stuart Crutchfield who knows the hill well competing for the 3rd year in a row. Once they got through the technical forest section Sam pulled away for the summit and despite a strong descent through the boggy ground Crutchfield could not bridge the gap. Alexander won in a time of 01:16:25 from Crutchfield in 01:17:34. Newbie Alexander describes the route as “lovely and muddy with a great scramble close to the summit”. In 3rd place was Elvin Laugier in 01:19:12. Elvin was on a trip from France and having seen the race video was inspired to enter the race.
In the Women’s race Carnethy’s Angela Mudge’s class shone through. She led comfortably over the summit and finished in a time of 1:27:16. Decorated fell runner Mudge described the route on the Beinn as a “proper hill race”. Northern Irish runner Ciara Largey had a fantastic race to finish in second place with a time of 01:36:12. Lochaber’s Amanda Blackhall finished in third with a time of 01:42:41.
In the fun run, we had some fantastic times. The course record was beaten by 1 second by Strontian Primary’s Mya Carmichael who won in a time of 10:29. Mya beat her 2016 time by 1:37, it seems all her training is paying off. In second place was Parker Dawes of Acharacle Primary in 10:58. In third was Nuala Maxwell of Lowport Primary, Linlithgow in 11:07.
After the race runners and their families enjoyed an amazing spread put on by local charity Ewen’s Room. In the evening, there was a chilli extravaganza for everyone who stayed over. We then enjoyed a fantastic folk session put on by the Resipole Fiddle Fest which was taking place the same weekend where Laig Bay Brewery’s (Eigg) beer was enjoyed! Some took wetsuits and enjoyed swimming in the flat calm of Loch Sunart on the Sunday morning. There was also a group of 5 who went for a Sunday run up Sgurr Dhomhnuill from Ariundle Oakwoods.
All in all, a fantastic weekend!
The success of the race could not be possible without our 30-strong group of volunteers from the local community. We would be nowhere without permission to use the land from Peter and Joke Sinclair. The Resipole Holiday Park provides an amazing venue for the race and we thank campsite managers Karin Schuler and Rory Sinclair for their continued support. We are also eternally grateful to our race sponsor The Real Food Café. With all this support, we have raised a record amount of around £900 which will be split between local mental health and wellbeing charity Ewen’s Room, Active School’s Ardnamurchan, and, Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team.
Look out for entries opening for the 2018 edition of the race which will be an SHR champs counter.