2017 Race Report

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.


Thanks to The Real Food Café for donating to the prizes

Massive thank you to Sarah Heward of The Real Food Café (TRFC) for donating to the race prizes.
The winning female and male will take home a meal for 2 each at TRFC, a TRFC hoody and a TRFC goody bag including a water bottle and a TRFC SPECIAL cup (entitles you to a free tea/coffee with every meal you have until the end of 2018). The winners will also get a take home trophy, get their name on the Ewen’s room race trophy and win a bottle of whisky courtesy of the distillery in Glenborrodale.
2nd and 3rd will win a goody bag from The Real Food Café along with a couple of bottles of ale.
Age category prize winners will win calendar’s donated by photographer Michael Macgregor, who lives locally, along with a couple of bottles of ale.
And finally there will be a bonus spot prize donated by my Gran, Thanks Jean.

Preparations are underway

We’re starting to get things ready for this year’s race. This year the race will be held on September 10th at 13.00 and we’re hoping to build on last year’s inaugural event. Dave and I are finalising a few details and hope to have the online entry system open soon.

Love from Daniel

2015 Acknowledgements 

Thanks go to Peter and Joke Sinclair who gave us permission to hold the race on their land.

Thanks to Peter’s son and campsite manager Rory Sinclair and his partner Karin Schuler who organised the fiddle fest which we are sure runners enjoyed.  Karin and Rory put a lot of work in to the event and put in place a lot of facilities, like the marquee, which was used by the race.

Thanks to Peter’s other son Andrew who created and runs the gallery and who made designs for the race flyers and T-shirts. He provided much brilliant advice.

Thanks to Rosie and Malcolm Gillespie for the work they do for Ewen’s Room and for the generous donation of the trophy as a prize.

Thanks to the Houston family and friends who marshalled and organised on the day. A special thanks to Lisa Houston who has done so much to help in the organising  of the race from up West over the last months. Thanks to Chris Houston for the work put in to producing the race video.

Thanks to members of Shettleston Harriers International Training Team for putting out flyers at hill races.

Thanks also to Jon Gay from Lochaber AC who promoted the race in his club, at the Ben Nevis hill race and around Fort William.

Thanks to the Ardnamurchan Distillery who donated two bottles of whisky for the first male and first female finisher.

Thank you to the Loch Shiel Hotel, Acharacle, who kindly let us borrow their marquee.

Finally thank you to Jill of the Ardshealach Restaurant, Acharacle, who prepared the food for the event.

Love from Dave