Over 130 competitors from across Scotland took part in the final Cairngorm Charmer last Saturday (6 October). The cool, dry conditions were ideal for running (and cycling) at the event which was first held in 2007. The race saw teams of two complete a 12-mile lap by running and biking around the Cairngorm and Glenmore forests, with a challenging last mile hill climb back up the Allt Mor trail to the finish line.
The fastest overall pair was Stevie McIntyre and Dougie MacDonald with a time of 2:25:34. They were closely followed by Tommy Lawrence and Robert Summers who retained their title in the male veterans category (2:29:43). The quickest females overall were Trish Gorely and Eilidh McCaig in 3:05:35.
Race organiser Paul Corrigan was pleased with the final race, saying: "I am delighted that the event has been finished off with such a great atmosphere for everyone and I have had some very nice feedback from participants saying how much they appreciate the hard work, efforts and enthusiasm of the support team. The weather was cool-ish with a dusting of snow on the surrounding Cairngorms. It stayed dry throughout however and the cool air was a blessing on the climb back up the hill. It was a great turnout for the last one and a great day for all. Some of the runners even had top hats and bow ties on!"
The participants seemed impressed with the day too, with one runner commenting: "It was so well organised and the team were so friendly and very encouraging." Mairi Candlish took part in the race and said: "What a great sense of achievement I have. I'm so proud and happy to have completed it and to raise funds for such a worthy charity."
The event has raised nearly £4000 for Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland so far with proceeds going towards providing key services and support for the charity across the region.
For a full list of results visit our race listings page