It may well be one of the toughest events on the Scottish circuit but the 612 runners who managed to complete Sunday’s (2 October) Glencoe Marathon Gathering will have been rewarded with stunning views of the Scottish Highlands. A further 400 took part in the accompanying half and 10k races in what was the fifth staging of the event.
Regarded as one of the most challenging trail runs in the country, the marathon saw competitors ascend a total of 1,608 metres, up the Devil's Staircase, through the heart of Glencoe and into the foothills of Ben Nevis.
The race was certainly not for the fainthearted but of the 623 to start, 612 managed to finish, with the winner coming home in 3:21:58. One competitor wrote on the event’s Facebook page: “Amazing scenery, the toughest marathon I have done. So painful but so amazing at the same time. Everyone has to do this as least once. The first half of the marathon is brutal. Excellent organisation.”
The Glencoe Half, which joined the marathon route at Kinlochleven, saw Eoin Lennon secure top place in 1:28:50, almost 17 minutes ahead of his closest competitor. The women’s field was far closer, however, with Hilary Robinson (1:55:18) managing to edge out Heather Anderson (1:55:30) and Melissa Conchar (1:55:37). David Limmer and Shona Robertson were the respective winners at the Glen Nevis 10K.