3 Sep

2019 Speyside Series 'Winds' Up

A small but very hardy group of runners took part in the Speyside Windfarm Challenge at the Paul’s Hill Windfarm near Knockando on Sunday 1 September)

47 runners completed the 12-mile version of the event, and 17 the 10K with Angus Morrison of Garioch Road Runners taking part in the 12-mile event for the first time.
 
Angus told runABC Scotland online: “The Speyside Windfarm Challenge was an excellent event, but it was tough. The 12-mile route climbs for 4.5km from the start to the top – which was hard work with the wind and rain straight in our faces.
 
“Typically, it stopped raining once we were at the top, and we could finally see the turbines. At that point the 10K racers turned back down the hill, but the 12-milers carried on for a loop through undulating farmland before heading back down the same track we came up for some great downhill racing.”
 
runABC Scotland online asked Morrison what it was like to run under the blades, the sound of which some runners find unsettling and others find soothing. He said: “To be honest, I was so busy trying to catch the guy in front of me that I didn’t notice the sound – and the wind was howling at the top anyway! 
 
“To me, the experience under the blades was more visual. You never get a chance to see turbines up close, and when the sun came out, we ran in their shadows. It’s a pretty unique experience, and being a small local event, it was right up my street.”
 
He added: “There was a great spread of cakes and the like after the race, too, including what my wife says were the best egg sandwiches in the world.” 
 
Blair Laird of Moray Road Runners took home first prize in the 12-Mile race, with Inverness Harrier Rachel Armitage first female home. Euan Cantlie of Moray Road Runners won the 10K, with Marie Third of Keith and District finishing first lady and third overall.
 
The 12-Mile Speyside Windfarm Challenge is also the third and final race in the Speyside Series, coming after the Archiestown 5K and the Dufftown 5 Mile.
 
Lisa Morrison of Keith and District took the ladies crown for the series, and Paul Meldrum of Moray Road Runners the men’s.