8 Jun

Three Lochs Hailed First Rate

Damien Theaker of Helensburgh AAC

It wasn't just the royal family who had plenty to celebrate last weekend - Helensburgh Amateur Athletics Club had a number of reasons to toast success over the Diamond Jubilee holiday. On June 3, in conjunction with the Helensburgh and District Access Trust, the club staged a new trail running relay event - The Babcock Three Lochs Way Diamond Jubilee Relay Challenge.

An impressive 19 teams from all over Scotland descended on Helensburgh to tackle the 32 mile relay, with runners required to cover anywhere between 2.4 and 6.8 miles.

The five-stage race started outside the famous Hill House and wound its way along the scenically stunning Three Lochs Way footpath through Glen Fruin, Glen Douglas and Arrochar before finishing in the grounds of Loch Sloy power station at Inveruglas.

Three Lochs Way

Local knowledge proved beneficial as the men's team from HAAC - Gordon Howat, Ross McInroy, Stevie Bell, Calum Wilson and Damien Theaker - completed the course in a combined time of 3:06:12. Dumbarton AAC also put in a sterling performance, as their men's team came home in second place with a time 3:10:18, while the Dumbarton ladies squad finished third overall (and first ladies team) with 3:16:25. The HAAC ladies - or Burgh Babes - were also among the prizes as they finished sixth overall and second ladies team behind Dumbarton.

The event has been hailed a success, with the only complaints the persistent midgies and tired legs at the end of the race. Results of the race are available at scottishrunningugide.com.