Another great weekend for our ultra runners at the Glenmore 24. Held for the eighth time, the event has 12 and 24 hour races over a scenic 4 mile loop close to Loch Morlich. Both events started at 12 noon on Saturday 1st September.
In the 24 hour event, Jo Murphy and Iona Mackay set off at a steady pace and gradually worked their way up through the field as the hours passed and the pace set by other competitors took its toll. Encouraged by the sun coming up and temperature rising, Jo decided it was time to make her move and set off in pursuit of the women in front of her, reeling in first Susan Johnstone and then Alice Mezincescu to see her in the lead going into the final hour. Iona also picked up the pace and dug in when she realised a podium place was within her grasp.
When the hooter sounded at 12 noon on Sunday, Jo had clocked up an amazing 123.63 miles to finish 1st female and 4th overall. Iona was not too far behind, achieving 118.5 miles, 3rd female and 8th overall. A great result for their first 24 hour event with Jo recording the second furthest distance run by a female in the event’s history. Fiona Rennie, who has taken part in all eight events, finished in 22nd place having run 102.72 miles.
Pauline Walker opted for the shorter event this year and clocked up 58.21 miles to finish 7th overall.
Very well done to all the runners and their support – Jacqueline MacIntyre, Neil McNicol, Val Macaulay and Pauline Walker.