|Course map and profile|
As it is an isolated self-sufficient 43km point to point hill race, there are strict entry criteria of being able to run a sub-4 hour marathon and having hill experience, but this year saw a record-breaking number of participants (221) of which I was one.
|The Lhairig Ghru|
|Ankle rolling territory|
|It can be sunny at the Pools of Dee!|
A couple of miles of pretty, though rooty, single track through the woods took us down onto a wider gravelly forest road (well, I'm told this part of the route was very pretty as my knock to the head means I only have hazy memories of it). My friend Georgia caught up to me as I went through a gate on this forest road (which did seem to go for a very long time). She was breathing heavily and said she'd been trying to reel me in all the way downhill, and so although I urged her not to let me hold her back, she said that she was starting to struggle and so seemed content to run with me as I chatted away, and before we knew it, we were turning out onto the main road at Coylumbridge.
|Happiness is....a race finish!|