Part three of three reflections on the recent Celtman Extreme Scottish Marathon
Part two can be viewed more easily by clicking here.
Part one can be viewed more easily by clicking here.
I spent my time, with my camera, in Coire Mhic Fhearchair on the western flank of Beinn EIghe. It was the part of the triathlon that I could most relate to. My swimming is poor and though in cycle competitions I have experienced extreme tiredness by far the most pain and mental distress I have endured is running in mountains. As the competitors found out Beinn Eighe is a big mountain and it is not all about getting up!
The Joy of Finishing
For many simply getting the scree slope and the large ‘step downs’ of the Coire out of the way was a cause for celebration. With tired legs this downhill section could be as painful as getting up to 1010m in the first place.
The Loneliness of Distance Running (Lost in Thought)
and the award for the brightest pair in the Coire
Did you hear about Gavin? Local runner Ryan Maclean only just made the cut off at T2a but had lost his support runner through injury. No support runner and his event and all the months of training is over. A call is made back to Torridon – will anyone act as a support runner? Step forward Gavin, pint in hand. I will. No kit! A competitor who had just finished – take mine. So pint down, borrowed kit, rush up to T2a, run back with Ryan. Job done.