On Saturday 21st September 5 hardy Harriers took on the Salomon Ring of Steall Skyrace which follows in the tradition of skyrunning, which consists of uncompromising mountain running, such as scrambling along mountain ridges with steep ascents, traverses and descents on technical and challenging terrain.
This skyrunning race route incorporates two lofty ridges within the Mamores, including the Devil’s Ridge, which provides a thrilling and airy traverse with Glen Nevis visible ahead and as a yawning drop far below, and Ben Nevis beyond and towering above.
The race route is set within the Mamores, which are an east – west series of majestic Munros and in this route there are four that were summited. These were Sgurr a’ Mhàim, An Gearanach, Stob Coire a’ Chàirn and Am Bodach.
All five of them, Kevin Gill, Craig Canning, Marianne McKay, Cheryl Thomas and Fiona Macfarlane had been training hard over the months covering parts of the route. Nothing prepared them for the challenges that lay ahead. An unusually hot day meant fantastic views, however with 18 miles to cover and steep ascents there was no time for stopping.
Craig Canning pushed ahead and finished in a well respected time of 8hrs 28 with his recent injury causing no issues. The 3 girls stuck together and worked well as a team proving that their hill recces and various climbs stood them in good stead. Kevin Gill worked very hard and his grit, determination and scrambling skills got him to the end.
The world female 1st place went to Judith Wyder who described the race as “a really tough race with steep uphill and very demanding and challenging downhill sections. Not one to start trail running with but definitely one for the bucket list”
The trio of Harriers girls also have been raising great money for charity by taking part in this event. They have raised over £700 so far for The Brightest Star charity. You can find out more at: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/chezmazfi
Craig Canning: 8hrs 28
Cheryl Thomas: 8hrs 45
Marianne McKay: 8hrs 45
Fiona Macfarlane: 8hrs 45
Kevin Gill: 9 hours 43