On Saturday we headed up to Glen Coe to take in the eagerly anticipated Salomon Glen Coe Skyline race. This would be the first time that Skyrunning has come to Scotland and boy was it a cracker!
With our toddler and dog in tow we had no chance of getting from the north of Glasgow to the ski station at Glen Coe for the start (7am), so we raced up to get to Checkpoint 10 to see the lead runners coming through.
After picking a spot beside the track out of the feed station, we saw Joe Symonds come through first followed by the rest of leading group. It was great to be so close to the action and see how shattered they all looked after a huge descent, and the empty look in their eyes as they started a mammoth climb up to the Anoch Eagach.
After some time here, we scooted up to the finish line for some lunch, followed by cheering in the winners and leading runners. Jo even had the honour of being a cowbell ringer! It was a great atmosphere and truly stunning efforts from the runners we saw coming home. The least we could do was grin and bear the ‘midge fest’ to shout and cheer and ring cowbells for them.
Due to our wee lad being hounded to despair by the intensity of the midges, we headed to the safety of Glen Coe village and to the play park. The respite from being eaten in front of our own eyes was a welcome relief. Before we headed back to the ski station to see the prize giving, we stopped for some fuel where the chap behind the counter told me in no uncertain terms how mad he thought the whole thing was. I smiled politely and jumped back in the van!
We made it just in time to see the first of the prizes being handed out. Fabulous!
What a brilliant event, and that was just spectating! Having experienced a lot of trailrunning events in the Alps, we are delighted that some of the pazzazz of the European scene is starting to make headway in Scotland.
More please. Allez allez!