Just back from a short trip to the west coast of Scotland. We had ambitious plans but a real mixed bag of weather didn't quiet play ball. The first couple of days were focused on the Glencoe Skyline route looking at race lines and strategies. Curved Ridge and the Aonach Eagach were both bone dry and gave us a couple of brilliant days out in the sunshine. Monday morning saw us heading across the water to Ardumuchan looking for more scrambling on Garbh Beinn's Pinnacle Ridge. Super grippy rock and amazing rock architecture more than made up for a slightly disjointed line.
Heading north to the Isle of Skye the weather turned and we aborted our attempt on the Cuillin and Dubh Ridges entertaining oursleves with a run along the unworldly Trotternish Ridge. With perfect timing the cloud lifted to reveal a glorious sunset as we dropped down towards the Old Man of Stoer.
A busy few weeks of training, a good forecast and plenty of friends racing tempted me to enter the Rab Mini Mountain Marathon on the day. There was a light frost in Grasmere as we registered but this soon burnt back under a glorious sun. First day racing in shorts this summer and also incidently my first race as a Vet 40 :(
With a good spread of checkpoints as far out as the Langstrath valley there were plenty of options. We opted to stay high and enjoyed perfect running temperatures on our anticlockwise circuit of the competition area. A liitle more speed and we may have been tempted by by the cluster of high scoring checkpoints in the north west but in the event we timed it perfectly after a fast run back to Grasmere along the C2C path. Our reward was 250 points for 27th place and 2nd in the Mixed Vets!