Ord Hill Relay
Thanks to Russell for organising the final event of 2006 round and over Ord Hill. A healthy turnout of six teams of two made for an enjoyable morning's racing in fine conditions. The Forres pairing of Paul M and Paul R followed their rigging of the team draw with a dominating run, M starting off winning the first lap, before handing over to R, who led for the remaining two laps to make sure of their Hogmany Mars bars. HHR's dream team of Ross and Mari chased the Forres guys hard, but had to be content with second place. The other random pairings of Harriers and Hillrunners ran at various speeds round the hilly course; results may be available later if anyone can remember them, and photos to follow.

Hogmany and New Year's Day events
Ord Hill relays
December 31st at 10am. Heading North out of Inverness Ord Hill is on the right hand side after
crossing the Kessock Bridge. Take the Drumsmittal road. Parking at 655487.
Teams of two, three laps each team. Teams can consist of Male-Female Male-Junior(under 16) Female-Female
Junior-Junior. One runner does two laps and the other does one lap. All welcome.

Ben Wyvis
Jan 1st 2007. Top and back in winter conditions dress and gear up appropriately. Meet 0930am at Garbat. Lift share for the whisky drinkers.

Knockfarrel and Cioch Mhor Dates
The FRA Calendar has the wrong date for Cioch Mhor, putting it on the 14th April, which is the same day as Knockfarrel. Cioch Mhor will be held the following Saturday, i.e. the 21st April.

Lossiemouth 10
Ross Bannerman, Steve Wells and Andy McMahon made the trip to Lossiemouth for a festive 10 miler, with Ross having a fine run to break the hour, and Steve and Andy not too far behind him.

Nairn Turkey Trot
Nairn Roadrunners will be holding their traditional Boxing Day Turkey Trot - approx 3.5 miles riverside course.
Race start is 11.00 with registration at the Nairn Sailing Club from around 10.00am followed by refreshments in the Sailing Club.As usual the winner will be those closest to their predicted finishing time. No watches to be worn please! Further info from alistair@stewarthome.co.uk or on (01667) 462173

Forres Cross Country
Mari Todd convincingly won the senior women's race over two laps of Cluny Hill in Forres, with Lochaber's Dawn Scott in second place. There was a Forres double in the senior mens' race with Ben Livesey finishing ahead of Simon Pride; Ross bannerman was first HHR counter in 18th, with Phil Hindell in 40th and Jude Watmough experiencing his first cross country in 50th. Thanks to all those at Forres for a good day of races and some excellent cakes. HHR results on the results page.

Christmas Quiz
Courtesy of Fran Williams, a picture quiz reached from the link on the front page, or from here. Bottle of wine for the first complete set of answers, email answers to highlandhillrunners@yahoo.co.uk, and a bound list of Marilyns with a pencil for any highest scores.

View Rock Challenge
Over half way through the challenge, and there have been a few attempts, with a new course record set by Henry. A reminder of the route is here. Prizes of bottles of something or other for the fastest times, and all entrants will go into a prize draw for a hamper of goodies, courtesy of Ross Bannerman. Ross is also putting up a mystery prize to be drawn from those who record their uphill split.

Knockfarrel, The Movie
An 18 certificate from Russellfilm of the initial climb at this year's Knockfarrel race. You can look for yourself , assuming the clip works - it was OK at the AGM but I couldn't get it to play since; in case it's just me, have a go and let me know.

Meall a'Bhuchaille Pictures
More pictures from Meall a'Bhuchaille, thanks to the various contributors for adding to the collection. Link from the Photos page.

Tain Hill Trail Race
Another day of good weather for the postponed Tain Hill Trail race, lengthened to 12 miles on a slightly altered course following last month's flooding. Alice Snow was first woman, while Neil Speight and Ross Bannerman finished 2nd and 3rd behind race winner Stan MacKenzie. Harriet Shaw was 3rd girl in the 4 mile fun run, and Fiona Ross also finished in the top 5 women in the main race. Neil's efforts earned him his second bottle in two days as he had the fastest combined Meall a' Bhuchaille and Tain times. Photos on the photos page, thanks to Roxy Bannerman.

In the News
Rob, Alice, Sam and Harriet featured in this week's Ross-shire Journal for their entry in the Crystal Active Family competition. Henry meanwhile posed in an interesting jumper with a group of unfortunate schoolchildren, as seen here. 

Forres Cross Country
There's a map of the venue and courses for the next XC league race at Forres on 9th December on the North League website.

Meall a' Bhuchaille
The promised rain thankfully failed to materialise for this year's running of the Meall a' Bhuchaille race. Conditions were warm in places for the runners in the sunshine, but on the exposed tops the wind was picking up and clouds were building over the Cairngorms as the race progressed, but all the runners were off the hill before conditions deteriorated too badly. Jethro Lennox and Jill Mykura were clear winners, with Jethro setting a new course record of 50:37. Brian Marshall and Prasad Prasad followed Jethro off the hill, while HHR's Jill Irvine was second woman and first female vet, with Lisa Gamble in third place. HHR's men picked up the team prize, with good runs by Grameme Cambpell in 6th, and Steve Wells in 12th just holding off regular training partner Neil Speight in 14th. A few photos in the Miscellaneous Races album and results on the results page.

North District Cross Country
Congratulations to Mari Todd for winning the North District title at Nairn, 30 seconds ahead of Lochaber's Dawn Scott, despite wandering off course during the race. Unfortunately the rest of the HHR womens' team were suffering from injury and unable to run. In the mens' race Henry Blake was 6th and Ross Bannerman 13th. Some photos on the photos page, HHR results on the results page, and full results here.

Druim Fada/Culbin
Ross Bannerman just missed out on first place at this year's Druim Fada Chase, finishing 3 seconds behind winner Paul MacLean of Lochaber; still an improvement of a couple of minutes and one place from his third place last year, and giving a further improvement target for next year!

At a cold, sunny Culbin Forest, Marsela MacLeod won the short course event, while Dave Cummins finished 7th in the long course, won by Paul Rogan. Also on the short course, Phil Hindell was first to the start of the navigation section, then slipped to an inglorious DNF after meandering round the dunes. Catriona Cummins finished 11th in the yellow course. An enjoyable day out, and congratulations to Moravian Orienteers for putting together something a bit different and hopefully to be repeated.

A few photos from Thurso on the photos page, thanks to Connie for hanging around long enough to take them. Captions welcome for the motley team shot before the race.

Thurso Cross Country
Wow. For the second year running, Thurso threw the elements at the assembed field for the North league fixture hosted by Caithness AAC. Unfortunately HHR's womens' team challenge did not materialise thanks to injury and a clash of timings with the mens' race, but 5 lucky guys got to run, ensuring a full mens' team participated, despite half the team heading off to Scrabster Farm after believing what was written in the Inverness Courier. Once assembled, the "emerging force" gathered along with the rest of the least enthusiastic group of runners seen in a long time on a wind blasted field above Thurso, with the added bonus this year of exfoliating hail showers every 15 minutes. The conditions dominated all the races, with lots of unhappy looking juniors trudging through the mud, and several below par performances resulted as the hail and wind took their toll. At the front, Dawn Scott of Lochaber and Andrew Wright were clear winners, with Ben Livesey of Forres being first league counter in the mens' race. For HHR, Henry Blake finished 5th, closely followed by Graeme Campbell in 6th, with Ross Banenrman, Phil Hindell and Russell McKechnie making up the rest of the club's participants. Full marks to the marshalls and officials for standing around all afternoon, and to all those who took part. Results to follow.

Nairn Cross Country/Meall a'Bhuchaille
Both of these races are on Saturday 25th November - if you want to run the Cross Country, you need to register with Ray asap, and by this Friday at the latest. Please remember though that the club is organising Meall a'Bhuchaille and helpers will be needed. The postponed Tain Trail race is provisionally rescheduled for Sunday 26th, with a prize on offer for the best combined time for both the trail race and Meall a'Bhucaille.

No excuses for missing it this year as it's been on the fixtures list since January; the AGM will be held on Saturday 2nd December at 8pm in Clanlan, Castle Street, Inverness. Beer provided.

Craigdon Mountain Sports Club Discount Night
A chance for some Christmas shopping - 20% off to club members at Craigdon, Academy Street, Inverness on 23rd November from 5:30-7pm.

New York Marathon/London Marathon
Congratulations to Rob and Alice for completing the New York Marathon in 3:41:05 and 3:44:33 respectively; Rb's report is on the Race Results page. Everyone should have received the message from Jonathan regarding the club's one (!) allocated place in next year's London Marathon; if interested please contact Jonathan or Ray by Friday 17th November.

Message from Mike Rogers of Moravian Orienteering Club regarding the format for saturday's event at Culbin Forest:
Some of your club members might remember coming to the 'Culbin Trail Experience' early this year. This event was a cross between cross country and easy orienteering. Quite a few of the runners who I spoke to really enjoyed it, and some also did a 'proper' orienteering course at the same event after doing the trail race.
Encouraged by the success of this experiment, we're organising a slightly different event next saturday (18th Nov). This is an attempt to introduce runners to cross-country orienteering while taking away the stress of having to do all the navigation yourself.
The races have a mass start, and competitors have to run to a 'start' control at the far end of the forest. The navigation to the start point is easy (similar to the 'trail experience' route) and is along forest tracks. When you get to the start control, you have to return to the finish via about a dozen more controls in various bits of the forest. The running between controls is all 'off road' and the navigation is deliberately quite tricky, although the controls are definitely not hidden away.
The idea is that the fastest runners (probably the club athletes) will have to slow down significantly to read the map, while at the same time more experienced orienteers who are (perhaps) better navigators are trying to chase them down. The challenge is in what route to take between controls, and whether to risk following the person in front or go it alone! Some people tend to take to the navigation quicker than others, but at the end of the day there's only one way to find out if it's your cup of tea, and as the event's fairly informal there's no fear of embarrassment if you completely blow it! The event will provide some good 'cross country' strength training as well.
Registration is from 10.15 at Wellhill Car Park, Kintessack. There are 2 courses as follows:
Short - 2.7 Km to 1st control then 4.7 Km orienteering. Mass start at 11.30.
Long - 3.5 Km to 1st control then 6.0 km orienteering. Mass start at 11.20.
A compass might come in handy if you have one.
There is also a 2.7 Km orienteering course for children where you can start anytime between 1030 and 1200.
Maps (at 1:10,000 scale) overprinted with the course are provided and the cost is £3 for adults and £1.50 for the childrens course.

2007 Challenge Series
An expansion of the View Rock and Monumental Challenges is being planned for next year, after hypothermia induced ramblings in the Commercial Bar in Thurso. There will be 6 events of varying lengths and geographical spread, from a swift sprint round Aldie Burn to a run up and down Ben Wyvis; routes still to be finalised and the Challenges will run throughout 2007 - more details here shortly.

View Rock Challenge
The North's premier athletic competition returns....valuable prizes available for the fast or the lucky. A 3 mile time trial in Torachilty Forest to be run at any time; email your results to the website or put them on the Message Board. The Challenge runs from now until the 31st December. Full details of the route are on the View Rock Challenge page.

Fran Williams and Ade Potinger completed the Medium Score in this year's Original Mountain Marathon in Galloway, with their pairs finishing in 33rd and 79th respectively . Full results here. If anyone else took part from HHR let me know.

New York Marathon
Good luck to Rob Shaw and Alice Snow heading over to New York. Full report when they get back.

Winter Trail Runs
Far north trail runs throughout the winter - link to blog with details here.

Great Glen Way
Full results available from this year's Great Glen Way. No HHR team this year, but a total of 8 club members were taking part for 4 different teams; Henry Blake and Graeme Campbell running for the runners up Six Pistols team, Kevin Holliday, Rob Shaw, Phil Hindell and Steve Wells made up the bulk of the Culldoen Harriers team, and Kenny Riddle and Martin MacLean were also running. Photos on the photos page, courtesy of Paul Matheson.

SHR Championship 2007
Dates available for next year's Scottish Championship, usual rules and 4 from 6 format apply. Dates to be confirmed.
Long: Stuc a'Chroin; Angus Munro (British Championship also)
Medium: Lomonds of Fife; Merrick
Short: Devil's Beeftub; Morven

Christmas Bashes
1st December - Corriegarth Hotel, Inverness; joint do with Harriers.
20th December - Storehouse of Foulis; Invergordon posse and others, all welcome.

Tain Trail Race
Information on the Tain Runners' website that tomorrow's race at Tain has been postponed; it is hoped to reschedule the race for 25th November.

Aviemore Half Marathon
Results available from last Sunday's inaugural Aviemore Half Marathon; congratulations to Mari Todd for a fine win in the womens' race in a time of 1:25. Ross Bannerman was also showing no ill effects of the previous day's cross country, while Martin McLean seemed to have recovered from the Big Triathlon. Rob Shaw and Alice Snow continued their New York preparation, and Gerda Malin also had a good run. An excellent event by all accounts, and one which will be repeated next year.

Cross Country
A reminder from Russell that the club will be paying entry fees for those running in cross country races. Free mud - what could be better?? There is an unfortunate fixture clash at the end of November, with the club's Meall a' Bhuchaille race being held on the same day as the North District Cross Country Championship race in Nairn.

Great Glen Relay
Good luck to all runners in tomorrow's event; no HHR team this year but a number of club members will be making guest star appearances for various mercenary outfits.

Cross Country Relays
The North District cross country relays were held in perfect conditions in the scenic surroundings of Clachan, near the end of Loch Broom. The mens' and womens' races were won by Forres Harriers and Inverness Harriers respectively, with HHR women finishing a close second following a storming run on the last leg by Mari Todd who recorded the fastest women's individual leg time of the day. Competition was a bit thin on the ground with only two womens' teams running, but Shirley Hay, Roxy Bannerman and Mari still get shiny silver medals. Henry Blake ran the fastest individual leg time in the mens' race, hauling back two places to finish just behind Inverness Harriers once again. Some photos on the photos page.

The Big Triathlon; Pentland Skyline
A belated addition to the race results (my fault, Martin sent the results in ages ago) from the Big Triathlon in Fort William, a 1.9km open water swim in Loch Linnie,90km moutain bike and 21km run up and down the Ben, with Ade Pottinger and Martin McLean completing the challenging course.

Lisa MacDermid continued her good form at the long Pentland Skyine, once again finishing first supervet.

Cross Country Results
Full results from Strathpeffer Cross Country are in the Race Results page; apologies for any transciption errors from the results sheets, please feel free to submit any spelling corrections.

Strathpeffer Cross Country
The club is hosting the season's first cross country league fixture this Saturday at Strathpeffer. Helpers please meet at Strathpeffer Community Centre at noon; first race starts at 1:15pm. If you haven't offered to help and are available, please phone Ray (01349 862014), even if you're running in the senior races there's plenty of time to help out beforehand. The race HQ will be at the Community Centre, which is on the right after you pass through the village centre coming from Dingwall, grid ref NH480579; same venue as for the Knockfarrel race. Same course setter as well, so expect the odd slight incline; map of the course is available on the North League website. Please note the start area is 10 minutes jog from the Community Centre; some parking is available closer to the start but it is limited, and no vehicles larger than a minibus will be able to park there. Good luck to all those running.

Loch Ness Marathon
Congratulations to Mary Johnson for completing the Loch Ness marathon in very wet conditions with a time of 3:20. In the accompanying 10k, Alice Snow and Shirley Hay finished close together, while Kevin Holliday can revel in a spectacular chip time, allegedly due to him starting late and running the route anyway and nothing to do with stopping for lunch on the way round. Performance of the day however goes to Rob Shaw, who starred as the tin of Baxters tomato soup. Photographic evidence is on its way. Obviously feeling no ill effects from his table assembling marathon at Queen's Park, Henry Blake had a fine run at a wet Bennachie hill race to finish 3rd, followed by Steve Wells, Ross Bannerman and Roxy Bannerman.

Dolomites Trip
For a good read and collection of mountain photos, see Ian and Shirley Hay's account of their Dolomites climbing trip . It's a big file, so be patient!

World Title Defence
Unfortuntely, Ray Wilby lost his over 60 world championship title at the weekend in Switzerland, finishing in 7th place.

Lisa Macdermid ran the long Two Breweries race, finishing first female supervet; away from the hills, still and damp conditions made for some fast times at the Dyke 10k, especially from Henry Blake making his 10k debut. Results on the results page. 

Bannerman Double at Invercharron
The sun shone for the 25th Invercharron Highland Games and as well as sorting out the weather, the organisers laid on an enjoyable 4 mile hill race, mixing forest tracks, a short stretch of moorland and a newly constructed mountain bike trail which made for a superb fast descent, and well worth checking out on a bike. Ross Bannerman won the race, after a close scrap with a fast improving Alasdair MacLeod who managed to pick the better short cuts on the descent of the bike trail, but was overhauled by Ross forther down the hill. Roxy Bannerman continued the family theme for the day by narrowly beating Marsela MacLeod to take the womens' title. Results to follow.

Invercharron Highland Games
Last chance for a hill race at a Highland Games this year on Saturday at Invercharron. Race venue is Balblair Farm, on the A836 between Bonar Bridge and Invershin. Register by noon, race starts at 2:30pm, distance approximately 4.5 miles.

Winning Weekend
Congratulations to Dave Cummins and Ade Pottinger for winning performances at Ben Aigan and the Nairn Triathlon respectively. Rob Shaw was spotted in a Ross County AC vest at the Haliburton League final in Inverness competing in the 1500m.

Relays and Cross Country
Unfortuately the British Relays are full so the rest of the country can run round Yorkshire moorland without any tartan shorts to interrupt the view; as a result the North District Cross Country Relays in Ullapool on the 14th October can now receive full attention - please note you must be a SAL member to run - and if interested please contact Russell. Teams of 4 for men, 3 for women. Russell is also looking for runners for the Great Glen Relay on the 22nd October; please get in touch with him if interested. 

A reminder that the club is hosting the first Cross Country league race at Strathpeffer on 7th October; marshalls, timekeepers etc will be needed so please help out if you can; there will be a meeting this Sunday (17th) in Clanlan, Castle Street, Inverness at 8pm for anyone able to help on the day; please contact Ray if you can't make the meeting but are able to help.

Ben Nevis and Grantown Triathlon
Thanks to Rob Shaw for forwarding the results of the Grantown triathlon, and bravely admitting to having been well beaten by his 14 year old son Sam; the event consists of a 300m swim, 14.5km bike and 4.5km run. Five Hillrunners completed the Ben race this year; Richard Lonnen was first home in 105th place, while behind him Jonathan Appleby and Alex Brett enjoyed an epic scrap for 183rd; Alex Whyte and Iain MacDonald made up the rest of the club contingent.

Great Wilderness and Moray
Apologies for the down time on the website; while we've been away Kenny Riddle won the 25 mile route of the Great Wilderness Challenge; Fran's holiday induced leg injury ruled him out of the Ben Nevis race this weekend - no results yet but several other Hillrunners were due to be running; and a few turned their attention to the roads of Moray for the Moray half marathon and 10k; HHR results on the results page.

Bog and Burn
Congratulations to Graeme Campbell for winning the Bog and Burn series. Details on Scottish Hillrunners website.

Strathpeffer Hill Race
Andrew Wright won in style at Strathpeffer, breaking his own course record by 10 seconds, while other half Sharron Gunn was first lady; Graeme Campbell led a good turnout of 13 Hillrunners home, followed at various intervals by the remaining dirty dozen. Some comedy value was laid on for the sizeable crowd by 2 knackered hillrunners attempting to race on the track against a bunch of fresh sprinters. Full results of the hill race on the results page; results of the 220yards hopefully lost forever.

Strathpeffer proved too big a draw for anyone from HHR to run the World Trophy Trial race at Cairngorm, but congratulations to Inverness Harrier George Mitchell for his first O/60 placing and Scotland vest for the World Masters.

Creag Dubh, Angus Munro, Bonar Bridge and Tain
Results now available from the championship counter at Creag Dubh - Ray Wilby was 1st V60 with fine placings by Graeme Campbell and Henry Blake in a good quality field; Further afield at the Angus Munros, Neil Speight ran a perfectly timed sub 4 hour effort; Fiona Ross was 1st woman at a hilly Bonar Bridge 10k, followed by Roxy Bannerman (missed off the official results); summer seemed well and truly over hanging around a rain lashed field before the start of the Tain Games Hill Race, a fast 6(ish) miles of forest tracks won by Steve Worsely, hotly pursued by Ross Bannerman and a gastrointestinally challenged Fran Williams. Following Craig Dubh, Ade seems to have held onto the lead of the Club Championship. Results on the Race Results page.

Great Glen and British Relays
Sunday 22nd October - teams of 6 needed for this event, please contact Russell if interested.
Details also available of British Relay Championship, this year near Halifax on Saturday 14th Oct.
Possible minibus but will need to be subsidised by passengers. Team categories of Mens open, Ladies open, Mens veteran. Leg 1 solo 5.9 mls 1500; leg 2 pairs 9 mls 2300; leg 3 pairs navigation 8 mls; leg 4 solo 5.9 mls.

Club Championship Standings
As seen on the message board from Russell on the eve of the final club championship counter at Creag Dubh, things are looking a bit tight at the top with best 2 from 3 counting overall. Remember you must run for Highland Hillrunners to count in the club championship. The current standings after Craig Dunain and Ben Rinnes are:

1. Ade Pottinger 40 points
2. Dave Cummins 21
3. Ray Wilby 19
4. Ross Bannerman 18
  Martin Maclean 18
5. Steve Wells 17
6. Jonathan Appleby 16
7. Phil Hindell 15

1. Julie Cleghorn 21
2. Roxy Bannerman 19

HHR win at Ben Bhraggie
Henry Blake (25:18) and Roxy Bannerman (38:xx) won at the Ben Bhraggie race at Golspie on Tuesday. Fran's victory plan was scuppered by advance publicity of the race which meant he wasn't the only runner, but he still overhauled Inverness Harrier Steve Worsley (27:05) on the descent to take 2nd place (26:36) and one of the gala queens. Ross Bannerman came in 4th, 30 seconds behind Steve. Results possibly to follow.

Club Championship and upcoming races
A close contest at Ben Rinnes on Saturday, with Dave Cummins coming out on top with a fine 3rd place, less than 2 minutes behind winner Colin Donnelly. Ade Pottinger and Ross Bannerman ran round holding hands to finish on the same time, with Ade just getting the better of Ross on the line. Down in the deep south Ross interrupted his Lakes holiday to run the Kentmere Horseshoe and Blisco races in some hot conditions. 

A few races coming up over the next couple of weeks - Ben Bhraggie (Aug 1st, Golspie School, 6pm start); Creag Dubh (Aug 5th, Newtonmore Games, 3:15pm start - HHR club championship final race, also Scottish and British Championship counter); Bonar Bridge 10k (Aug 6th, 2pm start, registration at Bonar Bridge FC 12:30 - 1:30); Tain Hill Race (Aug 9th, 6pm registration, 7pm start, Glenmorrangie Field, Tain); Lochinver Hill Race (Aug 11th,Culag Park, Lochinver); Abernthy 10 (Aug 12th, Abernethy Highland Games, 2:30pm start - North District 10 mile Championship); North Harris HIll Race (Aug 12th, 1pm start); Cairngorm Uphill Race (Aug 12th,12:30pm, Glenmore Lodge - World Trophy Trial Race ); Strathpeffer Games Hill Race (Aug 12th, noon, Castle Leod).

Race Results
Quite a collection of results from the last couple of weeks: full marks to Fran for winning the Lochcarron Games race, with Julie finishing second in the womens' race; Martin competed Lochaber's Triple Hirple, only just failing to catch Lochaber's leading ladies; Alex, Iain and Lisa ran at Glamaig, while Graeme continued a good Championship at Moffat, followed up by 3rd at Maddy Moss. Results on the results page. Henry cycled up some hills in the Alps but deosn't want to talk about it very much.

Tain, Dollar, Gairloch, Cross Country and Harris
Marsela McLeod finished first female vet at the Tain 10k, followed by Rob Shaw and Fiona Ross. At a hot British championship race at Dollar, male and female course records fell to Simon Bailey of Mercia and Carnethy's Angela Mudge, with Graeme Campbell and Jim Hall making up the HHR contingent. Ross Bannerman, Fran Williams and Roxy Bannerman ran the Gairloch Highland Games hill race, a 4 mile route with 400 feet of ascent; Steve Worsely of Inverness Harriers came in just ahead of Ross (who made up a lot of time on the beach section) in 24 min well under Ray's winning time of 28min last year with Fran about a minute later in third place. Roxy was second woman; fifteen runners in total, and full results hopefully to follow.

North District Cross Country league dates as follows:
7.10.06 Highland Hillrunners (Strathpeffer)
14.10.06 Relays (Ullapool)
11.11.06 Caithness
9.12.06 Forres
20.01.07 Keith
3.02.07 Inverness
24.02.07 Moray Roadrunners

Information here about North Harris Hill Race, held on 12th August.

Fyrish Race
Westie's Manny Gorman and HHR's Gill Irvine were in winning form at Saturday's Fyrish race. Full results are on the results page, but most times are missing, so if you ran and know your time please forward it to us.

Grantown 10k
Fiona Ross finished second female vet in this trail 10k; full results on the results page.

Winning Weekend
Congratulations to Kenny Riddle and Alec Kieth for winning the elite category at the Lowe Alpine Mountain Marathon. HHR secured first team at the Highland Cross, led home by Henry Blake's second place. Highland results on the results page, let me know if anyone's been missed out.

Weekend Events
Good luck to to everyone taking part in the LAMM or the Highland Cross this weekend.

Nairnshire Challenge
A good collection of hillrunners took part in a blustery Nairnshire Challenge at the weekend, with Kenny Riddle and Mary Johnston winning the mens' and womens' races. HHR results on the results page (no club name on the results so let me know if I've missed you out). 

Wyvis Run
At the risk of putting a hex on any possible decent weather, meet at Ben Wyvis car park at 6pm next Thursday (8th June) for a run up the Ben.

Secrets of Success Revealed
Fran's report of his Lakes exploits is on the race results page; a copy of his training is here if anyone has the urge to follow in his footsteps.

Racy Stuff
Some pictures of Dumyat available from Graham Hurst here, not to be confused with the women's 10k. Laggan 10k (gently undulating with some flat bits) this Saturday, starts at 2pm from Laggan village hall, by Newtonmore; also a 1 mile fun run. Stornoway half marathon also on Saturday.

Fran's Bob Graham
News fresh from Keswick that Fran completed the Bob Graham round in 22 hours 45 minutes. Congratulations on a fine effort, full report and pictures will be on the way soon.

Craigdon Moutnain Sports Club Discount Night
20% discount night at Craigdon Mountain Sports, Inverness on 1st June, more details here. If you're going along please bring proof of club membership (whatever that might be....tartan shorts? Vest? Signed picture of Russell? Jonathan's spreadsheet with your name highlighted?).

Balmacara Country Day Hill Race
The Balmacara Country Day will be held on Saturday 13th May at Lochalsh Woodland Park, Balmacara in Lochalsh. As part of this day there will be a hill race up Sgurr Mor, which has no entry charge and modest prizes for the winners. Racers only need to turn up on the day and register their entry at the NTS stall. The race is about 3 miles/1079'. More details here, route map here.

Monumental Challenge
All results in (I think), fastest time of 1:51 by Phil, with Jonathan in 2:28 (in the snow) and Alice in 2:41. DNF's from Fran, Martin and Anne thanks to the weather. Alice wins the spot prize after a random draw, but Jonathan won't go away empty handed after his sterling efforts in winter conditions. The route is archived on the Routes page.

Run/Cycle training
Ross is organising some evening training around Nigg; 6-8 mile run followed by 15-20 on the bike, from 6:30 ish. See the message board for contact details.

Orienteering at Contin
Tuesday's training on 9th May will be taking part in the evening orineteering event near Contin. Meet at 6pm at NH 425 563 (Loch Achilty) instead of at Strathpeffer.

More Photos
Some photos added to the April album from Cioch Mhor, Beinn Ratha and Glen Affric, thanks to Alex, Russell and Ross. Hope to have Beinn Rahta results up soon.

Training/Monumental Challenge
Steady training run from Inverness Aquadome, meet 6pm on Thursday. No weekend sessions planned as it's the last few days of the Monumental Challenge, and weather forecast looks OK, so no excuses!

Weekend Racing
Not seen the full results yet, but according to the P&J, Highland had a good day at the Glen Affric Duathlon, with Kenny Riddle winning the event, Ray Wilby first supervet and the club picking up the team prize for the third week running (and cycling). Away from sunlit Highland forests, a few Hillrunners joined 33000 others, including some representatives from most of the North clubs, on the rain soaked streets of the big smoke. Some early over exuberance was apparent from split times, but Hugh Kelly (3:29:50), Rob Shaw (3:38:04) and Fiona Ross (4:15:13) managed to avoid being overtaken by too many chickens. Rob may have run a PB. 

Thursday run at Abriachan; meet at Abriachan Forest Trust car park at 6pm, or at front door of Inverness Aquadome at 5:45pm if you need a lift. Steady paced run.

Record time in the Cioch Mhor Hill Race
Race report from Alex, results and another report from Fran on the results page.
This year’s Cioch Mhor Hill Race had been brought forward to Saturday, 15th April, to follow a sequence of Hill Races, which began two weeks previously with the Craig Dunain run and was followed by the Knockfarrel Race. Entries in all three events were well up on previous years, in all twenty -two took part in the Cioch Mhor event, with a record time being recorded by the winner, Alex Keith, Inverness Harriers, of 1 hour 10 minutes 44 seconds. Considering the heavy ground conditions and the crossing of the River Skiach at Leadchruich, this was no mean feat. The Highland Hill Runners, who had organised the event as they had the “Knockfarrel” were a bit “scary” about the Skiach crossing, for on the previous day, the river was in full spate, and deep, after a night of continuous rain. However, in the interests of safety, they had installed ropes across the River, as a necessary precaution, but on Saturday, the River had gone down considerably. Competitors have to contend with varying conditions on the route over Tulloch Hill which takes in Castle Gorach, and leads on to the Trig Point, from where it is a case of make-your-own way down to the Skiach, and on to the old peat track to the summit of Cioch Mhor, more popularly known to Dingwallians as the Pap. From there is downhill, retracing the route to finish, where one started at Tulloch Castle, a distance of between six and eight miles. There was only one Junior athlete, and young John MacKechnie, Highland Hill Runners, completed his stint to the Trig Point in a new time of 34 minutes 23 seconds, and for good measure did it again, while waiting for the senior runners to return. Two ladies tackled their competition, over the same course as the men, and the winner was Julie Corner, Lochaber AC, 1.39.21. in second place was Roxy Bannerman, Highland Hill Runners (Tain), 1.56.55. The first veteran was Steve Worsley, Inverness Harriers, 1.21.14; and the first Supervet was Ray Wilby, Highland Hill Runners (Dingwall) 1.21.25. The Highland Hill Runners team of Paul Rodden, Dave Cummings and Ray Wilby, won the Team race. Apart from three runners straying off the course, everything proceeded without a hitch. At the close everyone adjourned to the Dingwall Sports Centre for the prizegiving, and to partake of excellent refreshments. Mr Alex Brett, principal organiser, is grateful to the West End Filling Station, George Cockburn and Son, butchers, family and friends for donations and assistance in making the day such a success.

Cioch Mhor Route Map
A map of the route for Saturday's Cioch Mhor race is here. An alternative route will be run if the river crossing is still too high by Saturday.

Knockfarrel Race
A good turnout for a muddy Knockfarrel; HHR win the team prize and organiser Ray wins first male supervet. Full results on the results page, and some photos on the photos page (apologies if you get a sore neck looking at them, they'll get rotated soon!). Some live action movie footage to follow.

Cioch Mhor Recce
Tuesday's training run will be round next weekend's race route - meet at Tulloch Castle Hotel, Dingwall at 6pm. Route map will be on the website shortly.

Craig Dunain Hill Race/Lighthouse 10k
A busy weekend's racing saw the first race of the club championship at Craig Dunain on Saturday, followed on Sunday by the second running of the Lighthouse 10k at Portmahomack. Running in both wasn't compulsory, but seemed like a good idea at the time. A good turnout at both events, with Ade comfortably claiming maxiumum championship points on Saturday chased by Ray and a close scrap behind him between Martin, Steve, Jonathan and Phil ahead of Julie and Roxy on the comeback after injury; photos on the photos page (thanks Ross); HHR results on the results page.

On Sunday the sun shone (finally!) and Alice and Phil sneaked into the prizes on a fast, scenic route with Rob and Roxy also running well; some photos on the photos page (thanks again Ross), HHR results on the results page.

Monumnetal Challenge
Another deadline extension now that the snow has gone; Hillrunning's Wembley Stadium will now run until the end of April.

30th March - a recce of the Craig Dunain route; meet at the front door of the Aquadome at 6pm. Upcoming Tuesday training runs in the next couple of weeks will recce the Knockfarrel and Cioch Mhor routes; meet at Strathpeffer Community Centre at 6pm unless otherwise stated. 

Ben Lomond
50 more places are now available for the SHR Championship race at Ben Lomond; see Scottish Hillrunners website for the entry form.

Scottish Masters Cross Country
The rearranged event will be going ahead at Forres this weekend; course map and further details are available on the Forres Harriers website.

Glen Affric Duathlon
In spite of rumours to the contrary, there are still 30 places left for the Glen Affric Duathlon on 23rd April. Scroll down the page to the entry for 7th February, or see www.glenaffric.info.

Scottish Adventure Racing Series
A new Scottish One Day Adventure Race Series has been announced for 2006.

The “Wan Dae” Series will form the first of a number of new events planned for Scotland as part of the newly formed “Scottish Adventure Race Series”, created and operated by Detail Events, the team behind the successful Rat Race Urban Adventure Series.

The races, which for the first year will all be based within striking distance of Edinburgh and Glasgow, will be run on the popular score format and feature foot and bike sections as well as kayaking and team problem solving. Racers can enter in pairs, threes or fours and choose between a 5-hour Simply Blended Class and the more testing 8-hour Cask Strength Class. The first race is on April 22nd in the Pentlands, though further details and entry forms can be found on www.scottishadventureracing.com.

The Detail Events planning team will feature the usual combination of Jim Mee and well-known fell runner/mountain biker/orienteer/race organiser Gary Tompsett at the helm with Hebridean Challenge course planner John Laughlin joining the fold as Race Director for all 3 of the 2006 “Wan Dae” events.

Scotland has been enjoying steadily increasing numbers in racing over the last two years and with the recent news of the Wilderness ARC becoming the World Adventure Racing Championships in 2007 the region is experiencing a real feel-good factor.

Edinburgh’s Rat Race is set to attract upwards of 600 participants this year and this event alone is sure to create demand for more racing in Scotland. The new Wan Dae series has been designed for all comers and it is expected that Rat Racers looking for training, as well as budding Wilderness ARC aspirants will find something new and challenging from the Series. The Wan Dae series is the perfect introduction to adventure racing but will also test those with a bit more experience in the sport.

Gary Tompsett comments: “Scotland has hundreds of events every weekend but until now there has been no regular AR Series; we want to embrace all scenes and invite them to join us for these events – mountain bikers, triathletes, kayakers, runners and obviously adventure racers. We are going to present some exciting events in fantastic locations that are accessible from the cities and they will be delivered in the same fashion as we have delivered all of our events to date – with a bang!

Further event details can be found on www.scottishadventureracing.com and all enquiries can be sent to john@scottishadventureracing.com.

2006 Event dates and locations:
April 22: Pentland Hills, Midlothian
Sept 02: Carron Valley, Stirlingshire
September 16: Drumlanrig, Dumfries and Galloway

Inverness Half Marathon
Paul Rodden and Mary Johnson were top placed Hillrunners at a cold Inverness Half. Heavy overnight snow around Inverness made travelling to the race tricky for some, but conditions at the start were clear if a little chilly. Congratulations to Rob for almost a PB, an honourable mention to Kenny Riddle finishing 6th in 1:14:22, and apologies to Kevin for being too knackered to recognise him two places behind me at the finish; HHR results on the race results page. Meanwhile down the road at Lairig Mor, Ross was HHR's sole representative and was unfortunately one of the dnf casualties; fortunately nothing broken and hopefully he'll be back in action in a couple of weeks - best wishes for a speedy recovery!

Weekend running
No training runs planned so far, but 2 races instead - Saturday is Lairig Mor (14 miles), Mamore Lodge, Kinlochleven, start at noon; Sunday is Inverness half marathon, starts at 1pm, pre entry only. Should be a showing of tartan shorts at both events, so good luck to all running. Bon voyage to Henry, Ade and Alex off for a couple of weeks cycling somewhere sunny; not jealous at all.

Monumental Challenge
Unsurprisingly no takers yet, will the snow be gone before the end of March?? Finish date will be extended to Easter Sunday to make up for lost time. Copies of 1:25000 map of the area are available from Jill and Co Ltd, Strathpeffer.

Nairn 10k
The rearranged date for this race is 19th March.

Scottish Masters Cross Country
The rearranged date for this race is the 25th March.

Scottish Masters Cross Country/Nairn 10k
The Scottish Masters Cross Country Championship at Forres on Saturday and the Nairn 10k on Sunday have both been cancelled due to the weather. New dates will be announced once available.

Weekend run
Swift(ish) blast up Craig Dunain on Saturday via the "old" race route, as an alternative for snowed off cross country runners or club runners evicted from the Nairn 10k. Meet at Inverness Aquadome front entrance at noon on Saturday. 

Top weekend at Inch Lodge, some photos on the Photos page, no doubt some more to come which will get put on if they're not too incriminating. Hills, sunshine, wind, caves, Calcutta Cup, good company, food and lubrication made for an excellent combination; some people even went for a run.

Monumental Challenge
The route for the Mad March Monumental Challenge is available here. The challenge runs through March; please put times on the message board. Good luck!

Nairn 10k
Message from the organiser - We have at the present moment 247 runners pre-entered for this years Nairn 10K. Wednesday 1st of March 2006 will be the cut off point for pre-entries. Please note that there will be no entries on the day of the race.
If you require an entry form you will obtain one from the Forres Harriers Website:- www.forresharriers.fsnet.co.uk

Lighthouse 10k
A nice flat leg stretch after Craig Dunain:
This year’s Lighthouse 10km at Portmahomack will take place at the later date of Sunday 2nd April and it is hoped to attract another good entry. Last year 165 runners and walkers of all ages from as far afield as Thurso and Glasgow took part in glorious sunshine with the 10km being won by Stan Mackenzie from Dingwall and Alice Snow from Evanton. First locals were Mark Poe and Tracey Fraser, and the Fun Run was won by Shirley Smart and Chris Higgs. It is hoped that they will all return to try and retain their titles. The very scenic event incorporates a 10km walk and 10km race which go from Portmahomack up to Tarbat Ness lighthouse and back and are open to anyone 16 or over, and a 5km Fun Run which goes halfway to the lighthouse and back and is open to all ages although under 8’s must be accompanied by an adult. The 10km walk starts at 12 noon, the 10km race starts at 1pm and both cost £5. The Fun Run will start at 1.15pm and costs £3. Entry fees include refreshments served in the Carnegie Hall following the race and all proceeds will go to the Carnegie Hall Restoration Fund. Entry forms are available at various local sports centres and anyone wishing further information can contact Alison Johnston on 01862 893971, email alij666@hotmail.co.uk or Stan Mitchell on 01862 871434 email STAN@onerockfieldvillage@freeserve.co.uk. Anyone who would like to get in some training before the event is welcome to come along to our informal running group at TRACC on Tuesdays & Thursdays at 6pm.
Entry form here.

Mad March Monumental Challenge
The route for the upcoming challenge is shaping up nicely, especially after a sunny 2 hours out on the hills this afternoon. A combination of fast forest track, undulating ridge, heathery hillsides, fantastic views and the possibility of becoming hopelessly lost if it's misty should keep everyone happy and give everyone something to moan about. All entrants will be entered into a raffle for a bottle of something or other.

Some dates for your diaries, look out for confirmation and more details on the calendar shortly. Also rumours of a 10k at Ardross sometime in May, not clashing with Forres or Laggan; more details when they become available.
31st May Forest Run (Culbin)
7th June Forres 1 Mile
14th June Forest Run (Roseisle)
28th June Forest Run (Quarrel Wood)/Tain 10k
12th July Forest Run (Monaughty)
6th August Bonar Bridge 10k
3rd September Moray Marathons (including North District Half Marathon Championships) www.moraymarathon.com
15th October Aviemore Highland Half Marathon www.aviemorehalfmarathon.org

Weekend Run
As posted on the message board by Fran: Next Sunday the plan is to run the length of the South Glen Shiel ridge (the normal baggers route plus The Saddle). I would suggest that we meet say 9.30am at the Cluanie Inn so we can faff and get cars sorted. I know it would be good BG training to run back, but ... Henry has claimed the distance at 23 miles with some up and down. Possibly run all the way to Shiel Bridge and bag a corbett as well : ) Anyway if you want a lift from Inverness or just want to know more about it give me a bell on 01463 232259 or mail me at franciskynastonwilliams@hotmail.com.

Cross Country
Ade and Kenny turned out at the Inverness cross country, finishing 7th and 16th respectively in a field of 56. Ade also ran well at Nairn cross country in January, finishing 7th. Some action shots of the guys in action on a golf course are on the Forres website.

Inchnadamph Stuff
A reminder to please contact Inch Lodge direct to book for Saturday night (25th). The lodge is shut on the Friday night but there is a cottage with some space in if anyone is planning on going up on Friday.

Bedding is provided, and so is breakfast, so just bring food and sports drinks. No fixed agenda of things to do, anyone with any firm plans for Saturday can post them on the message board. Calcutta Cup match kicks off at 5:30, and there seems to be a TV at the Lodge, so any long distance BG training may need to be finished by then.

Glen Affric Duathlon
Message from the organiser regarding this year's event on Sunday 23rd April.

Following the success of last year's event, which had a record field, we are introducing a challenging new course this year. The first hill run will be a longer loop of 7.5 miles around Am Meallan, ascending to a height of 1500 feet above sea level, however the panoramic views of Glen Affric will make the ascent worth it! The cycle section is a 20-mile, off-road mountain bike ride on forestry cycle tracks alongside Loch Beneavean, finishing with a 2.5-mile cross-country run following the rapids of the river Affric.

The duathlon is ideal for those who want to experience an endurance event in one of Scotland's great wildernesses. The course is set within the Glen Affric National Nature Reserve in Inverness-shire, one of the least-disturbed large tracts of ancient pinewood left in Scotland. Glen Affric is managed by Forestry Commission Scotland, and the course itself runs in the shadow of towering Munros, alongside lochs, and through the pine forest.

This year's event will also see the return of the relay and team event; in the relay, teams of three complete a leg of the course each.

We're delighted to have Fionnar Natural Mineral Water on board as our sponsor again this year, together with our partners Forestry Commission Scotland and Strathglass Marketing Group, whose support is key to the success of the event.

Entry for this Tri-Scotland event is capped, so you are encouraged to enter early to avoid disappointment.
Full race information, course map, pictures from last year and entry forms are all available on our website: www.glenaffric.info 

Glen Rosa Forms
Glen Rosa horseshoe race in June is a Scottish Championship counter this year; for those interested, information, route description and entry forms are here. Thanks to Fran for sending these on.

Weekend Runs
Cross Country in Inverness on Saturday, see North League website for course map, and note earlier start times (1215 first race; senior men last to go at 1330).

There will be a long Sunday run in the hills, 18 miles or thereabouts, depending on the weather. Exact time and place to be decided, contact Fran on 01463 232259 for more information.

At the risk of inflating the TV star egos of the participants any further, some photos from the Strathpuffer have been added to the January photo album. Also a couple of Alex at the Ben race in September, thanks to Phil Brown for sending them on.

Weekend trip to Inchnadamph Lodge on the weekend of 25th February. Contact the lodge direct to book
(enquiries@inch-lodge.co.uk Phone to: 01571 822218 (office hours 0830 to 2200hrs) Fax to: 01571 822232 anytime) or see their website. More details to follow.

Mad March Monumental Challenge
Keep an eye out for the follow up to the View Rock Challenge; 8-10 miles somewhere near Fyrish, with some elements of navigation, nice views and historical diversions. Prize draw for all entrants.

Long race a long way away
Anyone on their travels who fancies a 100km race in Nepal, check out the P100.

Weekend Run
Meet at Clava Cairns carpark on Sunday 29th at 1100; 8-10 miles, mostly trails with some road.

Glen Affric Run
This will now be on Sunday. All other details the same.

A good selection of HHR members completed the Strathpuffer 24 hour mountain bike event over the weekend. Thanks to Fran and Rob for sending in some reports once they had caught up with some lost sleep and could face reliving the experience. They also grabbed some fleeting fame in the Inverness Courier preview of the event and proceded to deliver the goods on the day (and night) with a fine 4th place in the quads event. A selection of photos will be posted shortly.

Saturday Run
As mentioned on the message board, this Saturday's run will be in Glen Affric, meet at the car park at the end of the road (NH200233) at 1030. Route either high or low level depending on the conditions.

Scottish Masters Cross Country, Forres
Ray has entry forms for the above event so if anyone wishes to enter they will need to contact him (see the Contacts page) before the closing date of Friday 17th February. This event is now open to men over 35 and you must be a member of SAL to enter. To register or renew with SAL phone 08701451515. Event venue is Forres (Grant Park ) on Sat March 4th Start 1.30pm for ladies and 2.15 for men. Entry fee £4.00
The Scottish National XC Champs in Falkirk will be held on Saturday18th February closing date Wednesday 25th January; if anyone wants to do this they will need to contact Ray as soon as possible.

Ben Wyvis Photos
A selection of pictures from the New Years' Day run up Ben Wyvis are on the photos page.

Saturday Run
10 mile run this Saturday, from Aldie Burn car park ( 2 miles west of Tain on Scotsburn road). All off road with mixed running surfaces (hard forestry track to bogs) circular route which is undulating with no real climbs. Meet there at noon.

View Rock Challenge
Some rumours of late challengers who may have grabbed the prizes at the last gasp.......please confirm if this is you, or if anyone else has some times to add to the list. Telepathy isn't my strong point.

View Rock Challenge
No late attempts on the Challenge, so the results stand as they were before Christmas. Well done to Henry and Roxy for their wins, and look out for another challenge coming your way soon. Different format next time, will still be a race against the clock but all entrants will go into the hat and the prizewinner will be drawn out. Just to avoid stocking up Henry's drinks cabinet too much this year. For the record, if anyone feels the urge to run the route anytime, it's available from the Routes page and all sensible times are recorded there too so you can keep track of your training progress. 

For those who like running over rocks and stuff, you may wish to rub the little grey cells together to help these chaps out and possibly take part yourself in some ancient Roman activity. Here's the email and for further information check out their website.

Dear Highland Hillrunners
We are organising a unique sporting event later this year – the first ever recorded run of the ancient sport of Rockfoot. Very simply, Rockfoot was a race across rocks and boulders that developed from a Roman military training exercise. As well as recreating the event, the intention is to film the process for documentary purposes and the promotion of the creative and practical applications of Rockfoot.

At present we are seeking:
1) a suitable location in Britain and

2) expressions of interest regarding participation in the event as a runner or in another role.

The Rockfoot trials are provisionally scheduled for September 2006.

With regard to prospective locations, we require a rock field of around 500 metres in length with variation in the size, shape and density (proximity to one another) of rocks. Do you know of any possible courses?

Please refer to www.rockfoot.com/wayofrockfoot.pdf  for full details on course varieties, race rules & regulations, history and all other matters concerning Rockfoot.

If anyone in your club/organisation is interested in The Rockfoot Trials, or can suggest a good location, we would be delighted to hear from them, either by e-mail info@rockfoot.com or through the tel number and address below.

Thank you for your consideration, and best wishes for 2006.
R.A. Willox

AGM Minutes and Accounts
Minutes and accounts from the AGM are here. Membership form available .

New Year's Day
A choice of events to clear the heads - 10am meet at Ben Wyvis carpark at Garbat on the A835 for a run up Ben Wyvis; Inverness Harriers' run up Craig Dunain starts at noon from Torvean Bridge; INVOC are holding a score event at Gallowhill Wood, registration 11:20-11:50 for a noon mass start, more details on their website.

A couple of photos from the AGM of club champion Henry Blake and O/60 world champion Ray Wilby receiving their quaichs from Russell at the AGM are on the photos page. More information from the evening's discussions will be posted here as soon as anyone can remember anything.

Christmas Eve Run
A slightly earlier start on Saturday for another one of Ross's Ross-shire Rambles. 12 to 15 miles with possibilities of shortcuts for anyone who's been overindulging on the mince pies; meet at 11am at the turn off for Lamington School, 4 miles west of Tain (NH 746771). Route goes towards Edderton, the Struie Road and Strathrory.

Saturday Training Run
A pre AGM warm up and an escape from the Christmas shopping; meet just inside the front door of the Aquadome at 1pm for an 11ish mile route involving a lot of ups and downs, or so Fran promises. All welcome.

Reminder that the AGM is at 8pm in Clanlan, Castle Street, Inverness. Please make an effort to attend. Post run/pre AGM beer is a possibility; post AGM beer will no doubt be on the agenda.

View Rock Challenge
Time for another update of the leaderboard - it's getting a bit tight at the top, with Ross within touching distance of Henry, inspite of having set his time after the appearance of the fallen tree near the ford, which must surely account for a few seconds - cunning move by Henry to venture out with a chainsaw. Roxy has a more comfortable hold on the womens' prize, but with over 2 weeks remaining anything could still happen. Both Ross and Fran are showing the benefits of second (or third) attempts, while Fiona apparently wasn't paying attention on her first attempt.

Henry 18:32 (8:02 to the top)
Ross 18:36 (8:16)
Fran 19:12 (8:22)
Ross 19:14 (8:33)
Ross 20:22 (8:50)
Fran 21:53
Phil H 23:47 (10:25)
Roxy 25:18 (11:22) (record with one dog)
Phil B 26:35
Alice 30:36
Fiona 30:36
Rob 87:63
Kevin 100 (record with one dog and 2 children)
Fiona Lost (12:24)

Saturday Training Run
10ish miles from Torachilty Forest capark, (NH 451 570)Contin (same venue as the View Rock Challenge), meet at 1pm. Steady paced run, or may get faster if anyone feels like it, or slow down completely if we get lost again. All welcome.

Sunday Training Run
9 mile run from Jubilee car park (NH 627 715), Fyrish this Sunday. Meet at the car park at 1pm, route is over Fyrish to Cnoc Ceislein, along the ridge from there back to the track and up and over Fyrish again on the way back. All welcome.

Also a shorter run up Knockfarrel on Saturday, meet at Strathpeffer old station carpark at 1pm.

The AGM will be held on Saturday 17th December at 8pm in Clanlan, 29 Castle Street, Inverness. All welcome.

Sports Massage Session
Henry's arranged a sports massage morning with Catriona Walker in Strathpeffer Community Centre on the morning of the 6th of December. We are able a reduced rate for Highland Hill Hunners (and anyone else) of £22 for a session (normally £30) It is ideal for working out any niggles. We have six spots two of which have been taken up already so we have 4 left. People can book a spot by phoning Henry at the Centre on 01997 421989, but places must be booked. If this works out we will be hopefully doing it regularly.

Saturday Training Run
Ross is organising an 11 mile training run this Saturday at Spinningdale, near Bonar Bridge. Meet at 1pm at Ken's Garage, Kildary or 1:30pm at Spinningdale. Seeing as the forecast is for snow, this is a bit weather dependant at the moment, so if you fancy going along please use the site email or email Ross with a contact phone number so we can let you know if plans change. Steady paced run, hopefully long enough so we don't have to witness the All Blacks match. If you can get to Spinningdale anyway, the route description is as follows:

Mostly off road with about 4 miles on the Migdale roads, which takes in some of the Bonar Bridge "10k" route. There is a nice climb up to the Creich hill view point (2.5 miles) starting from Spinningdale and then a double back with a steep descent down to Migdale Loch woodland trust trail. You come out at the end of the loch and follow a tarred road up to a t- junction. Turn left and follow road to Migdale church (5 miles). Turn right at junction and follow undulating and then fairly steep rising road to turn off for Spinningdale. Run along this road past animal feed store on your right and then a descent quickly follows to the 'Fairy Glen' turn off (8 miles). This takes you back to an off road track which has a constant ascent for about 1 mile and then levels off for about another mile before turning right down a little used trail towards the wooden bridge across the river. Cross the bridge and a steep descent takes you to a narrow trail turning left alongside the back of Spinningdale. Another right directly before a steep rise takes you down a path before >passing a caravan on your left. Keep following the track and cross the ford and another 50 metres takes you back on to the Migdale road. Turn left then quickly right and 150 metres to the start/finish (11 miles).

Meall a'Bhuchaille
Full results available here, and a report by Fran Williams here, along with HHR results. Angela Mudge set a new course record by 4 minutes, with Cameron Watson heading the field of 105. Henry Blake led the HHR contingent home in 5th place- being injured obviously suits him - and Jill Irvine finished 3rd woman overall. Some photos on the photo page, courtesy of Fiona Dahl.

Thurso Cross Country
Full results are available from the Race Results page.

Druim Fada
A good run from Ross, finishing 3rd out of 29 runners in this Lochaber race. Report on Race Results page.

Meall a'Bhuchaille
Meall a'Bhuchaiile race is this Saturday, 19th November. In case you've not been keeping an eye on the message board (and why not??), if you're not running please offer to help out and bring sandwiches/cakes/biscuits for the after race spread. Please post on the message board if you're available to help out.

All runners must carry full body cover, hat, gloves, whistle and compass.

Thurso Cross Country
A small but select group of runners made their way north to a windswept Thurso hillside for the latest cross country league race. Ade led the way for HHR, finishing a fine 5th in the men's race, with Phil and Russell further down the field of 26. Full results will be posted when they become available. Thanks to Caithness AAC for the organisation and an enjoyably challenging course, and for arranging for the wind to be behind us on the uphill bits. The running was the soft option in the wind, so spare an extra thought for the marshalls standing in the same spot for over 2 hours; hope they've all thawed out.

Carnethy and Scottish Championship Dates
Some dates for your diaries:
The Tiso Carnethy 5 will be held on 11th February, full details and entry form available here.

Provisional Scottish Championship dates for 2006 are

Scolty (Sun. 4 June)
Creag Dubh (Sat. 5 Aug)

Ben Lomond (Sat. 6 May)
Dollar (Sat. 1 July)

Glen Rosa Horseshoe (Sat. 10 June)
Moffat Chase (Sat. 15 July)

Format of 4 from 6 to count, including at least one from each distance. Full details and confirmation will be in SHR calendar, published February 2006.

View Rock Velocity Challenge
The leaderboard so far...
Ross Bannerman 19:14 (8:33 to top)
Ross Bannerman 20:22 (8:50 to top)
Fran Williams 21:53
Phil Hindell 23:47 (10:25 to top)
Phil Blake 26:35
Alice Snow 30:36
Fiona Ross 30:36
Rob Shaw 87:63

Ross leading the way and showing the value of sussing the route out; rumours of a sub 19 from Henry but that remains malicious gossip; Alice and Fiona obviously have their eyes on sharing that bottle of Glayva; Rob's time will improve when he sorts his life priorities out and bunks off work or uses his lunch breaks to run the route. Time to top isn't necessary, but makes for a nice split for those interested in such things. All challengers welcome, members and non members alike, so come and have a go if you think you're fast enough. Details here.

North Mullardoch Munros
A nice addition (again!) from Fran to the route page, an 18 mile jaunt round the Munros north of Loch Mullardoch, showing the BG training is getting off to a good start. Anyone can submit a route - doesn't have to be as long as this one, and all contributions welcome.

Caithness Cross Country
The venue for this Saturday's cross country in Caithness is Thurso - map, directions and race routes have been provided by Caithness AAC and are available on the North League website. Anyone needing or able to offer transport please use the message board to let people know.

Fran's Bobbing Around
Fran Williams is teaming up with some Westies for a shot at the Bob Graham Round in May - check out his entry on the message board. Good luck!

HHR Newsletters
The most recent edition (August 2005) of the HHR newsletter is available to download here. More newsletters will be added soon to provide an archive of ancient history and great deeds to pour over.

November Moonlight Run
Knockfarrel,16th November. Meet at Tesco Inshes car park near the petrol station at 6:15pm or at Blackmuir Wood car park, Strathpeffer at 7pm (turn off just before the old Youth Hostel).

View Rock Velocity Challenge
A bit of fun between now and midnight on Hogmanay - a self timed time trial from Torachilty Forest car park, Contin. Check out the Route to see where you're going and the Message Board to see who you have to beat. Prizes (bottle of whisky/Glayva) for the winner. With such high stakes the forest has been set with sophisticated movement sensors and cameras to prevent "manipulation" of times, for example by stopping your watch while checking out the view from the top. Of course with the impeccably honest sporting values of hill running, such measures will remain largely unnecessary, but will be present to catch out any track runners out for an extra long endurance session.

Tain Hill Trail Race
The second running of the Tain Hill Trail Race defied a gloomy weather forecast by setting off in glorious autumn sunshine. Ade Pottinger and Roxanne Bannerman emerged top of the HHR pile in the 11 mile trail race, with numbers up on last year's event in spite of a clash with running round a field in Kieth. Another well organised and enjoyable combination of 11 mile race with accompanying 4 mile fun run and 11 mile walk which deserves to continue to prosper. Results here.

10k Series
Plans in the air for a series of 10k races to be held around the Easter Ross and Sutherland areas in the spring and summer, mainly using existing races in the area. Details will be posted here when they become available, but the races at Portmahomack, Tain, Bonar Bridge and Golspie are being considered, along with a new race at Ardross. 

British Hill Running Championships
The Creag Dubh race at Newtonmore on the 5th of August hosts one of the short races of this year's British championships, so you know where to head to if you want to mix it with the best.

The full list of races for anyone going travelling:

Sleive Bearnagh 1.04.06
Creag Dhubh 5.08.06

Anniversary Waltz 22.04.06
Dollar 1.07.06

Sedbergh 20.08.06
Peris Horseshoe 16.09.06

Scottish Athletics Grand Prix
The Inverness half marathon forms part of the inaugural Grand Prix, so an early reminder that there is no entry on the day and the race always fills up ahead of the closing date, so if you want to run it, enter it. Entry form on the website - http://www.invernesshalfmarathon.co.uk/home.htm

October Moonlight run
Fyrish hill - meet at Tesco Inches car park at 6:15pm or at Fyrish Jubilee car Park at 7:00pm. Easy paced run - remember your headtorch!!

British Hill Running Relay Championship

Two HHR teams headed south to Alva to compete in the British Hill Running Relay Championships. The A team ran superbly to finish 23rd out of 91 teams from all over the UK, while a depleted B team finished in 83rd - particular mention to Jim who ran legs 1 and 3. A fantastic day of running, with beautiful weather, some tough climbing and fast (for some!) grassy running on the tops.

Baxter's Loch Ness Marathon
Rob Shaw and Phil Hindell completed 26.2 miles of tarmac more or less intact.

Baxter's River Ness 10k
Age group win for Sheila Hall

North District Cross Country League race 1 - Lochaber
Henry and Ade both finished in top 10 in a depleted senior men's field.

Invercharron Highland Games Hill Race
Good tunrmout for final race in club championship.

Golspie 10k
Ross finished 3rd

Word Masters Hill Running Championship, Keswick
Well done Ray - over 60's world champion.

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