Left Edinburgh at 12:30am and drove to Spean Bridge for my leg to start at 5am. The baton took a detour up the Ben (heroic effort by John Macrae in the dark and snow) so the hand over was not until 6:45am. Had had almost not sleep, so wasn't feel very energetic. Big hill to start with, that climbs up to the Commando monument soon cleared the cobwebs out. I thought it would be down hill all the way to the loch side from there but it rolling with a bigger climb in the middle to keep the hard work going. And just to make it tougher the wind was blowing from the NE! Far from normal for Scotland where I'd been expected to be wind assisted all the way. Baton was well balanced but still gets annoying after a while, but it certainly got the attention of passing cars, some of whom did not give me a enough space on the road. (If I'd have had time I'd have gone round and up the west side of the loch on the great glen way as that is a lovely track, but it would have been 17 miles). The long straight by the loch was not as boring as I'd expected and Laggan lock came soon enough. I was expecting Tim to be waiting here, either by the road or on the lock itself, but I could not see the car, and was greeted by bemused looks from tourist at lock as stood for a minute lost as what to do. Pushed on to the road bridge at the other end of Laggan but still no sight of the car, and I was tiring badly. Couldn't really keep the baton moving forward as the next meaningful place was Fort Augustus so hard to start running back down the road. Eventually the car pull up and I tossed the baton at Tim and he was off, leaving Susan to get my torrent of abuse about the mess up. Not particularly fast, but I enjoyed the run.
|Activity Type:||Street Running|
|Event Type:||Special Event|
|Elevation Gain:||646 Feet|