With under 4 weeks to race day, we’ve added the runner’s information pack to the race info page and emailed it out to all runners. We’re still getting people entering the race which is great and are on track to have our largest field yet, with the race continuing to grow year on year.
Last weekend I did a reccie run of the section from Fort Augustus to Drumnadrochit to check out the high route. It wasn’t great weather at first, in fact it was baltic, but by the second half of the run it was scorching hot and I ended up sitting in the river at Drumnadrochit to cool down once finished. There’s very little water on the hills and the ground is very hard underfoot, so unless there’s a lot of rain in the next few weeks, I’ll be bringing my road shoes for any sweeping duties. Unless of course I turn to the dark side and find a pair of Hoka’s that will fit my wide Hobbit-like feet.
The views from the high route really are something else. With the mist and rain cleared, you can see for a ridiculously long distance in all directions, so hopefully runners will take the time to look around. Often some of the best views are behind you or off to the right-hand side where you can see over Loch Ness and into valleys, with more valleys behind them and mountains as far as you can see.
There were also some standout views be had when after finally topping out on a climb, I could see the top of the next climb a few miles in the distance, the trail breaking out from tree cover and snaking up to the top of the hill, seemingly impossibly high… Because of course I knew I was heading in to a checkpoint location which was back down at sea level. So what comes down must go back up.
Whilst hard underfoot, the GGW certainly makes for a less frustrating running experience than sections of the West Highland Way. There’s nothing to rival the jarring “cobbles” of Rannoch Moor or the large stones that seem to have been dumped all over the surface of the Lairig Mor, so there’s good running to be had by all abilities across the length of the route. As much as I love the WHW route, those sections can be very frustrating if you’re tired and/or having a bad day!
Its one of those races I’d like to run myself one day if I could leave my fellow race team to take care of the little things like making sure the race goes off without a hitch….