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was a LAMM day that many will long remember, preferably
from the comfort of an armchair in front of a
warm fire – with dry clothes on. It may
be only two days to midsummer, but that doesn’t
stop it snowing in the Scottish Highlands!
day dawned dry, but with heavy, low cloud as Neil,
the regular LAMM bagpiper, roused the campers
at the Event Centre at 6am. After a cold night
Rick at Compass Point was selling thermal tops
to those who realized the weather was going to
be very different from last year’s event
at the Spittal of Glenshee. Each update of the
weather forecast looked worse – wetter,
windier and chillier.
before 7am the first wave of competitors headed
of to their mystery assembly points. Elite and
A were directed to Strathcarron railway station
where they caught the Kyle of Lochalsh to Inverness
train one stop up the glen. B to Novice found
a fleet of buses waiting to drive them 20km up
the road – further than the start for the
to Novice disembarked by Loch Sgamhain, ducked
through a culvert under the railway and started
at the foot of the Munro Moruisg. The novice had
the most climb initially – straight up to
increasing rain, B, C and D teams made rising
traverses towards various control above a couple
of corrie lochans. Then came the hardest route
choice of the day – up and over or round?
Those that climbed to avoid peat hags found themselves
in a snow blizzard on the higher ground.
to Novice course made clockwise loops, whereas
the Elite and A traveled anti-clockwise, passing
over even higher ground, including the rocky country
around the 1053m peak Sgurr a’ Chaorachais.
horizontal rain and snow the hills were soon streaming
with water and the rivers foaming. Crossing them
required a bit of guts and some teams chose to
miss the final control rather than face yet another
river. However, they could usually be waded through
without too much difficulty if the right spot
was chosen – even if that was just below
a thundering waterfall!
many teams the day became a survival exercise
– a matter of keeping going and keeping
warm enough. Fewer and fewer teams could be seen
running, as the competitive spirit was gradually
dampened. However, there were plenty of smiles
at the finish line (maybe of relief!).
Powell and John Hunt were the fastest Elite team
on Day 1, completing the course in 6 hours 7.5
minutes. Brothers Jim and Phil Davies were 12.5
minutes slower and Adrian Davis and Alec Keith
were in third, another 12.5 minutes down.
mid-camp the A course leaders are Jeff Green and
Darrell High, who got round in just under 6 hours
40 minutes. Anthony Squire and Chris Godfree are
in first place on the B, with a time of 5 hours
mixed team is leading on the C course –
Kate Boobyer and Rupert Kempley, who took 5 hours
39.5 minutes on Day 1. Robin Orr and James Kelloch
lead on the D course, after 3 hours 55.5 minutes
out. The quickest Novice team on Day 1 was Les
and Duncan Short, in 5 hours 1 minute.