Skye and Lochalsh RC members finishing
The R.House Trotternish Ridge Race took place on Saturday 4th June. Following a couple of weeks of dry weather, the underfoot conditions were amazingly dry as 36 competitors lined up on the start line at Flodigarry. It was a brilliantly sunny day with perfect visibility, although the heat was a factor for some of the runners.
Local Donnie Campbell led from the start, leading the pack up over Meall na Suiramach before descending to cross the Quiraing Road. The runners then faced the long, remote run along the Trotternish Ridge crossing high points of Ben Edra, Hartaval and The Storr.
The route off the ridge from The Storr was altered this year, adding over 1km to the total route distance. Despite this, Donnie Campbell broke the course record, crossing the finish line at the Storr Lochs Dam in 3 hours 7 minutes and 52 seconds. Dave Wilby of Highland Hill Runners had closely followed Donnie all the way and finished in 3 hours, 16 minutes and 4 seconds. Ross Bannerman, from East Sutherland AAC crossed the line in 3:30:42. First lady home was Jill Stephen (Hunters Bog Trotters) in a time of 3 hours, 55 minutes and 3 seconds. Second lady was Rachael Campbell (4:21:07) and third was Anne Lloyd-Evans (4:28:57).