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Devils Burdens relay 31st Jan 04

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The running of this years race was in doubt up until the last minute due to the wintry conditions, heavy falling snow and low cloud. Despite this a record 55 teams set off up E. Lomond with a blizzard at their backs.

After 40 mins the first teams started arriving at Holl reservoir and despite having almost a minutes advantage over the A team at the first two checkpoints Ron and Pete had been pulled back by Jonny and Dave, and came in together only a couple of mins. down on the lead teams.

Simon and I set off, again with the snow on our backs (unusual to have a following wind on this leg). The drop off West Craig to Scotlandwell was very slippy,3-4" of snow, and I spent most of it on my backside . Simon ran well and had taken 2 mins. out of me by the finish.

Leg 3 was run into the wind and snow and both our pairs, Ian and Stuart and Robin and John benefited from finding a good line in the tough conditions, only 1 � mins. separating them at the end of the leg. With the leading teams inc. Carnethy and Shettleston both getting lost our A team dropped (literately) off W.Lomond in 3rd place, followed closely( 5/6th?) by the vets.

Alastair quickly caught up to 2nd and passed him but there was just to much to do to catch Lothian.Viv also ran well for the vets but couldn�t hold off the fast finishing Shetts. vet so we finished 8th overall, 3rd vet team.

All in all a very good result for both teams-well done and thanks for turning out.

John 1-Feb-04

Split times

J Clark/D Murray 41:50 R McCraw/P Buchanan 41:44
S Templeman 28:36 J Stevenson 31:35
S Simpson/I Wellock 60:21 J Gallacher/R Watson 61:59
A Anthony 37:26 V Crampton 45:56
Total 2:48:13 Total 3:00:12

Copyright Alex King (Ochil Hill Runners) V4.2.3 (Apr 2017)