Gruelling Milngavie 53 mile West Highland Way ulta marathon a great success

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One thousand hardy runners took part in the 10th annual 53 mile Hoka Highland Fling Ultramarathon from Milngavie to Tyndrum recently.

The race followed the world famous West Highland Way footpath, through the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park and had a total accent of 2300 metres through some of the most scenic landscape in Scotland.

Matthew Lay from San Francisco won the race in a time of 7hrs 4mins 7secs – the second fastest time recorded on the course.

Paul Navesey (Centurion Running Team) was a close second in 7.06.44 with Donnie Campbell (Edinburgh) 3rd in 7.17.28. Rachel Campbell (Edinburgh) with 8.42.59 was the first woman home – a month after marrying Donnie!

The second woman across the line was Caroline McKay in 8.55.55. The Mull native, now resident in Edinburgh, claimed the scottishathletics title. Third woman to finish was Nicola Adams-Hendry from Garscube Harriers in 8.59.37.

The event was designed to be run unsupported although there were five water stops and five drop stations along the way, with 95 percent of it done off road.

The ultrarunners set off at 6am from Milngavie Train Station with cutoffs at 41 miles (11.5 hours) and 53 miles (15 hours). All runners had to carry a mobile phone and emergency foil blanket.

For full race results go to Scottish Atletes website at www.scottishathletics.org.uk/hoka-fling-has-record-finishers