AVR duo take on the tough Glencoe Marathon

PUBLISHED: 12:49 12 October 2015 | UPDATED: 09:15 14 October 2015

AVR athlete Graham Newton at the Mendip Muddle

AVR athlete Graham Newton at the Mendip Muddle


Steve 'Retro' Reynolds and Geoff Woodward decided to have a go at the Glencoe Marathon last Sunday, writes Dave Mutter.

The event started at The Red squirrel campsite at Glencoe making its way to Glen Nevis.

Both started off running together then once out of the campsite there was a mile section on road followed by an uphill section off road leading to a three-mile trek across some peat bogs.

The lads were amused at the number of people avoiding the boggier patches and were much amused when one woman sank up to her waist when re-joining the path. Next came a 500-metre climb up the Aonach Eagach ridge and, while descending down the other side, Retro tripped over a rock gashing his knee quite badly. However, he managed to stay with Geoff until 20 miles although both disliked the rocky pathways. Geoff went on to finish 227th in 5:26:37 and Retro limped into the First Aiders in 266th place with his time of 5:40:10.

There were 470 runners in the race and both agreed that the stunning scenery made the 1120 mile round trip worthwhile. Oh that and the Haggis pie at the finish!

Also last Sunday, Graham Newton ran the Mendip Muddle, a 20k race of muddy off-road delight.

Graham was pleased to complete the race in 1:50:32 to come third in the over 60’s category, 91st overall.

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