The second running of the Glen Ogle 33 and fingers crossed for as great a day as last year. Up at 5am and showered (like to start off smelling fresh) rattled down a bowl of porage and a banana and wash it down with tea and coffee. After scraping the ice off the car windscreen my thoughts were on how many layers would be required as although cold it was so far dry but as I passed through Callander it actually started to snow, not that pretty christmassy snow it was the wet sleety stuff. As I parked at Immervoulin Campsite daylight was starting to show off the snow peaked hills surrounding us and an overcast sky.
|Mark adopts the frozen look.|
I was hoping to pick up a bit of speed on the return section down the track but my legs had other plans and the races from the previous 4 weekends took their toll, no pain but just a sense of tiredness. At the last checkpoint I had another red bull and set off on what I term as the road 10k section of the race. This is a rollercoaster section to the finish and where I caught John Duffy who had passed me while I was downing the red bull at checkpoint 3. He was not really up for a chat and was hanging on in for the finish so I left him to his own demons and faced the last few climbs along the quiet country roads past Rob Roys grave. Last year on this section I had to walk one of the hills but this year I was fine and trotted along to the finish over the shoogly bridge which just about throws you over and stumbled across the finish line.
Results : http://www.go33ultra.com/results/results-2012
Garmin : http://connect.garmin.com/activity/239704282
Many thanks to Mike and Bill and all of their team of helpers and sponsors, a truly wonderful event.
I received a letter last week with a prize for winning the Run Kirkintilloch Road Series for 2012, which consisted of 4 races which were a 12.5k, 10k, 5k and a half marathon. The link to a newspaper article is here : http://www.kirkintilloch-herald.co.uk/sport/local-sport/tale-of-the-tape-run-kirkintilloch-races-come-to-a-triumphant-end-1-2585810