Monthly Archives: September 2017

Crosstraining for my “O”

The Osmotherly 26.2 trail marathon seems to have grown!  The race is 28-29 miles with at least 4000ft of climb but not more than 5500ft not sure if I should ask for entry fee back as it clearly isn’t as billed of course I am getting an extra two miles for my cash so what’s to moan about!

With the above in mind I travelled north first to Glenfinnan then onward to Ullapool to get some hills in.

I biked into Gulvain a munro between Fort William and Glenfinnan and hiked up and down and biked back out.  It was a terrible day and rained from leaving the car until I got back.  The ground underfoot was also treacherous as it had obviously been acting like a sponge for the last rainfalls.

Totals Bike 9.1 miles 930 feet climb.

Hike 5.2 miles 3,527 feet climb.

After a quick dry and change I set off to Ullapool to meet up with members of the Glenrothes hillwalking club to tackle more munros.

On Saturday 23rd Sept 4 of us set off from Ullapool to climb three of the Fannich group of hills: Meall A Chrasgaidh, Sgurr Nan Clach Geala and Sgurr Nan Each.  Three peaks on a bright clear day with views to die for.  A bit windy on the top but well worth it.

Totals: Hike 12.1 miles with 3,556 ft of climb.


Sunday the 24th dawned dull and grey threatening rain we headed back out to the same start point to do another two Fannichs on the opposite side of the glen:A’Chailleach and Sgurr Breac.  Grey day with low cloud and virtuall no views all day as we descended after bagging the peaks he cloud disappeared and the view opened out.

Totals:10.7 miles with 3,884 climb.