CAPE WRATH CHALLENGE

Lothian RC members made the long trek to Durness in the far North of Scotland to take part in the tough Cape Wrath Challenge Marathon. The marathon is the final event of the week long Cape Wrath Challenge which sees races take place each day over different terrain and distances.

Also known as the Campbell Lutyens Marathon, the Cape Wrath Challenge Marathon is extremely challenging, with, at one point, a climb of over 2,415 feet and is described by some as the toughest Marathon in the UK.
 
An 11th hour decision to run by club member Colin Partidge who was holidaying in the area proved to be fortuitous as he went on to win the gruelling event covering the 26.2 miles in 2 hours 59 minutes 41 seconds.
 
Alan Robertson, Jim Alexander also contested the race with Alan finishing in 28th place in 4 hours 03 minutes 41 seconds with Jim 35th in 4 hours 20 minutes 15 seconds. 67 runners completed the marathon course.
 
It was a hectic and challenging week for Alan Robertson who also contested events on the Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. On the Monday Alan finished in 6th place out of 41 finishers in the Half Marathon in a time of 1 hour 38 minutes 24 seconds.
The following day the runners had the choice of a short or long Hill Race, Alan chose the latter completing the 5.2 miles course in 47 minutes 13 seconds which placed him 22nd of the 50 finishers.
 
The Wednesday saw the runners tackle a ‘Race around Durness’ once again you could opt for a short or long course, Alan, again took the 10 mile long option which he completed in 1 hour 31 minutes 41 seconds for 15th place out of the 48 who completed.
 
Results of all the races: