James Smith completed an amazing feat of endurance at the weekend having been selected to take part in the West Highland Way race starting in Milngavie on the outskirts of Glasgow at 1 am Saturday morning and finishing 95 miles later in Fort William. The terrain is extremely rocky underfoot and naturally includes scaling some high peaks (14,760 feet of ascent) as well as steep descents. Smith completed the course in 25 hours and 31 minutes well inside the 35 hour cut-off. Participants are able to have a support runner after 51 miles. Smith was aided by friend and Colchester Harrier, Allen Smalls, himself a previous finisher, who ran the remainder of the race with him. All finishers are presented with a crystal goblet at a ceremony the day after the race.
The main local event of the weekend was the Mersea Round the Island multi-terrain race, a half marathon distance, which includes sections on the beach. The heat attracted a large number of bugs to the bright yellow Halstead vests so much so runners had to turn their vests inside out. Official results are awaited. Watch times were:
Ian Chandler first back for the club in 1:57
Caroliena Cameron 1:59
Phil Jeffries 2:04
Anthony Denton 2:32
Lisa Clark did 2:33
Sandi Robinson-Miller did the Steeple Bumpstead 10k. Her time was 56:09. She was 12th female overall and 6th vet female out of a field of 198 runners in total.
Photo of James Smith at the start of the West Highland Way attached together with a team photo from Mersea.