Highland Fling

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24/11/2011 at 14:57
I did wonder how that would work fellrunner, from memory the trails up around that way aren't exactly wide. That's a pretty big field to be pushing through the countryside
25/11/2011 at 20:03

Done this for the last four years but not doing it again.  The weather was so good this year (by that I mean sunny and clear) and my logistics were so spot on that I don't think I could improve on the experience.  I could try for a faster time - certainly compared with this year when I was injured - but have decided against it.

An offputting thing with this event for me is all the staggered starts - four altogether - so it is a bit dispiriting keep being overtaken (I'm now at the old codgers start) and you don't know who your competitors are at any one point.

The previous ROs , and the sponsor, were superb.  The goody bag the best ever.

It is a very good event.

26/11/2011 at 21:13

Shame T Rex, I'm doing it for the first time next year (I'll try not to take it personally)

That is a slight worry of mine too Fellrunner. Bein Glas farm wouldn't allow supporters use their facilities this year for the WHW race.

01/12/2011 at 19:50
Surprised you haven't done that one before, MrsMac.  Good luck with it.  You'll be running home of course? 
21/01/2012 at 17:07
I'm in for my first fling. Love running on the WHW so fair looking forward to it
21/01/2012 at 20:08

I've volunteered to marshal at the Fling this year. Entered my first ultra - another one of the Scottish Ultras later on in the year - and thought I should do my bit to help out in advance as I'm (very provisionally) hoping to improve enough this year to enter the Fling next year.

Maybe see some of you there! I assume I'll be wearing a yellow bib and handing out jelly babies...

22/01/2012 at 14:27

I'll be sure to say thanks to all the marshalls

23/01/2012 at 12:59

Aye I read that on the Fling forum. It's pretty sad being ratty with a volunteer who's trying to help you.
Personally I find a wee cheery chirp with a marshall always gives me a wee lift

06/04/2012 at 20:13
Well im out of Fellsman as I haven't given myself enough nav practise to be confident so I'm looking at this instead, what are thd essentials I need to know?
12/04/2012 at 18:44

My first fling! excited. nervous.

run-with-dogs - i'll be sure to give you a high five

12/04/2012 at 20:36

Lirish.  There is a new RO this year so can't say if any differences to the past - I think new ones are trying to keep it the same as possible.

Follows the WHW exactly so only need to look out for white thistles on posts.  They do very good drop bag system, taking your food/drink out to nominated CPs.  I used only one though, at Inversnaid at the hotel (a mile 34) - a very organised and relaxed CP.  Beinglas Farm (mile 41) is chaos so best to try to get through there as quickly as possible.

The last 12 miles seem to take an age.  A gradual uphill toil on very stony tracks.

Section along Loch Lomond very scenic twisting and turning through the woods but some of it not runnable.

Excellent cafe near the finish - Real Food Cafe.

I've enjoyed my four Flings but decided not to do it this year.

13/04/2012 at 20:58

Can't think of the Fling without remembering of bumping into you last year T Rex in Fort Bill - after completing the WHW straight after the Fling!!

Don't understand runners abusing marshalls. Even at my lowest point in a race I've always appreciated a friendly helpful face!

Really looking forward to this now, running Lochaber on Sunday as a last long run.

13/04/2012 at 22:19

Do you think there are places left?

Did the fling (and WHW) last year and always enjoy both. Was a bit hot last year but enjoyable. Now got a gap in calendar and would like to go for it again.

13/04/2012 at 22:41
yes there are places left
14/04/2012 at 08:34

Oooh, don't say that. I'm almost tempted to enter!  Been told already what checkpoint I'll be at for the WHW but despite the Fling only being two weeks away, no-one's told me yet where I'll be for it. If they don't hurry up and decide, I might just have to get a sneaky wee entry put in!

Dude -  A high five? Bet that would really be a sneaky attempt to snatch jelly babies from me. LOL! 

I just had a look at the entry list. Nearly 500 runners. Didn't realise it would be such a big crowd! The Devil's only 100 or so...

14/04/2012 at 09:19

go on...enter......go on.....you know you want to



go-an go-an go-an go-an go-an

14/04/2012 at 10:39
 Its a tempting one alright......entry closes on 22nd April so a week left to make the decision . (Cannot believe I have actually been thinking about it since I got home from Connemara ).
14/04/2012 at 10:49
How was Conemara Tiger?

I've just about recovered from Thames Path, nevermind anything in between.

14/04/2012 at 15:13

Hi Hillheader - I found Connemara quite a tough one. The scenery was spectacular and the roads very smooth and well maintained (not a pot hole in sight!), but the second half took its toll on my legs with the combination of heat, wind and hills.

Dont think I was quite ready for the rigours of a road marathon so soon after TP100. I didnt expect a fast time by any means, but I didnt expect to find it so mentally boring - thats a terrible thing to say when it was so well organised and the scenery stunning - but I just found it really really dull running on big wide open roads where you can see miles ahead. I found it all very frustrating and wanted to be running 'on' the hills not on roads through them - I kept thinking Wow this road route would be great (on a bike!!!) . Cannot fault the organisation though - it was all very very impressive and the standard of marathon / ultra running in Ireland seems to be very high.

Really has helped set my mind even more firmly now that the direction I want to take is more trail / cross country running. Give me a backpack, a nice trail, and a map in my hand so I have something to think about and I'll happily run all day (and night) .

14/04/2012 at 18:59
Interesting you said that TP, Connemara is where I grew up so I know it well but the ultra bored the arse off me. As you said it was beautiful are but running on the roads kinda felt to me like it could have been anywhere, there was a disconnect for me between the area we were in and what we wee running on.
Not sure if that makes sense but though of was a great day well organised I'm nog sure I'll be back
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