Highland Fling

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17/01/2013 at 21:47
Found a new route which always makes the miles go by quicker - along the derwent trail to Rowlands Gill and back down the tanfield trail. ( I'm guessing you know the area tda by your wording!) the scenery was stunning covered in snow.

Yep first fling, have a trail marathon planned for next month as preparation.

Will it be your first one?
27/02/2013 at 15:02

8 weeks...

27/02/2013 at 15:07


TP100 first for me..... in less than 4 weeks !!!

I guess the Fling is going to be even more of a stagger this year for me than it usually is . Preparing to come last and enjoy the views!!!!

27/02/2013 at 15:20

I have just seen the facebook post about drop bags. I guess it is just a case of sticking your number and the aid station to go to on them?

To be honest I will probably not use the drop bag option unless it is just to have a couple of extra gels available in the 2nd half.

Good luck at TP100

27/02/2013 at 15:29

Thanks WiB . Looking forward to it now the river levels have dropped, wasnt looking forward to wading / big diversions!

Yep - drop bags just need your number and station. They usually have four cars at the start - boot open - one going to each separate station, so none of the bags get mixed up.

27/02/2013 at 15:55

The long range forecast looks pretty good so far for TP so I think it will be a good race.

Sounds ideal, the Fling seems to be great. Only mandatory kit is a foil blanket too Brilliant.

Anyone else flying up? I have an easyjet flight on the Friday, not sure of the time though. Will have to check.

27/02/2013 at 22:57
I reckon you might as well make use of the drop bag option rather than carrying whatever stuff with you the whole way...
27/02/2013 at 23:03
I don't plan on carrying much

I will probably make use of one of them though.
02/03/2013 at 19:40
Paul Dickson 2 wrote (see)

Thanks for all the messages of suport. Unfortunetly, i went out for a quick 5 mile trail run on Sunday and seem to have agrivated the knee. Will give it a wee rest over the next few days (sitting on sofa, having a few beers and choccy). Have a good Christmas everyone.   

Well, had to withdraw after being diagnosed with torn knee cartlidge. Going in for keyhole surgery on 12th March. Gutted, but have asked about marshalling along with Mrs D instead aswei have accomodation booked at Milngarvie the night before the race. Hopefully next year i will be able to take part.

05/03/2013 at 11:37

aw mate sorry to hear that. i hope you manage to manage to marshall as I know that to be fun. and hopefully that will whet your appetite to come back next year.

i live 9 miles from the start so probably not flying a friend has suggested we run to the start as a warm-up

still swithering on the glasgow-edinburgh ultra as a warm-up race. it's a whole lot of canal path though.

drop bag wise I packed too much last year and will undoubtedly do so this year the abolition of the staggered start might affect that, though. last year I neednt have bothered because there were so many 'leftovers' from all the runners ahead of me!



05/03/2013 at 12:05

i haven't done any long runs yet

05/03/2013 at 12:42
the dude abides wrote (see)

i haven't done any long runs yet


Still 7 weekends between now and the race... 14 long runs potentially  

05/03/2013 at 13:15

that's the spirit!

i'm going to get my Bidie-In to drive me 30 miles from the house on sunday and drop me.

plus i'll be doing a long run on the day

05/03/2013 at 13:41

Of course... if you include the race itself then you have the chance for 15 long weekend runs. Train for the second half by running the first half?

Hoping to get some solid long training runs in myself. I have had an easy last couple of weeks after a race but I have 1 ultra, 1 marathon and 1 stag do between now and The Fling.

Getting more excited about this race each day

05/03/2013 at 15:08

"Train for the second half by running the first half"

Love it. 

05/03/2013 at 20:38

So is it going to be one mass start this year?  If that's the case be prepared for serious congestion for the first few miles.  WiB - make sure you're right at the sharp end to avoid all that.  Stick close to Jez B, if he's running, and you won't go far wrong.

If folks are going to use one drop bag station make it Inversnaid which always seems less busy and you can get in and out of there much quicker.  Rowardennan suffers from half way syndrome with a lot of people hanging about, and Beinglas Farm is fairly chaotic with a lot of tired and uncoordinated runners stopping and trying to get themselves into a state of mind ready for the final leg.  Best to get through those two stations as quickly as possible.

I've done four Flings, two with extensions, and I've really enjoyed every time.  I think it's the cost of the rail fares now and the fact that I want to try other things that will mean I probably won't enter again. I'm also a bit concerned that the field has got too big for the course.

I don't think there's another fairly tough ultra anywhere that's as low key as this, which makes it really refreshing.  No military types doing bag inspections or giving frightening pre-race briefings.


Looking forward to reading the reports.


cragchick - that's a shame you're withdrawing.  Have you got some other events lined up?

05/03/2013 at 20:54

Yup, one mass start. Don't think it'll hold me back any - I'll be setting out as I mean to go on - near the rear of the pack!

Doubt Jez will be running this year seeing as he's just finished running the length of New Zealand over some 50 days!

05/03/2013 at 21:27
There are a lot of fast runners there this year. Jez isn't on the list though.

Cheers for the tip on drop bag locations, I am thinking of using one of them just for a couple of gels and a snack.
05/03/2013 at 22:56

I've looked at the Lairig Ghru but wonder how you get back to the start from the finish?     It looks like it would be quickest to run back!!  I thought it was only 17 but perhaps some distance is added on at each end.

06/03/2013 at 11:44

T-Rex - i think there is a bus laid on.

I thought about it but I walked it last year and didn't much enjoy it. too bouldery.

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