Highland Fling

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26/10/2012 at 12:35

I marshaled in 2012, I've just entered the 2013 event. Can't wait!

Anyone else?

26/10/2012 at 12:50

I haven't entered yet but was planning to do it until the SDW50 popped up... not sure now! Will have to decide quite soon to get a place I guess.

26/10/2012 at 16:24

I'm keeping an eye on the numbers and will enter once it drops below a certain amount. There were over 200 places left when I last looked, and they seem to be selling at a steady trickle of a couple a day after the initial rush died down, so I reckon there will be a while to go yet before it completely fills.


27/10/2012 at 10:24

well done RWD.

i loved last year and keen to run again, but i also fancy the Cateran and they are quite close together. do both? not sure.

me too TP. i'm too poor to enter just yet! 

27/10/2012 at 16:31

The Cateran is beautiful. I was up that way in the summer scoping it out, under the guise of a 'romantic weekend away'. Even managed to get my OH out walking with me for a few miles on a section of it which was a minor miracle as he's a real couch potato.

I also fancy the Glasgow to Edinburgh but not figured out yet how they can make it stretch out to 56 miles seeing as it's only 45 in the car...

27/10/2012 at 17:38

i think it's because it follows the canal path so isn't a direct route.

i personally can't think of anything worse! :/ too flat for me. but each to his own. it turns out wor lass is expecting 3 days before cateran so it's out! highland fling it is

28/10/2012 at 17:52

Oh, congrats! Yes, maybe better not do the Cateran then. Mightn't go down so well!

And yes, I know the idea of running on flat tarmac is most ultra people's idea of hell but I really fancy it. I've cycled a lot of the G2E canal path route and it's rather pretty once you get out of Glasgow. Maybe next year...

29/10/2012 at 09:41


i do actually like the canal too, and I think there is a certain novelty value to running between the cities. good luck if you do it!

i'd recommend Jedburgh, but it was HARD.

02/11/2012 at 20:35

After running 3 marathons i have taken the plunge and entered the Fling on a whim. I am hoping that fellow "flingers" will be able to share training plans / nutrition tips etc. Any other first timers entering? 


02/11/2012 at 22:26
Not a newcomer, will be my third visit to this race, love it - clearly, ass I'm back again!
04/11/2012 at 10:51

For those who've done this before, how easy is the route to follow? Timing of the race and distance make this a good training run for SDW and the scenery looks pretty amazing!

04/11/2012 at 21:16

Navigation is pretty straightforward really, I don't think I've ever referred to the map (have done it twice now) ... saw a lady go off in wrong direction last year just before the finish but provided you keep your eyes peeled for the trail marker and relevant signposts its fine. Take a copy of the trail map (Harveys do the whole route on one map) though, that way you have got something to refer to. Occasionally stuff gets changed if they are doing work in the Forestry Commision areas but that is always signposted.

Scenery is awesome if the weather is clear. The reward of the yomp up Conic Hill is views in all directions from up there.

Last year I did this and then the SDW 100 at end of June, and knowing I'd done this definitely helped as I had to miss most of May training due to illness.

Conic is the big climb, but it is deceptively hilly around Loch Lomond and then the last 9-10 miles to the finish are a gradual ascent and it is pretty undulating through the wood on that section. The first time I did this race, I thought I'd looked at all the climbing pretty closely and was not prepared for just how hilly it actually turned out to be ... and if you trash your quads coming down Conic Hill then they pay you back later on!

05/11/2012 at 00:52

The only problem you might have with nav is between about miles 50-51.  After crossing the road from Auchtertyre with its campsite you come out on a forestry track that seems to go on and on without a waymark.  The first time I did WHW I did feel I had gone astray at this point. But have patience, after what seems ages a waymark comes pointing you right and into some new plantation with one mile to go!

I prefer the Footprint map over Harvey's - it's clearer and easier to use on the run (if you need to - best to have it in your pack anyway).

Done the Fling four times and it's a cracking event, very friendly, and as you say, scenic. You'll find there are a few distinctly unrunnable sections along L Lomond!

05/11/2012 at 11:01

The tree roots! the tree roots!

great event. good for a first timer. easy to follow.

05/11/2012 at 18:02

Arrrrrrrrrrrrgh not the tree roots!!!!!

Well, thats me entered, 3rd time for me too .

Just hope 5wks is long enough for the leggies to recover from TP100 .

Will be different having everyone start at 6am, but hopefully it should thin out fairly rapidly being 'flat' for the first 12m.

Route - I've seen people going slightly askew on the road about 0.5m outside Drymen - you take the left hand bend at the bottom of a hill on a single track road then almost immediately look for a hole in the wall to your right - go through this and down some steps into a field and you are on track - I shouted people back this year who missed the gap.

05/11/2012 at 18:19
I like the sound of the mass start much better. Really wasn't looking forward to starting early then being overtaken by a galloping bunch of 60+ year olds, then a galloping bunch of 50+ year olds, then a galloping bunch of 40+ year olds, then everyone bloody else! Now I can begin as I mean to go on: near the back but not quite last...
05/11/2012 at 18:50

oh I didn't realise it was a mass start. marvellous. good idea.

although it does mean i'll have to get a lift to the start instead of the train.

Edited: 05/11/2012 at 18:51
05/11/2012 at 19:14
Has anyone done this and the Fellsman and could compare the two? I know the Fellsman is longer and rougher but how did you find them? I'm veering towards the Fellsman but I'm told the scenery on the fling is incredible
05/11/2012 at 19:39

I haven't done the Fellsman but have a friend who has, but I have hill walked around bits of the area (and it's on my 'want to do' list), I'd reckon the Fellsman is waaay harsher in terms of terrain and the navigation is a serious part of the race too, so I guess it depends on whether you like being able to just get your head down and enjoy a route (even the Loch Lomond tree roots!) without getting stressed about navigating in potentially poor conditions, especially at night (why I really want to do this race) or whether you want those 'additional challenges'?

The scenery on the Fling is lovely, but of course, if the weather is pants then that's neither here nor there!! Yorkshire in May can be stunning, but again it can also be vile, wet, boggy etc

3rd time for me too TP - can't believe I'm doing those darn tree roots again, but then again, they ARE only a small part of the whole thing - aren't they?

I shall be driving down Friday afternoon and camping again as that works for me and the campsite is not too far from start.

Mass start - am used the the 6am and then being overtaken but will be interesting see how it goes and will be plenty sociable! 

Edited: 05/11/2012 at 19:40
05/11/2012 at 19:40

Thanks for the navigation summaries, sounds perfect, I'll have a quick ponder about logistics and get signed up in the next few days.

Slightly off topic: is there an organised event that covers the other half of the route? I was up in Fort William a few years ago and really loved it around there so to go back and run there would be very appealing.

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