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? 


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!

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 19:40

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.

05/11/2012 at 19:47
Cheers cc, pretty much what I thought, read the reviews of the Fellsman last year after I had to drop out and thought it sounded incredibly tough, first time I've heard of people dropping out of race in the uk from wind blindness!
05/11/2012 at 19:59

There is, It's called DEvil of the Highlands and takes place in August but it requires a support team.

05/11/2012 at 20:37
Yup, entry list for the Devil is open just now. It usually fills up fast.
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