Posted: 02/12/2013 at 14:22
OK, so he's beaten me to it! Obviously not working hard enough this morning. Still will add my little bit.
Tigh nam Bodach, a tough wee run for no obviously good reason!
As Peter said getting there was half the battle with an early and very choppy ferry but arrived in Killin about 5pm, drive over the Ben Lawers road where we would go tomorrow very eerie in the dark with it trying to snow and high wind.
Fed and had an early night before another 5.30am start and a nice breakfast left out for us by our kind landlady. Drive back over to the start took about an hour on single track roads but the wind had gone down from the previous day and as we arrived dawn trying to break. Parked by the dam and a walk up to register in a large shed lit by organiser's headtorches and one of those patio heaters! Took a while to psych myself up to removing my coat as it was still fairly dark and chilly.
Briefing and off pretty promptly just after 8.30, short run down to where the track climbs over the hill at one end of the dam and back to walking for a bit. The landrover track then goes all round Loch Lyon with a few minor ups and downs, should have been easy running but after 2 miles was having difficulty catching my breath and had to stop and walk. Not happy and not sure why. My rucksack felt very heavy but wasn't really, everyone went past me but was grateful to one girl who asked if I was OK and advised just to walk through it. Good advice and appreciated. Settled after what seemed ages, maybe about a mile and got running again just before first river crossing and had no further bother even though I had thought I might have to drop out.
River crossings were less deep than imagined with no real current and were actually no problem but definitely more than the organisers had said. Not too cold either in fact once heading back other side of loch and out of wind actually got quite hot. Chugged along trying to catch a group of 3, eventually caught 2 of them and now the dam was again in sight, almost half way.