Posted: 08/05/2013 at 19:45
Funnily although I was a newbie to the distance I live nearby and have been training up and down the route since the start of the year. Was well aware of Cowpat Alley. So I really had no excuse for ending up knee deep! Speaking of newbies, I got a real chuckle hearing grumbles about the rough terrain from numerous people on the approach to Inversnaid. Couldn't help wondering what they were going to make of the next bit!
The diversion past Drymen was easy enough even though it was a long gradual uphill drag. The new path over Conic made the ascent and descent much easier though lots of folk wish they'd left it the way it was. I didn't hear of any dramas and didn't see the Sea Kings out so assume that there weren't any major problems in that regard.
Weather was perfect - after a week of constant rain it dried up the evening before and was beautiful all day. Sunny but not too warm. The rain held off all day then literally ten minutes after the last runner came in it started pishing down in grand style. Couldn't have been better timed! As far as I know everyone stopped running at the finish, even Donnie Campbell!