I headed out of T2. I had 17km and 2 hours 45 minutes to reach T2a so that I would be allowed to complete the course using the low route. What I didn’t realize was the run starts with a 5km climb.
The last section of the run has a high and a low route. The abysmal weather meant there was no chance the high route would be open. So all competitors were on the low route.
The low route is easier than the high route but its not easy. It is a very technical path made harder if the weather is bad.
I had assumed the run from T2 to T2a was easy. It wasn’t. It was muddy with a lot of off road sections through heather. I thought I would cruise round but I had to work quite hard to make it to transition in time. A few people behind me were walking as they thought they had time but none of them made it to transition before the cut off.
The weather at T2a was bleak. It was wet and windy. I was supposed to have a medical check here but that seemed to comprise of someone asking if I had my bag with me. I said yes. They said ok, you are free to go then.
I changed into a full rambler outfit of waterproofs and a pole to help me walk.
There was no time pressure to complete the race so we walked all of it until the end. It was a long slog and at times the weather was horrific but I never felt tired.
Towards the end of the walk I opened a can of Pepsi that I’d been carrying for nearly 30km. What a treat!
My aim was to do the run in less than six hours. I wasn’t too far out.
At the finish line, one of the volunteers said “Congratulations. Now hand over your GPS unit or you’ll be fined £25!”
They need to work on their end of race speech. It’s no “Iain, you are an Ironman!”
PS – if you look at the first picture of me on the run you will see I have a blue cap on. I don’t have it on at the end. That’s the third blue cap I’ve lost whilst running! If you find it in Torridon then give it a good home but don’t wear it when its windy or you won’t see it again.