Derek and Jade McHugh tackled the Loch Ness Marathon on Sunday 23rd of September and the long journey was certainly worthwhile as Jade smashed her P.B.
The Father/Daughter duo followed months of dedicated training with just over four hours of dedicated running.
The Loch Ness Marathon follows a spectacular point-to-point route alongside the world famous Loch Ness, starting in an atmospheric moorland setting and continues through stunning Highland scenery, taking you along the south-eastern shores of Loch Ness, across the River Ness, to finish in Inverness, capital city of the Highlands.
Jade and Derek supported and encouraged each other through the entirety of the 26.2 miles and Jade stopped the clock at 4:16:08, taking 10 minutes off her previous best, with Dad Derek 4:16:09 next over the line.
This new race near Newcastleton attracted a small entry of 8 for the 2km Fun Run and 10 for the 6km Hill Race on a glorious sunny day. From the scenic car parking field the race took runners first along a quiet country road towards England before heading up sheep-cropped grass to the rocky summit of Carby Hill (258m) with it’s large sink-holes before a gentle downhill ridge run then several grassy fields back to the Finish.
The two courses were well thought out with plenty of marshals at crucial points, and everyone was complimentary about the pleasant underfoot conditions for most of the route which made for fast times.
Max Clarke (unattached) just pipped Teviotdale Harriers Andy McEwan in the Hill race, winning by 2 seconds, with John Tullie in 3rd place and 1st M60. Rachel McAleese from Lauderdale Limpers was 1st lady with Teviotdale’s Lindsey Knox 2nd Lady and 1st Over 50 Lady.
In the 2km Fun Run the honours went to Craig Watson, just heading off brother Greg by 6 seconds.
Landowners the Lockhart-Smith family actively encouraged the race and put up a good selection of prizes, so many thanks to them. Local volunteers provided welcome refreshments afterwards. Hopefully with more publicity this lovely little race will attract a bigger turnout next year – the probable date is 10 August 2019.