Glen Ogle 33 – 04/11/2017

The Glen Ogle 33 Ultra is an ultra marathon held every November in Perthshire. The race starts and finishes in Killin and takes in some stunning scenery which sees runners crossing the Glen Ogle viaduct before running down towards Lochearnhead.

First run in 2011, the race has quickly become one of the most popular ultras in Scotland and every year sees a lot of runners deciding to pop their ultra cherry on this one before going on to longer races the year after.

Due to the time of year and its location, the route isn’t overly technical which means we can run it safely and runners don’t need to worry about being able to navigate or going for long stretches without seeing any other runners or marshals.

On the Saturday night after the race there will be a ceilidh and prize giving held in the Killin village hall.

We had 2 MRRs competing in this race.  Steven Morrison and Alan Swadel.  Also running was Shirley Feaks from Forres Harriers.  As Ultra runners they all took the training very seriously, making sure their diet and hydration was at it’s optimum prior to the race, so they could put in a good effort and complete this route I’m sure I will get a report from someone to add to this, so people can read about how it feels to run this event.

The start was just after 0800 (increased entry from last year meant registration was slower than usual).

From the start you run through the village of Killin over the bridge.

Then taking a left up an incline out of the village on forestry tracks (there was some walking went on from some in miles 2/3), then a steep down hill to a road crossing and the first check point at mile 6. The route then followed a hard compact route along an old railway line, adjacent to the A85 past Lochearnhead to Balquidder station. The views over loch tay were breathtaking at this point. The route then was a little undulating following a path to check point 2 – 10 miles befAuchtubh and Balquidder. The road carried on the Strathyre (around 18 miles in), where we we met with the 2nd road crossing and had to ‘dib’ in. The route then ascended steeply in places for quite a way. This is where the first ‘down pour’ caught me, but the views made it all worth while and it was quite refreshing.

It was still rather cold, so the waterproof jacket was worn. The incline seemed never ending but there was a nice downhill at the other side. The route carried on until Kingshouse on the forestry tracks where we picked the outgoing route back up towards check point 3 (23 miles). I needed a good feed at this point. The run along the old railway line was a long incline for about 3 miles, a lot of people were jog/walking at this point. On the viaduct this is where I got my photo taken (mile 26). Check point 4 (27 miles was welcoming as it had started sleet/snowing here. I had someones flat coke at this point as was feeling weary after the long ascent. We crossed the road and this is where I thought we had to run up the steep hill (we ran down), but they veered us off to the left (which I was very relieved at), oh and we had to run past a burger van – how tempting the smell was. Around 3.5 miles to go, it was all downhill from here, I seemed to managed to pick up the pace here. We ran back into Killin and then ran round a path in the park to the finish.

The whole event was well organised, sign posted well and the checkpoint support were fabulous. I thoroughly enjoyed this event and highly recommend this for a first ultra. The route isn’t overly technical which means we can run it safely and runners don’t need to worry about being able to navigate or going for long stretches without seeing any other runners or marshals.

On the Saturday night after the race there is a a ceilidh and prize giving held in the Killin village hall. Unfortunately we all had to come back up the road. Steven was the first MRR in 4:30 hrs, next was Alan Swadel in 5:20 hrs, followed closely by me nearly 40 seconds later.

Some pictures below to show the dedication of our athletes to their craft. Results can be found 

Results

Report by:  Robert Bruce & Shirley Feaks

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