The Stuc a’Chroin 5000 Hill Race, first run in 1988, will be 29 years of age on Saturday the 4th May 2017.
The race was last a British Championship Event in 2009. A total turnout of 324 runners started the race and 317 completed. 83 Clubs participated along with 31 unaffiliated runners. In 2013, it was a Scottish Athletics Championship event.
The race attracts sponsorship from The Green Welly Stop, Kingshouse Travel, Thomas Allan & Son, Sula Furnishings and Pete Bland Sports (British Championship Sponsors).
Last year we said goodbye to an old friend of this race. Archie Bennie retired as Secretary of the Race Committee after nearly 22 years. Although sad to leave the committee, Archie believes it's time to hand over to someone younger. Many thanks for all your hard work, Archie.
Ronie Hamilton, another old hand on the Committee, retired in 2008 as Chairman after 22 years. Graham Courtney takes over. I'm convinced Ronie looks younger since he resigned. Ronie, thanks for your work.
Davey Allan looks after the hardy marshals on the course. To date, he hasn't lost any on the day. (There's always this year though.)
Over its long history a few locals have completed it, including George Coppock, Pete Miller, Rory Brown, Wendy Halliday, Blair Falconer, Duncan Francis, Herbie McLean, Dentist Alistair Johnston and Doctor Kerry Mathewson, and current locals Dougie Aithchison, and Prasad. Strangely, not many came back a second time, though Prasadand Elke have won it three times between them.