Weather in the Scottish highlands can be difficult to predict at the best of times.
It might not be unreasonable, however to expect early August to bring a bit of sunshine and possibly some warm weather, especially this year. Not so. The day of the ‘Devil’ started out with some light drizzle before working up to a full blown wet, miserable day. Not necessarily the worst news for the hardy Ultra Runners taking part in the event but certainly a long uncomfortable day for the support teams providing them with food and drink over the 43 mile route.
Tynedale Harriers Ian Gibson and Ian Brown lined up with the other 145 runners at the Green Welly shop, Tyndrum at 0600 hours ready to take on the challenge. Neither are strangers to the WHW as Ian G had completed the full 95 miles event in June and Ian B had completed the Devil in 2011.
Ian B was first of the pair to reach Fort William, taking just over 7 hours. This was good enough to secure 15th place overall for Ian but not enough to win the MV50 category. Ian was however delighted with his time as his training this year had been curtailed following surgery to his foot.
Ian G completed the distance comfortably in 9 hours 10 minutes and came in 77th place. This also secured the ‘Triple Crown’ for Ian as he had also completed the other 2 WHW events in 2013. An amazing achievement!
The race limit for the ‘Devil’ is 150 and, by maintaining a ‘reserve list’, the organisers ensure a good turnout each year. As such, 145 runners started the event with only 11 dropping out during the course of the day despite the poor conditions.