Haddies runners brave the elements

Allan Gibson, Bill Simpson, George Findlay and Bill Hutchison at the Devil's Burdens relay race.
Allan Gibson, Bill Simpson, George Findlay and Bill Hutchison at the Devil's Burdens relay race.

THE worst possible weather for hill running hit the Lomond Hills on Saturday morning in time to coincide with one of Scotland’s biggest and best hill relay races – the Devil’s Burdens.

Months of commitment to tough training in the hills paid off as the Haddies fielded seven teams, each comprising six members.

The swirling mist, drizzly sleet and rain made conditions perfect for the Anster runners who were able to put all the experience gained during these sessions to good use.

The top Haddie men’s team were the fourth fastest on the day, finishing in a time of 2hrs 38mins, and beating some of Scotland’s top hill running clubs. The jubilant team of Zach Delaney, Dell Rae, Jonny Knox, Bill Hutchison, Davie Burgess and Ewan Lumsden demonstrated amazing stamina and consistency as they tackled the four legs of the 31km course starting and finishing at Falkland, bringing the name of the Anster Haddies to the fore amongst the Scottish hill running fraternity.

As well as the top team, there were also remarkable achievements from the other six teams, each striving to tackle their respective leg of the relay to ensure a good position for their team.

In celebration of success as well as traditional Haddie team spirit, Haddies own leading mountain man, Ian Mills and his wife Sarah hosted a party in the evening, allowing all runners to share their experiences of a fantastic day. Pictured are Allan Gibson, Bill Simpson, George Findlay and Bill Hutchison at the Devil’s Burdens relay race.

n Full report on page 40.