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Ben Nevis Tag

At the foot of Ben Nevis the traditional bag piper led a four hundred strong parade of athletes to the start line. A grand total of seventeen Rossendale Harriers (which must be the highest number ever?) took their place and waited for the starter's gun. Even the shy Scottish sun turned up to be part of, what was going to be, a great afternoon of true mountain racing. [caption id="attachment_349" align="alignleft" width="300"] Sam Tosh 3rd to summit[/caption] Rossendale's leading light Sam Tosh kept good company with an early group of front-runners. Including Ricky Lightfoot, Martin Mikkleson-Barron, Robb Jebb, and Finlay Wild. The group slowly started to stretch out as Wild topped the mountain first. With the others only seconds behind, the race would be, as they say it always is, won on the decent. And it was. Wild bound past me as I continued the long upwards struggle.  The others soon followed, but...

6 September 2014 - 8.7m / 4419ft. [caption id="attachment_5" align="alignright" width="300"] Mr Miyagi used to be Scott Hitchen's coach apparantley[/caption] A dozen Rossendale Harriers huddled together at the start line of 2014 Ben Nevis Fell race. I don't know who was more apprehensive; those of us who hadn't done the race before, with the fear of the unknown. Or those with past experience, who knew exactly what they were in for. The main topic of pre-race talk was the unavoidable ‘Yes or No’ debate. Yes – I do think I can do it in less than two hours. Or No I can’t. Apart from Joe Johnston of course who would’ve had to have worn clown shoes to come in over that time. As the runners gathered behind the bag pipers I asked Andy Lee (he’d done it once or twice) if he had any advise for a first timer - "Never look up." [caption...