Glenmore 24 – Team Relay

The What?

The Glenmore 24 is a 24 hour Trail Race that takes place in The Cairngorms National Park in the Scottish Highlands. The event consists of a 4 mile loop in Glenmore Forest which is located just outside Aviemore.

The Route:

The route Map
The route Map

The Relay!

This year a team relay event was held alongside the 24 hour race. Teams of 4 people had to maintain a strict order taking it in turns to run the 4 mile loop over the full 24 hours. I was asked if I wanted to join the team after someone had to drop out and so had not put much planning into the event, potential distance or specific training. Luckily I had already been training for my next Ultra-marathon and had plenty of miles clocked up! Our team consisted of Elaine, Fiona, Mary and I  and was humorously named “Bunch of Fannies” by the race coordinators as we arrived without having decided on a name and without signing our wavers!

The girlies ready to roll!
The girlies ready to roll!

Lets get started!

Upon arrival it felt like walking into a mini festival only instead of people lining the area to watch a big band, it was support crews and runners setting up their tents and tables of precisely packed nutrition and other necessities, ready for the event about to unfold. We arrived in plenty of time to set up our amazing tent (thank you John) and join the group of runners ready to put themselves to the test.

Festival vibes!
Festival vibes!
Our digs for the next 24 hours!
Our digs for the next 24 hours!

On you marks…get set… GO!

Elaine was the first runner in our team and at bang on midday the race began! Everybody shot out the start gate excitedly and made their way around the first of many 4 mile loops!

Elaine springing up the hill! before leaving the
Elaine springing up the hill before leaving the “Runners village”
Elaine coming in to hand over to Fiona
Elaine coming in to hand over to Fiona

Fiona was the next one out on the loop!

Fiona leaving the camp!
Fiona leaving the camp!
Coming in to pass over to me!
Coming in to pass over to me!

The route is a very fun 4 mile loop with a long gradual ascent that, as the night went on, appeared to magically lengthen. Starting off running past all the support tents, the route followed a small single track path before moving on to harder packed forestry road surface. The hills were quite long, but runnable, with a steady climb for about a mile before another steady descent down to the start.

Running past the support tents
Running past the support tents
Leaving the camp!
Leaving the camp!
First little single track section
First little single track section
Beautiful heather lined track
Beautiful heather lined track

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Weeeee!
Weeeee!
The hill and the half way water station.
The hill and the half way water station.
Making runners hungry as they come past!
Making runners hungry as they come past! (Not me though #nomeatathlete )
Back into the start gate to hand over to Mary.
Back into the start gate to hand over to Mary.
Bonkers man!
Neigh way! He’s craaaaaazy!
Official race photo by: https://www.facebook.com/patricia.carvalho.photography?fref=ts NOT ME.
Official race photo by: https://www.facebook.com/patricia.carvalho.photography?fref=ts NOT BY ME.
Official race photo by: https://www.facebook.com/patricia.carvalho.photography?fref=ts NOT ME.
Official race photo by: https://www.facebook.com/patricia.carvalho.photography?fref=ts NOT BY ME.
Official race photo by: https://www.facebook.com/patricia.carvalho.photography?fref=ts NOT ME.
Official race photo by: https://www.facebook.com/patricia.carvalho.photography?fref=ts NOT BY ME.

The time flew by for the first few hours, but eventually the night crept in bringing with it the cold and the dark.

Setting sun
Setting sun
Waiting in the tent for the next run!
Waiting in the tent for the next run!

As we were stopping and starting through the night we found that we would cool down quickly and our muscles would stiffen up. We stretched off while we waited and, as the night progressed, we managed to power nap briefly before our next run. As the night continued, and the 12 hour runners triumphantly finished their run, the track became less crowded. Being relay runners we were nowhere near as knackered as the 24 hour solo runners, but we did have the ability to talk to them as we went round and give them some brief company and hopefully help spur them on! The night was full of silence, which was only broken by gentle murmurs from support tents and the occasional startling horn which marked a solo runner reaching 100 miles.

Eventually the daylight returned and in the morning everybody seemed to have renewed energy!

Rise and Shine!
Rise and Shine!
I think it might have been a bit chilly!
I think it might have been a bit chilly!

After day break the hours flew by and before we knew it we were on our final couple of laps!

Elaine heading off for her last lap!
Elaine heading off for her last lap!

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Hurray Sunshine!
Hurray Sunshine! Hurray my laps are done!

Elaine past over to Fiona for the final section of the race. For the final hour of the race a “small loop” around the campsite opened up for the runners to rack up their final milage before midday. Only the one runner is able to run this section of the race and so Fiona fired round the the loop to finish off our day!

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Fiona racking up the final miles.
Fiona racking up the final miles.
100 miles strong! I agree with her tshirt. Today she did
100 miles strong! I agree with her tshirt. Today she did “Epic Shit”.

The horn sounded, the runners stuck there distance markers in the ground and everybody breathed a sigh of relief!

Hurray we are done!
Hurray we are done!
My stats for the day
My stats for the day
Modeling the G24 top with some fashionably rolled up waterproof trousers.
Modeling the G24 top with some fashionably rolled up waterproof trousers.
Prize giving
Prize giving

Me and Mary ran 40 miles each, Elaine ran 44miles and Fiona made up the final 43.82 Miles. Our team came 4th in the relay with 167.82 miles in 41 laps.

Not bad for a “Bunch of Fannys.”

Official race photo NOT BY ME.
Official race photo NOT BY ME.

This was an incredibly well organised and enjoyable event spent with a great team! It was great watching some very inspiring runners! A huge thank you to all the organisers and volunteers who made the event so much fun and who’s spirits never dampened. I hope to come back again next year and attempt running it solo.

Thank you for reading!

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