Ian at the top of Buachaille Etive Mor
Iain Farrell, Director of Projects, completed the gruelling Buachaille Dash on Saturday 2 July.
The running/walking event takes place in the heart of Scotland and is a 34 mile route which starts at Rannoch Station and involves going across Rannoch Moor to the base of Buachaille Etive Mor, climbing up to the summit and then making a return journey back across the moor to the start/finish line.
This is known as the ‘full dash’ but for those who do not want to do the full distance, there are three other shorter routes available.
Iain is a keen runner who likes a challenge as he has previously took part in triathlons and half marathons.
The Buachaille Dash is the longest endurance event Iain has ever done, and he trained for three months beforehand in preparation for it.
The event was started by pupils and staff at Rannoch School who would take part in the challenge in the summer to get a feeling of accomplishment from finishing and the respect and admiration from their peers.
In 2011, a group of former pupils ran ‘The Dash’ in memory of their friend Charlotte Pitstra who passed away in December 2008 from an undiagnosed heart condition.
They ran to raise money for charity and after the inaugural event they realised there were many unique challenges that they did at their school and they decided to try and bring them to a wider audience so that everyone could enjoy them. The first one being the Buachaille Dash.
This year’s event started at 5.30am and seven people took part in it. Former staff from Rannoch School were in attendance and all the volunteers were local people from the area.
Iain said: “I was up at 4am to get ready for the event and travel down to the station. It was about seven degrees when I started and it was also raining, which got heavier when I reached the mountain, but by the afternoon the weather got better, and it was a beautiful setting. Unfortunately my knee gave up after 10 miles, so I had to walk the rest of the way. I took podcasts and flapjacks to keep me going, and would eat a small amount of flapjack every 15 minutes which helped a lot. It took me about two hours and 50 minutes to cross the moor, three hours to go up and down the mountain and four hours on the way back.
It was an amazing thing to do, and I know I definitely want to do it again. I would highly recommend the event to others.”
Iain completed the full 34 mile event in nine hours and 48 minutes.
To find out more about the Buachaille Dash visit http://www.rannochadventureseries.com/