There is only one picture of the SIPR squad’s training run on Sunday March 1st. That is partly because weather conditions were too dismal for photography. The forecast for the Pentlands was for gusts of 60mph and a windchill of -9. Nevertheless, the runners turned up ready for an 0800 start from the war memorial. That showed dedication to the cause.
The planned route – along the skyline of the Pentland Hills – was abandoned and replaced with a run from the school, through the city of Edinburgh, up to the top of Arthur’s Seat, then around Salisbury Crags and Hunter’s Bog, then back to Fettes in time for Sunday brunch. They ran 17.6km and climbed just over 1800 feet. Well done to Rosie D, James D, Archie G, Ben L, Sasha M, Sofia R and Tom W, the Lower Sixth runners, and to Mr Henderson-Sowerby and Mr Templeton.
The Scottish Islands Peaks Race is an adventure sailing and hillrunning race from Oban to Troon on the west coast of Scotland. Teams sail to the islands of Mull, Jura and Arran; and they run up and down hills on every island. The shortest route is 14 miles on Jura. It is really an adult event, but Fettes will be on the starting line on May 15th in Oban.
Report by IJ Loudon