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Over the weekend of 20th May, a team from Fettes took part in the Scottish Islands Peak Race (SIPR), coming in 13th out of 37 teams.

The SIPR is a sailing and hill-running race.  Teams sail from island to island, and they run up peaks on those isles.

Beginning on Friday at 1200, Oscar T and Felix A ran the first route in Oban, then the team sailed the yacht La Girafe III up the Sound of Mull to land in Salen in first place in the Youth Race.  Finn B and Finlay B then tackled the 18 mile Ben Tallaidh run with Ms McDonnell.  They jousted with Kendal College’s runners but overtook them shortly before the finish.  La Girafe III sailed for Jura in first place in the Youth Race.

Alas, winds were against us and we were overtaken by other youth boats in the darkness of Friday night.  Felix and Oscar, seasick and tired, gallantly ran a very tough 14 miles in the pathless wilderness of the island of Jura.  La Girafe III sailed from Jura early on Saturday afternoon, overnight around the Mull of Kintyre, making up time on several yachts in the youth and adult races.

The Mull of Kintyre, when the tide runs against the wind, is not for the faint-hearted, especially not in rain and darkness.  Orla D and Ailsa G had a rough voyage, but they and Ms Dawes were ready to run the 19 miles up and down Goatfell on Arran when they landed just before 0300.  Then a high-speed dash across the waves of the Firth of Clyde saw the team finish on Sunday morning at 1000.

Organiser of the Fettes SIPR team, and teacher of English Mr Loudon said:

“2022 was a tough race.  The SIPR is a real test of resilience when the sea gets rough, because runners get sick and then they have to scamper for miles over hard terrain.  We passed the test with flying colours.  Our congratulations and respect go to the winners of the youth race, first-time competitors Kendal College aboard the yacht Clockwork.  We have high hopes that Oscar will win the prize for the best bagpiper when the official results are published.”