We are proud to announce that we will be hosting one of the UK National Championship AL races and a Scottish Championship Race on 6th May 2017.
The race is run annually on the Saturday before May Day Bank Holiday Monday. This year, however, as it coincides with the 3 Peaks Race at the end of April, the race is taking place one week later on 6th May, 2017.
Called the Stuc a' Chroin 5000 because of its previously approximate total climb (in feet!), the race up until this year was 22k long and the course record is 1:59:22 for the males, and 2:22:47 for the females. The Stuc a' Chroin race has had to undergo a route change because of building development work. These records will now stand as the permanent records due to the change in the course. New records were set last year and stand at (Male) Hector Hains (HBT) 2:08:33, and (Female) Jasmine Paris (Carnethy) 2:40:43. Against our predictions, the new course came in faster than we thought, and the lure of the sub 2 hour record still excites.
Many people have helped with the new sections and we're indebted to all who've sponsored and helped in whatever way they could. It's work in progress at the moment but we hope you like it. We will continue to try and improve the Start / Finish area and have already expanded it quite a bit in order to accommodate more supporters and a better infrastructure.
The new course is approximately a 5,000 feet ascent, or 1500 metres, and 20 km long. The changes are only to the start / finish location as well as the initial and last section of the race.
Organised under British Athletic Rules and classed as a Category A Long Hill race, in its 21st Anniversary, it was last a British Championship event with over 300 runners and in 2013, hosted one of the Scottish Athletics Championships Long Hill races.
You can see some pictures of the work, some of the people, the old path and the new route here.
Usually blessed with good weather, its timing at the beginning of May does mean that there may be a variety of conditions - consult the forecast before your journey ... and don't forget the midge repellant as well as your mandatory equipment. There will be an up-to-date forecast of local conditions right up to the start on this web site in the Stop Press section opposite.
You can download and complete a registration form from here from the beginning of April. We hope to have a pre-registration in place, but you will still be able to register in the Inn at Strathyre Hotel at the South end of the village from 10:30am - 12:30pm, admission fee is £10. Mandatory equipment will be checked at Registration. The race is well marked all the way to the top; (note that there may be a limited number of maps available); stewards and water stations are aplenty and well supported by the local community. Renowned for its plentiful supply of water, jelly babies and chocolate all along its 22k, rumours that some runners actually put on weight during the race are to be treated with caution!
Some of the runners comments from the last couple of years
".. privilege of enjoying a well-supported hill race in stunning scenery and immaculate weather ... Many thanks to the organisers of this epic hill run which was well-organised and well-supported. We will definitely be back next year."
"Brilliant views and perfect weather conditions for this (my favourite) hill race."
"Stuc is a great race and is really well supported, I think I managed to eat about a full bag of Jelly Babies and half a bag of Fruit Pastilles dished out by the numerous marshalls."
"Thanks for a great race , the marshalling and organisation was first class as usual and along with the weather made it a great day !"
"despite the torture of running this course again it's still one of my favourite events on the hill race calendar."
"the best organised and marshaled race I've been to" (we did check, they had been on more than one)
Note that as before (2017), the prizegiving will take place on the field. In case of inclement weather we are setting up an extra Marquee
There is The Village Shop where sandwiches and groceries can be bought. The Broch cafe and the Inn both serve good food. The Munro Hotel and Ben Sheann Hotels have also recently re-opened where they serve food and drink.
One word of warning though - traffic through this popular tourist area, and especially Callander (A84 Stirling - Strathyre ) can be very busy on Bank Holidays and weekends so please allow an extra 30 - 60 minutes to pass through. There will be a significant amount of traffic from those attending the race as well, and traffic in Callander can be a nightmare. Other routes to Strathyre (avoiding Callander) are available.
The race starts at 1300 hrs.
We look forward to seeing you this year.
Committee Members From left
Graeme Courtney (Chairman), Steve Respinger (Secretary), Catriona MacGeoch, Jim Heron, Davey Allan (Treasurer), Dougie Aitchison, Wullie Dalziel, Ian Brydie
was how you could describe the weather Friday and Saturday on a clear day with good but snowy conditions, in between the abysmal conditions on Thursday and Sunday.
Understandably, conditions underfoot, (sometimes well underfoot) led to a slower finish, but still a massive effort for Finlay Wild (Lochaber) to finish in 2:25:24, Alisdair Anthony (Ochil) 2:31:21 and Andrew Gilmour (Carnethy) 2:34:45 came 2nd and 3rd. Congratulations to all our prizewinners.
For the females, Charlotte Watson, right (Edin Uni H & H) came in 1st on 3:00:14, just pipping Jill Stephen (Hunters Bog Trotters 3:00:32 & Anwen Darlington (Dundee Road Runners) 3:04:06 came 3rd. Great going again this year for all those 169 runners who set off yesterday at 13:00
Results below and Full results below (Click here for the race survey - all comments appreciated)
On a largely sunny day, although still cold and barely above freezing at the summits, many runners commented on a great run with the course quite wet in places and some snow cover up top.
|1||38||Finlay Wild||Lochaber AC||02:25:24|
|2||40||Alasdair Anthony||Ochil Hill Runners||02:31:21|
|1||59||Charlotte Watson||Edinburgh Uni Hare & Hounds||03:00:14|
|2||69||Jill Stephen||Hunters Bog Trotters||03:00:32|
|3||45||Anwen Darlington||Dundee Road Runners||03:04:06|
|MALE VET 40+|
|1||26||Mark Harris||Anster Haddies||02:41:24|
|2||115||Donald Naylor||Hunters Bog Trotters||02:42:11|
|3||164||Stuart Malcolm||Highland Hill Runners||02:48:19|
|FEMALE VET 40+|
|1||75||Kirsty Bryan-Jones||Dark Peak Fell Runners||03:31:05|
|3||126||Katy Baxter||Ochil Hill Runners||03:53:38|
|MALE VET 50+|
|2||107||Will Manners||Strathearn Harriers||02:44:48|
|3||130||Jonny Knox||Anster Haddies||02:50:16|
|FEMALE VET 50+|
|1||125||Andrea Prestley||Ochil Hill Runners||03:05:58|
|2||140||Joan Wilson||Lomond Hill Runners||04:04:41|
|MALE VET 60+|
|1||44||Richard Toller||Dundee Road Runners||04:10:47|
|FEMALE VET 60+ N/A|
|1||78||Gareth Bryan-Jones||Ochil Hill Runners||04:07:57|
|1||40||Alasdair Anthony||Ochil Hill Runners||02:31:21|
|2||54||David Cope||Ochil Hill Runners||02:40:53|
|3||135||David Wallace||Ochil Hill Runners||02:49:13|
|4||127||Grant Baxter||Ochil Hill Runners||02:56:33|
Quite a few photos were taken by Jason Allardyce, Archie Scott, Tommy Anderson and others, Jason will coordinate and I'll post a shortcut when they're available. It's also worth noting that Greg Boswell, he of grizzly bear attack fame, had a small camera crew filming him on the road back to fitness. Nice one Greg and hope full fitness returns soon!
Many thanks to so many people who contributed this year and every year - Glen Ample Estate for letting us run on their land, Mike Holliday for getting a lot of water around the mountain, arranging access, ferrying people around and generally watching over us, Forestry Commission for letting us run on their land, Inn at Strathyre for their great contribution on all the events leading up throughout the year, hosting the marshal meetings and providing soup and sustenance for the runners and marshals and revellers.
Thomas Allan & Son (Plumbers), Kingshouse Travel, Sula Furnishings, The Inn & Bistro Strathyre. Stirling Stoves. Immervoulin Caravan Park. Strathyre Cleansing. Village Shop Strathyre. Airlie House B&B, M&M Timber, Aitchison Enterprises, The Braes Farming Co. KPs DIY. Lochside Cottages. Ian Brydie Building Services. Heroncraft Scotland, RTA Doune, S Carmichael & Sons (Comrie), Roll On Flooring, Crystal Tea room (Crieff), The Therapy Room without whose support we could not do without. Thanks also to Pete Bland Sports for their support over the years and help recently despite their devastation in the floods in Cumbria last year.
Of course, eternally grateful to the infamous marshals and supporters who dish out water, jelly babies, encouragement and humour to the runners, registration, race finish, soup dispensers and massagers (Jim and Janette at the Therapy Room, Callander) at the race finish.
Finally, thanks to all the runners for turning up, of all ages and degrees of fitness, without whom there would not be a race to run.
We hope to see you next year
PS Remember our next race (Ben Sheann) Wed, June 15 for a quick midweek jaunt.
|1||38||02:25:24||Finlay Wild||Lochaber AC||M|
|2||40||02:31:21||Alasdair Anthony||Ochil Hill Runners||M|
|4||63||02:40:48||Callum Smith||Edinburgh Uni Hare & Hounds||M|
|5||54||02:40:53||David Cope||Ochil Hill Runners||M|
|6||26||02:41:24||Mark Harris||Anster Haddies||MV40|
|7||115||02:42:11||Donald Naylor||Hunters Bog Trotters||MV40|
|10||107||02:44:48||Will Manners||Strathearn Harriers||MV50|
|12||7||02:47:27||Grant Rozga||Jura AC||M|
|14||164||02:48:19||Stuart Malcolm||Highland Hill Runners||MV40|
|16||135||02:49:13||David Wallace||Ochil Hill Runners||M|
|17||43||02:49:29||Stephen Winter||Shettleston Harriers||MV40|
|18||130||02:50:16||Jonny Knox||Anster Haddies||MV50|
|19||53||02:50:20||Fraser Drummond||Edinburgh Uni Hare & Hounds||M|
|20||132||02:51:08||Andrew MacRae||Inverness Harriers||MV40|
|21||37||02:51:53||Jon Gay||Lochaber AC||MV40|
|22||80||02:52:23||Donald MacKenzie||Lomond Hill Runners||MV40|
|23||141||02:53:04||Michael O'Donnell||Inverness Harriers||M|
|25||127||02:56:33||Grant Baxter||Ochil Hill Runners||MV40|
|26||58||02:57:35||Alex Luetchford||Edinburgh Uni Hare & Hounds||M|
|27||158||02:57:41||Julian Warman||Hunters Bog Trotters||MV40|
|29||59||03:00:14||Charlotte Watson||Edinburgh Uni Hare & Hounds||F|
|30||138||03:00:15||Joe Donnelly||Carnegie Harriers||M|
|31||136||03:00:29||Stewart Wilson||Inverness Harriers||MV40|
|32||69||03:00:32||Jill Stephen||Hunters Bog Trotters||F|
|33||42||03:01:22||Gavin MacMillan||Lochaber AC||M|
|34||45||03:04:06||Anwen Darlington||Dundee Road Runners||F|
|35||125||03:05:58||Andrea Prestley||Ochil Hill Runners||FV50|
|36||133||03:06:28||Stuart Sanderson||Penicuik Harriers||MV50|
|39||70||03:10:30||Duncan Ball||Penicuik Harriers||MV50|
|40||49||03:10:49||Georgia Cottle||Edinburgh Uni Hare & Hounds||F|
|41||31||03:10:53||Stewart Barrie||Hunters Bog Trotters||MV40|
|42||30||03:11:05||Neil Waslidge||Lochaber AC||MV40|
|43||145||03:11:34||Damon Rodwell||Border Search & Rescue Unit||MV40|
|45||131||03:13:55||Thomas Knox||Anster Haddies||M|
|46||12||03:14:02||Alastair Ewen||Bellahouston Road Runners||MV40|
|47||52||03:14:13||Kath Reynolds||Edinburgh Uni Hare & Hounds||F|
|48||20||03:14:17||Mike Stewart||Keith & District||MV50|
|50||28||03:15:02||Graham Kirby||Fife AC||MV40|
|51||162||03:15:10||Niall Till||Skye & Lochalsh RC||M|
|52||103||03:15:46||Hugh O'Donnell||Eryri Harriers||M|
|53||105||03:16:10||Skylar Lobdell||St Andrews Uni Cross C.||M|
|58||46||03:21:31||D Walsh||Dunoon Hill Runners||MV40|
|59||122||03:21:49||David Scott||Ochil Hill Runners||MV50|
|60||92||03:21:52||Rob Wilson||Penicuik Harriers||MV40|
|61||36||03:21:59||Graham Briffett||Highland Hill Runners||MV40|
|62||151||03:22:13||Michael Haywood||Gala Harriers||M|
|63||83||03:22:41||Robert MacLean||Lochaber AC||MV40|
|64||14||03:23:00||Steve Archer||Ochil Hill Runners||MV40|
|68||32||03:25:47||Briory Curtis||Hunters Bog Trotters||F|
|72||76||03:27:35||Nigel Fowler||Fife AC||MV40|
|73||9||03:27:43||Alasdair Macinnes||Jura AC||M|
|74||67||03:28:51||Colin MacDougal||Tinto Hill Runners||MV40|
|75||86||03:28:58||Clive Roberts||Fife AC||MV50|
|77||23||03:30:58||Christopher Hill||British Military Fitness||MV50|
|78||75||03:31:05||Kirsty Bryan-Jones||Dark Peak Fell Runners||FV40|
|86||148||03:35:57||Andrew Howett||Fife AC||M|
|87||143||03:37:06||Dave Turner||Lomond Hill Runners||MV40|
|88||50||03:37:13||Eddie Balfour||Moorfoot Runners||MV50|
|89||117||03:37:14||Alex McMaster||St Andrews Uni Cross C.||M|
|90||81||03:37:26||Mike Brooks||Penicuik Harriers||MV50|
|91||128||03:37:46||Raeanne Miller||Oban Mountain Goats||F|
|94||24||03:39:29||James Ashworth||Ochil Hill Runners||MV40|
|95||25||03:39:29||Peter Buchanan||Ochil Hill Runners||MV50|
|97||85||03:45:03||Ian Hawkins||Fife AC||MV50|
|101||19||03:47:38||Gerald Angus||Keith & District||MV50|
|102||66||03:47:40||Ian Poolman||Glenrothes Tri||MV40|
|105||8||03:48:52||Craig Rozga||Jura AC||M|
|107||139||03:50:03||Colin Wilson||Lomond Hill Runners||MV50|
|108||82||03:52:26||Graham Brown||Macclesfield Harriers||MV40|
|111||16||03:52:59||Oliver Eatough||Metro Aberdeen||M|
|112||129||03:53:02||Sam Jones||Oban Mountain Goats||M|
|113||94||03:53:31||Stewart Ward||Tinto Hill Runners||MV40|
|114||126||03:53:38||Katy Baxter||Ochil Hill Runners||FV40|
|116||73||03:55:13||Angus Bowman||Lomond Hill Runners||MV50|
|117||144||03:57:16||Iain Beedie||Lomond Hill Runners||MV40|
|118||77||03:59:20||Julie Spenceley||Forth Valley Orienteers||FV40|
|119||119||03:59:21||Allan Ferguson||Forfar Road Runners||M|
|120||116||04:00:35||Kate Darlow||Gala Harriers||F|
|121||68||04:02:56||Tim Doyle||Penicuik Harriers||MV50|
|124||134||04:04:22||Eva Groeneveld||Fife AC||F|
|125||140||04:04:41||Joan Wilson||Lomond Hill Runners||FV50|
|131||78||04:07:57||Gareth Bryan-Jones||Ochil Hill Runners||V70|
|132||142||04:07:58||Denise Burns||Lomond Hill Runners||FV40|
|133||163||04:08:44||Dave Till||Skye & Lochalsh RC||MV50|
|136||44||04:10:47||Richard Toller||Dundee Road Runners||MV60|
|138||137||04:11:54||Lizzie Knox||Anster Haddies||F|
|139||99||04:12:12||Chris Huntley||Tinto Hill Runners||MV50|
|141||150||04:17:57||Luis Molero||Lauderdale Limpers||M|
|142||161||04:17:57||Alan Elder||Moorfoot Runners||MV50|
|144||41||04:18:38||Iain Ferguson||Ayrodynamic Triathlon Club||MV40|
|148||61||04:28:14||Berit Inkster||Edinburgh AC||F|
|149||166||04:28:55||Kevin Smith||Lomond Hill Runners||MV40|
|150||93||04:28:55||Andrea Wilson||Penicuik Harriers||FV40|
|151||113||04:32:30||Daniel Lynch||St Andrews Uni Cross C.||M|
|152||22||04:33:26||Michael Galloway||Dundee Hawkhill Harriers||MV50|
|154||74||04:33:38||Jean Bowman||Lomond Hill Runners||FV50|
|162||1||05:01:29||Neil Smith||Kenilworth Runners||MV50|
|165||60||DNF||Mitchell Fraser||Edinburgh AC||MV40|
|167||108||DNF||Isabella Scott||St Andrews Uni Cross C.||F|
|TOTAL MALE RUNNERS||137|
|TOTAL FEMALE RUNNERS||30|
|All VET 70+||2|
|TOTAL FIELD (M+F+70)||169|
It is with great regret that we learnt of the death of Ronie Hamilton. Ronie was one of the founders of the race and his and Archie's influence and hard work enabled the race to become what it is now - one of the most popular races in the calendar.
A celebration of his life was held in the Monachyle Mhor and it was apparent listening to his family and friends how important the race was to Ronie.
Ronie, thanks for the race and the hard work, you will be missed ....
The race would like to say 'thanks' to 2 old hands of the race, Archie Bennie, and Bill Baird. Archie and Bill go back to the very first days of the race; Archie, also one of the founders of the race and race secretary for many years let us know that he has decided to hand back his marshals star and hang up his jelly babies.
Bill has also been a loyal and hardworking marshal since the early days and has significantly contributed to prizes and race funds for many years.
The race committee would like to thank you for your hard work and we wish you both a happy retirement from the race.
You'll be a fool to miss it.
Our fundraiser Games Night at the Village Hall takes place on Saturday 19th November. It's always a great night folks. All welcome - come along and support us.
Competitors are reminded that the race is a category AL race and as such, the organisers expect all mandatory equipment to be carried. Competitors will be required to show mandatory equipment at registration, and checks will be made prior to the race. Non-compliant competitors will be invited to withdraw from the race. (See Race Admin)
The beautiful villages of Strathyre, Balquhidder and Lochearnhead have a variety of accommodation including Guest Houses, Inns and Hotels, Chalets, Bed & Breakfasts and Caravan Sites. Click here (opens in new tab) for the RobRoyCountry web site containing request for info for local accommodation enquiry.