PH Racing Club’s Alison McGill ran superbly at yesterday’s Devil O’ The Highlands Footrace to secure victory in the women’s race and seventh place overall. Following on from last Sunday’s win at the Donkey Brae Race in Aberdour, McGill covered the 42 miles along the northern section of the West Highland Way in 6 hours, 40 minutes and 43 seconds.
The scenic route through Rannoch Moor, along Glencoe, up the Devil’s Staircase and over Lairig Mor, finishing in Fort William saw McGill stepping up to ultra distance for the first time, having been forced to withdraw from April’s Highland Fling due to injury. The 2018 Scottish Marathon champion’s margin of victory was impressive with a gap of almost 50 minutes between her and the next female finisher and will have certainly made the Scotland ultra running team selectors sit up and take notice.
Having suffered injury of late, as well as a family bereavement this week, Andy Jannetta would have been looking just to finish the race and complete the ‘Triple Crown’ of West Highland Way races he has worked so hard for this year. Jannetta crossed the line 31st in a very respectable 7:46:15 to add the ‘Devil’ to the ‘Fling’ and the full West Highland Way races already finished. Well done Andy and best wishes from the club at a difficult time.
Last Sunday, Ewan Taylor finished second at the Ballater 10 Mile multi terrain race in Aberdeenshire. The 2019 Glenlivet 10k winner finished in 58:36. The podium was completed by Metro duo Jason Kelly and Tom Martin in first and third respectively.
Thanks to Monument Photos and Devil O’ The Highlands for the race photographs.