Podium for Jess in Ring of Steall Skyrace

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Posted: Tue 20 Sep 2016

Jess has been racing in the mountains...read about it here!

On Saturday Jess donned a different pair of running shoes to take part in the inaugural Ring of Steall Skyrace. The younger sister of the extreme Glen Coe Skyline (the one Johannes ran well in last year), this race takes in the peaks of the famous Ring of Steall mountains in the Mamores. At 29km with 2,500m climb, it’s a pretty brutal race! A bit different to our usual orienteering races.

Jess had persuaded her friend and fellow orienteer Hollie Orr to run too and it proved to be a battle between them to take the 2 remaining spots on the podium after an impressive run by hill runner Georgia Tindley. Jess kept the lead over Hollie until the final big climb, about 18km into the race where Hollie had more strength left in the legs! Although Jess kept pushing on up, along the ridge and finally down the long descent, she couldn’t quite re—catch Hollie and finished 36 seconds adrift after nearly 5 hours of racing. It’s fair to say that Jess is now struggling to walk (especially down steps!) as she recovers from a race that her legs aren’t particularly used to!

You can read a more detailed report on her attackpoint log