West Highland Way Ultra – 23rd/24th June 2018

Many of us followed Andy’s progress over the course of the two days, although Andy actually finished inside 23hrs in a time of 22:52:39 giving him 44th place out of 234 runners. The race is so tough that only 198 of those runners finished and the last was only half an hour inside the 35 hour cutoff.

Results and details of the event can be seen here

The West Highland Way Race is one of the UK’s longest standing ultra-marathon fixtures and is a highly competitive race, steeped in history. As the name suggests, it follows the West Highland Way (all of it) from Milngavie, on the outskirts of Glasgow, to Fort William; a distance of 95 miles and with almost 15,000 feet of elevation gain – most of which is in the latter stages. 

It’s been on my bucket list for many years so really pleased to finally get round to entering, and completing, it.

Massive thanks are due to Carolyn and Chris Hopkinson who acted as support crew throughout the race, the need for which is mandated by the race rules. They did a fantastic job in monitoring my welfare and safety, and ensuring all my needs were looked after at each checkpoint – so much so that after 81 miles I’d actually put on half a kg in weight! And having Carolyn pace me for the final 20 miles, which included 2 huge mountain passes, was instrumental in enabling me to achieve my goal of finishing before midnight! 


Well done Andy, impressive running.