Last year we posted some news about Andrew Crichton, a 3rd year student nurse who had completed the West Highland Way Race in an amazing 22hrs 57mins and 12seconds, finishing it on the same day as he started; arriving at the finish line at 3 minutes to midnight!
Andy is back racing again and on on June the 18th 2016 is running another West Highland Way Race. The race is 95 miles long, starting from Milngavie railway station (just north of Glasgow) to the Loch Aber Leisure Centre in Fort William. Andy will be at the start at 01:00 am. on the 18th and has until midday on Sunday the 19th to get to the end. The reason it is held on the 18th of June is, that’s the closest Saturday to the longest daylight hours day.
Andy is pictured above with the Glen Cairn crystal ‘goblet’ which was his prize for finishing the race.
Some awesome statistics from his support team who met him with the food and equipment needed for the race; at the 50 mile check point Andy had lost 3.5kgs and at the 85 miles mark another 2.5 kgs; and that was within expected limits!
This year Andy’s goal is simply to beat last years time, planning to finish in 21-22 hours, though as you might expect with these things a lot can go wrong before and during the race. Andy is currently in the last few weeks of his training and with just a few key sessions left, believes a positive mindset is the most important thing.
Maybe we should add so is training! Before this weekend he reckons he’s run 860 miles since last year in preparation for this year’s race including 69,000 feet of climbing with many trips taking him to the course itself. He also runs in the Galloway Forest, the Merrick Hills and once over in Arran, running up and down Goatfell twice in one day, the equivalent of 6,000 feet climbing over 15 miles. Before the main event he is also taking part in the HOKA Highland Fling race at the end of the month (30/04/16) which is the first 53 miles of the whole run and just for fun is going running in Glencoe a bit closer to the race day.
Fantastic achievement and our best wishes for success this year Andy. Let us know how you get on.
Andy runs for Motor Neurone Disease Scotland and you can visit his JustGiving Page to make donations to MND Scotland at: http://www.justgiving.com/Andy-Crichton180616?utm_id=26
Go on and be generous…. remember that Andy is also qualifying as a nurse and finishing his degree at the same time as taking this on!