Elliot returns to take Goatfell race crown

181 runners set off at the start of the Goatfell Hill race.

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Words and pictures by Colin Smeeton

Former Lamlash runner Elliot Sedman made a welcome return to his old stomping ground to take first place in the Goatfell hill race last Saturday.

The race this year saw 181 runners taking on the 15.5 km (9.63 mile) challenge which climbs to the 874m (2,854ft) summit of Goatfell and returns to the Ormidale park where it also starts.

Although slightly wet underfoot, runners enjoyed good running conditions which, while deteriorating at the summit, improved as the day progressed.

Elliot, who now runs with Carnethy HRC  in Penicuik, came in first with a time of 1.20.31 and afterwards met up with many of his Arran friends and local runners which, this year, included David Allsop, Michal Bochenek, Andy McNamara, Ken Hogge, Keir Robertson, Euan Rains, Graeme Johnston and the only female local runner, Fiona Clarke.

Winner of last month’s Ormidale 10k race, Michal Bochenek, also took the Goatfell title as the first resident local home with a time of 1.41.41 while non-resident David Allsop of Arran Runners finished with a time of 1.36.45. Female local runner Fiona Clarke finished with a time of 2.33.38.

Following the gruelling race, which only saw four people not able to finish, a short prize-giving ceremony was held and trophies and prizes were presented.

Organiser Peter Mackie of Shettleston Harriers said: ‘Thank you to everyone who has helped to make the Goatfell hill race such a success. From the Arran Mountain Rescue Team, the marshals on the route to the Brodick Improvements Committee, they have all played such a large part. Thanks too, to the National Trust for Scotland for allowing us to run the race on their property and to the Isle of Arran Pipe Band which gave the runners a good send off. Thank you to all of the runners, the volunteers and not forgetting the St Andrews First Aid staff who took good care of the few injuries that were sustained during the day.’

The current record for the Goatfell Hill Race is 1.12.11, which was set by Murray Strain in 2017, and the female record of 1.26.21 was set by Angela Mudge in 2001.

Elliot Sedman joins his Arran pals Andy McNamara and Ken Hogge for a team photograph prior to the race. 01_B21Goatfell01

Graeme Johnston prepares his musical playlist prior to setting off on the race. 01_B21Goatfell02

The 181 runners set off at the start of the Goatfell hill race. 01_B21Goatfell03

Runners do a lap around the Ormidale field before taking to the road towards Goatfell. 01_B21Goatfell04

Elliot Sedman crosses the finish line in first place. 01_B21Goatfell05

Podium finishers, l to r, third place Matthew Sutherland, winner Elliot Sedman, runner up Thomas Callan. 01_B21Goatfell06

Organiser Peter Mackie presents first female local Fiona Clarke with her prize. 01_B21Goatfell07

Gordon Allsop of Arran Runners celebrates as he crosses the finish line. 01_B21Goatfell08

First female finisher Zoe Harding is all smiles as she crosses the finish line. 01_B21Goatfell09

First resident male local over the line is Michal Bochenek who also won the recent Ormidale 10k race. 01_B21Goatfell10

Arran runner Andy McNamara is in good form as he heads towards the finish. 01_B21Goatfell11

Arran runner Ken Hogge crosses the finish line. 01_B21Goatfell12

Graeme Johnston looks relaxed as he crosses the finish line. 01_B21Goatfell13

First local female home Fiona Clarke smiles triumphantly. 01_B21Goatfell14

Arran locals Keir Robertson and Euan Rains both finished with a time of 2.57.33. 01_B21Goatfell15

Organiser Peter Mackie presents race winner Elliot Sedman with the Goatfell race trophy. 01_B21Goatfell16