Here it is folks! Another Sunday Adventure Club presentation!
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Then, after all the weeks excitement of the annual shopping festival and celebration of consumerism, beer drinking and sprout eating it was off to Scotlands very own Chamonix, yes, Tillicoultry for The Lawbreaker Hill Race. What a cracker it was too, 3 miles and 1800 feet of ascent meant it was a real quad busting climb with a ripping descent back down to the finish again, thoroughly enjoyable stuff!
Two days later I was heading up the A9 (yes Scotlands answer to the Autobahn but with speed limits... I think!) to meet Victor in another contender for Scottish Chamonix... yes, Aviemore (at least in both of these places you can buy a bag of chips* for less than a tenner*). We then parked up at Glenmore Lodge and set-off for a winter round of the Cairngorm 4000's (approx 24 miles 8000 feet climb). The thermometer in the car was reading -9 when we left and I don't think it got much warmer all day with the wind making it feel much colder on the tops, this didn't stop Victor from wearing shorts the whole way round though (since he's now a hairy a***d Teuchter !). The views were spectacular as we ran around the tops looking down the Lairig Ghru and over half of Scotland which helped to take my mind off the frozen snotters which were stinging my nostrils for most of the day. We passed a few groups of walkers who gave us strange looks as we trotted past in our trainers, and Victor in his shorts, most were very pleasant but a few were pretty ignorant, maybe we had shattered their "wilderness experience"! We had some fun descending the slopes of Ben MacDui too, the quickest way was to bumslide on the hard-packed snow, at one point I thought I had worn right through the seat of my pants and was on to the first layer of skin but no, it was just the first stages of frostbite... ouch!