Field of over 170 take to the hills for “Dirty 30” challenge

The annual Dirty 30 challenge took place in Lochalsh last Saturday, with 171 people taking to the hills.
Organised by the Lochalsh Trails Club, the event sees walkers and runners tackle either the 30-mile or 12-mile mini Dirty Dozen challenge. Both events start and finish in Glenelg.

There was an increased number of runners this year. Alan Ross of Fort William came in first in the Dirty 30 in four hours and 33 minutes. Glenelg teenager Robin Harvey won the Dirty Dozen with a time of one hour and 42 minutes while the first woman home was Linda Kennedy of Inverinate in one hour and 45 minutes.

Johanne MacAskill from Lochalsh Trails Club said: “Lots of money was raised for all sorts of different charities and causes including Rab MacAskill and Dean Martin who raised over £1,800 for the Glenelg children’s playpark.

The Jelly Baby Pit Stop manned at Ratagan by pupils from Loch Duich Primary School raised over £155 which they’ll donate to the RNLI. Money raised from the event itself is split between numerous good causes — the local mountain rescue teams, among others.”

Johanne also extended thanks to members of the Glenelg Primary School Board who provided food for walkers and raised money for the school in the process.