|View to Ben Lomond on a cylcle home from work one winter's day in 2015. Greylag geese taking flight in the foreground.|
|Ben Lomond above a cloud inversion from Earl's Seat, December 2015|
The weather wasn't great to start with, but things brightened up. 3 hours into the run as we approached Rowardennan we got our first view of the mountain.
After 24 miles of running in 3 hours 40 minutes we set off up the Munro. The great thing about this is that next time we reach Rowardennan on the West Highland Way in the Highland Fling race it will seem like we've been let off lightly, not having to climb a 3000 foot mountain (just a 27 mile run to Tyndrum, easy!)
After 5 hours 43 minutes, 32.3 miles, and 4491 feet of climbing, we arrived back at Rowardennan, both of us feeling quite heavy legged on the descent off Ptarmigan ridge. We dutifully waited for the 1645 Cruise Loch Lomond boat to Tarbet, but it never made an appearence. At 5pm we gave up and I went over to ask an elderly couple who were just back from a walk if they would kindly give us a lift back home. They did, which was very gracious considering how badly we probably smelt.