The Scottish Island Peaks Race 2013, starts in Oban, one week today on Friday 17th May. After a 4 mile run, the crews of 5 set off under sail to Mull, then to Jura, then to Arran and returning to the Mainland at Troon, hopefully on Monday 20th May. There’s also the small matter of a fell run to the summit of the highest peak on each island . . .
Rob McCaffrey was the driving force behind pulling together the team “Old Dogs”, consisting of himself, Dennis Earl, Steve Hiorns, Patrick Martin and Mike Woodcock.
From different backgrounds, they all got together for a gentle 15km hilly run in Dorking in March and then for a navigation training weekend in the Peak District in April. All seemed to be going very well until disaster struck!
Having just completed a race, Patrick went over on his ankle. After an initial attempt to run on it, a visit to A&E to confirm it wasn’t broken, lots of swelling and enduring a weekend of sail training, Patrick took the difficult decision to withdraw from the team. A frantic search ensued and after many emails, texts and telephone calls, a replacement was found in the form of Harry Longman. Harry has twice started in the Peaks Race, run Mull and Jura, then failed to round Kintyre. Both times skipper of the 25′ Bullrush ends with, “We’re gonna need a bigger boat”, so we’ll be looking to break that jinx next week in 32′ Firebird!
This weekend sees the final preparations taking place, before the crew heads to Scotland on Tuesday next week, ready to collect their 32″ boat, Firebird, on Wednesday. Check back soon for photos and updates as the trip progresses!