The 25th running of 70 Wild Miles
Glencoe took place on 1st June 2013.
Given the current situation that the event is without organisers since the
founding members John Ian Allan, Gordon Gooch, Ray Brown and Brian Read
'retired' after their long term involvement dating back to 1989 it was a
small and informal affair. The 'Team' comprised all of the founding
organisers plus family and friends pictured above.
Ray Brown participated in all three sections including canoeing up loch
Etive with John Allan in a Canadian canoe. Colin Macartney joined them in
the canoe for a short paddle (two strokes) before early retirement. Brian
Read completed the running section whilst Cameron Read (aged 11) covered the
13 mile running route both up and down Glen Etive on his bike covering 26
Becky Read (aged 8) and Amy Gooch (aged 6) completed the running section in
reverse direction on their bikes with Gordon and Sandra Gooch cycling too.
Fiona Bryce and Sharon Alderson also completed the run route by bike.
Safety cover was provided by Bob Sharp and Gordon Gooch with their boats
(two rescues boats for one canoe the highest ratio in the history of the
Bert McMinn (former Coxswain of the Mallaig lifeboat) with his wife Janette
provided cycle and run section back up on his BMW 1300 motor bike.
Not forgetting First Aid cover from Linda Brown.
As usual a great day out with much fun had by all helpers and competitors.
Thanks to those in attendance and also to the many many people who have
supported 70 Wild Miles Glencoe over the 25 years.
It is hoped that for 2014 suitable organisers and a charity may step forward
to work together to bring the event back onto the scene to run in the unique
atmosphere it has had since 1989. Any such interested parties should make
contact via Gordon at firstname.lastname@example.org
itís a few years since you have taken part, be sure that a warm Scottish
welcome awaits you in the spectacular scenery of Glencoe.
It is with
deep regret that CLIC Sargent have had to cancel the 2012 70 Wild Miles
event in Glencoe. CLIC Sargent have been the organising charity behind this
event since 2005. As the founders of 70 Wild Miles, we are obviously very
sad to see the event in Glencoe cancelled. However, we do wish CLIC Sergeant
every success in continuing with the 70 Wild Miles event they organise in
For the first time in the events 24
year history, there will be no annual 70 Wild Miles in Glencoe. We are
looking to engage with another charity to organise and support an event in
Glencoe in 2014 and are ever hopeful that this can be achieved and the
tradition of this unique Highland triathlon can continue to support those
less fortunate than ourselves.
John Watson back on the pace in Glencoe!
The last time John Watson took part in 70 Wild Miles he was 50 years of
age, now at the age of 63, John surprised even himself, by beating his
own time from 13 years ago! Coming in 12th overall in the solo event is
a tremendous achievement and just demonstrates just how hard John
trains when he is motivated.
As passionate as ever about 70 Wild Miles and its purpose, John pulled
out all the stops in difficult circumstances in Glencoe. Together with
all who took part, for this extremely important cause, regardless of
where they finished in the event, the 70 Wild Miles team are
deeply grateful for their efforts. The competitorís determination will
go a long way to helping the children affected by cancer in this
The event exists only because of the goodwill and commitment from its
army of helpers. We canít ever thank you all enough for making it all