The attached are a note and photos [above] from Alison Bell, the Communications Director of the Loch Ness Marathon.
The photos were taken on the track at the expo the day before the 26.2. As Braveheartowitz can attest, the
flag is Scotland's and we were given the scarfs and printed paraphenalia to show in the pics. The one bloke
you won't recognize in the pic is a representative of a current campaign known as Homecoming Scotland 2009.
Mum Neilan was there too, but alas she shied from the pics.
I had been corresponding with Alison prior to the marathon, originally because I had initially desired an
early start to the marathon. There was none, but discussion of our group coming to Loch Ness ensued.
One thing led to another, and the press wanted our time to highlight Claire's return to Scotland as well
as Smarty's heritage and courageous non-commando kilt wearing for the marathon.
Claire and Smarty received
offical proclamations from Homecoming Scotland that clearly embarrassed both of them. Smarty's BBC interview
took place post-marathon, and in it he demanded that Scotland send more troops to Afghanistan and more
Belhaven (beer) to Delaware.
Loch Ness Marathon was a very country, scenic and reasonably hilly run with about 3500 participants and far
less crowd support. Far more sheep than people. Nonetheless it was a good marathon. I felt it had sufficient
water and Lucozade (British gatorade) stops. It was great running weather. In fact we were lucky thoughout
our whole time there as we had good weather for the castles, distillery, pubs, chapel, bed and breakfast,
restaurants, monument, underground tour and left side driving (Jordan and Johnny). Claire did an excellent
job setting us up with a daily itinerary and navigation.
Thanks for all your congrats on our runs, and I want to also congratulate Szymanski, Screech and Wesley on
their efforts yesterday in Hartford!
This week is BBQ and BarBBQ taking on the 26.2 in Motown and Ontario. Best of luck! Hope you do better than
the Detroit Tigers!
Rushing for the queue for the loo,
Email message from Alison:
How are you? I hope you managed to finish without doing too
much further damage to your poor wee limbs on Sunday! And I hope you are enjoying / have enjoyed your
time in Scotland.
I wanted to thank you and your team very much for your help
in the run up to Marathon and for coming along to our photo opportunity on Saturday
evening at the Pasta Party. We were delighted to have your help and for your
patience as the photographer searched for that special shot! It was all very much
appreciated. Please find attached copies of the pictures from the day.
pass on my special thanks to Chris too for meeting up with
Jackie O Brien of BBC Reporting Scotland to do the interview following his
run. I hope you managed to catch the programme on Monday evening.
Many thanks once again and hope to see you in Scotland again soon!
From Nessie, herself, after inquiry of her whereabouts during race:
Nessie was hiding.....she only comes out for a sighting once in a while. Rumor has it she enjoyed watching
her husband running in his new long blue socks. The next Nessie sighting is at Rehoboth Beach a
long way from home......
Johnny Coco 48:32 (10K)
Jordan 4:38:15 - AWESOME FIRST MARATHON!!!!