Hill runners from across Scotland will be descending on the University of Stirling for the 43rd time next week in the hope of beating the current women’s record.
Dumyat Hill Race is a 390m climb across 8k of campus terrain; a feat which former World Mountain Running Champion Angela Mudge holds the female record of 36 minutes and 36 seconds.
The challenge, set to take place on Wednesday, 11 May at 7pm, is expected to see a stream of entrants hoping to topple both the women’s and men’s titles – with the men’s currently sitting at 32 minutes 23 seconds.
Speaking to Brig, just one week ahead of this year’s competition, Angela is hoping that her record will reach its tenth anniversary.
Angela said: “It’s fantastic to still hold the women’s record nine years on. As a Stirling student I would run up the hill most lunch times and always loved taking part in the race. There’s a great assortment of gradients so it offers a good mixture of running, with great support from the marshals to help you across the finish line.
“I have an injury this year so won’t be there to defend my record, however, I wish all the runners the best of luck, whether it’s their tenth or first time taking on the course.”
The annual challenge began as a bet between a lecturer and a student in 1972 and has attracted a steady stream of entrants ever since.
University of Stirling Sports Participation Co-ordinator Nicola Duffy, said: “Each year the Dumyat Hill Race never fails to attract top hill runners and amateurs alike looking to give this unique race a go. The event is a fantastic way to see the scenic campus and I would encourage anyone looking to break records, or just find a new and challenging way to stay fit, to sign up.”
Participants in the race can register in person on the day. To find out more visit the Dumyat Hill Race website.
by Michelle Henderson