Ultra run will be devil’s own torture trial

Doug Keillor taking part in Highland footrace challenge
Doug Keillor taking part in Highland footrace challenge

Linlithgow mountaineer Doug Keillor and his colleague, Bruce Dickson are getting in shape for ultra-marathon event, the ‘Devil O’ The Highlands Footrace’ to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer.

The pair, who work for BAM Construction Scotland, face what is regarded as one of the most arduous races held in the UK.

The race starts at 6am and each competitor has 12 hours to complete the 43 mile course which follows the route of ‘The West Highland Way’ from Tyndrum to Fort William taking in such sights as the aptly named, ‘Devil’s Staircase’ from Rannoch Moor into Kinlochleven.

Doug an experienced mountaineer, who only started competitive running 12 months ago after joining his daughter’s running club, Linlithgow AC, said, “I was under pressure from my running club to do a marathon.

‘‘I liked the thought of combining running and hillwalking when someone suggested the ‘Devil’. I’m now wishing I’d just done a marathon!

“The training has been long and relentless and at times just plain sore but it’s surprising how quickly your fitness improves.

‘‘We’re raising funds for Macmillan Cancer and hopefully that, added to beating Bruce, will be all the motivation I need to get it done!”.

Bruce, a veteran trail runner, has spent the last six months clocking up 70 miles a week, added, “Right now I’m just looking forward to getting to the starting line, getting it over and getting my life back. Next time Doug decides to do something this daft he’s on his own”.