Apr 6 2012 by Johnathon Menzies, Stirling Observer Friday
IAIN Donnan will not be defending his Dumyat Hill Race record next month..
The 26-year-old, a former Stirling student, now lives in Stockholm and will miss this year’s race on May 9.
Donnan went up Dumyat and back in 32 minutes and 52 seconds in 2007.
He said: “I’ve only actually competed in the Dumyat race once but I must have gone up there about 50 times that one year just for fun.
“Some of my professors were talking about the race and convinced me to do it. There was a bit of pressure, as they knew I was a mountain runner, but I put most of the pressure on myself to do well.
“Unfortunately I won’t make it this year but I’m sure I will make it back for another go and I’m confident I could go even faster.
“I’m surprised the record has lasted this long to be honest. It would be nice to see it continue but there are a few experienced Dumyat runners who know how to tackle the course so I expect it will go.”
Murray Strain, of the Hunter’s Bog Trotters club, has won the race for the last two years and was just 15 seconds shy of Donnan’s record in 2011.
Former world mountain running champion Angela Mudge, a sports masseuse at the university, took the women’s title in 2011 with the women’s record time of 36 minutes and 36 seconds.
Alongside the race, which incorporates the Scottish Universities Championship, this year’s event includes a photography competition for spectators.