Dip, Dip Hooray

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For more than a quarter of a century a small pocket of members of Stornoway Running and Athletics Club have spent Hogmanay morning galloping across the stunning trails and views of Rhenigidale followed by a chilly dip in Loch Trolamoraig.

Back in 1989 SRAC members Douglas Flett and Ross Munro decided to take a New Years Eve run across the famous ‘Postman’s Walk’ path which linked Urgha and Rhenigidale before the introduction of a main road would finally open up the remote village the following year.

It was a run Flett was taking on twice a week at the time but as he and his club mate Munro ran up the steep climb to a near 1,000 metres at the top of the hill before zig-zagging down the other side to the loch in the glen before climbing up again – neither realised they were the pioneers for what has become the longest standing and most loved tradition in the history of the Running Club.

Since then the New Years Eve trek has evolved with later runners adding ideas on the jaunt to mould it into the club’s most popular outing of the year.

See this week’s Stornoway Gazette for the full story of the Flett Trek.

On sale Thursday, January 8, 2015.