Angie leading the Way with run

Angie (back left) with Roz Shanks and Hugh Mackenzie with (front from left) Donna Pass and Fiona Gibson.
Angie (back left) with Roz Shanks and Hugh Mackenzie with (front from left) Donna Pass and Fiona Gibson.

Forfar runner Angie Mackenzie is blazing a trail for lady runners, being the first from her club to compete in the gruelling West Highland Way Run.

This weekend’s WHW Race begins at 1am in Milngavie on Saturday with competitors having to complete the coursenormally covered by hillwalkers by finishing at Fort William within 35 hours.

The route covers 95 miles, with a 14,760ft elevation and some technical sections along the side of Loch Lomond.

Angie said: “I am the first female in Forfar Road Runners to attempt the challenge. The only FRR to successfully complete the race is Craig Stewart (running again this year) and former FRR Gavin Durston.

“It will be my 21st Ultra/Marathon since doing my first marathon at Loch Ness in September 2012.

“Training has gone very well and I have done the D33 Ultra and the Hoka Highland Fling Ultra (53 miles over the first half of the WHW) as part of my training.

“I did get a hip injury at the Hoka Fling 10 miles in but have been having regular physio and chiropractor sessions to put that right and hope it won’t give too many issues on race day.

“Support runners are allowed after 51 miles and my team has been really great during my preparation for the event.”

Angie started running in 2011, and her first marathon in 2012 was in memory of her mother-in-law and in support of family and friends fighting and surviving cancer.

She raised £1244 for Macmillan and just under £400 for Highland Hospice at that time.

Since then the Highland Hospice has been raising funds to erect a new building.

Last year, Angie and her husband Hugh celebrated their silver wedding in March and she had her 50th birthday in October. Angie decided to enter a “crazy number” of running and cycling events to help make it a memorable year to help the hospice reach its target.

She continued: “After my year of challenges in 2015, raising money to help build a new Highland Hospice, I decided to keep my just giving page open for the biggie! People can donate at www.justgiving.com/Angie-Mackenzie1

or they can text BAKU49 £5 (or other amount) to 70070.”

Angie had set herself an initial target of £500 but, to date, it is sitting at £2328.84.