|3 days of running|
The day started clear and on every summit not only was I up on schedule time but I also had views! I started from Glen Nevis car park, up to Steall Falls then up and left to the first of the 4 I had left. From there it's ridge running finishing with a climb from a tarn up Stob Ban. Instead of descending on the Ramsay route I went the opposite way down the flattening top towards the river and where Nevis Water begins.
It was there I saw a herd (30+) of deer swarming, jumping and generally running about next to the river far below. As I descended alongside them they sped off into the distance. Apart from 3, who stayed and were definitely watching me. I slowed down and checked my memory for things I know about deer. Not much. I know they get hunted, lots of other things I can think of that get hunted are dangerous. I slow down a bit more. Given that I don't really like crossing a field with cows in, and don't get me started about horses, I don't really want a herd of deer heading my way at speed. I slow down a bit more and fall over for good measure. At this the deer decide to head off after the herd at speed and they leave a deer trail for me to follow to find the path, I catch a glimpse of them in the distance.
Then it rains. I eat the last of my food and pick up the pace for a strong finish to the van. I arrive grinning and know the hard yards are now done, time to head home, look after myself and sort the logistics.
The end - The beginning