Willie Stobie took part in the 2008 running of the Deerstalker Trail Run. This is a 5km event, there is also a 10km Mighty Deerstalker event as well on the same day.
Willie said : Well another year, another Deerstalker. This year I was again joined by Dougie (left), and newbie Alan (right); sporting a marvellous ‘Toad of Toadhall’ waistcoat. The course was described at the start line brief as, “You start, you get wet, you go up, you come down, you get wet, you finish”. Pretty accurate. Bit muddier than last year. Very slippy. The most difficult bit was tying the cravat, though.”
Willie finished in 1.19.52, 137 out of 274 finishers. The last person took 2.36.53 which gives some idea of the course difficulty remembering this is a 5km run!
The race website (The Mighty Deerstalker 10k and 5k Trail Run – Home) says “A loop of 5km (ish) starting and finishing at the event village, involving some steep ascent, some forest trails and some water to cross. We’ll give you obstacles to test your nerve and there will be plenty of gradient to test your resolve. However, you’re never far from home and when you return to the rapturous applause of your supporters in the event village, you’ll feel a great sense of achievement from having run the gauntlet of the Deerstalker. This distance will suit those interested in a short distance sprint challenge or to those new to off-road running who may want to “test the water” with this type of challenge. The Deerstalker will commence at 1400* and run duration will be between 50 mins and 120 mins depending on fitness.”