A Family Affair: Lorna Pettifer and her dad, John, have run in seven Challenges, whilst mum Diana, is a familiar face to all, marshalling and taking care of post-run jelly babies and oranges. Lorna tells us why they love returning to Durness..
Tell us a bit about yourself and your hobbies..
We are from Essex, John is retired (although he wasn’t when we started coming to CWC) and Lorna is a civil servant. Apart from running we are building a model railway - very slowly.
Tell us a bit your running history. What kind of running you enjoy most?
We started running late. Lorna decided to run a marathon before she was 40 and John started running soon afterwards.
How many times have you been to CWC?
What made you come to CWC for the first time?
We heard about it from runners we knew who had done the event. At the time we thought that it would be too much of a challenge but then decided to give it a go.
Tell us what makes the event special to you? What makes you come back?
The whole atmosphere of the week! The running is great and there’s lots of encouragement from other runners and then there are the evening events, which are great fun. We have won the ‘smelly trainer’ (booby prize) at the Quiz night 3 times! It is great to see people from previous years and catch up.
What is your favourite race or run at Durness?
The 10 Mile ‘Round Durness Run’ - beautiful scenery.
What is your favourite part of the week, or favourite thing to do in the area?
We really enjoy the Egg Race Challenge - we do that every year and actually won once.
What are you most looking forward to when you return?
Meeting all our running friends from previous years and finding out what they have been up to - and seeing those who organise the event of course.
Describe Cape Wrath Challenge week in three words…
Fun, inclusive, scary!
Tell us about your all-time favourite run (that's not in Durness!)
Majorca Marathon - again combining running with a holiday.
Anything else you want to tell the CWC Community?
This is an excellent event, inclusive for supporters as well who often enjoy helping with marshalling. You can choose to do as much or as little as you like but it is addictive - you will want to do it all. A lot of hard work goes into this so please keep supporting it to keep it in our running calendar!