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Claudia Zeiske explaining the route of the Slow Marathon
Participants leaving the bus to set off on the Slow Marathon
View of the hills during the Slow Marathon
Marathoners on route crossing the river
Bright pink flags helped indentify the route during the Slow Marathon
Marathoner consulting the route
John Muir Day Discussion at the Empty Shop
Slow Marathoner walking in the mud
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Slow Marathon 2013: Cabrach - Huntly

A 26 mile walk from Cabrach - Huntly

"The Mountains are calling and I must go." - John Muir

Slow Marathon was a project instigated in 2012 by Ethiopian artist Mihret Kebede who wanted to walk from her home in Addis Ababa to her residency in Huntly. Environmental and political constraints made this plan impossible; therefore she set out to look for 225 people to jointly walk the 5850 miles from Addis to Scotland.

After the success of the 2012 event, in 2013 Deveron Projects held another Slow Marathon festival weekend on John Muir Day weekend 2013 as part of The Year of Natural Scotland.

In great sunny weather the route took walkers from the Upper Cabrach area alongside the River Deveron and over the Clashmach hill to Huntly.

Peppered with entertainment and refreshment stops, the route followed some of an original Hielan' Way, crossing unexplored and remote country side. In contrast to most sporting events, the winner of the Slow Marathon was the participant who took the longest time to complete the route, Sophie Hope. Sophie's finishing time was 12 hours and 45 minutes whilst the days's loser, Harris Williamson (aged 15) finished 4 hours earlier after 8.45 hours. 

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Slow Marathon 2013 Weekend

The weekend started with on Friday night with a talk from nature writer and campaigning journalist Jim Crumley entitled The Cairngorms - The Landscape's Song. The celebrations were rounded off on Sunday after the marathon with a symposium entitled Nature as Home commemorating Scotland's great naturalist John Muir with speakers:

Mike Daniels - Head of Land and Science, John Muir Trust.

Penny Weir - Artist, living and working in the Cairngorm National Park.  She has travelled extensively to many of the other National Parks both in the UK and the USA.

Gill Russell - Artist working with light and sound, Gill produces works designed in the landscape. Her recent project, Where Long Shadows Fall, celebrated UNESCO's Year of the Forest 2011, with events set in the Cairngorms National Park (2011/2012).

Roy Dennis - is an ornithologist and wildlife consultant. He has worked in the Highlands and Islands since 1959, becoming one of the world's leading experts on ospreys and other birds of prey.  He was a presenter on BBC Autumnwatch in 2011 and Springwatch 2012.

The Art of the Slow Marathon - The Herald Scotland
Mihret Kebede's Slow Marathon 2012

Slow Marathon 2013 Cabrach to Huntly Route Map
Slow Marathon Information Pack 2013
Slow Marathon Map 2013
Slow Marathon Route 2013
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