King's Seat Grudge Match


I forgot my camera, so I'm afraid there are no photos, however for the 3rd running of the King's Seat Grudge Match we had 19 runners, with 7 from Westies, which is probably the nearest we've ever got to matching HBT numbers-wise.

We had good running conditions - cold and fresh, and clear on the tops. Not surprisingly Murray Strain powered off into the distance with myself and Mark Shankey chasing. Mark eventually pulled away from me and Dave Eiser joined me to shelter from the wind. I ran with Dave as far as the summit plateau before I pushed the pace and managed open a small gap which I held to the finish by experimenting with my new secret descending technique.

Ellie was first lady by some margin after a storming ascent, but narrowly missed setting a new record by electing to thrash through bracken to the finish rather than following the obvious path.

A social afternoon was spent in the Woolpack ploughing through mountains of sandwiches, and discussing various options for an all-new Grudge Match for Spring 2011.

Posted by Chris Upson on Sun 21 Nov 2010 | 7 comments

Category Hill Race


  1. manny said...

    New descending technique - to get to the mountain of sannies before the Trotters? Well done Chris for another good event, I look forward to trying it in an uninjured life.
    I was having a look through some old Westies stuff - anyone remember the Ochils grudge matches that Don started up and the likes of the the Fintry Frolic Relay Races - ahh, heady days!!

    Monday 22nd November 2010 5.35pm

  2. Ellie said...

    As I said, I wasn't wearing my contact lenses.
    Thanks for organising the day Chris.
    Much fun.
    Many sangwiches.
    F few women.

    Monday 22nd November 2010 6.02pm

  3. Don said...

    Those were good times Manny. We had at least one at Fintry on that circular loop and one in the Ochils as i recall. We had Mark Rigby in those days and were always assured of having the first runner in. I might have had some hair!!
    (no smart comments Mr Brennan - who must have weighed about 18 stone at the time!!)

    Tuesday 23rd November 2010 3.39pm

  4. muffy said...

    I will surprise noone by saying I did run a Grudge match once, in the mists of time, and of course I got hopelessly lost and ended up thrashing about in a moor somewhere, accosting walkers for sightings of runners in yellow vests. I think I never did find the finish.

    Wednesday 24th November 2010 1.49pm

  5. JQ said...

    Brian Brennan, FAT!!!! Any more info/ammo prior to the xmas night out would be much appreciated Don.

    Wednesday 24th November 2010 7.28pm

  6. Grime-spattered said...

    Enjoyed my role as Grime 'n' Time-Keeper, and might even invest in a stop-watch if more grudges arise in the new year. Sharing duties with YP was enhanced by the coven of comely Bogg-ettes who flutter round that great eccentric. After watching the runners snake out of view, we sneaked off to the Woolpack, where they serve some odd brew called "real lager"! Managed to offend the locals by suggesting that the "lager louts had arrived". It turned out that these fancy lagers were their preferred tipple!

    Thursday 25th November 2010 7.58am

  7. Brian Brennan said...

    Yes Don and John there was a time when I weighed an awful lot more than currently ......lost nearly three stone of it initially by moving to banker's drafts rather than wedges of used fivers ......but going back to the simple lonely life of a student quietly starving in a Glasgow garret while attempting to cram information has also been effective ......and doing loads of races helps too although to be honest, as a poor student, the only way I get to eat at all is the after-race nosh-ups.
    Don and John is it true that you guys have skipped the usual evolution of your bonces by simply maintaining the baldy look all the way through from being babies ?.......I've been told that neither of you have ever had any more hair than currently were born with not a lot up top ( in more ways than one I understand ) and you've managed to hang on to most of it ......must be the Agent Urange gel you both use.
    See you soon shiny-tops.

    Thursday 2nd December 2010 8.53am

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