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Gore-Tex Transalpine Run

3rd – 9th September 2017   Apologies in advance for the length of this, but it was a long race…   ‘Four countries, two runners, one week – one dream’ goes the tag-line. I first read about this race back in 2007 and have spent a fair bit of time dreaming about it ever since.

Hodgson Brothers Mountain Relay 2017

Well done to the 16 Westies who took part in last Sunday’s Hodgson Brothers Mountain Relay, the 30th running of Britain’s oldest fell and hill running relay. After a weekend of careful recce-ing – which included the important insight that the Patterdale Hotel bar was indeed inferior to the White Lion Inn – and strenuous

Hodgson Brothers Mountain Relay 2016

Another great result for Westies at the weekend with the club notching up their fourth consecutive top-ten finish in the prestigious Hodgson Brothers Mountain Relay in the Lakeland Fells. James, Gregor, Sam, Gwyn, Manny, Brian, Rob and Bastien finished in 8th place in a time of 4 hours 4 minutes and 9 seconds: full reports to

Balmoral 15 Trail Race

24th April 2016   Things have been a bit tight in the Bonnyman household since the beginning of the year when I finally made the decision to quit my flailing academic career and turn full-time professional runner. The £30 Run4it voucher from the Forfar Multi-terrain half marathon in February combined with a £10 3rd team

East District Relays

Galashiels I know it’s bit cheeky of me to pass on accounts of my second-claim endeavours, but, if only to counter the persistent rumours of my retiral from semi-competitive running, here it is anyway. Unable to compete with the Westies’ excellent turnout in Kirkintilloch, Forfar only just managed to scrape together a single team (which

Low Alpine Mountain Marathon

17th/18th August 1996 Lochaber was the setting for this years LAMM and saw 323 teams (two and a half of which Westies) competing over the spectacular terrain of the Nevis Range. Continuing the LAMM tradition of unusual transport to the start, the Friday night campsite was at 2000ft reached by the Aonach Mor gondola –


Cateran 55

14th May 2016   I’d thought about having a go at this one for a few years now, but it had usually clashed with the Scottish Islands Peaks Race. Having finally decided to hang up my water wings and retire from the high seas, I was free to give it a go this year. So,

IHMR 2015

Well done to the eight Westies who made the trip to Patterdale at the weekend to post the club’s best ever performance at the prestigious Ian Hodgson Mountain Relays. The team – a finely balanced mix of youth and experience – finished an excellent 8th overall and first Scottish team for the third year running,

SIPR 2013

The boat race has long been not just my favourite race but my favourite running experience. No other race I’ve done pushes you quite so far or makes you dig so deep. At the same time no other race takes you to so many magical places at so many unlikely times or marries such tough

Norman’s Law Hill Race

30th March 2013 This was my first go at this race, which starts from the pretty wee village of Luthrie in Fife. 16 year-old Logan Rees of Fife AC (who recently earned a Scottish vest at the Home Schools Cross-Country International in Wales) led from the start with Adam Harris in close pursuit. My pre-race