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Born to Run Ultra Marathon

A few folks will know that I ran the 2013 Caballo Blanco Ultra Marathon out in Urique Mexico last year (Aye, the one in the book). One of the original Mas Loco a wonderful guy called Luis Escobar organises a weekend festival which includes a series of races on a ranch in Los Olivos, California.


They say that Glamaig is “one of the toughest races in Scottish hill-running” !  I’m not sure that is true but it has a great history, a steep up and a silly fun scree filled descent before the bog trot back across to the finish line back at the Slig. If Friday evening ended with good


Transylvanian Bear Race

Phew …couple of weeks ago ma girl Katie and myself went out to run the Transylvanian Bear Race over in Romania. In contrast to the increasingly busy and over managed ultra scene that seems in to be in online freefall here in the UK, it was brilliant to enjoy a low key, simple adventure run

Creag Bheag Hill Race

If quality of route and organisation decided what races were super busy then parking in Kingussie last Sunday would have been at a premium. Can only assume the inaugural Beinn Resipol hill race had drawn the big crowds the day before. Drove north Saturday afternoon and enjoyed a bite to eat with Brenda (Manny was

Glen Clova Duathlon

A lifetime ago when most of my running was done on tarmac, I used to do the odd road-based duathlon. I enjoyed the challenge of the mix of bike and run but in recent years have been less inclined towards them for some reason. Last September saw a wee day out in Applecross and the

Berghaus Trail Chase

It was a brilliant plan in theory… Sleep on the overnight flight back from Toronto, grab a little more sleep at the flat in Glasgow, see my daughter before a good night’s sleep and then an early rise to drive down to Osmotherley, rested and ready for the start of the Berghaus Trail Chase. What

Albion Hills Trail Race

To start my trip in Ontario, Canada, Sally signed us both up for a 5 Peaks trail race at Albion Hills Conservation Area, just to the north of Toronto and conveniently located on the way to Algonquin Provincial Park where we were heading for a few days of exploration and adventure by foot, bike and

North Berwick Law

  Finally remembered about the North Berwick Law race this year (usually remember the day after) !   Despite being fairly short, the course appealed – start in the middle of town by the harbour, run through the streets before crossing the park, another wee road section before a trail then the climb up /

A Highland Double – Creag Dubh and Glenshee

Long before obstacle racing became fashionable and expensive, there was the Creag Dubh Hill Race. As part of the Newtonmore Highland Games, it also has a great atmosphere and build-up with the games announcer giving a great introduction to the race. The course starts with a lap of the playing field before ducking under a