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OMM 2009

The other weekend saw my 10th time at the KIMM / OMM: 2008 – Borrowdale (“C” class) 2007 – Lowther Hills (“A” class) 2006 – Galloway Forest Park (Short Score) 2005 – Eastern Lake District (Medium Score) 2004 – Brecon Beacons (Long Score) 2003 – Langholme (Medium Score) 2002 – Cheviot (“B” class) 2001 –

Glenshee 9 – 2009

Last year, the Devil of the Highlands clashed (well one was on the Saturday and the other on the Sunday) so I missed the first running of the Glenshee 9. This year I was really keen not to miss out on the fun! For number of reasons, I have not done nearly as many of

Glamaig 2009

Along with the Arrochar Alps and the Ben Nevis races, Glamaig was one of the few events I knew about as a non-hill runner. I was also aware of the early history of the event and the initial time of 55 minutes set by a Ghurkha named Harkabir Tharpa way back in 1889. I had

Glen Rosa Horseshoe 2009

A day trip over to Arran is always a good thing. For one it is an amazing wee island and getting on a boat to anywhere makes it feel a whole lot further away than in reality. Mirsia and I jumped the 08:33 train which meets up with the ferry at Adrossan. My usual beans

Whangie Whizz

Standing at the start of the Whangie Whizz I wondered how a midweek short sharp race fitted into the theory of "tapering" for a long race (I am heading to the Highland Fling on Saturday). I decided that whilst it might not be a "good" idea it certainly wasn’t a "bad" wan. After all I

The Highland Fling

If the Whangie was the warm up …it was time for the long wan! Friday evening saw me sorting race kit and wondering how a complete absence of "ultra" specific training was going to pan out. My longest run this year had been the Carnethy 5 Hill Race! Having said that, I did get out

Marathon des Sables

The report below is based around the information I blogged during the race. The original postings may have appeared short but each email was limited to a maximum number of characters and we had to use French keyboards which slowed things down a bit …oh yes and I was gubbed when trying to write them


The Great Lakeland 3 Day event gets billed as one of the harder tests in Richard Askwith’s excellent book “Feet in the Clouds”. As I sit with two black toe nails and bruised ribs (after another experiment with gravity and rocks) … I tend to agree. The event is organised by Joe Faulkner and is

GL3D – 10th Anniversary Snowdonia Tour

This year, the Great Lakeland 3 Day mountain marathon went on tour …to Wales! The reason for the relocation was that Joe Faulkner was taking part in the 10th anniversary of the event and leaving the organizing to friends. Joe assured me that this was the easier of the two options!?!? The GL3D is a

Glentress Duathlon …the long wan !

Sunday saw the final event in the Glentress Winter Duathlon series with the “best” (i.e. the longest) being kept for last ! The bike race was a two lap course (not sure of the length) and the 10km run went all the way up to the mast via the Buzzard’s Roost. The return route is