Entries by John Hamer

Trotternish Ridge Run 2014

Results The second edition of the Trotternish Ridge Run was held on Saturday, an event that is shaping up to be a classic. No sign of the challenging conditions that saw half the field retire last year – nothing but sun, sun, sun from start to finish for the 34 entrants. Luke, Craig and myself

Durisdeer 2014

Five Westies endured a warm day out at Durisdeer last weekend. This was the first time I have run this race, and can recommend it in spite of the heat. The race starts by an old church in the charming wee village of Durisdeer. We trot out past the field that doubles as a car

Arran Run Ran

Photos from Doug Lee The 2014 Extravaganza happened. This year brought us to the “Scotland in miniature” island of Arran, to conquer its fabled (and largely mythical) Coastal Path. An adventure such as this requires a full weekend of commitment, and so a 23-bed bunkhouse on the far flung southern village of Kilmory was booked and

Overtoun delights

A star-lit night, torch light, wet trods, mud, rock scrambling. It can only be a Westies mid-winter Wednesday run. This one was from Overtune House, across to Doughnot Hill and then Lang Craigs. Numbers were hard to judge. There may have been 15 of us all up. I ran with a group of 10 along

First club run of 2014

The first club run of the year, a canter up Dumgoyne from Blanefield. Drawing inspiration, no doubt, from a combination of New Year resolutions and guilt over the seasonal excess of indulgence over training, more than twenty Westies turned out for a dose of darkness, mud and sweat. An evening full of banter and slips,

The Dark Side of Dumgoyne

A last-minute change of route for the Wednesday run saw eight Westies climb Dumgoyne and trot out to Earl’s Seat on a chilly autumn evening. As the gloaming turned to dark, we were left with just the full moon, flitting back and fro behind clouds, to light our way along the ridge. I do so

Westies Triumph at Comrie!

The Simon Wake Comrie Hills Relay is a 42k relay race with 2,110m of ascent, run in 4 stages for teams of 5 runners. This year the Westies fielded two teams, and the A-team came away with a very respectable third place in face of some stiff opposition. Indeed, the top two finishers both had

The Tap o’ Noth invasion

Results The annual Rhynie Gala has (allegedly) been host to the Tap ‘o Noth hill race for each of the past fifty years, making this one of the oldest hill races in Scotland. This year, the race was elevated to SHR championship status, and hence a Westies summer league counter. Despite being a short race

Ben Rinnes Hill Race

Results Ben Rinnes – we meet again! It’s been three years since I last ran this race. It was a hot day then, as I recall. The race is part of the Dufftown Highland Games, which always makes for a fun day out. Three Westies entered the hill race this time around – George, James and myself.