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Unexpectedly, I ended up with an entry in this year’s Scottish Islands Peaks Race, running with Graham Kelly. SIPR is a combined sailing and running event: three sailors and two runners (who run as a pair). The race starts in Oban with a short loop around the hill above the harbour (to spread the field

Stuc ‘a Chroin 2012

Stuc a’ Chroin — the race I love to hate. Start with a long slog up the forest track, followed by a walk-jog up Glen Ample with its rewarding but brief descent, and then the day really gets underway with the seemingly endless climb up Beinn Each. By the time I reach the summit I’m

Kinlochewe 2012 Highlander MM

The 2012 Highlander MM at Kinlochewe saw a good turnout of Westies, including Brian Brennan, Cameron Burt, Alan Gilkison and Susie Allison. I had originally entered with Paula, but after she injured her knee Keith Adams agreed to take her place. Surprisingly, Keith and I made up the only all-Westies team. After an afternoon of

No deer were harmed in the running of this race

Now, I’d heard about the Deerstalker from Graham’s report last year, and, since I’m always up for a run in the dark, I had no hesitation in replying to Gibson’s offer of a late entry. The race takes in a couple of hills around Innerleithen, with a forest section, a stretch of the Tweed river,

Pentland Skyline

Just the four westies turned up for the Pentlands this year: Chris, new Peter, Eleanor and me. I can only assume the rest of the club were recovering from Manor Water the previous day, with no-one feeling the need to prove themselves in the “man-or-mouse” challenge. The registration desk had posted a forecast with the

Overtoun House hill run

A new route with a rather vague description “Up via Lang Craigs and back via Doughnot Hill” appeared on the Wednesday runs. I met up with David Dickson and new John at the carpark near Overtoun House. While we waited for someone with a clue about where we were going to arrive, new John related

Two Inns

Results A less-than-sunny Saturday morning saw five Westies (Cam, new Peter, OBK, Alistair, et moi) drive up to An-Torr for the start (actually, finish) of the Two Inns hill race. Just as we had puzzled out the complex arrangements to ferry everyone to the actual start in Creagan, the organisers offered us all a lift

Loch Lochy

Results Four Westies — Niall, Cameron, Peter and myself (plus a friend of Peter’s, who might yet undergo the indoctrination rituals and become a new member) — drove North for the third offering of the Loch Lochy hill race on Saturday. On a weekend that includes Cairn Table, Gargunnock, Glas Tulaichean, and Helensburgh, numbers were

Jura Fell Race

28th May 2011 Results How good does hill racing get? Just getting to Jura is an adventure. A drive along the Clyde, Loch Lomond, Loch Long, Loch Fyne, Loch Gilp, Crinan Canal, Caol Scotnish, Loch Sween to Tayvallich. Then on board the 12-seat ferry, pounding through the swell, hills coming in and out of view