Entries by Captain Niall

Carnethy 5

“Mountain rescue have just radioed to say it’s too windy to stand on the top of South Black Hill so…. Good Luck” BANG!!!! And we’re off running the 49th Carnethy 5. It was the usual panicked sprint across the tussocks, all plans of clever lines through the gorse out the window in the first 15 s

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Devils Burdens 2019

12 Westies teams were running at the Devils Burdens this year. YES 12… 70 Westies at one race! Mostly due to Jenn’s diplomatic, negotiating, logistics and administration skills there were no on the day disasters and all 12 teams finished strongly. Particular thanks go to Harper and Ian who both ran twice to ensure that

The Unknown history of Archibald Speirs

Archibald Alexander Speirs was a Scottish Liberal politician. Archibald made his money in the drugs and people trafficking trade and was a prominent member of the Westray Boyz gang from Possil. However, what is not known about him is his passion for hill running. During his regular trips to Westminster where he was an MP

Scottish 4000s

Like all good ideas, my first thoughts of doing all the Scottish 4000ft peaks in a 1er happened in a pub after several glasses of “water”. It was the pub in Glenmore Lodge and chat was about the old duathlon that followed the route. Fast forward a number of years and this summer presented an

Captains Diary in the run up to the Burdens

Nov 1st: Send out email asking for names… Blink… 46 unread emails saying people are keen. Nov 20th: Starting reading through emails and assigning teams, this involves a 36 dimensional equations that even Gwyn would be proud of. Dec 9th: Chat with Sam who adds 11 additional dimensions to the planning equations. Dec 25th: Enjoy

Strathpeffer International 4 x about 100 m relay race

While most people we’re screaming at the TV watching GB take gold in London while heartbroken at Bolt having to pull up injured in his last ever race a MUCH more import race was taking place in Strathpeffer. A hill runners select team featuring Ross Gollan, James Espie, Myself and some French guy who seemed


Highland Fling 2017

The day started like most others… Aron set about eating or something while lefty and I admired each other. After weeks of cycling we were both looking strong but lean… ready for a run.  Aron took us up to some train station… can’t remember where. But it was ace there were so many ladies checking

Irish Champs 2016

Irish Championships 2016 The Irish Champs are a series of 5 events with 3 to count spread over the whole country. Including the highest mountain in each of the 4 provinces (think rugby teams) plus Galtymore (Because it’s an awesome mountain). It’s been on my to do list for a while and this year presented

Tromsø Skyrace

With a start list boasting several of the strongest Scottish hill runners. including, Jasmin Paris, Tom Owens, Finlay Wild, Andy Fallas, Konrad Rawlick and Graham Kelly I knew this was going to be a tough race. I therefore decided that the best approach would be to relax and enjoy the first mountain so that when