Entries by niallmcalinden

3k on the green

There was a 3k on the green race last Wednesday (25th November). Entry was down on the usual numbers due to the level 4 coronavirus restrictions with only myself and James Bowden toeing the line. With no marshals available it was down to runners to know the route. However, in the 30s before the start,

Skirting The Empty

Skirting the empty By Niall McAlinden and James Callender Niall’s Story It was the Friday of the Easter long weekend of 2020, the spring of COVID as it was known. James and I set out to conquer 10 previously unclimbed (by us) Munros along the Cullen ridge on Skye. If successful, our feat would be considered a major

Road Relays

It was the 50th anniversary of the Allan Scally Relays last Saturday and 11 Westies took part. It was what is commonly known as a road relay. So I thought it would be helpful to tell the Westies about my experience and some tips I picked up while there. Teams: Like the devil’s burdens, FRAs

West District XC

I have belatedly realised that I do not have a recent entry for the race report of the year prize at tomorrow’s Christmas dinner. So in a vain attempt to curry favour with the judges, I’ve written a race report for tomorrows XC race. Please fill in the blacks as you see fit depending on

Creag Dhubh British fence jumping championship

20 Westies took park in the Creag Dhubh British fence jumping championships 2019. The course included 10 fence crossings with 2 laps of a shinty pitch and short hill run to help spread runners out. I was happy with my fence jumping. I vaulted the first fence cleanly and luckily avoided a faller at the

Bog and Burn Update – One race to go

With one race to go this is a good time to look at some stats from the bog and burn series. 847 runners have ran at least one race (up > 10% on last year and still Caerketton to come). 238 women have ran at least one race. The most popular race as always was

Bog and Burn 2 Races to go

Two races to go and we’re starting to get a picture of who is challenging for what prize Some categories are already decided. M50 Julian Warman is in an unbeatable position. F50 Kay McGreevy also cannot be beaten. F60 Only Jane Oliver can complete the series. However, she will need to run the last two

Bog and Burn Update (After 9 races)

After 9 bog and burns and things are starting to get exciting. 23 people have now completed their 6 races. Andrew Fullwood and Chris Furse (both Westies) are the only two to have completed all 9 races. Things are particularly heating up on the woman’s side. Alex Berry (337 pts, Westies) has jumped into the

Bog and Burn Update (after 8 races)

After 8 races in the bog and burn and as predicted Julian Warman (79 pts – HBT) has taken a commanding lead over Jonathan Weir (160 pts – Unattached) and Christopher McKiddie (175 pts – Westies). 14 people have now completed their 6 races, with Andrew Fullwood and Chris Furse (both westies) maintaining their 100%

Bog and Burn Update

6 races down in the bog and burn and it’s time for probably the two toughest races of the series so I’ve taken a quick look at the standings. Currently only two people have completed all 6 races (both Westies). So the series is currently being led by Chris Furse on 405 points followed by