Entries by Tom Finch

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A handicapping analysis

Introduction According to Wikipedia, a handicap race is “a race in which horses carry different weights, allocated by the handicapper”. On March 4th 2020 18 Westies ran the In The Dark Handicap from the Kilpatrick gasworks (55.927112, -4.449228) to The Slacks (55.945192, -4.455503). The course was 5.6km in length. Audrey’s train was delayed so she

Santa Clauses are Coming to Town

I arrived at the 2019 Tobermory Santa Dash well-prepared, having borrowed a premium, drag-minimising Santa onesie from Andrew Fulwood. Most of the other competitors had no choice but to wear the inferior two-piece garments, with a smattering of bespoke costumes including an inflatable Santa fat suit. I was pleased also to be enjoying the relative

Trossachs Night Trail #2

“I hope the rain holds off so I can keep my glasses on” I said, like an idiot. We’re gathered in Callander for the start of the 2nd race in the Trossachs Night Trail Series. Hill running legend Angela Mudge stands on a wall to give the pre-race briefing. “The weather’s a lot better than

Meall a’ Bhuachaille

Tent up, ankle taped, Kendal mint cake consumed, bladder emptied, and I’m ready to start the 6th and final race of the 2019 Scottish Hill Champs – Meall a’ Bhuachaille (nice to say, hard to spell). The start line is a mass of foot-stomping and hand-rubbing, with only a few hardy folk daring to bare

Lomonds of Fife

A Story Map A (0 km) The sun breaks through the cloud just in time for a 1pm start, with 6 Westies in a field of 88. B (0.1 km) An anxious first kilometre, as I attempt to run over the tarmac without letting my new Mudclaws touch the ground. I fail. C (0.7 km)

A Cobbler jolly

The morning after the Westies Christmas Party, John ‘JD’ Donnelly, Jenn ‘Lady’s Captain’ Ruddick and I set out to tackle The Cobbler. Having seen the quality of prizes up for grabs the previous night, I put it upon myself to get a race report in. I’m stretching the definition of ’race’ to include a casual