Pete Bland

Westerlands Cross country club would like to express their sadness at the news that Pete Bland passed away on the 28th of November after contracting Covid. Pete was a well loved and respected figure in the hill and fell running community all…

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…
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Torridon Round

I've become increasingly frantic about Torridon for a while now. I must have seen it on TV when I was young as I seem to recall a false memory of one of the paths that circumnavigates the Am Fasarinen pinacles. Hailing from Southampton it's…

Tranter’s Round Running Report

Tranter’s Round Running Report by Paul and Drew 18 Munros / 64.8km / +6786m Drew - It goes without saying that 2020 has been a difficult year for all, with the impact that COVID 19 has had on all our lives. Life as we knew it…

The Swiss Traverse 2020

I’d been thinking of a bigger trip in the mountains for most of the year. Having known I was going to have a few months off in summer, due to a change in jobs, I started mulling over some maps of the Alps during some slower days at work. Switzerland…

A Race! Report! – Scottish Hill Champs 2020

Originally billed as ‘elites-preferred’, there was a strong field assembled at Comrie Croft last Sunday – all the usual fast guys n girls of the Scottish hill-scene and a sprinkling of handy-looking road runners keen for a race. (Apparently…

Les Diablerets 3D

Finally this week we put the skis away until next winter. Leyre and I were pushing to squeeze the last spring juices out of a severely curtailed ski touring season given an unusually hot spring and some strange type of Coronavirus that some…

National XC 2020

National XC 2020   I meant to write a race-report straight after, but never got round to it. I remember thinking that this was the most enjoyable race I’d done all season and that ‘the National’ definitely lived up to the hype.   My…

Westies at the Boat Race 2020

At long last the lockdown has been lifted, and amazingly it was just in time for the Boat Race to go ahead. The MacDonald family organise it and always put on a great event, but with the race only getting the go-ahead on the week leading…

Stuc a Chroin 2012

Stuc a Chroin 2012 was my first Long Classic hill race.   In preparation I’d done a few 13 mile runs around the West End on the basis that Stuc was about 13 miles. Coupled with my general diet of hill-walking/climbing at the weekends…