Salomon Ring of Steall Skyrace™ 2019

The page took a moment to load on my now slightly ageing iPhone, the blue bar skipped along and finally the browser refreshed. To my dismay the East-Southeast wind of 45 miles per hour with gusts of 55 and upwards remained in place. In rare…

Misurina SkyMarathon

The Parco Naturale Tre Cime is designated a UNESCO World Heritage site on account of its spectacular landscape. On first impressions it reminded me of Whitlee Moor - cold, windy, raining and full of Scottish cyclists. You could get a decent…

Faroe Islands

A group of us spent our leave on the Faroe Islands, a volcanic archipelago lost in the Atlantic, camping near the capital Torshavn. It had been a fine week. Clambering over hills and fjords. Jumping into the sea before retiring to hot tubs.…

Glencoe marathon 2019

Following on from my report on my first ever hill race, I thought it only fair to report on my first marathon too.   The Glencoe marathon is a beautiful race, snaking through Glencoe valley before joining the West Highland Way at…

The Brack is attacked!

An intimidating forecast didn't stop record numbers (25 starters) turning out for this year's Brack race. Westies made up a large contingent of this cohort with 11 hardy souls embarking on the wet and windy wilds of Arrochar. The gazebo for…

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…

East End STAGs

I made my urban orienteering debut this Wednesday at the STAG Bridgeton Score event along with Ruth, Outi and Klass. During this time I learned the following: - I am not as good at reading maps as I thought. - It’s important to SLOW…

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…

Ben Rinnes 2019 (A Group Cut-Up)

Dufftown had not escaped the recent heatwave, every step on the race was hampered by the weight of the sun. Imagine, you’ve just finished your first big hill race, it’s been a tough day, you’re exhausted and then some skinny guy called…

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…