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Westies Alpine Division Pt deux

On first inspection of Roddy and Leyre’s idyllic little country pad outside Geneva you’d be forgiven for thinking they’ve settled for a more relaxed version of the good life since leaving bonnie Maryhill behind. The chickens roam about…

Howarth Hobble - a hard day out

The Haworth Hobble is a 32 mile ultra run with about 4400ft of climb, this would be my first attempt and JD’s sixteenth. A low-key event that I probably wouldn’t have known about if it wasn’t for JD. Previously known as the Wuthering…
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IN THE DARK KILPATRICKS HANDICAP

John Hamer’s strategy of deliberately running slowly at Carnethy just to connive a good handicap worked a treat tonight (and NO, he didn't bribe me with his lovely gin!). He triumphed in a field of 19 runners and assorted helpers and hangers-on,…

Fetteresso Forest Marathon

When you tell people you’re doing the Fetteresso Forest Marathon they mostly respond with “Where’s that then?” When you tell them you doing it the day after running the Cross Country Nationals they look at you like your mad. Well…

Seville Marathon: A Venus in Furs

A rough chronology of my thoughts this morning: Walking to Pasos De Las Delicias: OK, a bit of sniffle, a slight temperature, that’s fine, that’s fine, this is going to be good, this is going to be good. Start Line: [Excited Now.]…

Carnethy 5 version 2

A race report from each Captain – we’re spoiling you… Things that were completely grim about this race The wind speed The purple tights of the man who wrestled me out of the way on the Carnethy scree section Katie’s broken…

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…

Meet the Westie - Leanne Cooke

* What do you call the thing you change the TV channels with? Remote control. * Where did you grow up? West Cork, Ireland. * Have you always been a runner? No. I graduated from a couch potato to a road runner when I was 23. * Why…
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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…

Feel the Burns A race report from the back – not fast, not last.

It’s a fair old schlep to Selkirk so an early start on a Sunday morning was in order. The further east we progressed the clearer the sky became and a sunny winter run beckoned us on. Last year’s race was shortened by snow but the full course…