Montane Lakeland 100

I will have to travel back in time to give my 2023 Lakeland 100 experience a bit of context. In 2018 I ran the Lakeland 50. It was the first time I raced in the Lake District. I absolutely loved it and made the journey from Dalemain to…

JC’s E-Z Guide to Winning Hill Races

With the right mix of strategy, tactics and a pinch of good luck you too can win a hill race! Here's how: BE FASTER - To win a hill race you have to be faster than the other folk there. Thems the breaks. But that doesn't mean you have…

Ben Rinnes 2023

I had three goals at Ben Rinnes this year: START THE RACE – After sustaining a back injury on the dancefloor at my brother’s wedding the weekend before (well someone had to get the boy up on their shoulders), I was struggling to put…

Simon Trigger Handicap

Results from the 2023 Simon Trigger Handicap. Pl. Name Chip Time Handicap 1. Tom Gosling 49:39 1:01:39 2. Gregor Stuart 42:57 1:02:56 3. Iain Mabon 1:00:04 1:03:08 4. Andrew Fullwood 1:04:28 1:04:28 5. Clodagh 58:02 1:05:02 6. Paul…

Isle of Jura Fell Race 2023 – Westie-Era

And I had such high hopes as well! Training going well, feeling fit all round, excellent weather and a solid turnout – this was going to be a good year! But no, sadly not to be a wee cold meant I was feeing a bit peaky at the start, going…

Goatfell 2023 – Ease on Down the Road

Pick your left foot up/When your right foot’s down/Come on legs keep movin’/Don’t you lose no ground/You just keep on keepin’/On the road that you choose/Don’t you give up walkin’/Cause you gave up shoes/Eeeeaaassseee on down the…

UTI by UTS (by UTMB) 13th May 2023

Last weekend I travelled to Wales to take part in the Ultra Trail Snowdonia (UTS) race.  UTS is one of the “By UTMB” races, and as the only UTMB qualifier in the UK it is a pretty big event. If you are not familiar with the UTMB…

Queen’s Park Everest Challenge

  Saturday 15th April 2023. The day that 723 chickpeas were transported from the bottom of Queen’s Park to the flagpole at the top, via the most direct route possible, an elevation gain of approximtely 40m each time. Each rep started…

Beinn Dubh report and photos

  Beinn Dubh race took place last Wednesday in near perfect conditions for running. The ground was as dry as it gets in April; there was hardly any breeze and the earlier hail showers on the summit cleared away to leave a sunny evening.…

Ribbon of Gold

I once stood on a hilltop I felt pain and joy in equal measures As the pain of my speedy ascent receded and with the sun low in the sky I looked downwards and the Forth threaded through Stirling towards Edinburgh and could only be described…