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…
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Preston Harriers 10M Road Race

Unlike the hills, for a road race I reckon you want an unremarkable course - flat, minimal changes in direction, laps maybe and just enough scenery to avoid tedium. ‘Unremarkable’ because ‘boring’ is the wrong word. With nothing else…

Fife: Pros & Cons

I admit it, I’ve never had a lot of time for Fife. I can only guess this pre-set prejudice comes from a deep-set jealousy of the lack of midges and the fertile fields. Once across the new bridge you are surrounded by acres of lovely rolling…

The Unknown history of Archibald Speirs

Archibald Alexander Speirs was a Scottish Liberal politician. Archibald made his money in the drugs and people trafficking trade and was a prominent member of the Westray Boyz gang from Possil. However, what is not known about him is his…
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Tinto Hill Race

I’ve been excited about this hill race since my mum ran it in 2014. I arrived with loose plans to beat her time (50 mins), keep up with JD in a race for once and not disgrace Westerlands Cross Country Club with my poor downhill running. I…

Run GMC

Last weekend was meant to be one of the highlights of my racing season - the Grampian Mountain Challenge (GMC). Unfortunately, a recent injury meant that it was not to be. Determined not to let this get in my way, I turned up with my trusted…

Run - G(rampian) M(ountain) C(hallenge)

After a long week of commuting, a day (and night!) of graduation celebrations, and the remnants of a head cold, a weekend in the hills was all I craved. Luckily, Tom had had the early forethought to enter us in the Grampian Mountain…
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Recipes

Tiffin 16oz digestive biscuits crushed 4oz sultanas 8oz butter 6 tablespoons syrup 2oz drinking chocolate 12oz (300g bar) cooking chocolate milk 1. Line swiss roll tin with cling film. 2. Melt butter and syrup in a pan then turn…

Jimmy Irvine 10k 2018

[With apologies to WH Murray.]   Standing atop the hill in Bellahouston Park, the wind swirling the leaves around our legs, the rain falling in quantities sufficient to sink even the most buoyant of spirits, it seemed that the universe…
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Scans from the Westies archive

We have a selection of documents from the Nineties: Westies Newsletters (PDF) 1996-97 Dec - Jan 1996 Oct - Nov 1997 Apr - May 1997 Aug - Sept 1997 Jun - Jul 1997 April - May 1998 Jan - Feb Advert Glengoyne Gallop Scotland…