Lumphanan Detox 10k 2018

Take two spoonfulls of Lumphanan to avoid indigestion. Actually – it’s 10 you want, kilometres not spoonfulls - it’s the earliest UK race of its kind in the calendar year apparently. My Lumphanan’s been playing up over…

Christmas Handicap 2017

Dirty Tricks Rob JQ of Carbeth Triumph A small-to-medium (though veering towards the smaller end on this occasion) group of Westies elite athletes ventured forth to Carbeth on 30th December for the usual nonsense. The nonet of members (8 runners…

Dunbartonshire XC Champs

17 Westies made the journey down to Balloch Castle Park for the Dunbartonshire XC Champs.  The Guys ran a stormer with 2nd 3rd and 4th places and picking up 1st male team. Gordy McCaffrey also did us proud with another 1st V60 prize.  The…

Westies 40th Anniversary Race

A great day out at the Westies 40th Anniversary Race. Below are the provisional results.      Full Course         Position First Name Surname Bib Cat Time 1 Gregor Stewart 146 M20 01:19:06 2 Thomas Callan 147 M20 01:19:13 3 Hamlin Robert 127 M20 01:25:36 4 Bellamy Gwyn 121 M20 01:26:34 5 Niall McAlinden 134 M20 01:26:35 6 Luke Arnott 140 M40 01:31:32 7 Flora Wharton 145 F20 01:35:17 8 Cunningham Roddy 124 M20 01:35:45 9 Marc Roper 167 M50 01:35:58 10 Macinnes Alasdair 128 M20 01:36:57 11 Andrew Mcbride 136 M40 01:38:19 12 Dan Watson 142 M40 01:40:11 13 Peter Melville 158 M20 01:41:54 14 Rudi Brabbs 165 M20 01:43:48 15 Ian Thurlbeck 156 M50 01:44:05 16 Ian Ferguson 152 M40 01:55:46 17 Susie Ranford 144 F20 01:56:02 18 Sarah Cordeaux 135 F20 01:56:04 19 Angus Bowman 149 M60 01:56:08 20 Furse Chris 126 M40 01:56:10 21 Butler Christopher 122 M20 01:56:12 22 Stuart Hawthorne 151 M40 01:56:29 23 Heather Simpson 160 F20 01:56:32 24 Alistair Boyer 155 M20 01:56:55 25 Paul Strachan 166 M60 02:00:14 26 Margo James 159 F50 02:00:16 27 Trevor Shaw 141 M50 02:03:08 28 Simon Mackay 129 M20 02:12:24 29 Isobel Graham 153 F50 02:13:05 30 Jenn Ruddick 161 F20 02:15:29 31 Rod Flemming 138 M20 02:15:58 32 Jean Bowman 150 F50 02:16:06 33 Fullwood Andrew 125 M50 02:16:45 34 Midgley Peter 130 M60 02:16:48 35 Charlotte Heath 139 F20 02:19:32 36 George Douglas 157 M50 02:26:31       Short…

International Affairs

Having disgraced myself in Scotland last year (think back to the DQ in The Highlander and getting lost and taking 3hrs in my own back garden in the navigation leg in the FRA relays) it was evident I was in no way fit or competent to hold let…

West District XC Relays

As a first timer to this cross-country stuff, I can’t say I was all that into it on Sunday morning. Having the day before trudged 16km over wet and boggy fields in Manor Water, the idea of trying to drag myself through 4km of the wet and…

Gore-Tex Transalpine Run

3rd - 9th September 2017   Apologies in advance for the length of this, but it was a long race…   'Four countries, two runners, one week - one dream' goes the tag-line. I first read about this race back in 2007 and have spent…

Hodgson Brothers Mountain Relay 2017

Well done to the 16 Westies who took part in last Sunday’s Hodgson Brothers Mountain Relay, the 30th running of Britain’s oldest fell and hill running relay. After a weekend of careful recce-ing - which included the important insight…

Testing the new Inov-8 ContourClaw

Ian and I headed to Arrochar on Saturday morning to make the most of the allegedly decent weather and Ian chose this run to test out the new pair of ContourClaws he'd been sent as part of his sponsorship deal*. The ContourClaw is designed to…

PURPLENESS AND PIPES

The race calendar is perennial, So the Big Ben and Braemar were the pair, The hills glowed a right royal purple, The handsome Don Reid was there! The massed bands came in a piping The excited crowds, they were rare. My ankle was quite bloody…