Pre-Race Ritual

Over my first summer season of hill racing I have developed a finely tuned system that I utilise before the gun (or horn, whistle or person shouting “GO!”). I’m generously willing to share it with you, my fellow Westie.  Kipchoge…
Poet Laureate

A field to far

" A field to far" was coined down Kilmarnock way, An interesting addition to our XC day, It was a boggy zig-zag,marsh of unusual camber, Which slowed our progress to a slow motion meander Yes, we all agreed it got the lungs going, The…

West District XC Relays 2019

Dear Mr Callender, Herr Quinn has forwarded your useless report from Kilmarnock to the Race Report desk for my examination and/or reply. Unfortunately, we have no Ludicrous Gibberish desk, or it would have ended up there. What kind…

Conquering the Pentlands

After successfully completing Manor Water the day before (I might have mentioned to the odd Westie I was doing the Man or mouse) , Rob and I piloted my chariot in the direction of Hillend. It was great to see Plenty of other Westies in Attendance…

Two Breweries 2019

The week I joined the Westies, Gregor sent out a link to these nice prints. Can’t have a print unless you’ve run the race so my well-laid, best-made plan was to run Arrochar as my Scottish Champs long counter and then see out 2019 running…

Hodgson Brothers Mountain Relay 2019

Hodgson Brothers Mountain Relay, an event unbeknown to me, as a newish Westies recruit, but a highlight in the fell running calendar. Oversubscribed entries every year means the calibre of entrants is high and the event is taken seriously. So…

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…