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Down down, Camperdown down

The forecast for last Saturday said it would be dry; it was sleet on the day. BAH. The Vets' races were to be run in Camperdown Park, a happy hunting ground in the past; but changing and registration were a mile away. HUM. Parking was on offer…

warm-up act of Great Scottish Run

First, a hearty Thanks! to Ian the Westy Sec, without whose offer of a free place in the Glasgow 10k this posting - and my latest 10k slog - wouldn't be.October (and autumn proper) arrived last weekend. I had to scrape ice off the wee blue car…

Southern Upland Way Weekend

Having been displaced from my regular stomping ground Glasgow to the port village of Cairnryan in Galloway for work, I was enjoying the peace and serenity that came with having a lovely little cottage beside the sea. Last weekend that sense…

Grim battles the Grinch

This race has changed somewhat since I last ran it 3 years ago. The pre-start ballyhoo in George Square has if anything got worse; the 10k entry is now so numerous that the start is in London Marathon-style "waves"; the timing chip is now incorporated…

What's black, and rocks?

Until last Friday, the answer would have been different...but supreme blues brother BB King is no longer with us. So we must return to earth, and sand, and that annual slog over the tidal strand and round the Black Rock at Scotland's finest…

A mixed day at the races

The early rain cleared over Glasgow, leaving a posse of eager park-running (5k dash) types straining to dash round the residential streets of Scotstoun and Jordanhill in the 75th incarnation - round a new course - of the classic McAndrew relays.…

Balloch to Clydebank 2014: Hall of Fame beckons for Gwyn

I was involved in this established point-to-point half marathon in non-racing marshal mode. Arriving at the Dunglass roundabout between Dumbarton and Bowling at 9.15am, I found a sizeable gathering in place already: chief marshal (with walkie-talkie),…

A date for every Callendar?

A week's a long time - but maybe not long enough to inspire much more than a baker's dozen (8 blokes and 6 wummin finished; Chris retired, possibly injury?) Westy runners to come down from the highs of Carnethy and face the quite different rigours…

Dig In at The Dock

Sunday 5th January saw a little bit of Belgium descend on the Bo'Ness dock and foreshore area for the 3rd running of the Dig In At The Dock cyclocross race. Despite only the third running of this event - organisers Jon and Dave have managed…

I came, I ran, I saw - hee-haw

Results The long-range forecast for last Friday was bang on the money - rain pishing down all over Fife. Still, I'd paid my entry fee for one more trot round the Donkey Brae trail, so I headed for Aberdour, expecting to be the only Westy in…