Highland Fling 2016

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I could accurately sum up this race in 3 words. That really hurt. I could leave it there but that would be a pretty short blog so given this was my first big target race of the year, and since I can’t sleep lets give it the full on nerd analysis. It’s fair to say this years fling was massive.  Johnny Fling has done an amazing job with this race and with it being a Scottish/UK trail champs race and a selection

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Bog & Burn round 1: Kaim hill race

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A beautiful night for the 1st of this years Bog & Burn series of midweek hill races.  Ayrshire is an unlikely spot for a hill race not being the most hilly part of the country.  But this is a great wee race, fitting the bill well as it features both bog and a burn.  A 7 o’clock start in Fairlie meant a bit of a rush to get away from work in time for the race start.  But we made

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Clachnaben: SHR champs round 1

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Clachnaben is one of those hill races I have never gotten around to racing.  With it being just outside Banchory it is an awful long way to drive for an hour and 20 odd minutes of running. However with it forming race one of the Scottish Hill champs this year it seemed like a good time to give it a go.  It also falls two weeks out from the Highland Fling so there was no real need to be doing

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A medical win and a race win

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If the my radiologist Mr Du Plessis happens to come across this blog I can only apologise. His parting words to me after my angiogram on thursday were “no racing for 2 weeks, no running for 1 week”.  I tried to explain I had a race on saturday that was a vital part of my fling buildup but he was having none of it. So Mr Du Plessis I am sorry for ignoring you but I came away unscathed with a

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Clydebank 5k and escaping to the hills

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A 5km race around a Clydebank industrial estate wouldn’t normally be my 1st choice way to spend a sunny saturday afternoon but it’s a Bella club championship race and my plans for a long run had been scuppered by having to work in the morning. So after finishing work I decided to make the short hop over to Clydebank for the sociable 2pm start. With the popularity of free weekly parkruns everywhere 5km races are pretty few and far between which

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Season Plan

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I just thought it would be a good idea to get all the years planned races down in one place as the calendar is filling up rapidly. The main target for the early part of the year is the Highland Fling. After that the summer is all about the hills. As well as the usual Scottish Hill racing favourites I have a couple of exciting trips to Norway and Italy for a bit of Skyrunning fun. Then I will be

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D33 2016

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I can’t think of many reasons why I would voluntarily choose to get up at 4.30 in the morning to go to Aberdeen. The D33 race is one of them. On the face of it 33 miles out and back from Duthie park to Banchory along pancake flat cycle paths is a pretty uninspiring race concept, however this is one of those races that turns out to be much more enjoyable than you would expect. In the same way that

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Trossachs Night trail Series race 1

Over the last few weeks I have been making a habit of going to races where the travelling time exceeds the time spent actually running. Aberfoyle night trail race on Wednesday night was no exception. Organised by hill legend Angela Mudge this was a 5.5mile night time trail race round Aberfoyle forestry tracks. Half the battle was getting out of Glasgow to make the 7pm start, the race itself would be a doddle after that. Escaping the new South Glasgow

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quick update

Amazing how time passes when you are moving house and organising a wedding. Since Glen Coe skyline I have raced loads and completely failed to blog. A quick look through Strava says: Serre Chevalier Skyrace, Two Breweries Hill Race, Pentland Skyline, Run of the Mill hill race, Antoinine Trail race, National Cross Country relays. Too much time has passed to blog these properly so lets for the record sum them up in a few words: Serre Chevalier: Wet, big big

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Serre Che Trail

After the dust has settled on Glen Coe, I’ve decided to “treat myself” to a wee trip over to Serre Chevalier for some Skyrunning French style. The race isn’t till sunday so I’m enjoying wee bit of sun and pre race recovery. Currently 30C and sunny however the forecast for the race is looking a bit unpleasant. Sounds like we will be running a shortened course due to the bad weather. I have to admit I’m not too upset by

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