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15/09/2012 at 12:51

Alison, well done on the pb. Which one did you do? I just gave Falkirk a go for the first time, really enjoyed it. Lots of nice bird song too . Took it easy as it's off season

15/09/2012 at 16:41

Well done on the PB Alison

Wonder how TP's getting on?

It is very 'autumn like' birkmyre, leaves all over the place up here too. I like this time of year to run though Re: Arnold Clark - yes, they are awful aren't they? I've had probs with the service dept before and wouldn't have went near them if it wasn't a warranty claim. Surprise surprise, they won't honour my warranty as there was 'no evidence if grease on any latches' which must mean it hasn't been serviced!! Even though I showed them the service sheets. I will be complaining at the highest level and have also taken it up with Ford who are being very helpful.

Had a terrible 16 miler today Totally ran out of steam and had to (what felt like) crawl home. Been in bed all afternoon since

15/09/2012 at 17:26

Thanks birkmyre, Joe and Mrs Mac. It was the Dundee (Camperdown) run. So far, I've only done that one and St Andrews.

15/09/2012 at 22:53

Evening all

Late post from me - just on to say completed RAW but in a slower time than last year, very low key event all round this year, small field, about 50 starters, and hardly anyone out on the route, marshalls were being dog-legged to cover numerous CP's. Found the wind really quite draining, path full of huge pools of water, and couldnt seem to get the legs going on the uphills, although ran fine on the flat. Also didnt help I ended up embroiled in a conversation with someone between 4 - 7m when really I should have been going faster!! This will serve me right for saying no-one chatted at L50 ..... I decided it was time to hoof it when my new companion told me she had finished in the dark last year !!

Mrs Mac - sorry to hear about your run. I had a bit of a crawl too, must be something in the air!!

However had great fish and chips on the sea front afterwards .

BM and Mrs Mac - agree re. arnold the shark - totally the same here, pressure selling until you sign the paperwork, then they couldnt give a toss. Lied to me about the amount of the monthly repayments in order to get the deal. I should have just tore it up and walked out........

House full of skanky wet muddy running clothes, Urgh!!! Too late to do any washing tonight.

16/09/2012 at 07:24

TP,MrsMac:I would not go to Arnold Clark again. Or recommend anybody to buy a car from them. Like I've said to many friends and now again on here. Their After Service is Appalling to say the very least.

16/09/2012 at 11:21

Birkmyre - and I would wholeheartedly agree. Actually I have been thinking of trying to pick up a cheap campervan next, but that won't be for a few years yet probably. I would need to go to a specialist dealer for one of those, so that rules out 'The Shark' .

Alison - well done on your pb.

Been cleaning up after yesterday, muddy clothes in machine and trying to dry out shoes. RAW was actually the full 44m route yesterday, which explains why I took longer!! DOH ! Last year I only clocked it at about 40.5 overall and it finished in a different place. This year we had a diversion through farmland at Stair Bridge where the path was unsafe, which kind of threw me a bit .

16/09/2012 at 13:24


well done TP!!!! excellent achievement either way... although hoping for Clyde Stride next year in essence of reaching 40 miles!!

Interview went well. As interviews go... will find out tomorrow, although not too fussed as Im not unhappy where I am just looking for more experience.

Alison, well done on your parkrun PB!! I havent managed a parkrun for some time... really need to sort that. Would give me a real boost.

Some gym work and body attack class this morning, planning 10k before work tomorrow and body attack and swim tomorrow night. Feel my couple of weeks of easy stuff since ultra and cycle have caused my fitness to suffer a little. So a bit of pain this week.  4 weeks to ramp up to HM.

Re Arnold Clark, have never bought a car from them (as I dont drive) but bf has hired cars regularly from them and they have been great. That said its a different department...

Quite pleased I have a faster HM PB than Jenni Falconer and Iowan Thomas's GNR time today  

16/09/2012 at 13:41

Just got half- drowned out on my LSR- decided to go for the full 17 miles that my schedule said, even though it sees a bit steep just 2 weeks out from LN- I'm short of long runs after family visitiation last weekend. Anyway- about 8 miles from home the heavens openend- I had to keep runnig as other wise I'd havee got too cold, but the path was  a river- got some funny looks from everyone else who was sheltering under trees, never mind! actually quite fun once you're resigned to having totally soaked feet, ust running through the deep puddles.

Well done on RAW, TP! can't remember- are you doing Glen Ogle as well? I'm doing it, but as it's onlt 5 weeks after LN, I don't know how the training will go- LN may be my main long training run!

16/09/2012 at 13:55

Tricia - nope, its the new Jedburgh Three Peaks Ultra I'm doing, 28th October. If yesterdays underfoot conditions are anything to go by it will be a total mudbath whichever race you do . And I can see this being 'another one of those' if they don't put some proper maps and directions up on their website soonish!!!

Which reminds me, I have put my debris gaitors in the washing machine (this may not have been a wise move ), I had better see if there is anything remaining of them!!

UTC - are you planning to do Neil McCover / Kirki Half? I might see you there if I can get my leggies working soon enough .

16/09/2012 at 15:12

Well done on the RAW TP.

Pleased the interview went well UTC. I've had a copule of easy weeks to. Must start training properly again this week. Doing the Templeton 10 in 7 weeks - a 10mile race in Dundee famous/infamous/notorious for its hilliness.

16/09/2012 at 19:00

The Templeton 10 is a great wee race Alison, have you done it before?

Well done on completing RAW TP Did that give you a SUMS total? I didn't do 4 SUMS races this year so no score for me.

tricia, I'm doing LN and Glen Ogle too. Sounds like you had fun splashing through the puddles

Glad the interview went well UTC. Its a good position to be in if you aren't under pressure and enjoy the job you've got.

Still not right today, aching all over. Did 10 miles on the bike but it felt hard. Rest tomorrow I think.

16/09/2012 at 20:14

Never done the Templeton 10 before - planned to do it last year, but got plantar fasciitis a few weeks before it, and didn't think I was fit enough to do it. Looking forward to it this time. Enjoy your rest tomorrow Mrs Mac - sounds like it's needed.

16/09/2012 at 22:11

Survived the trip to Englandshire, and enjoyed the warm weather for a day. Pennington Flash parkrun (got to one of the best names!) was a friendly event on a course reminiscent of Glasgow with some sharp ups and downs. Our reunion was a lot of fun and I think I impressed my friend's 12 year old son (a very keen parkrunner) when I said not only did I like parkrun, I liked it so much I set up my own. His father (a recent convert to running) hung out with us for a few hours then took the train from deepest Oxfordshire to Newcastle for the GNR.

I seem to remember Arnold Clark had a similar reputation 25-30 years ago . My consumer tip for everyone today is to avoid Luton Airport. I know I'm spoiled by the ease of travelling from Inverness but Luton made Gatwick seem like a great option.

17/09/2012 at 05:55


An easy 4miler due to being up from 1:30-2am with Geordie as he needed out.

Morning Tri

Right brekkie.

Catch up too.

17/09/2012 at 07:38

morning BM... 2am???? 

hard work starts this week. tonight class, run and swim....

17/09/2012 at 09:43

Morning all. In showery west cumbria with very little sugnal, so just a quick flip through posts. Well done TP and Mrs Mac finishinf is the achievement. I have had 1 short 3 miler and climbed Scafell Pike (the hard route). Lazed about yesterday as torrential rain. Off out for a bit of sight seeing and a couple of gentle rambles today.

All car dealers are sharks and all have very poor after service in my opinion. We are about to get delivery of a new car when we get back and it was a hard wrangle and we still did not get a half decent deal

17/09/2012 at 09:52

Morning all

Mrs Mac - I only got 2 sums done this year, Fling and RAW, as I've mainly been going down to Engerland for the longer races. Last year I managed 3, D33, Fling and RAW again, and was a bit miffed I couldnt fit in Speyside to take it up to the 4, but August is always a difficult month for me to get away.

This year so far I have done 5 ultras and 2 marathons......oh, and one 10k!!!  I have one more ultra and hopefully the Kirkintilloch Half to round off the year  then I can settle into some winter training and do a bit more cycling.

Talking of winter - I was hearing rumours the other day that we might be in for another cold snowy one this year .

17/09/2012 at 09:58
Els and me also in Cumbria (Keswick) in advance of Langdale races on Saturday. Not sure if we're doing to get up any big hills with visiting and tapering. Met up with 3 of offspring in Edinburgh on way down.
17/09/2012 at 10:00

Hope the Lakeland weather is kind to you all this week, OH, Elspeth and FFB.

17/09/2012 at 13:07
So far so good with 11.7 loop around Derwent Water
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