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27/09/2012 at 20:26

Re visitors ... it would seem that as most of our visitors come from the South of England they feel the need to make the stay long enough to justify the journey, family I don't mind so much but we had friends staying for a week in August and they drove me absolutely nuts - she kept cleaning MY house, and it really wasn't necessary ... honest!

27/09/2012 at 20:55

Yes I remember your travelling to event adventures CC!

Travelling home from Speyside was an adventure for me.

Thanks Mrs Mac - look forward to seeing you. Had a nice short but muddy run with the group this evening. Guess who suggested the muddy route. Lots of climbing gates too - not so good.

TP - glad your stuff arrived in good nic. Hope the boat on Sat isn't too bumpy. We were lucky with our trip home last Sun, made it just before the big winds south.

Ooh the Fling - now will that be a bit ambitious for me - still tempted to have a go.

27/09/2012 at 21:31

TP: All the best for this weekend.

27/09/2012 at 23:10

Elspeth - nearly forgot to suggest a run. If you want flat one with no navigation my favourite is getting on the canal SW to Dochgarroch, over the lock and back NE on the far side (a couple of muddy miles included) all the way to the sea lock on the Moray firth, over the lock and back to Bught Park via the newly graded gravel canal towpath. about 10 miles in total.

For a more adventurous run take the first 7km of this run:

From Bught Park get on the canal going north, out to the sea loch, cross to the west side and back to Clachnaharry village. Take the road out of the village to the traffic light, left over the railway bridge, cross the road, go through the gap in the wall a few yards from the bridge. Climb the steep path to a cul-de-sac and continue up the concrete steps. Take a right on the road out of town until you see an obvious track going up into the woods on the left.

Take this for a steep climb through the woods in a generally southwards direction (there is a forest road or some footpath options, finding the iron age fort needs a map!). At Leachkin Brae go right up the very steep hill, and to make a better run than I did on 12/9 stay on the road until it flattens out, go past the nice house on the right and take the forest road on the right just beyond. This brings you to the Great Glen Way which will take you back to Bught Park. 8-9 miles with lots of climbing.

27/09/2012 at 23:11

TP - I think you must have the same parents as me . Sitting around waiting to be entertained.

28/09/2012 at 06:25


This time last week on way up north approximately at Perth !

Possibly will get news of a 6 month extension today, but my redundancy is not affected. Still doing my current job.

Morning Tri

28/09/2012 at 06:55

morning BM

good aerobic session last night, climbing tonight.

on a course today so no work... not sure if thats good or bad but change of scenery I suppose!

watched Adventure Show on Iplayer last night which featured fellow club runners! (at the Goat Fell race!!)

good luck TP and Tricia (and anyone else) for the weekend!!!

28/09/2012 at 09:11

Thanks a lot for that 57.5, the second run sounds great if I can avoid getting lost!

28/09/2012 at 16:27


Hey you lot, be careful talking about the Fling too much, you might create a rush . Best thing this year was having the luxury of being able to enter only the week before, once I realised I had recovered enough from my previous event. All this having to enter things a year in advance is cr!p .

UTC - yeah I saw that programme too, but it didnt make me want to run up Goat Fell anytime soon .

Flat races, flat races .

Short run today dodging the rain. Gonna drag parents out tommorrow even if I have to carry their lazy asses to the car . Small prayer to the running Gods might save me from lethargy and the hard of thinking!!

Good luck everyone for the weekend.

28/09/2012 at 19:06

Ha ha TP, you're right, need to keep the Fling entries strictly hush hush

Saw the Goat Fell race too UTC, looks a toughie. Did you see the state of some of the folks that had fallen? Only did my first (and only) hill race this year - Conic Hill and thought that was hard enough!

Elspeth, did you get my text last night about eating times? The tables for 7pm if not

Packed for LN, now enjoying a glass of wine for my Birthday tomorrow as I'll have to be good before the race

Have a great weekend everyone

28/09/2012 at 20:18

the falls and scapes on the Goat Fell race looked sore!!! think i'll just keep to the flat!

i can top the visitors duration as the outlaws, i mean inlaws are visiting for the whole of the october holidays. 16 days!!

unfortunately (!!) i have to go to bury st edmunds for work next week. poor wife will have to put up with them by herself. think she will be climbing the walls by the time i get back.

good luck to those running this weekend whatever the distance!

28/09/2012 at 21:31

Poor Mrs Longbow!

Happy Birthday tomorrow Mrs Mac, didn't get the text but 7pm sounds fine, time for Peter to register and get to our B&B first.

Missed the Goat Fell race, would have like to see that - but not to do it!

28/09/2012 at 22:12

OMG - 16 days ... my parents came for 12 last Christmas, I have a good relationship with them but I was ready to commit bad deeds, lord knows what my husband felt like!  Kids loved it though of course!!!

The Fling ... whisper, whisper, lips are sealed. It'll be all over FB though won't it ... sigh!

6.5 miles of coastal path today dodging showers but not the wind of course. Legs felt tired, yesterdays bog yomp clearly took more out of me than I realised, but think I am getting a wee bit faster.

Orienteering with the kids in the morning so looking forward to that, not that I'll get any done, just a case of me shadowing them whilst trying to keep my mouth shut as they turn map the wrong way up etc etc ... competitive parent? ... moi? ... surely not!

Edited: 28/09/2012 at 22:13
28/09/2012 at 22:25

Happy birthday MrsMac.

Just signed up for the Kirkie Half. Get to see the parents with built in escape excuse. I demand that the weather is better than last year!

Always liked Bury, longbow. I played hockey there for a few years when living nearby.

28/09/2012 at 22:38

Agree Goat Fell looks hard core ... possibly not one to start with!!!

Happy Birthday  Mrs M

28/09/2012 at 22:40

Happy Birthday Mrs Mac.

29/09/2012 at 07:01
Happy Birthday Mrs Mac! Good luck with LN.
29/09/2012 at 10:01

Happy birthday Mrs Mac

Sorry, not been on for ages: was away on holiday. So, need to read back through a good few pages.

That can be my post long run activity. Need to get sorted and out, so will pop back on later.

29/09/2012 at 10:06


MrsMac: Happy Birthday

I found out at 1:30pm ish yesterday that I've got a 6 month contract till 31 March 13and start in my 'old office' on Monday morning. I'll be working for an agency and 2 colleagues also got similar extensions.

Thing was I took in a big box of chocs and we'd a leaving lunch yesterday for a few of us !

All the best to those racing.

29/09/2012 at 12:25

LN time target is about 4:15-4:30, I think, but taking it in a relaxed fashion- more as trainig for Glen Ogle, and a "fun" run, rather then killing myself for a good time. I think my competitive streak has faltered recently, and I'm no longer willing to push myself so hard in races that I feel ill, it's more about feeling that I have justified the time spent trainig, and that I am coping withthe race distance without it being too difficult.

I'm too old to go after PB's anymore, and Loch Ness is not the course for it anyway.

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