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06/12/2012 at 19:52

I'm sure a week off work will help Mrs Mac.

Just did a short run - very slippy in places.

07/12/2012 at 06:02

4M Steadily done mainly off road due to icy paths.

Mornnig Tri.

Be careful in the icy conditions.

07/12/2012 at 06:57

morning BM

tired this morning, but looking forward to velodrome tonight

hoping this ice clears...

club member who fell Wed night has broken her raadius and ulna at the wrist... no surgery at the moment as it is stable after some manipulation, hopefully it wont be required!!

take care anyone venturing out.

07/12/2012 at 15:40

Finally most of the ice has melted and it is a positively boiling 5degrees and sunny in Glasgow .

Got out this afternoon for a decent 10miler, this week may be salvagable after all . Still a few icy patches around which were largely avoidable, but more importantly - visible, which is more than you could say for yesterday!!! It will probably freeze again overnight but they were saying 8deg for tomorrow eventually ! Had Pollok Park to myself pretty much, couple of walkers, parkies etc, the road through has been covered in lovely safe grit  - didnt venture onto the internal paths as thought they would probably still be slippy, some of the grassy areas were frozen solid with ice.

Made up for a hideous morning in the supermarket, stowed to the gunnels with shoppers and dithering grannies, people chatting blocking all the aisles with their trolleys (have you people got nothing else to do on a 'work day'? ), massive queues at the checkouts ....that is the part of Xmas worth avoiding !!!

Hurrah 57.5 - see you at the Fling .

Have a good weekend everyone and roll on some mild weather .

08/12/2012 at 08:06

Nobody up early today? Off to do my parkrun volunteer duties myself.

Does not sound like you'll miss much weather wise for the Trot cragchick. A little breezy by the look of it.

08/12/2012 at 09:31

Looks like both Falkirk and Pollok parkruns not happening this morning. Must get into the habit of checking as I nearly went to Falkirk today.

08/12/2012 at 09:56

Just got up- it looks dull and cold out there- no wind or rain, though, and I think most of the ice has gone- going to try running along the canal for maybe 13-15 miles, I think. Just letting the porridge settle first.

Had a go on the tready at gymearlier this week, and if it's still very slippy out, I'll bail out today and hit gym 2morrow.


08/12/2012 at 12:14

Oh dear - 6 miles of slipping and sliding along canal path- sheet ice from Bowling to Erskine brigde- could hardly walk safely in parts. let alone run!- Erskine bridge itelf is pperfectly dry and safe underfoot, but I think I would injure myself just from the weird runnug style if I'd carried on- gym tomorrow, then. Cat now on lap- , and I've not even had my shower, yet.

08/12/2012 at 13:26

Mrs Mac - hope you feel better soon.

Was icy here for our thurs night run but just wet and windy today. Didn't get far but 12 miles with a stop for hot chocolate before heading home. Was yum!

Er _ I may have entered the Fling too! Now how to train for it without incurring another Stress Fracture. Any ideas anyone?

08/12/2012 at 17:09


Wow Cragchick - I'm impressed you got in an 18miler in last weeks conditions .

Elspeth - I like your re-fueling strategy . How to train without getting a SF? Run slower  , and do more back to backs building up very gradually over the next few months.

Most of ice gone on my routes, but still some icy stretches in Pollok, mainly, actually, on the grass where the water has frozen in solid lumps and then waterfalled out onto the road ! Also nearly came a cropper trying to run down hill from Clarkston, there was a sneaky piece of ice that had evaded all the gritting efforts . Generally though, much improved and did a nice 16miles .

Tomorrow looks like a much milder day all around. Make the best of it everyone, cos next week we are all 'getting it' again !!!

08/12/2012 at 17:38


some excellent efforts Elspeth, TP, CC, Tricia.(Ran along canal last weekend too and it was pretty treacherous!!).

pavements mostly good now around here..

Just back from West Districts XC... bloody hard work but happy enough with my run. Wasnt the best but by no means the worst considering I havent raced for a bit, fitness levels not great and the mud was dreadful(ly wonderful). Phew.. tough wee course though, mostly flat but somehow that seemed to make it harder...

On way home picked up my latest addition to my bike family, a wee single speed (with flip flop hub so can be used as fixie) Charge Plug. Beautiful white steel frame and leatherette (brown) handlebars and seat. Still need new pedals for her as I need my clips and a neat front light to fit. "Frederica" or "Freddie" has already been christened and introduced to all her brothers!. Lovely stuff.

Night out tonight for dinner as bf away to USA for 10 days with work as of tomorrow.

Meant to ask if anyone knew... Pollok parkrun has been cancelled 3 weeks in a row due to ice on the course. Fair enough. However, Ive ran it on many a XC course when the paths have been icy. Any ideas why this hasnt happened this time?



09/12/2012 at 10:42

Morning all

Happy new bike UTC . Grassy areas at Pollok have been very waterlogged the last few weeks, and then it all froze solid so would have been quite horrific for the XC alternative - cannot recall it being like this for 3wks though, so maybe they had other reasons? However, yesterday there were lots of runners waiting about outside the park (maybe organised a group run themselves), and it would have been quite easy to do a 5k route sticking to the external circuit pavements and road through the Park (ie riverside cycle path, then road past police sports ground), so maybe there is something else going on.......Typically the park has had the best gritted roads in the Southside over the last week .

Cragchick  Woo Hoo - well done . Yeah might be an idea to break the news!!! 

09/12/2012 at 10:49

CC - well done! Have you told him yet then or waiting for a good moment! Is he to be your support crew?

Looks better thanit was forecast to be here but still a trifle windy.


09/12/2012 at 18:11

Well done on the WHW place cragchick, and on the hardy kids!

The Turkey Trot was a bit wild, but I think the consensus was that we expected worse before the start in the cold and wind. At least the driving rain held off. Last mile into the gale was painful though.

09/12/2012 at 18:43

Congratulations cragchick I'm crewing for a friend this time so it'll be nice to see the race from the 'other side'.

Sounds like a toughie 57.5, how far was it?

Yay Elspeth The Fling's going to be a real social right enough

Off to a wee cottage on Loch Sween for a few days with hubby and pooch. Hoping for some good training.

09/12/2012 at 20:10

Evening and lots to catch up on.

09/12/2012 at 20:27

10 miler MrsMac.

Interesting date for a "Turkey Trot". Maybe an American was involved in setting it up, half way between when they eat Turkey for Thanksgiving and our 'turkey day" at Xmas.

10/12/2012 at 06:23


just about to head out for a run, after quick skype with bf.

well done of the Turkey Trot 57.5

got a lot on this week... with work and training... going to be knackered next weekend, and will need to do THE shopping then too

have a nice break MrsMac.

right best get moving

10/12/2012 at 16:10

quiet today.

run this morning but gave up after 5 miles as i was fed up slipping and sliding on the ice. don't think the local council could have paid any attention to the weather forcast as there was not one gritter in site.

badminton this evening so it will be nice to be inside and warm! may even visit the pub on the way home....


10/12/2012 at 18:09

That sounds like sensible sporting activity longbow.

I like the snowflake shaped medal cragchick, complete with picture of running turkey. My wife liked it too which is a turn up as she usually can't understand why I keep the things.

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