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04/01/2013 at 18:07


Lots of good training going on.

Back home from Crieff yesterday. Some great trail runs there - serious hills and serious mud.

Time keeping at the parkrun tomorrow, then plan to do long run later.

04/01/2013 at 21:24

Lots to catch up on in the last week. Happy New Year to everyone and I hope your running goals all come to fruition this year!

Sounds like everyone is healthy again and at least running a little. I am in for Jantastic Ally Mac, and maybe for Inverness adbru. Hopefully for Loch Katrine too. 2570 miles for me in 2012, which sounds impressive until I admit that total was 2500 more than I managed on the bike, an omission that needs correcting in 2013.

North Ronaldsay was an interesting proposition for New Year. The weather was OK so I could run every day, but it was a very quiet 5 days! A couple of great runs on the beach meant I covered the whole coastline (not a big island!) but it was an issue trying not to have the whole of the native sheep population running ahead in a huge stampede. Another run covered every tarmac road on the island (15 miles of running, but there was quite a bit of doubling back to cover it all so there is maybe 10 miles of road). Interesting discovery in the Bird sanctuary on the island, the senior mens winners shield from the Kirkwall Half Marathon.

parkrun tomorrow, but probably as a volunteer. Enjoy timekeeping Alison, no-one ever seems to like that job.

04/01/2013 at 22:13

Birkmyre, I did the MOK half 2 years back and recommend it very highly - it was a great weekend. Great hospitality, cold pool to swim in... and fabulous goodie bag/massage/home baking.

BTW it fills up quickly...


04/01/2013 at 22:26

I see the Kirky 12.5k race is open. For those who like a 'slightly undulating' course!

04/01/2013 at 22:38

 57.5 - hope you brought the shield back with you! Can imagine NY on north ron being a bit different!

Mrs Mac - go for it - Cape Wrath entry in for us!

Needing to increase  my mileage if I'm going to do the marathon distance at Loch Katrine but looking forward to it, not an area I'm familiar with at all.

A few windy runs this week !Beautiful one on 1st though.

UTC - Glen Ogle is fairly similar to Speyside but better views!

05/01/2013 at 10:13

Morning all

Well done on the mileage 57.5 , although I am similar when it comes to neglecting the bike miles last year . Weather has been rotten for cycling though, thats my excuse and I'm sticking to it .

Ooooh Kirki 12.5, will hopefully be in for that again .

A quick look through the listings yesterday and I saw they are apparently doing Buchlyvie 10k again, 26th Jan, a good muddy one for anyone interested.

Enjoy WHW MrsMac .

Elspeth - think of it as a good training run for the Fling .

Off out for the last long run of the week , then tomorrow I am going to go out on the bike (unless it buckets it down ).

05/01/2013 at 10:26


went to see Glasgow Warriors play at Scotstoun last night. They won 41-7... great game!!!

57.5, I'm going for the 12.5k!! Couldn't make it last year so looking forward to the pain

Welcome back Alison!

Elspeth, thanks, definitely going for Glen Ogle!!

MOK sounds great Ally but think its too close to Cape Wrath for me this year!! Its on my to-do list though! Loch Katrine entry will be in by tomorrow too.

Off to the hill race this morning. I doubt I'll race as I'm really stiff from the gym the other night... but will have to fit my run in so will do a run around the area while bf races... and wins?? (Apparently as long as Prasad Prasad and Al Anthony aren't there .... or any other internationals!).

05/01/2013 at 10:42

UTC- Glen Ogle is greart- first wee bit is on forestry trails, then down onto roadside tarmac for a wee spell, then cycclepath- very nice underfoot- and the middle bit is forstry again, but up a bit of a hill- then back in a loop, plus some small country roads- quite mixed, but nothing at all rough underfoot.. Give ita go.

Right- I'm planning on heading out soon- going to try out t the debris gaiters which arrived today ( not that I'm going to run anywhere interesting, but need to see how they fit.

05/01/2013 at 11:32

Morning all. Sorry UTC, I forgot to reply to your Glen Ogle question. Tricialitt has described it well. I changed from trail shoes to raod shoes for the last 5.5 miles on the road. A lot of folks did the whole thing in road shoes. There is quite a lot of climb in the first few miles which was slightly disheartening so early on. Overall a great run with a good mix of terrain and hills and some fantastic views.

Much better day here than expected from forecast. I got up and went to the supermarket at 6am (as I usually do) then was bad and climbed back into bed when I got home  Surafced aagian a bit after 9. Hopefully will get out for a bit of a run this afternoon as I have to do my book keeping this morning.

05/01/2013 at 14:31

Thanks UTC. Did you decide to do the hill race, or did you go as a supporter?

Timekeeping at the parkrun was fine. Then went over to Fife for a nice run through the forest.

05/01/2013 at 17:14
Oops appear to have left it a bit late to find s/c accommodation for Cape Wrath week
05/01/2013 at 18:30

now sorted, I think, with s/c just down the road in Balnakeil

Edited: 05/01/2013 at 18:30
05/01/2013 at 18:59

Alison, went as a supporter, was really stiff so definitely not up for racing. Went for a wee plod myself on return home though and legs feel a bit better  Bf came 5th in the race, there were about 150 or so entered.  Prassad Prassad won... by about 3 mins!!!

OH, just entered Cape Wrath... have entered all the races up to the week so won't be aiming for a PB then...  excited though!! Pricey enough mind you by the time you enter everything... and they want £25 for the ceilidh AND £12 for the tshirt!!! Yeah this will be a one off me thinks...

Gym and a run tomorrow. Half IM/Marathon plans kick in Monday.. eeshk!

05/01/2013 at 19:03

meant to say OH, think we'll be camping... seems to be £13 a night for the 2 of us... that seems reasonable, just have to hope its not too wet

05/01/2013 at 19:25

Camping on the north coast: brave!

06/01/2013 at 14:26

Hello everyone

Wow, great run from bf UTC Good luck with the start of IM training!

Superb 20 miles on the WHW yesterday Started in Tyndrum and ran to Victoria bridge and back. Back to work tomorrow

06/01/2013 at 14:29

Envious Mrs Mac - though had a good 21 miles in lovely lighting on the East side of Orkney and across the barriers. Didn't get light until 10am!

Legs feeling it today, not enough miles in last wee while.

06/01/2013 at 15:12

Well done UTC's bf. Good running Mrs Mac and Elspeth.

Just back from the cinema - saw 'Quartet' - recommend it.

06/01/2013 at 19:16

thanks, bf was pleased but feeling it today..... even so he went for a 4hr cycle with his cycle club! Nutter!!

I went for a Body Attack class (legs finally loosening off, not quite there yet but almost!) then a nice run around Kelvingrove park and the west end.

Went into town after and spent most of my christmas money. Got the 1st Kevin Bridges DVD (after getting the 2nd for c'mas), new dressing gown, new swimming costume and fins, and have ordered (as they didnt have my size) a new pair of x-talons (212) as I miss my inov-8s since I bought Salamons (which are now mostly used for hill walking as I find them heavy to run in). Looking forward to racing in them!!

Nice running Elspeth and MrsMac.

57.5, ach nothing like roughing it in Scotland

06/01/2013 at 19:56

Also, FFB I have put out the link for your race to my club, and it has also been put out to Glasgow Tri Club's FB page.

Bf is volunteering himself as a bike leader for the marathon leaders if required (or marshall or anything else). If not he says he'll do the 10k. Im still swithering between 10k and Half. Will enter asap.

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