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10/03/2013 at 15:46

Yes, well done FFB  -great day. I really enjoyed marshalling, despite the cold.

UTC - were you wearing a jacket with your club's name on? If so, I shouted out your name, butI don't think you heard me. If not, I shouted out your name at someone else!

10/03/2013 at 16:11

Not long home... thank you to FFB for a great race, sorry we didn't hang around for the rest of the marathoners, it was getting a tad chilly!! Bf enjoyed his bike marshalling though!!

Really enjoyed the run, just ran as a tempo run due to not being fully fit and having raced 10 miles yesterday. Hamstrings still felt very tight. With that, and it being hilly I was happy with only about 3 or minutes slower than my normal "hilly" 10k pace. 

Know what you mean about mini competitions though TP, there was a guy ahead of me who had walked a couple of short sections and as I caught up with him I thought "I will NOT be beaten by someone who has walked!!" ;P (I did catch and pass him... thankfully, but sadly 2 girls also caught me, and I think I ended up 6th or 7th female! Not so bad I suppose, it doesn't happen often!).

Amazing scenery, weather as good as you could ask for... and lovely to finally meet you FFB!! Also met Longbow briefly! Nice to put faces to names!!

I would definitely do it again, maybe the half next time once properly fit, FFB are you considering making it a regular thing?

Hope everyone made it back safely and had a great day!! A huge success I should think! Well done all round!!



10/03/2013 at 16:42

Did the LK Half - what a brilliant race and hopefully the first of many. The organisers should seriously consider making this a permanent fixture on the running calendar. Up there with my favorite halfs.

On the race- it's definately not a PB course.  I didn't see a profile of the course before hand and massively underestimated the hills towards the turnaround point, and although I managed to get up them all with no stops I didn't have a lot left in the legs from about 9 miles onwards. As has been mentioned the headwind was a bit on the stiff side too. Not grumbling about any of this though because that stuff's the reason you do this type of race. 




10/03/2013 at 17:25

Thanks for a great day FFB. Certaiinly not a PB marathon but great views and good company (although I didn't see too many people on my return leg) Thanks to all the marshalls who braved the wintry conditions. Definite negative split for me and slightly slower than hoped (but not last)Good to warm up with a log fire afterwards in the cafe while catching up with friends.

10/03/2013 at 18:06

Hi - back in snowy Glasgow- BRrrrrr- that got a tad snowy/ windy/ white-out conditions just in the last few miles.

Great day, though, and as I was only planning to pootle round as a trainig run, I'm happy with what is actually a PW for a marathon. I agree that this should be a keeper! - Much more scenic than Lochaber ( although perhpas not as flat!).

FFB- thanks for organising that, hope you can relax now!

10/03/2013 at 19:31

Wow! What a great day 

FFB, was great to finally put a face to a name. You did a fantastic job today and definately agree, this should be an annual jaunt Thank you so much for the very kind gift of a bottle of bubbly to celebrate my 70th marathon/Ultra. I won't forget this one in a hurry 

Was nice to meet you Alison, small world eh? Sorry I didn't meet the rest of you guys. Had to head home sharpish as hubby pranged his car on his way to work and needed picked up - thankfully he's ok. The same can't be said for the car or the electricity box he hit and the consequent lack of street lights as a result

Safe trip home Els & OH

RIGHT! I've got bubbly to drink....

10/03/2013 at 19:31

Well done to everyone who organised and helped out at Loch Katrine today. It was a great wee event. I really hope it becomes a permanent fixture on the race calender.

I was really happy with my 1:53:36 for the half today. Ten minutes slower than my PB, but on a much harder course and I'm still nothing near 100% after picking up a groin strain late last year which has been painfully slow to clear up. The hills up to the half turning point really hurt, but I actually finished off feeling pretty strong despite the headwind.

Edited: 10/03/2013 at 19:32
10/03/2013 at 20:08

Sounds as though Loch Katrine was fab!  Well done FFB.


10/03/2013 at 23:23

See what you mean about the tiny font TP. Good thing my 'monitor' is a large TV after the laptop screen failed.

Well done to everyone surviving LK. Hope you all got home safe. I had a less than enjoyable last 30 miles driving over the moor to Nairn this evening.

Grand days running yesterday. I was first man home in the Strathclyde parkrun (their field was small in the cold and with competition from other races and Adidas promotions at Glasgow and Edinburgh) but well beaten by Jo Zakrzewski, with another Dumfries lady just behind me. Last time she beat me was by 2 hours and maybe 1000 places in Comrades Marathon so I guess that was an improvement . Then I did Milngavie to Balmaha on the WHW, meeting my wife for a nice pint in front of the fire in the Oak Tree Inn. Only pity was missing out Conic Hill ("Conic Hill is closed" said a slightly surreal sign) because of logging and path repair.

-8C here tonight. Decided I deserved an impromtu rest day.

Edited: 10/03/2013 at 23:24
11/03/2013 at 02:48

Thanks everyone for the comments. I was really pleased with how things went. A few moans. I accidentally started the marathon 2.30 mins early so caught a few people on the hop. I can only apologise, but in my defense everyone was instructed to, and called to, muster 10 mins before, and really, you should be in the muster area that close to the start. Anyway a lesson learned for me.

One marathon runner complained there was no 26 mile marker I did not have enough card to do a 26 and I have been at events with no 26, but taken on board. With hindsight I would also do turn signs, someone failed to turn at the half in spite of toerhs tunring and a marshall screaming at him.

Some fast times. I will get results out maybe Monday but probably Tuesday. Marathon winner was 2.57, Half was 1.20 something and 10k was just over 30 mins.

Its been an experience. Next year? Well, now that I have got the hang of this race director mallarky .....

11/03/2013 at 05:57

Morning from a  snowy Erskine

4M Steady and not a bad run.

Lots to catch up on.

Edited: 11/03/2013 at 05:58
11/03/2013 at 07:05

morning BM and all

well done again FFB!! And you cant please everyone I suppose!! (Why would you be in your car 5 mins before a race anyway)

Turbo this morning and reps with club tonight.... 

Hopefully you do decide on a repeat FFB, think people seem up for it!!

11/03/2013 at 08:47

FFB - I can only imagine the half marathon turn issue was someone wearing headphones, so they didn't hear the marshall. I did have to do a short sprint to tap one young lady on the shoulder who was oblivious to a car coming along the road behind us despite numerous shouts of "CAR".

11/03/2013 at 09:15

it was a great day FFB. the half marathon course was great including the pain between miles 5 and 8. heard the marshall at the turning point talking about someone that ran on but did they not see everyone else turning round?

did think about coming to say hello to you ffb but you looked so busy so i just said a brief hello to Tri instead.

really please with my time which i think was around the 1:52 mark according to my garmin so well pleased with that given the hills at the turn.

definitely up for next year!!

11/03/2013 at 13:21
FFB for that individual there's maybe a case for a
STOP FOREST STOP sign (as in Gump)
It was amazingly organised (especially for a virgin RO)
11/03/2013 at 14:01

Don't really know how zoned out you'd have to have been to miss the turnaround point but I suppose anything's possible when you're focused on your running. Hope they didn't go too far. 

Given that there were mile markers all the way, people running back towards us in the opposite direction, a guy in the middle of the road shouting "turn" at everyone, and various other clues, I don't think the fault lay with the organisation here!

11/03/2013 at 16:25

There was a woman in front of me with head phones on and the marshall was saying 'turn at the bag' but she didnt acknowledge him, so he walked right up toward her and said 'CAN YOU HEAR ME? TURN AT THE BAG!!!!!' and she was like  nearly jumped out her skin. That explains why he was making doubly sure, if someone else earlier had already over-shot .

Missing the start by being stuck in traffic or something is one thing, but being there on time and then just sitting in the car until a minute before is ridiculous!!!

Well done on the 70th MrsMac - Wow!!!

11/03/2013 at 19:00

Hi FFB, just wanted to say thanks for organising such a great event at the loch katrine 10 km yesterday. my brother and i ran together and had a great time. it was my first ever 10k and i loved the chilled out atmosphere and encouragement. will definately be back next year, cheers, graeme cook

11/03/2013 at 19:06

Jeezo, some people will complain about anything! No 26 mile marker??!! You could see the bl**dy pier from there 

I was nearly late for the start...sauntering up to the line I casually looked at my wrist to check my Garmin had aquired a signal and it wasn't there! I'd left it on the car roof Quick 'sprint' back and I still made it

My legs are mashed now, desperately trying to convince myself that a coule of miles on the tready would do me the world of good.

11/03/2013 at 20:21

It was my husband who missed the turn in the half - what a wally! And yes, he was wearing headphones.

Mrs Mac - amybe a day or two rest would do you good too!

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