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Scottish Runners

Posted: Yesterday at 13:21

Such a lovely day today. It is times like this that I really hate my Mon - Fri, 9 - 5 desk job.

Finally managed to get back into doublre figures last week  So now need to get out and start hitting the WHW, snow and beach.

Fling is only 2 weeks after the North Pole

Mr FFB went and collected the LK prizes on Monday  I am really pleased with them

Atfer re-watching the North Pole Airport programme the other night I think the biggest challenge is going to be the toilet facilities. grim does not come close to describing them, and I am not exactly fussy about that sort of thing

Scottish Runners

Posted: 21/01/2015 at 12:29

Hi All. Crikey, been reading back. That was awesome for CC  Really good going.

Loch katrine sold out in 24hrs  I then had to close the half waiting list when it got to 47  and just closed the 10k waiting list as it is now over 40 too. The marathon waiting list has got 37 on it.

Did I say I am in the WHW?  And signed up for G24 again. Hoping to crack 100 miles but everyone says I won't after doing the WHW. Now there's a challenge. A bit like a red rag to a bull  

I have also comitted to the NorthPole. Not quite sure how I am funding it. I have a search out for corporate sponsors and a crowd funding project running (rather unsuccessfully at the moment  ). A friend who is a harpist is kindly setting up a concert to fundrasie for me. It will be on the afternoon of Sunday 28th March in the village hall in Killearn. Will announce times and tickets prices and how to get shortly.

I am still looking for a few marshals for LK so let me know if you are interested.

It is odd. This year I have mainly men volunteering. Previous year is has been mostly women. Races onthe other hand have shaped up contrary to the norm. More women than men in both the half and 10k and a decent number in the marathon too.

My training is behind schedule due to being very lazy over december and christmas, then getting a niggle, a cold and the weather not helping.

Forgot to say an doing the Fling again, just 2 weeks after the North Pole. That shoudl be interesting

Scottish Runners

Posted: 29/12/2014 at 09:33

Belated happy Christmas to one and all. I for one love it , even though I am landed with the oldies and the cooking. At least it is usually only for 7. Slight blip though when my father in law fell in Glasgow city centre on mad Friday. He had been at the GFT. Waited 2.5 hours for an ambulance which he shared with a drunk woman . Mr FFB and I caught up with him at the Royal and eventually got him home for midnight. By the time we were called to help we had had a couple of glasses of wine so had to rely on train and feet and miraculously managed to flag a cab down just outside the Royal to get us home. He has broken his arm in 2 places including the ball, so goes in tomorrow to have a couple of pins put in. Apart from that we have had a good few days, although a sigh of relief went out when my mum departed yesterday.

Back to the running. I have been very lazy but will need to get myself organised and into some major training now. Still managed to clock over 2k miles for my year.

Here is volcano marathon part 1 (first half).

And here is volcano marathon part 2 (2nd half).

FInally, here is the piece about the acclimatisation and training days


Scottish Runners

Posted: 18/12/2014 at 08:24

I'm needing to stock up on shoes too TP. Mine are all worn out and I am abotu to break out my last pair. Maybe the sales will provide a bargain or two.

I am really tired at the moment so have ditched a few training sessions, and been doing things like dozing on the train on the way home

Scottish Runners

Posted: 15/12/2014 at 12:25

We are a quiet bunch these days. I am easing back into training and being a bit of a fair weather runner and opting to use the spin bike on days the weather not good

The official photos and and video have been released for the Volcano marathon. I will post photos on my website over next day or so and get my race report out.

Here is a link to the video

Here is my blog entry covering the acclimatisation

So, got a WHW place  My 2015 is looking like this: North Pole marathon in April followed by the fling 2 weeks later (fling could be dependant upon delays etc from NP), WHW in June, Glenmore 24 in September. Just a light year then

Loch katrine entries will open on entry central on 30th December sometime mid- late morning. Also looking for marshals so if anyone fancies volunteering let me know.

Scottish Runners

Posted: 05/12/2014 at 12:53


Mmm chocs  Well done Elspeth.

I have a couple of blog entries ready to post for the volcano marathon, but am waiting on the relase of the official photos which be particulalrly slow  Might just go a head ans post with the pictures Mr FFB took which are great except he did not catch me crossing the finish.

The WHW entry is being decided over the weekend - eek!

Scottish Runners

Posted: 26/11/2014 at 12:44

I am going come down on the pro support team for WHW. having supported a really experienced ultra and trail runner last year I definitely think it should be there as an option.

DOTH is quite tempting. That could be a triple crown for me in 2015, assuming I get in to the WHW. That said North Pole Fling (entered but might no make due to North Pole), WHW and Glenmore 24, adding in the DOTH might just be a race too far

I missed the whole malaria post when reading back  My brother got amoebic disentry - not good. He had survived travelling out east easting from the street stalls, but then got ill when put into a 5* Hilton  he was in the Philipines at that point and things kicked off, so they got all the vistorrs herded into hotels at the airport and guess what .....

TP, I too am coming to the conclusion that the artificial sweeteners in sports products casue stomach issues. I do not undertsand why they have to add the artifical ones as well as the real ones.

I struggled in Chile. Eating and drinking left you gasping for air, chewing real food was nigh on impossible and the altitude supressed apetite. Blergh.

Scottish Runners

Posted: 21/11/2014 at 08:43

Boing - I'm back!

Sorry to hear that you have been unwell TP. Sounds horrible. Hope you are recovering well.

Well, that was bloody awesome 

The hardest, most gruelling thing I have ever done. Combine altitude, windy conditions, heat, epic climbs, soft sand and technical terrain and what do you end up with: altitude sickness and a finish line collapse and oxygen  

24 runners started including  6 women. 21 finished and I was 3rd woman. The worl champion stair runner from Mexico city who was marked for 2nd place dropped out, as did 2 of the Chilean runners.

So, it may have taken me an appalling 7.16, but I finished. I will get some blog entries up soon.

The Atacama is an amazing place, bleak, majestic and awesome. Mr FFB loved it too and was a regular David Bailey. We have some great photos. One of the other British runners gave him her mega DSLR camera with huge zoom lens which he went mad with, so hopefully we will get those pictures too. There will also be the official photos once the photographer gets back from Antarctica,

Good to see everyone planning for next year. I have put in an entry for the WHW  and have entered the North Pole Marathon. Neither a definite  as I have to get through WHW selection and need to sort finances for north pole which is very expensive. Looking for some corporate backing - so if anyone knows of any big corporates looking to off load some profits let me know 

Just as I was departing for Chile I got word that I had been given an Exceptional Volunteer award from Alzheimer Scotland 

Scottish Runners

Posted: 14/10/2014 at 14:47

Meant to say - update on the Loch Katrine Ultra. So, I have been a bit short of time recently which is why the 'trial' invite run only has not happened.

I have now reccied the whole route and some 'add ons'. There are a few logistics isseus around getting folk to the start, where to actually finish it. There is also the small matter of the path going through the middle of a working farm at Brig O'Turk. Been chatting with the Trossachs path person and what I might do is arrange a trial run to coincide with the official opening of the path next easter, then look to get a full event scheduled for autumn. It is going to be quite tricky to find a good time to hold it so that it does not clash with other ultras.

Scottish Runners

Posted: 14/10/2014 at 14:39

Well done TP - your marathon was almots a replica of mine including the times at halfway and finish

It was really good to see Elspeth and OH at Loch Ness especially at the finish.

I am totally at sea with my events for next year. I did not particulalry want to do the Fling again, but I am probably going to enter WHW and everyone was saying that I 'must' do the Fling in preparation. I was actually fancying the Kintyre Way, but everyone says that is too long to close to WHW. Arghhh  Problem is, that if I do manage to raise backing to to the North Pole, that is in April and I am pretty sure that 2.5 weeks recovery for the Fling won't be enough. So, I have enetered the Fling not knowing if I will actually do it. If I don't I will have to take the rsik of doing the Kintyre Way, so will probably have to enter that to ensure I have a place, so either way it is going to be a not insignificant entry fee wasted

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