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Scottish Runners

Posted: 19/05/2015 at 10:25

Well done Elspeth and OH - the usual challenging weather I see!!

The last time I did it they ran that marathon route and I said never again in that wind and lashing rain!!! At least we didn't get hail that year...

Scottish Runners

Posted: 16/05/2015 at 19:13

The 3x I did Loch Ness I booked in Nov/Dec for the following year. Ridiculous I know, but loads were already booked that early. It fills up from Aviemore to Black Isle in the East and all the way down to Fort Augustus in the West . Get in quick if you want to actually stay in Inverness .

Good luck all at the women's 10k in Glasgow tomorrow!! I shall be avoiding Pollok Park on my run .

Scottish Runners

Posted: 11/05/2015 at 18:18

Had a good run at Loch Leven on Saturday, quite a slow time but good practice for Strathearn marathon. Went off far too fast on the flat first couple of miles, then forced myself to slow down and keep a steady pace during the hillier middle section, which meant I had decent strength in the legs for the final few miles. Pictured in my head that 13 wasn't the finish and I was going to continue on in order to get my head into marathon mode, so consequently overtook quite a few people in the last couple of miles.

Quite a strange run, I was expecting it to be closer to the Loch, but actually the road was quite far away and you could kind of see the Loch in the distance, apart from a few places where it got closer. Long drawn out drags of hills that I wasn't expecting, the kind of 'hills; that aren't really hills if you're in a car, but 'are' if you are running or cycling !! The last two miles were nice running away from the road on the quiet cycle track so I enjoyed that more than the road sections.

A nice day out overall, but got a tonne of work to do now, so early taper for Strathearn !!

Scottish Runners

Posted: 08/05/2015 at 15:48

Off to Kinross tomorrow for the Loch Leven Half.

Apparently there is a pipe band competition on at the same time ...this could prove interesting parking-wise in such a small town !

Had a good running week so hoping this good spell continues tomorrow.

Good luck anyone else racing this weekend .

Scottish Runners

Posted: 03/05/2015 at 19:45

David - its the first 53m of the West Highland Way. Its a lovely route, really well organised and friendly marshals.

Lit - that's cos you can do one in 3hrs and it takes some of us (well, me ) 4.30 on a good day .

Scottish Runners

Posted: 03/05/2015 at 19:35

Strathearn and Fort William marathons for me too, but first I have Loch Leven Half next weekend as a 'leg wakener' .

FW looks like it goes over the hills at first but then it drops down to the road and canal path (if I've got that in the right order!) so it will probably be a bit of a mixed bag of terrains and hilly / flat.

Then down to Cornwall in the Autumn for the Atlantic coast marathons...if I can find a nice neighbour to be a cat sitter , if not he is coming with me as I've already paid for the entry and its my 'A' race for the year !

Scottish Runners

Posted: 30/04/2015 at 18:00

Well done all the weekend racers, no matter what the distance .

Still no results from Balfron - looks like the chip company made a right mess of it.

Fairly easy running week for me this week, although I've taken two massive soakings in the hail, which I didn't appreciate much!

Couple of back to back long runs planned for this weekend.

Happy Holidays those that are off for May day.

Scottish Runners

Posted: 27/04/2015 at 18:14

Hail and snow here too, had to cover loads of stuff I'd planted out at the allotment so it doesn't freeze to death after last weeks heat .

Had a nice run at Balfron 10k yesterday, it was a bizarre one though as they had sold more spaces than last year (over 600!) and last year it was rammed, this year I sat in the car in the hail and snow wondering where everyone was! Luckily the hail stopped just in time for the start at 11am, and the sun came out . I had an easy first 5k out, no jamming in like last year, got a clear run, although wasn't pushing it so was slightly slower at 26mins, but on the back it was into a head wind and of course every year everyone forgets the big long climb to the finish. Still happy to finish with a 54.something on the garmin, especially after being ill and decidedly wobbly-legged on Saturday!

They had some problem with the timing chips not working properly, so no official times. I thought mine was rattling or loose when I collected it, then on the shoe it was constantly rattling like it had a loose connection, but it looks like no one has got a time. The mats didn't do that beeping thing they usually do when you cross, which I thought was a bit odd. They said they have times but they are all incorrect, so the timing company might have a bit of explaining to do there!

Finished with a massive slice of lemon drizzle cake so wasn't that concerned about the chip !! Then had a wee drive along Loch Lomond to put myself in the mood for the Fling next year .

Scottish Runners

Posted: 25/04/2015 at 13:55

Looks like a lovely day in Glasgow after a really rubbish forecast for rain all day - the Fling weather God's strike again .

They should all be passed Rowardennan by now (new cut-off of 1.30 in place). My favourite tea and ginger cake stop, on a bench looking out across the Loch .

Having an extra rest day today as have bad stomach and feeling a bit spaced out, don't want to miss Balfron 10k tomorrow.

Off to do some online shopping, fancying a new running pack - oh dear, the devil finds work for idle paws!!

Keep going Flingers...only the dreaded Inversnaid rocks to get across next !!

Scottish Runners

Posted: 23/04/2015 at 09:31

Good luck for everyone in the Fling on Saturday !

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