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Scottish Runners

Posted: 30/06/2015 at 13:29

Ouch - get well soon OH!!

8m run this morning, very humid, dripped buckets! Just about finding my long run feet again after Strathearn.......just as well as only 26 days to go until FW marathon!

Scottish Runners

Posted: 15/06/2015 at 10:10

Well done at Comrades 57.5!

Going to do some shortish runs this week and try to get my legs working again!

Cape Wrath 2016

Posted: 13/06/2015 at 16:26

Accommodation in the Highlands is very very expensive. But then, generally we don't have the infrastructure, so transport costs, etc tend to be very high.

On a similar note I was looking at doing another event, the Cape Wrath Challenge, again next year (done it 3x, last time was in 2011) and couldn't believe how much even a quite basic holiday cottage had gone up for a week! Then you have petrol costs etc and food also costs more up there.

But then, it is remote, you can go to a beach and not see another person for miles, their is very little traffic (apart from in the Summer when its rammed with German and Dutch camper vans), so it can be a lovely break from the general City madness.

I'm not then that surprised if ultra organisers charge lots, because just all the driving around for miles on single track roads must eat up a tonne of fuel between checkpoints.

Scottish Runners

Posted: 10/06/2015 at 09:51

Good to see you too Tricia.

I had a nice run too and was enjoying it up until the last half mile when I got a stab in the stomach. I much prefer these quieter races where you can do your own thing and just see one or two people (although I did think for a moment between 20-24 miles, that you and me were the only two running!!). York did my head in a bit last year with all the people.

Cycled to the allotment yesterday as everything was needing watering - the worse part was carrying the bike downstairs!!

Scottish Runners

Posted: 08/06/2015 at 10:13

Lovely day out at Strathearn yesterday after some truly horrific driving conditions on the Saturday. Wind stayed with us but thankfully the lashing rain buggered off to give some glorious sunshine for race day.

A nice measured relaxed plod for me, enjoying the scenery, just getting the miles in. Learnt my lesson to start slow after the mass hysteria start at York last year where everyone hairs off like they are doing a 10k . Took my time and enjoyed the long climbs up over the moors but had forgotten about some of the really steep descents, not having done this since 2012!

Very strong cross-wind at about 11m-14m seemed to slow everyone down, by 15m we turned up a slight hill then dropped down into a lovely wooded valley and it was boiling hot, but much better without the constant gale hammering you. Right hip was yelling Oi over the last 5 miles, and then just as I approached 25.5 with the end in sight, it was like someone stabbed me in the middle of the stomach and I had to try really hard not to just double over. No idea where that came from as had had no 'issues' on the race at all. Consequently when the guy at 26m asked me to wave at the camera all I could manage was !! And then it was the finish Hurrah !

Really great race, very well organised. I like that they take your drinks out to 10.5 and 18.5m, that seems perfect spacing, and this year they had them ready to hand out so there was no fumbling about. Also liked the squirrel medal and the cake at the finish .

Scottish Runners

Posted: 25/05/2015 at 18:03

Email today from organisers of Loch Leven Half - the chip timings were not correct....I'm starting to see a pattern here .

I had a 4min discrepancy between my garmin and their chip, I would expect maybe a few seconds difference, but not that much. Looks like it happened to everyone.

Dodgy chips....hmmmm....money for old rope springs to mind. Both faulty chips I've had this year were really bashed and obviously well used. Bout time some of these companies re-invested in new stock!

Cannot find who Balfron got theirs from so I don't know if its the same company as supplied Loch Leven, but feel sorry for all the RO's who are having to go around apologising for the mess.

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 .

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