Adventure Stories

October 4, 2014

Glenmore 24 race report

The Glenmore 24, is as it says on the tin, a 24 hour trail race that is run on a 4 mile forest trail at Glenmore near Aviemore. There is also a 12 hour event. It is a superbly organised event by team BaM who are also responsible for the GO33 and Great Glen Ultra. Having previously done the other events, I knew that this would a relaxed, fun and well supported event, and I was not disappointed.

August 17, 2014

Glenmore 24 – the preamble

Here we go again, another first for the McIntosh ultra-team: my first 24 hour event.

August 7, 2014

The Queen’s Baton Relay

A few minutes past 9 am on the 22nd of July the Queen’s Commonwealth Baton was passed to me and I ran my section of the baton relay. The next day saw its journey complete as it was carried into Celtic Park stadium to be handed back to the queen, and to mark the start of the XX Commonwealth Games

July 20, 2014

Great Glen Ultra (adult conversations and an escapee chimp)

It has been a while since D (of Conversations with the Uninitiated fame) has commented upon my running, but true to form he felt compelled to ensure that I remain grounded and understood some basic ground rules before attempting the Great Glen Ultra, my longest race to date.

July 4, 2014

A Supporting Role on the WHW

Saturday 21st June was the longest day in so many ways; and be warned this is going to be a long post. It was of course West Highland Race day meaning that a not insignificant number of people were set to have a very long day either running, crewing for a runner, or supporting the infrastructure of the event. I have to say at this point that the event was a logistical tour-de-force.

June 18, 2014

Great Glen Ultra: taper time again

The Great Glen Ultra is a big milestone for me, although you would not have realised it based upon my cool, calm demeanour and rather relaxed training schedule. It has, however, rather crept up on me, and typically, now a little over two weeks before the event, I am having a bit of a wobble and my inner chimp is chattering away furiously.

June 11, 2014

A supporting role

In just over a week I will be supporting a friend who is running the West Highland Way Race. This is another rite of passage for me as a runner.  

June 8, 2014

Running Solo

I have always been a solo runner, and have for some reason been pondering over the fact recently.

May 23, 2014

The Unexpected Injury

There is however a serious side to this. It would be fair to say that the majority of runners experience injury at some point in their running life, and I think that all runners, especially long-distance runners expect to be injured at some point.