Running: Marathon Ultra-Marathon & Adventure

July 15, 2015

The West Highland Way Race: Beinglas to Kinlochleven

The second instalment of my 2015 West Highland Way Race.

It took a few minutes to get going as my sore arse and elbow realised that they were not getting any sympathy or respite. More steady progress and passing a few people. Through the sheep tunnel and up the hill and just as I was approaching cow poo alley I caught my toe and down I went sliding along the track: ooft.

July 14, 2015

West Highland Way Race: Milngavie to Beinglas

The first instalment of my 2015 West Highland Way Race experience.

The West Highland Way Race (WHWR) is the jewel in the crown of the Scottish ultra marathons. It is that pinnacle that many of us aspire to. For me, rightly or wrongly, it was something that I felt I had to do to truly become a full card carrying member of the Scottish Ultra family.

June 13, 2015

The West Highland Way – Final Long Run

My journey to the West Highland Way Race has been a long one, and there have been quite a few races, many miles and a few life changing experiences since I first considered it as a possibility back in 2012. But I am finally here.

May 25, 2015

From Frostbite to Sunburn – The Hoka Highland Fling 2015

No one ever really knows how a race will go for them. They will have hopes, expectations and confidence from knowing that they have trained and prepared. There will probably be a certain amount of nervousness and there will almost certainly have been the nagging doubts resulting from ‘taperitis’.

May 6, 2015

The North Pole Marathon: the coolest marathon on earth

The coolest marathon in the world

May 5, 2015

The North Pole – Arrival at Barneo

Arrival at the North Pole and Camp Barneo, the 24 hours before the North Pole Marathon

May 4, 2015

Preface to the North Pole Marathon: Lonyearbyen

The North Pole Marathon: the coolest marathon on earth in so many ways. This entry is about the time spent in Lonyearbyen preparing to depart for the pole.

April 3, 2015

Science, blackcurrants, a broken treadmill and boiler, endless lists and a Harp Odyssey with just a splash of madness.

Science, blackcurrants, a broken treadmill and boiler, endless lists and a Harp Odyssey with just a splash of madness.

My journey to the North Pole Marathon.

March 19, 2015

VO2 Max & Lactate Threshold: Forrest Gump to Wyle E Coyote

A new aspect has come into my life as a runner: science. Heart rate, VO2 max and lactate threshold are all things that I was aware of but never really thought applied to me, at the level I perform.  Now that I am working with Nairn at the Life Sciences Department at Glasgow University they have taken on a greater significance for me. It is through these tests that Nairn is able to measure my fitness and any improvements (or decline). They provide the basis for training advice and recommendations for race pace.