I was really pleased to be asked to work alongside Ayr's GO! Festival to try and encourage those who quite fancy the idea of a run but don't really know how to go about it. In 2011 I was that person, hadn't run for over 20 years, was overweight and smoking 20-30 a day and … Continue reading The GO! Festival Ayr 2019. How do I go about it?
Fife. You hear the stories. The horrors. Even people from Greenock show trepidation when the Kingdom is mentioned. You see the pictures on Running Friends Scotland with their luminous vests, stories of running around pan handles, mad names like Skwerls, these people who apparently wear shorts over their tights and wear headphones in races just … Continue reading A Forest – the Devilla Forest 15k Trail race 2019.
Disclaimer: Yes. I know, parkrun isn't a race. There's hundreds of them every week and hundreds of people finish first every week. As usual this is all personally relative to me, and not how top runners would feel, but how a heading rapidly towards 50 baldy never-was feels. It's all about the perspective so … Continue reading Fight – so that’s what the No. 1 token looks like – Ayr parkrun 199.
It really has been a while since my last blog, and it's been a mixture of not really having much to say and just being disenchanted by the whole expressing myself malarkey. I just felt here that I had to put this one down in writing to remember how I felt as it ends well … Continue reading Winter – from parkrunning to the Scottish indoor 3000m and an unexpected result.
So the racing year for me is over. I’d like to tell you it finished in a blaze of glory, smashing the field as I sprinted to glory in that most prestigious of races, one in the echelons of Athletic prowess, the Lanarkshire X Country Championships. Now I could but it would be a total … Continue reading Running out – LAAA XC and the year that was
It’s great coming back to that point where I can genuinely say I am really enjoying running again. I’m not at my best but with every week I am getting fitter, training better and I am getting myself back in the mix again with no fear, expectations or reservations. That feels brilliant. It was great … Continue reading Ottolenghi – Three little ducks, Strathaven 10k and Scottish XC in a Whippet style
*Sticks his head out after a while to see if the coast is clear.* It’s been a while. My last real blog was after the National masters Steeplechase in July and that did seem like a good place to hang up the keyboard having come full circle and all that. To be honest I had … Continue reading Tranquility Base Hotel and Casino, Mark speaking
Disclaimer: this has been written quickly as I am off on holiday, but will hopefully give you a flavour. All good things come to an end unfortunately. I have loved the Thursday nights at Mugdock, sneaking out of work early, getting changed in the car, pretending I understand what technical means, and feeling inadequate with … Continue reading The boy with the thorn in his side – Trailfest Solstice Series race 3, 15k
Sometimes you have to look back to look forward. I was spoiled at the start of the year with my Marathon and 5k PBs and naively thought that I could carry this over to other distances and genuinely thought I could start running consistently below 38 minutes for 10k. I planned out my races to … Continue reading Father’s Child – The Men’s 10k Glasgow 2018
You know it really didn’t take long to get into this trail malarkey. One double rainbow across the field and I was really feeling it. The only quandary was do I keep running hard or stop and take a pic? I picked the wrong one and kept running but thankfully others took some pics and … Continue reading Commercial Alternative – TrailFest Scotland Solstice Trail Series race 1 – 7k