Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Largo Law Hill Race

The details for the above race are:


Monday, July 25, 2011


Some nice pictures of the recent Musselburgh 10K..[email protected]/sets/72157627268273238/

Thanks to Brian for these

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Another Race Abroad........

...and in a different climate, with it's own challenges.
Lee Curtis ran his Icelandic race on Sunday - the Laugavegur Ultra-Marathon (55km), coming in 30th out of 289 finishers with a time of 5:53:28. According to reports it was sunny and a bit too hot for some with 17 runners either dropping out or being pulled from the race for failing to make check-points within the designated time. 
So a great run from Lee - check out the website

Monday, July 18, 2011

Cursa Muntanya Torrelavit 10km


Whilst holidaying near Barcelona I found this local 10km hill/trail race to
do up in the mountains. Not a bad little race and my first experience of
Spanish running.

ŒThe Fiesta de L¹Esport, Torrelavit¹ included a couple of kids races, but
the main event was the 10km. Set in a small town in what appeared to be the
middle of nowhere, over 300 runners turned up to run. Torrelavit¹s version
of Stuart Hay, the race organiser Juango Marquez did his bit for
international relations and gave me a number, despite the race bookings
closing 2 days earlier. Muchas gracius! I was the only UK and English
speaking runner so the language barrier was a problem. Despite a 7.30pm
start, it was still 28C on the thermometer and heat was going to be my
biggest problem. I noticed none of the runners were carrying water, so not
wanting to look like a loser before we started I ditched mine. A good move
as water stations at 2km and 6km (on a 10km race!) provided welcome

I nudged my way to the middle of the crowd at the start. No starting pistol
here though. Instead they light a Roman Candle and when it explodes (in
amongst the crowds of screaming kids) it is a mad dash through the narrow
streets before heading out to the local vineyards. Overtaking was a
challenge as the route was lined with cacti and other nasty prickle bushes.
The path was a dry, dusty, stony path and sun was burning. By 2km the water
station was timely as by then my mouth was so dry it resembled something
like Ghandi¹s flip flop. From here on it was a circular route of ups and
downs. Occasionally there would be a bit of shade in the woods but the heat
was draining. The downhill sections were a challenge too as they headed down
badly eroded paths. I hit the breaks a little there as I was trying to
remember what exactly my travel insurance did cover. I wasn¹t sure falling
down a ravine was one of them!
I carried my water and used it to cool down later on. This seemed to annoy
some guy behind me who kept shouting at me. I plodded on leaving him to
sweat it out. Other hazards included a variety of reptiles that run across
the path. The course was circular and at 9km we were heading down hill on
familiar ground. But just as I settled in for a sprint home, another spike
of a climb faced me. It caught me out as I¹d used up quite a bit of energy
and it forced me to a walk. At the top of it I could see the figure of an
athlete collapsed on the ground. The heat had taken its toll on him. The guy
in front shouted something at him and he responded so I knew he wasn¹t dead!
I shouted ³Ee¹ argh mate not far now², but he just groaned something back in
Spanish. I was of little use to him so I ran past and decided to get help.
Fortunately someone else had the same idea and an ambulance passed me as I
ran to the finish line. At the finish line I was delighted to hear cheering
kids. I later discovered it was a recording of them (probably taken when
they let off the Roman Candle) that is triggered by your chip as you pass
the sensor. After a cool down I collected my goody bag and then indulged in
the post race feed of fruit, cake, chocolate and Coke. Sadly no prizes for
me, although I was happy with a position of 24th and a time of 47minutes, a
nice techy t-shirt and the unusual gift of a carton of Christmas soup!


Nairn Half Marathon

Next month (Sat 20th August) sees the 27th Nairn Half Marathon taking place, one of the main athletic events within the Nairn Highland Games. Starting and finishing within the Games arena, the race is a blend of coastal and countryside running. 
Entry forms will be on the club noticeboard but on-day entries will be accepted.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Musselburgh Festival 10K

Just a wee reminder that this takes place a week on Saturday - the 23rd July - entries are filling up rapidly. Pre-entries only on line at;

The closing date for entries will be midnight on Wednesday 20th July.
Number of entries will be capped at 400
Accurate times by chip timing system by Winning Time.

Race will incorporate the East District Road Race Championship.

Date: Saturday 23rd July
Start Time of 10k; 10.30am
Registration on the day from 8.45 to 9.45 am
Cost: £10 entry if member of Scottish Athletics, £12 others
Venue. Loretto School Playing Field, New Street, Musselburgh
Course: Flat made up of tracks and paths.
More information on the club website

There will be prizes for;
1st Female
2nd Female
3rd Female
1st Female over 40
1st Female over 50
1st Female over 60
One prize per runner (excluding team prizes)

1st Male
2nd Male
3rd Male
1st Male over 40
1st Male over 50
1st Male over 60
One prize per runner (excluding team prizes)

Women's Team (3 to count)
Men's Team (3 to Count)

First runner from EH21 postcode

There will also be a fun run starting at 12 mid day.

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Philiphaugh Hill Run (Selkirk

The hill run takes place on the 14th August 2011. This is the 2nd year of the race and there are 2 distances to compete in - 4 mile and 7 mile routes.

There were 82 entries in 2010 and it is hoped to increase this to over 100 this year.

Will Hynd of the moorfoot runners won it last year with Darren Dougal coming in a close 2nd.
Details of the route can be found on the scottish hill racing website

Monday, July 04, 2011


Fancy a nice short race? How about this........
Attached is a poster for the annual "Curfew Run" in Berwick-upon-Tweed.
This years run starts at 8pm on Wednesday, July 13th , entries will be open from 6-30pm at the Parade outside Berwick Barracks (£4 for seniors, £2 for juniors). Entries on the night only and limited to 150 runners. Medals to all finishers of the 1 lap of Berwick Walls course with category prizes.
The challenge to finish before the Curfew Bell stops ringing (13 minutes for 1.2 mile course).

Friday, July 01, 2011


Results of the third leg can now be found HERE.

Many thanks to George Armstrong for hosting this race.

Next race is at North Berwick on Thursday 21st July. Meet at the life boat station about 6:45.