Thursday, September 20, 2012

Grampian Mountain Challenge - 17-18th November 2012

The Grampian Mountain Challenge is Back!
Following on from a successful debut in 2010, the Grampian Mountain
Challenge is pleased to welcome runners to North East Scotland for
another unique blend of harsh weather, comfort, physical challenge and
mental challenge in November 2012. The same organisation team are
back with new ideas to bring the classic event format to a new
location, 1 hour from Aberdeen.
This event combines forest orienteering and mountain navigation over
two days in the Deeside area, with a remote campsite. The event
format will be the same in 2012 as it was in 2010. For those not
familiar with the format, the key points are:
• Competitors find their own way from point to point with a map given
to them at the start (map exchange at transition between
orienteering and mountain running),
• A, B and C courses available,
• Prepare for snow – this is November! (Note that distance/height gain
is similar to other MMs, but allowances are made for the time of
• No GPS allowed, altimeter OK,
• Remote campsite – but kit bags are transported for you,
• Competitors must carry minimum kit (see separate list),
• Pairs or solo runners accepted,
• Minimum age and experience requirements (see rules),
• Hot evening meal supplied on Day 1 and a light meal at the finish,
• Breakfast available to purchase and hot water urn available overnight,
• Marquee at remote campsite with "heating" and music.

For more information, visit To enter, visit
Minimum Kit:

Wednesday, September 19, 2012


Message from Sandy Wallace:
Karen Gabbitas is one of my jogscotland group and also an Art graduate.
This Saturday 22 September she has arranged an 'Art Event' at North Berwick Law starting at 10.00am and lasting about 2 hours. The event which is to be filmed requires as many people as possible dressed in yellow hi vis jackets and black leggings to walk in single file from the bottom to the top of the law (hence the 2 hours).
Karen would appreciate you or anybody who would be able to take part to make up the ideal numbers. If you can't manage but have a yellow hi vis jacket you could lend us, for people who don't have one.
Let me or Karen  ( [email protected] ) know. Pass this on to anybody else.
- Sandy

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Braid Hills Cross Country

As Race Organiser for the Edinburgh University Hare and Hounds I would
like to formally invite you all to Braids 2012! For those of you who
have been before, it would be lovely to see you all again. For those
who may just be joining us, it would be brilliant to see some fresh

This year Braids will be occurring on November 10th 2012.

Braids is a hill race hosted by the University's cross country club
the Hare and Hounds, and is a firm favourite in the Scottish Racing
Calendar. It's a very hilly three mile loop for the women and a rather
gruelling 6 mile double lap for the men around Braids Hill Golf
Course. For a University race, Braids usually manages to attract a
wide range of clubs and runners from around Scotland and the rest of
the UK, so there will be a strong field to test yourself against!

And as per usual we will be having the famous Braids Cake Sale
afterwards to refuel all you hungry runners!

Check out details on the hares and hounds website

Hope to see you there!

Emily Pollock
Race Organiser
Edinburgh University Hare and Hounds

Thursday, September 06, 2012

XC Dates (sort of) and a wee "heads up" on cheap gear.

XC Dates (sort of) and a wee "heads up" on cheap gear.

Well, now that the long hot summers just passed us by it’s time to don studs and spikes and think about mud and slush again.

The Borders XC dates are now available at though please keep your ears open and your eyes on the site as the date of the first round is more than likely to change…….


Talking of all things wintry you may be interested to know that premier supermarket “Lidl” is flogging cheap LED arm bands next week (4 for £3.99) just the ticket for the “toon run”. They also have running gloves for sale….might be worth checking out.