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Ochils 2000s Long Classic Hill Race 2017

I ‘enjoyed’ this race so much last year that I thought that I would try it again – and as this would be my 4th Long classic of the year, the pressure would be off to complete the Series requirement. … Continue reading

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Arrochar Alps 2017

After missing out on Slioch due to a dodgy ankle, I was looking for another long hill run having suitably recovered from Trotternish Ridge. However, this is one of the hardest in the Scottish Long Classics Series, 15.6 miles four … Continue reading

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Trotternish Ridge Hill Race 2017

This Scottish Long Classic hill run starts at Flodigarry in the north of Skye and follows the Trotternish Ridge all the way to The Storr and finishes at the Storr Lochs Dam. This year it was a mere 17 miles … Continue reading

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Glenshee 1 1/2

I had entered the Glenshee 9┬áLong Classic Series race months ago partly to bag some munros, but wasn’t sure if I would be on holiday or not. As it panned out, we got back from North Devon at 7pm on … Continue reading

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Trotternish Ridge Race 2016

I hadn’t originally planned to do this race, and wasn’t even aware of it until recently, but it suddenly became a ‘must do’ long classic. Having done Stuc and then Slioch in the last month or so, I was in … Continue reading

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Arrochar Alps Hill Run 2015

This was definitely the hardest hill run I have ever attempted and in terms of mph, the slowest. However, I can still almost walk today and am quite chuffed at having survived without any permanent damage (so far) and I … Continue reading

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Man or Mouse 2014 (Manor Water and Pentland Skyline)

It seemed a good idea at the time and definitely a big challenge. This is a competition concocted in about 2002 by some sadistical Carnethy person (allegedly) and combines the Manor Water (10 miles) and Pentland Skyline (16 miles) hill … Continue reading

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Two Breweries Hill Race 2014

This race has a bit of a reputation and I had experienced it in full last year along with a large dose of cramp. I was determined to avoid cramp at all costs this year and was meticulous in my … Continue reading

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Run and Become Tinto Hill Race 2013

Although marred slightly by politics, this was a grand day out. Several cars turned up at Penicuik Centre just after midday on Saturday, but we managed to sqeeze most Harriers into two cars. It was only half an hour or … Continue reading

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Meall a’ Bhuchaille Hill Race 2013

I was looking for a hill run at the weekend to prolong some fitness, as I usually prefer racing to training. The best looking one was just past Aviemore, but I knew that I would probably get cheap B & … Continue reading

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Two Breweries Hill Race 28th September 2013

I had heard that this race was quite tough but nothing had prepared me for what was to come on Saturday. I had hoped that either Rob or Mike might have been there to help with pacing and navigation but … Continue reading

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Lairig Ghru Hill race 2013

Having run the Edinburgh Marathon five weeks previously it was possibly not particulary sensible to then run a 27-mile hill run. However, this was a must-do run and I couldn’t wait another year! The race was at 10am which meant … Continue reading

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Seven Hills of Edinburgh 2013

It was one of these ‘will I won’t I’ slightly scary races, but I took the plunge and found myself wandering down towards Calton Hill from George Square on a warm, dry and sunny Sunday morning. Up the steps and … Continue reading

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Edinburgh Marathon 26th May 2013

The forecast wasn’t too bad, the training had gone OK over the past couple of months and I was quietly confident about a PB on Sunday. My other half very kindly (well actually was firmly persuaded) gave me a lift … Continue reading

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Ben Nevis Hill Race 2012

Sat. 1st Sep. 1pm New Town Park Claggan Fort William As the weather forecast was not good for Saturday and it was quite a long trip, I couldn’t persuade any of my family to accompany me to watch the race … Continue reading

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