Author Archives: Rob

The Mamores Half Marathon – a belated report

Missing the Breweries due to a stomach bug and also not getting into the Skyline threw me into a state of running desperation – all that training for nothing 🙁 – so decided to suck up the cost, and make … Continue reading

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Ben Nevis 2017

Richard Askwith’s book, “Feet in the Clouds: a study of fell-running and obsession” has a chapter on the Ben Nevis hill race and finishes off with a statement that one is not a hill runner until you have run the … Continue reading

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La Marseillaise á Dollar

A belated report by Andrea This year’s Dollar hill race starts with a pre-race dialogue at the Wilson home: Andrea: “Rob, have you seen my compass?”  Rob: “Ah yes, I forgot, I lent it to XXX; she never gave it … Continue reading

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Lairig Ghru 2017 – Warts and All

I am not good at long races. I am simply never fit enough and it is only by October every year (i.e. The Pentland Skyline) when I normally have increased my fitness to a level worthy of the long races. … Continue reading

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Drama at Durisdeer Hill Race

This post describes Gregor’s and Rob’s experience of running Durisdeer hill race on the 10th of June 2017.   Gregor’s bit I was contemplating running the Durisdeer hill race for the last few weeks. While the distance (14.7 km) seemed fine, … Continue reading

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LAMM 2017: Rob and Andrea’s story

Mountain marathons are a huge challenge for me (my first was with Julian Hall in 2009 – B course LAMM) as they are two day events and can cover 40-80 kms (with 2000 – 4000m elevation gain), depending on what … Continue reading

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Willy and Billy go at it on the Eildons – ooh err!!

A new race for me – the Eildons Trail Race – and at 16.4kms (540m climb) a nice wee race to keep the training up for the looming longer races that are not that far away!!! 11 Harriers escaped the … Continue reading

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Devils Burden 2017

The DB relay is becoming a bit of annual fest of many many hill runners now. With a 148 teams of 6 runners each, that was a lot of runners this year – especially when they invade Falkland. Honestly, I … Continue reading

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Run of the Mill – Short and Sweet

Described as Fast and Furious, this is certainly a quick race for some sections as a third of the route is gravel track (flat or downhill!). Of course, after the first 3km sprint, the steep climb up out of Tillicoultry … Continue reading

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The 2016 Scottish Long Classics Series

Hating to go to races on my own, and of course infinitely preferring some friendly competition, I want to highlight the available Scottish hill racing competitions – specifically focusing on the Long Classic Series in the hope that I can … Continue reading

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The Merrick Hill Race 2016

The Merrick, at 873 masl, is the highest mountain in the Southern Uplands and after our last attempt at this race in 2013 where poor weather (understatement!) shortened the race (see link below), it was high time to get this … Continue reading

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Ochil 2000s – 2016

Duncan and I are trying to run at least 5 of the Long Classic Series (to get a final ranking). The Ochil 2000s was his 5th but only my 3rd. Still The Breweries and Skyline to go. As mentioned in … Continue reading

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The Ochil 2000s new route

The Ochil 2000s is the next Long Series hill race (Aug 27th). It is longer than the Skyline (31.2kms), but has less height gain with ~1200m. More details at: http://www.scottishhillracing.co.uk/RaceDetails.aspx?RaceID=RA-0203 http://www.ochilhillrunners.org.uk/static.aspx?id=o2000R If you want to enter, online registration is here: … Continue reading

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The Spartan Beast 2016

The backstory – Alan (Gilly’s better half :-)) had a back operation and his place for the Spartan was up for grabs. After an online gurning contest between me and Yan, I won – obviously the ugliest – me that … Continue reading

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The Highlander Mountain Marathon – the final fling!

It has taken me four years to gently persuade Andrea to run a mountain marathon (MM) and the final Highlander seemed like a good opportunity. As Andrea’s first, and my second (I ran the LAMM B-course in 2009 with Julian … Continue reading

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