Author Archives: Jan Dawson

Wooler Marathon, 16 November 2019

Mark persuaded me to run this race, spurred on by a notification in September from Trail Outlaws that there were only 30 places left for the full marathon, and that the half marathon (running the next day) had sold out. … Continue reading

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Jedburgh 3 Peaks, Saturday 26th October 2019

2 relay teams and 8 solo runners took on this year’s Jedburgh 3 Peaks ultra and relay. Conditions were brilliant weather-wise, if a little muddy underfoot! As ever, the race was full of well-kent faces, both runners and marshals alike. … Continue reading

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West Highland Way Race 2019

95 miles, through four counties, with 14,000 feet of climb and a 35-hour cut off. It’s a lot to take in, and it’s only just settling in my mind three days later. So much preparation, training, and planning went into … Continue reading

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Kielder Dark Skies 26.5

Saturday 23 March 2019 I entered this race as a practice night run ahead of this year’s big one, the West Highland Way Race. The race is organised by Trail Outlaws, who always put on a fantastic event, with an … Continue reading

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Glencoe Marathon Gathering 2018

Mark had run this event in 2016 and had praised it highly, so when Sarah Burthe offered her place to a fellow harrier in the event of her withdrawal due to injury (hope you’re on the mend soon, Sarah) I … Continue reading

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Highland Fling 2018

Saturday 28 April, 2018 Ten hardy (or just plain crazy) harriers gathered on the start line of the 13th Highland Fling Race, a 53 mile ultra along the first half of the West Highland Way, from Milngavie to Tyndrum. A … Continue reading

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St Cuthberts Way 100k

100k… Two and a half marathons. 10 x 10k. 20 x 5k. However you break it down, 100k is a LONG WAY. Not being satisfied with running a 50k, a 33 mile race and two marathons in 12 months, my … Continue reading

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Inaugural Stirling Marathon 2017 – a view from the front by an old timer!

When I finished the Boston marathon, I wasn’t sure how I felt about doing another one so soon afterwards. I was more mentally unready than physically unready, as I had recovered pretty well from Boston thanks to a thorough sports … Continue reading

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Boston Marathon 2017

Before I joined the Harriers, I didn’t know what a “BQ” was (a Boston-qualifying marathon time), or anything about Boston marathon at all really. It was only after finishing Loch Ness marathon in 2015 that Vicky mentioned I might have … Continue reading

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Glen Ogle 33 – 5 November 2016

I guess running ultras is a bit like getting tattoos. Once you’ve survived the pain of your first one, you can’t wait to do it all over again! So it was that I found myself at the start line of … Continue reading

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The Two Breweries Hill Race – 24 September 2016

The Two Breweries is an 18-mile race between Traquair House (which has a brewery) and Broughton Brewery across some epic Borders countryside, including about 5000ft of climbing. It has a mix of forest trail, heathery hillsides, boggy track and grassy, … Continue reading

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Edinburgh to North Berwick Road Race – 7 May 2016

Bit of a last minute decision to do this one, but it had always been on my list as it’s another long distance effort (20 miles) through my lovely home county. But maybe too long after the 50k two weeks … Continue reading

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John Muir Way Ultra Marathon 2016

“I tell our runners to divide the race into thirds. Run the first part with your head, the middle part with your personality, and the last part with your heart.” – Mike Fanelli Saturday 23rd April saw the inaugural John … Continue reading

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Loch Ness Marathon 2015

To say I was excited about running this marathon would have been an understatement. It was my Christmas present from Mark so had been a long time in the planning. I’ve only ever run one marathon before and that was … Continue reading

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Dunbar ‘Doon Hill’ 10-mile race, 5 Oct 2013

Silly me. Thought the ‘Doon Hill’ in the title was just Scots for down hill. Turns out Doon Hill is actually a 6th century homestead, 5 miles up hill, and the mid-way marker for this scenic race which loops round … Continue reading

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