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Updated: 2018-03-19T15:38:13.481+00:00


Falésia 5k - Low key World Championship Warm Up!


Start line (Photo - Spectrum Striders)A record field of 150 lined up for the 12th annual Falésia 5k on Tuesday 13th March organised once again by Spectrum Striders and renamed the Joe Shellhorn Falésia 5k in memory of one of their club members who had so enjoyed and been part of this event.The conditions were variously blistering hot or shady depending on which of the little clouds decided to take its turn in front of the sun. Stuart Gibson, Frances Ferguson and Alan Derrick joined an international field on the tightly packed start line ready for the 10am start, full of anticipation and nervousness over how the already tired legs would handle the two and three quarter laps of either up or downhills. Due to the downhill start, this is one of those races where patience is a virtue as inevitably many will take off way too fast and falter when the downhill start becomes the first long up hill drag.Stuart powers around the bottom bend (Photo 2:09 Events)And so it came to pass. Having been dropped by everyone and anyone at the start, I gradually picked dozens of runners off (mainly Germans it seemed) who had shot their bolt. On the first lap I could see Stuart running strongly already 150-200m ahead. But it was an indication of the quality of the field that even Stuart was already somewhat detached from the first few. As the laps ticked by remarkably quickly, I made the final right hand turn onto the 800m long uphill straight (thankfully a gentle curve so you can't actually see all the way along it) to the finish. I was pretty sure I had passed all the M50's from our training group but in the final 100m there was a bloke with flowing auburn curly locks blowing out his ears about 10m ahead. Although sprinting was not possible at this stage, more a gradual acceleration, the racer in me decided that I could not be beaten by someone who was so obviously struggling even if they were probably only in the 30's age group. So I glided by and progressed across the line to bend over double in agony. At this point, the bloke tapped me on the shoulder and said are you M50? Of course I said yes and the disappointment was evident as he actually was M50 too (Frances reckoned that not only was his hair dyed but he had had some "work done". I of course was too polite to notice). It just goes to show that in any age-group race, pass everyone you can because there are a lot of Peter Pan's out there in the veteran ranks!Frances tails Mike Gratton (Photo 2:09 Events)This meant I was first M50 in a time of 18:05, a full 36 seconds faster than last year and 18th overall. Stuart ran a well paced race, working his way up to an excellent 5th position overall in a time of 15:53 and first of the 120 participants from the 2:09 Events Algarve training camp group. Frances has had an injury free year and this made a huge difference to her performance, improving by some 50 seconds to cross the line in 21:48 and second F50. Frances was also just 19 seconds behind the returning from injury Mike Gratton, 1983 London Marathon winner, Commonwealth Games bronze medalist and organiser of this training camp for the past 35 years.A journalist from one of the major broadsheets (the Telegraph I think) was also on the training camp and writes the runner's blog for that newspaper. I believe she is going to write a piece on this race titled something like "The best 5k you've never heard of". Why? For a race where entries are taken in the local Neptuno Bar (4 Euros to enter), the field was stacked with GB, German, Latvian and possibly other internationalists. From our training group alone we had Tracy Barlow and Jenny Spink (both current GB international marathon runners) and one place in front of Stuart we had Robbie Britton, GB ultra international demonstrating a remarkable competitive range from 5k to 100 mile plus! Cheering on from the side lines was Ally Dixon, another GB Women's Marathon International who put in such a strong performance at the World Championships in London last year (they are all here doing final preparation for the World Half Marathon Championships[...]

Not so much the northern lights as the wind and the rain.


Three harriers headed to Aberdeen last weekend for the Deeside Way Ultra but, due to Jim’s plantar plate injury, only two of us would be taking part. I had been concerned to hear that Ruth was thinking of driving up on the Friday night straight from work, start running thirty three miles the following morning then drive home the same day as she had a busy Sunday ahead of her. Fortunately Jim negotiated himself a twenty four hour pass and was able to act as her chauffeur on both the northern and southern journeys. He bravely (having seen the forecast) volunteered as a marshall and was allocated checkpoints 1 and 3 (they’re in the same location before you ask). I wore my harriers jacket to Duthie Park on Saturday morning in an effort to stay warm while we collected our race numbers and chatted with friends. During his race brief the organiser, George (Dod) Reid, officially announced that as well as the D33 next year there would also be a D100 in celebration of the tenth year of the race. Having heard about his plan a while ago I quite fancied the idea as I wanted to be able to say I’ve run a hundred miler as opposed to ‘only’ a ninety five miler but with my sensible hat on (I do have one) I know it would be a major challenge. Just getting the requisite training done during the winter months would be difficult if not downright impossible, anyone who has trained for the London marathon between December and March would no doubt agree.An unusual sight, Ruth and I together near the start of the raceAs things turned out I wore the harriers colours for the entire way albeit from the third mile with my 'proper’ jaiket over the top of it. That marked the start of some heavier rain as opposed to the drizzle we had had prior to the start. I can’t tell you how many runners set out as the results don't detail the DNFs but there had been just under 300 starters on Entry Central and there were 219 finishers so somewhere in between. I hadn’t felt quite right leading up to the weekend and struggled right from the off. Such was the lack of space on the narrow path I had to step off to get my jacket on and lost some eighty yards or so to Ruth. Slowly catching her I was so out of sorts I decided to run a few yards behind so as not to be caught up in the conversation she was having with a mutual friend. Imagine the headline, ‘Davie doesn’t want to chat shocker’!! Well, for once, Davie just wasn’t in the mood. I finally figured out the problem was partly down to a lack of energy so shoved some dextrose down my throat and almost immediately perked up. Doh!Belatedly catching Ruth we ran together for a few miles and arrived at checkpoint one together for our first meeting of the day with Jim. He was well wrapped up and shouting out the numbers for others to grab the appropriate drop bags to hand to the approaching runners. I dallied to make sure I consumed plenty of calories to offset my earlier deficit and as a result this time lost hundreds of yards to Ruth. I couldn't quite believe how far ahead she was when I finally caught sight of her ( I did wonder if she'd put the hammer down to lose me) and it took around five miles to close the gap, coming together again just as we came to Milton of Crathes where Alison was waiting for our first rendezvous of the day. I was still stuffed from the checkpoint so only had a quick coffee and a hug and was on my way, but again behind. It was 6 miles or so to the halfway point and back to where Alison was and I caught and passed Ruth along the way but she passed me yet again while I was taking more food on board and changing gloves.Leaving MoC, instead of setting off immediately in pursuit, I fell in with three guys I’ve known for a few years and had a great old time shooting the breeze and generally catching up - I was in damn good company as we figured out we had eighteen WHWR finisher’s goblets between us! All good things come to an end though and eventually two of us, George and I, pulled ahead of the others and caught and passed Ruth who sensibl[...]



Were now well into March and a lot of members have not renewed their fees. Please get in touch this week and let me know if your intending to renew or not. The fees are the same as last year for Harriers.


Presidential branded nutrition now available....


Not content with beetroot juice as a performance enhancer, our esteemed president now seems to have branched out into own brand bananas to further extend his competitive advantage. Available in Portugal, these bananas are labelled "Keny" with a sub-title highlighting his target marathon time (4:00:11). Is there no end to the monkey business "Keny" gets up to!

Tom Scott 10 Miler (back in Grand Prix)


With the cancellation of races this season we have been left short of events for the Grand Prix so it has been decided to put the Tom Scott Memorial 10 miler back into the series.
The race is on the 1st April so get your entries in quick although it is open for entries till the 27th March. There will be no entries after this and at the moment there is 206 places available.
Entries are available from STUWEB
Race details are at

Grangemouth Round the Houses 10k


Update since the post about Tom Scott 10 miler being added to Grand Prix. The Grangemouth Round the Houses 10k is the succeeding Grand Prix event after Tom Scott 10 miler.  So far 5 Harriers have signed up.

All the details are available and able to enter online at Entry Central:

Race date is Sunday 8th April starting at 10:30am. Race fee is £16 for SA members. Online closing date is Wednesday 4th April.




The National 6 + 4 stage relays will be held on Sunday 25th March in Livingston.The event will follow the usual format of alternate legs of 3.1 miles and 5.8 miles.Cost is £5.00 each and entrants must be members of Scottish Athletics.A change of start times this yearRace starts at 12 noon for the men with the Ladies at 12.10pm with the short leg first.I need names by Thursday 8th MarchIf you wish entered leave your name HERE.Those already registered are listed HERE.[...]



Found a strange sight this morning. A snow and ice free run Yippee. Thanks to a hint from Emma Craig I headed down to Troon as the parkrun was going ahead. It was there alternate course which is just a shorter version of the normal course but 3 times. They have had snow and ice like the rest of us but there crew had worked hard to clear the ice from their course and had cleared enough to run the alternate course. The run is pancake flat and without the wind and cold this is a course for anyone looking for a PB in the future. Off we went at 9.30 all on the seafront and shortly reaching the first of the many u turns. Not long after this first turn I got a shout from the runners behind me heading to the turn, it was Martin Howell. Yes I'm beating Martin (well not really) Martin had arrived late and was playing catch up. He was soon past me and moving away. Despite the wind I was going well and enjoying running on a tarmac surface. Soon enough we were on the last up and down and heading for the finish. Martin finishing in an actual time of 20.33 and myself in 25.41. Will do this one again when the spring eventually comes. Anyone out running this weekend stay safe and enjoy.

Scally Cancelled


Shettleston Harriers have cancelled due to conditions. Everybody relax. Wooly club vests back in the drawer.

Thursday Training - Storm Emma


In anticipation that the Sports Club may be closed tonight due to the weather conditions, Kenny has decided to cancel tonights Harriers' training.

If the club does open, them some of us may come up on foot for a run. However, if you have to drive to the club, please respect the warnings and don't come.

Obviously the Scally Road Relay is also at risk due to the weather. Watch this space for updates. See the separate post for the teams which we had to enter in advance.

Allan Scally Teams


We had to pre-enter the teams for the Scally this year. The teams entered are listed here.

Clearly the risk that the race will be cancelled due to weather is high so watch this space. However, in any case, if anyone has to cancel for other reasons, then let Russell or me know in advance as we can modify the running order when we pick up the numbers on Saturday morning.

Sports Club Closed Wednesday Night due to Weather


I have been informed by Suzanne Burleigh, Bar Manager at Sports Club, that the club will be closed tonight. She advised there's been red weather warnings so they don't want to take the risk of anyone getting stuck at the club.  Junior session has been cancelled and any Harriers that do circuits there will be no access to the sports club. Alternative you could run round the golf course. 

EK Sports Club survey


The Sports club sent an email to all on members on the email distribution list on Monday 26th February.  If you didn't get it then give Russell your current email address and he will pass onto Sports Club to ensure you get future newsletters.

As part of a number of applications for financial support, East Kilbride Sports Club is undertaking consultation with 1) sports club members and 2) members of the public about the sports club's activities. 

This is an important opportunity, particularly for members, to share their view on how sports club goes forward. 

We would be grateful if you could complete the survey by Monday 5th March.

Sport Club Members Survey: and

Members of the Public Survey:


National XC - Solid as a Rock


A preceding week free of rain provided the best conditions on the Callendar Park National Cross Country course that I can remember. In complete contrast to last year's mud bath, the 10km, 3 lap course for senior women and men was firm underfoot and not cutting up significantly except for the uphill stretch through the woods which was sticky rather than the usual slimy. We had a reasonable number of Harriers participating, boosted by a very strong turn out from our ladies. This would also be an easy, sunny introduction for the new, compact club tent.After a full programme of junior races, the ladies were off in the early afternoon sunshine for 3 laps of the undulating course. A field of around 300 lined up in front of Callendar House for the initial charge towards the first hill and a gentle, curving ascent to the flat top of the hill where the course formed an expanding spiral of almost two loops before descending back towards Callendar House and the nearest end of the pond. A slight curve to the right and left brought the runners to the bottom of the famous muddy hill through the woods where the usual steep followed by gradual ascent stung the legs for the first time. A gentle and firm descent with a nasty off camber left turn through a gate led back into the sunshine and the golf course area which was again, unusually firm. A few hundred metres of good, level running and we were veering right around the end of the ditch and into the next field which was first used last year. This was also remarkably mud free and brought us round in a complete circle to enter the park again and the fast, flat section leading back to the tented village. There we had the visually gentle but physically draining climb past the Calderglen tent to the top of the wall where we turned left and ran parallel to the main road behind the tower blocks as we did in previous years. However, a slight jink to the right took us across a shallow part of the ditch where we continued to the usual turning point at the far end and doubled back towards the main drive. For the first time I can remember, the short sharp climb up the bank for the final stretch towards the main drive was firm and runnable. The main change this year was that the main, red ash drive was only for the final lap. For laps one and two the course cut straight across the drive and continued parallel to the main road before eventually climbing up a steep bank and back onto the hill top plateau for lap 2.Joanne looking strongJoanne McEvoy was in fantastic form today and was well up the field from the early stages. Joanne kept her form well to finish in 86th position in 47:30. Emma Craig was looking strong, particularly on the uphill past the tent, finishing in 50:32 in this, her first National Cross Country. Frances Ferguson is very familiar with this course and ran a well judged 51:17. Karen Allen didn't look her usual self today and was perhaps a little down on where her recent form has suggested, finishing in 53:12. Sandy Hayden is piling in the races at the moment, this being her third race in a week, but is looking all the stronger for it, finishing in 60:20. Lorraine Buchanan was racing here for the first time, having spectated previously and picked a good year to make her debut! Lorraine finished in an excellent 64:31 and will have given her strength a real boost.An hour and a half later, a field of 700 men lined up for their turn. With the sun beginning to drop behind Callendar House, most of the area behind the start line was in the shade and a freezing breeze. At least that was the explanation that Andy Buchanan and I gave to each other to justify our positions right up the front in row 2 and dead centre! I had visions of being tram[...]



With the Ladies starting at 1.25pm and the men at 2.55pm I would suggest the Ladies should be at the course for 12.30 at the latest to warm up, recce etc. The men should come for 1.25 to help support the Ladies and do their warm ups etc. I will be at the course before the Ladies to register everyone and I will take the numbers and chips to the course.
Those registered to run are, K Allen, F Ferguson, J McEvoy, L Buchanan, S Hayden and E Craig.

For the Men, R Couper, A Derrick, R Lawton, A Buchanan, C Steven, K Leinster, G Ferguson, J Holmes, S Phimister, A Cullie and A McLellan.

If anybody can no longer make it please let myself or Alan know so I don't register you as a starter.

Parking is at Graeme High School or the Business park to the East of the park.

Some are meeting at the Club at 11am if anyone wants a lift.




Five harriers made there way to the north of Glasgow for the Glasgow Uni 5mile road race. The race has changed over the years from course and date. For about 9 years now its been a 2 lap course and the last couple of years its been held early in the year instead of November. The course is mostly good running but with a couple of long uphills mixed with some good downhill sections. The start is on a long uphill just to get the legs going right away but followed with a good downhill on the switchback. It then turns onto the road parallel to the canal which has a gentle incline but as you turn left at the end of the road it has a short but steep uphill to run by Dawsholm park which is a long gentle downhill with a sharp drop at the end of the road taking you down to the river Kelvin. After crossing the river there is a long steep climb up to Maryhill rd which is followed by a long gentle downhill back to Garscube Sports complex and through the finish line for the first time and onto lap 2. Julie Beveridge is at the moment following a Marathon training plan and informed me she was needing a 10k race this month as part of that. With little on the calander  this was the closest she could find and would just add the extra on at the end which she duly did. Her time for the race was 32.51 and way ahead of the rest of us. Next Harrier was Frances Ferguson whos form has been consistant for a while now that shes had a good spell injury free. It makes a big difference to get a long spell without injury. Frances finished in 36.34. Next in was Russell Couper again having a good run with his fastest time over the 2 lap course finishing in 42.22 (No ice today Yippee). Next was Sandy Hayden who said afterwards that she wasn't feeling too great during the run but still finished in a respectable time of 44.23. Our final Harrier was also our youngest Morgan Beaton who is just starting out on her racing career having only done a handful of races. Morgan finished in 51.06. Morgan will improve greatly as she gains experience of racing so we all need to watch our backs shes going to catch us. Morgans father Richard was also running today and finishing in 39.26. Someone sign him up to the Harriers.
Thanks to Christopher McCarron for coming along and giving us all encouragement on the course today. Chris should be over his injury in a few weeks.

Glasgow University 5 Mile Road Race


I first put this on the blog 4 weeks ago and this is just a reminder if anyone is looking for a final race before Falkirk. At the moment 2 Harriers are doing the event, Julie Beveridge & Morgan Beaton.

The Glasgow University 5 Mile Road Race will be held on Saturday 17th February 2018 at Garscube Sports Complex starting at 11am. The address is Maryhill Rd, Glasgow, G20 0SP. Race fees are SA members £7 and non members £9.

Access entries at and more info at

Online entry is available until Friday 16th of February. However there will  be the opportunity to enter on the day at the Garscube Sports Complex.

The race takes place on the outskirts of the City of Glasgow. With the start in the Garscube Sports Complex, it then follows a 2 lap course round quiet roads with a good balance of flat running and some hilly sections.  A map of the course is available at

Registration, number collection and entries on the day will be in Garscube Sports Complex, from 09:30am until 10:40am. Changing and showering facilities are available in Garscube Sports Complex. Participants must be at least 16 years old on the day of the race.
The prize giving will take place immediately following the race in Garscube Sports Complex where there will also be refreshments available.




I Often tell people not to enter a Half Marathon before March. Today I found out why and was left wondering why I hadn't followed my own advice. I found this event on the Scottish Athletics website last weekend and having never seen this event I thought why not. 2 reasons for doing it one that I have only ran over 8 miles once since Brampton and two it would let me see if its a good race. I would say later in the Spring yes but with the weather today it was very tough. The race starts at West Lothian College just behind the finish at Almondvale Stadium. On my wee jog up to the start I discovered this hill was a sheet of ice and the race starts by going down it so a tippy toe start and near the front to avoid trouble. We were soon onto muddy trails along the river Almond for a couple of miles before climbing towards the highest point of the 6 + 4 stage relay course. This was mostly ice on tarmac paths and you find yourself where possible running on the grass verge. Eventually you start to descend and for any that have done the relay long leg its the same path and a bit of relief as although it was still icy this path is always covered in pine needles thus giving a little bit of grip. Turning onto the short leg of the relay then the long leg after the split we where climbing again and soon beyond the hospital again with several Bambi moments ( they fair take it out the legs) before heading back down to the river Almond. The latter part of the course is done on the other side of the valley and again climbing up icy paths but the worst was to come. With tired legs I would normally look forward to the fairly steep descents back towards the finish but with the ice today I had to hold onto railings to stay on my feet at times. Finished in 2.13.01 which compares with last years times favourably on what was a tough day at the office. I would do it again if it where held at a different time of year but all in all it was a good training run.



Note that this event is part of the Calderglen Grand Prix.
49th Allan Scally  Road Relay 4 x 5km
Certified IAAF Course and SA Permit
(Inc Scottish Universities Relay Championships) 3rd March 2018 Start time 12noon
Race Headquarters: Glasgow Green Football Centre, 
28 King’s Drive, Glasgow G40 1HB
Cost of pre – entry £28 per 4 person team ( £7 per head )
Prize Structure for Male and Females 1st 4 team £160, £120, £80, £60 1st M/F40 Team £60 1st M/F50 Team £60 Fastest laps for 1st-3rd £50, £30, £20
Fastest U/20 -£20, U/17- £20, M/F40 -£20, M/F50 – £20 Corporate 1st Male team, 1st Female team and 1st mixed team of 2 +2. 15% discount voucher for Run4it
Organised by Shettleston Harriers SC046812

Note I would like to use this relay to take the guess work out of choosing the teams (ladies and men, senior, vet 40+ and vet 50+) for the National 6/4 stage road relay which is about 3 weeks after the Scally. The more we have from the club, the more accurate the selection will be!

I need names by Monday 26th Feb.
If you wish entered please leave your name HERE.
Those already registered are listed HERE.



This years National will once again be held in Falkirk on Sat 24th Feb.
Race start times are 13.25 for Ladies and 14.55 for Men.
Cost is £7.00 per head and both races are 10k.
I need names by Thursday 8th Feb and please make sure your SA registration is up to date.
If you wish entered please leave your name HERE.
Those already listed are HERE.

Scottish Masters XC Championships - Brutal!


The Scottish Masters XC Championship always manages to be a challenge, never an easy course, never pleasant weather! Today was no exception (OK, the weather was alright). The course at Dean Castle Country Park in Kilmarnock is familiar to many of us and it was with some trepidation that a large group of Harriers joined a record field in the muddy field on the edge of the park. It also was great to see that the council had been doing some ground works along the start/finish straight as I don't think the course was muddy enough otherwise!Frances gives Allan the low down on the courseThe ladies race over about 6k was off first. One large lap taking in the big hill and a small lap to finish. Frances Ferguson and Alison Johnston were our two representatives in this race. Frances had raced here before but Alison was a bit worried, having heard that both Russell and I had failed to complete the course last time the event was held here (not to worry, it was illness and injury respectively that knocked us out, not the course).Before we started, the course was already well churned up by runners warming up. After a fast 200m gently downhill, the route made a sharp, muddy U-turn, providing the first opportunity for fallers, of which there were many. However, both Frances and Alison stayed on their feet, used to the muddy training we do in EK. By the end Frances had worked her way through to 14th F50 in a time of 30:11 which Frances declared was the hardest cross country race of her life. Alison kept a steady pace throughout and was moving well, crossing the line in 39:06. As Alison managed that, she can manage any cross country race!Alison strides out the finishAlan Derrick airborneThe men's race included age groups from M40 through to M60 and started with one small lap followed by two big laps giving a total distance of about 8km. We had a field of near 250 in this race meaning that if the course was not muddy enough at the start, it would be by the finish. After a steady start, I found myself struggling a bit by the end of the small lap and dropping back from the competitors in my age group. I thought the big hill on the large lap would suit me and I would make ground back up but that was not to be and I was toing and froing with the same few runners without making any real progress through the field. However, by the last lap, my strength was finally beginning to tell and the last time up the hill I made up many places including 3 or 4 M50's and managed to muster a long sustained effort from the hill to the finish (with a minor trip on the big log we had to jump in the woods). I was happy enough with 10th M50 overall in 34:33, although several minutes off the leading M50's. I'm not strong enough for that amount of deep mud unfortunately.Martin Duthie powers to the lineAlso 10th in his (new) M55 class was Martin Duthie making a relatively rare appearance on an individual cross country race. Martin looked really strong at the finish, crossing the line in 36:40. Harriers run of the day came from Allan McLellan who, despite still not feeling 100% well, used his strength, experience and cross country ability to turn in a fine 38:02 and 11th position in the M60 class. Allan is short of racing (and training) at the moment and will definitely move through the competitors in this age category as he continues to get race fit.Stephen Phimister showing gritty determinationStephen Phimister put on a brave face but clearly was not inspired by the conditions pre-race. However, once he got going he had a fine [...]

Arrangememts for Saturdays MASTERS XC


With the ladies running at 1pm and the Men at 1.45pm I would suggest the women should be there for 12.10 and the men at 12.50 so they can cheer on the Ladies. If you want to meet at the Sports club I would suggest you meet for an 11.40 departure and if someone could bring the tent that would be great. I will pick up everyones number and bring them to the start.

Replacement Half for Grand Prix


After a good suggestion by Richard, I have put the Monklands Half on 13th May into our Grand Prix. Entries on

Falkirk 8 hour Ultra


While many other harriers competed in Fife and at Strathclyde Park last weekend Ian Rae and I were up with the larks on Sunday morning and heading to the familiar surroundings of Callendar Park in Falkirk for the inaugural running of their trail ultra. As the name suggests this was an eight hour race consisting of as many laps as you could run of of an undulating 3.8 mile circuit situated entirely within the confines of the park.I had run a lap race before, at the North Inch in Perth in 2016, but that was over a set distance of 50k, all on tarmac and on a pan-flat 2.1k circuit. This was a very different proposition being longer, hillier and over a variety of surfaces – mud, trail, tarmac, mud, grass, gravel paths and, did I mention it before, mud?Callendar House in the January dawnThe tented village near the start/finish lineEx-club colleague Ivan Field was there too although as he had run a marathon in Ireland the day before he ‘only’ intended to run another one to add to his total in the 100 marathon club records. 104 solo runners and 15 relay team members belatedly crossed the start line at 08:07 with the relay runners very quickly disappearing into the distance. After Ian left us behind early on Ivan and I had a very pleasant and chatty first circuit of the park, please note this was the only lap where I ran all the hills!Ivan resisting the temptation of the coffee van (I didn't, three times!)The route was very runnable (to begin with) and with a huge chunk of it under the trees we were sheltered from the worst of the weather although, from what I hear, we had it easy compared with the the harriers at Strathclyde Park. It was fairly wet to begin withThere's not much else to tell really as it became a bit more of a grind with each passing lap but the company of friends old and new made it most agreeable. My only real moment of excitement came when I high-fived the most exuberant marshall on the course, lost concentration and went down like a ton of bricks - onto soft and grassy mud fortunately and, even better, no photos! She was most apologetic.Mark Wheeler of Hamilton Harriers (better known to some of us as Kai's dad!) looked steadily impressive all day and came home seventh having run 48.2 miles. Mark negotiating some of that mudI had been dreading the mental effort when setting out on the last lap but was very fortunate to be almost immediately caught by Lorna, a friend of a few years and a vastly experienced ultra runner. We ended up chatting for the entire lap which helped both of us no end. I'm sure she could have left me at anytime but chose not, for which I was grateful. She finished 16th overall with a total of 44 miles under her belt. I, meanwhile, came home in 33rd place, just exceeding my self-imposed target of 40 miles by 0.2.The weather improved so much I ran the latter half of the race sans jacketWhile Ian out-performed his own expectations by totalling 38.9 for 43rd position. Ian, smiling as ever (it masks the pain, I do it too!)Ivan ran 26.6 miles before dropping out, finishing in 91st place.  Race winner was Neal Gibson with 51.99 miles while the female winner, and fifth overall, was Egle Laurinaityte with 49.08 (who had also run leg 3 for Carnegie Harriers the day before at the Devil's Burden!). The relay race winners (teams of four) ran a total of 62.09 miles. A well organised race over a superb course (I'll take undulating over flat any da[...]

Balloch to Clydebank removed from GP


Thedate for the Balloch to Clydebank half has been shifted to 25th March. As this is the same day as the National 6/4 stage road relays, I am removing this half from the Grand Prix. It seems a crazy decision to issue a permit for a road race on the same day as a national road relay Championship (if indeed it does have a permit for that date). We will find another, better organised half for the GP.