Getting out there

Getting out there

Monday 10 November 2014

2014 Ending

Well the year is almost Ending and it's been a rocky year as far as Racing and Blogging goes. A couple of good performances at the begining of the year and a great Race for my last of the year the inbetween never really went anywhere.

As far as my Running goes it has been a solid year as far as training goes and a higher increase in my usual milege, Although I have just enjoyed getting out there and running with good buddies old and new, and got to explore some new insane trails in 3 countries, which have to be 2014's highlights although never Blogged about them in fact never Blogged much about anything really.

But with new plans for 2015 it's time to start capturing the Adventures on this here Blog.

So First up will be my 6th showing at the D33 (entry pending :-) which was my first ever race 2009 Can I break that 4hr?

Next is the monster that is the Hoka Hghland Fling 53m Question is can I break 10hrs?

well that's the start of the Year taken care of now just to find the middle and End :-)

The hardwork starts now for the build up to 2015.

Safe Runnings and Advetures.

Monday 17 March 2014


The Deeside 33 is a great Race to test out your winter training and will let you know where you are at. This was my 5th showing at the D33 Organised and Ran by the Awesome team of Epicshitracing and boy they know how to put on a Great start of the season Race.

This was going to be a tough ask to beat last years time of 4hrs 28mins, I wasn't feeling to confidant, but have done more speed work and more miles through the winter, So It was time to test everything out.

After the off I was struggling in the first 3 miles, struggling to breath and just didn't feel right, after 3 miles I pulled up and emptied my stomach contents at the side of the trail, after a few minutes I joined back in and worked hard to get back up the Field and Feeling 100%.

I reached the Turn around the same time as last year 2hrs 5mins, So I knew I had to keep a good pace all the way Back. But as the race wen't on I seemed to get stronger and was holding a good pace, Stats are...

Marathon Time 3hrs.25mins Same as Last year
50k Time was 4hrs 7mins
33miles in 4hrs 23mins a P.B of 5mins.
25th Placed

300ml High5
6 x High5 Gels
Brooks t7 Racers 

Great work by all involved and a huge Thanks to all Crew who gave up their Time to let us Run.

Safe Runnings

Thursday 30 January 2014

The first month gone.

It's been a great start to the new year with some nice miles put in for January. 10 days after the Hardmoors 30 I met up with Dave Simpson and Benjamin Napier at the start of the John Muir Trail for a Birthday Run on a new trail. The plan was to run the 40 miles from Cockisburn to PrestonPans.

The trail is spectacular in parts, the first 9 miles was just stunning as the Sun came up, It is known as a coastal Trail however I would say only half is coastal and the Trail heads inland and takes you by Rivers and fields and Fields and Fields with some nice little villages and Towns.

The day was about getting out and just Running it didn't really matter how far we went or what the pace was we just plodded along, We met my Family at north berwick and Dave's family was also coming to meet him as he was happy to finish here, Thanks for the Company Buddie, and al pay you back on the 21st of June :-)


Myself and Benjamin carried on, the Sun was out but there was a cold bite to the breeze, Soon we had covered 30 miles my legs had felt great upto then, which I was happy with after Racing hard 10days before, However they started to tighten and a few walk breaks came into play, I continued like this for another 4 miles and Benjamin being a star said he didn't mind calling in the rescue party, as he could see it would be a cold 6 mile walk to the End, As I said 40 would of been nice but I was more than happy just running with 2 running buddies, Thanks again Benjamin and See you out there Soon.


Also after my Birthday I found out I was unsuccessful in the C.C.C...UTMB race, I was that upset, I jumped straight into the T.D.S race Oooppsss If the C.C.C. scared me the T.D.S terrifies me and excites at the same time it's only a wee bit climbing more and a few Kilometers longer, Shouldn't be a problem ;-)

 Thanks to David Hetherington Our accomadation is all booked (superstar) and my Flights sorted, just need to get Running up some mountains.


Also I have been running all January in these slippers, The Brooks T7 Racer classed as a 5k-10k Shoe, My choice of road shoe in the past have been Crap, I don't often do allot of roads and the one's a buy are mince, I had been eyeing these up for a while, and Collared fellow ultra runner Paul Houston on a 23 mile off road run and he had these on his feet aslo I ran a muddy 16 with him and he raved about these and he had been upto 30miles with them, I was sold grabbed a pair at £24.99 and Boy these are Fast and Light and there never off my Feet for a 4ml 6-7oz shoe there is bags of cushioning and they can take on the hard stuff as well Oh and they glow in the Dark, these are ruined for 5-10k's  ;-) For all the Geeky info go somewhere else.

Oh one more thing been welcomed Back onto Team Simpson for the WHW Race So some Fun in June.

Onwards to the D33side 33

Safe Runnings