Saturday 31 March 2007

Livingston Road Relays

31st March 2007

For the first time in several years, Westerlands fielded a team at the Livingston National Road Relays. It's impressive event with plenty of opportunity to watch the lead teams on the transitions.

The route is a scenic twisting course mainly on cyclepaths through parkland, and alongside the River Almond - and was run in glorious spring sunshine. Our Westerlands team finished 34th of the 50 men's teams that completed.

The relay legs are alternate 3.15 and 5.8 mile legs. The Westies splits were as follows:
1. Tom Smith - 19:52
2. Paul Thompson - 33:35
3. Bill Fisher - 20:15
4. David Riach - 36:11
5. Scott McKendrick - 19:31
6. Chris Upson - 32:43
Total = 2:41:43

Thursday 29 March 2007


27th March 2007
10km, 800m
Photo Gallery
Pleasantly warm Tuesday evening run with hazy sunshine.
Route Profile
Striding Edge Summit Swirral Edge Grisedale

Black Combe

26th March 2007
8km, 600m
Pleasantly warm Monday evening run with hazy sunshine.
Route Profile Summit looking north Summit looking north Black Combe at Sunset

Sunday 25 March 2007

Ben Ledi Grudge Match

25th March 2007
8km, 760m
A fun Sunday run up Ben Ledi for Westies, HBT and Ochils. Conditions near the summit were cool, misty and snowy, but the clouds broke on the descent allowing through bright spring sunshine.
Race Route Race Profile David Riach Geoff Simpson Al and Steffen Claire Gordon Graham Kelly Stewart Barrie Eilidh Wardlaw Hamilton Semple Catriona Miller Ellen Homewood Finished! Drew Turnbull Westies Group

Sunday 18 March 2007

Criffel Hill Race

18th March 2007
7.5km, 420m

The route was shortened due to bad weather to climb only the first top of Knockendoch. I didn't hear anyone complaining about not going all the way to Criffel main summit! Squally showers were blowing horizontal sleet against the side of my face on the climb. This was extremely painful up until the point when my entire head went numb, and then it became bearable. The descent was the slippiest boggiest thing imaginable.
Race Route Race Profile Duckpond at start and finish Criffel Inn in New Abbey Sweetheart Abbey, New Abbey Sweetheart Abbey, New Abbey Sweetheart Abbey, New Abbey Sweetheart Abbey, New Abbey

Saturday 17 March 2007

Lairig Mor Trail Race

17th March 2007
22km trail race along West Highland Way from Mamore Lodge to Fort William.

The race was won by Lochaber's Craig Mitchell with Colin Donnelly 2nd, John Kennedy 3rd, Adrian David 4th, and I finished 5th just ahead of Dan Gay. First lady was Lochaber's Amanda Blackhall with Ellen Homewood 2nd and Cat Miller 3rd, both of Westerlands.

The weather started off OK, but got increasingly wet and windy, and was pretty vile by the end in Fort William.
Race Route Race Profile Finish in Fort William Steffen Gorgas Ellen Ellen Cat Ellen and Cat

Friday 16 March 2007

Duddon Sands

13th March 2007
9km circuit from the Fairway Hotel.
Route Road from the hotel Duddon Sands Duddon Sands Duddon Sands Duddon Sands Duddon Sands Duddon Sands