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Summer Running

It’s been a busy few weeks at Red Wine Towers and there are a lot of changes afoot. In the midst of it all I’ve been continuing to train as I’ve set myself some goals for the summer.  Let’s take a look at what I’ve got planned!

12th of June – Strathearn Marathon

strathearn marathon

After helping out and marshalling at the Cateran Trail races a couple of weeks ago, I came home with a lingering case of race envy. With nothing in my calendar until July and some itchy racing feet, I sneaked a little entry into this small but beautiful marathon. Renowned for its friendliness, the Strathearn Harriers put on a great show every year and the race has a super reputation. Naomi and I are heading down together and are very excited about the Squirrel medal we will be earning. I’ll be using this race as a gauging point for how I’m feeling and how much work needs to be done over the summer, with a goal of cruising around in 4hr 30ish.

3rd of July – Stonehaven Half Marathon

stonehaven half marathon

A return to my very first half marathon, except this year the course has totally changed! The course is now multi-terrain and takes runners from sea level all the way up 1000ft of elevation to Fetteresso Forest for a bit of a run around, before coming back down to the sea. The race has only grown its reputation for being the toughest half in Scotland, as now instead of the first 4.5 miles being up hill, it’s 7 miles of straight up hill. There’s no denying it; it’s going to hurt, but as long as I can get to the top then it’s a fun cruise back to town.

31st July – Fort William Marathon

fort william marathon

I won a place in this race a few months ago when I entered a competition on Twitter. The race starts and finishes at the Nevis Range mountain resort and takes in a circular route via Inverlochy, Gairlochy, and Spean Bridge. With 1200ft of elevation it’s a little bumpy, but I will be using this race as my last long training run for my final race of the summer.

20th August – Speyside Way Ultramarathon

speyside way ultra race

After enjoying the race so much last year, I really wanted to come back and give it another go. This year I am not attempting a half marathon the next day, so I am planning on target-training for this race specifically and going as fast as I can. Last year I ran over 7 hours, so I’d like to get a lot closer to 6 or maybe even under. Kynon is also doing the race so it will be a fun day out 🙂

As for the rest of the year, well I’ll figure that out when I get there. The changes I mentioned above will have quite an affect on what I get up to, because I won’t be living in Stonehaven any more! In fact, this time next week I’ll be packing the last of my bags and shipping off down to Edinburgh to start a new job. It’s all very exciting and I’m really pleased to be taking the next step in my career. This means that I’m on the look out for a new running club to train with and will sadly be hanging up my black and purple Stonehaven Kit. Ironically I’ve just renewed my membership and ordered a new hoodie, but I’ll always keep SRC as my second claim club whilst I’m in Scotland.

I’m really excited to be moving back to a big city again, but it will mean a lot less easy access to mountains to run up and forests to round around. We are truly spoiled in Aberdeenshire, but then which other city can claim to have a volcano in the centre of it? Arthur’s Seat and Salisbury Crags will shortly become my new back garden so there will be no excuses for getting my legs primed for hills.

What’s on your calendar this summer?
What’s your favourite thing to do in Edinburgh?





  1. Clyde Stride, Devil & Speyside Way for me this summer. Would love to do Stonehaven half but it always clashes with the Iona Village Hall Music Festival! Favourite thing to do in Edinburgh is just wander about the old bits with frequent beer stops (highly recommend Holyrood 9A) trying to avoid very slow tourists.

  2. Congratulations on your new job!

    As a former fit-liker I can reassure you that you will be well served by hills when you come to Auld Reekie. If you find a place on the south side you will have the Pentlands as your playgrounds for running, biking and swimming. On top of that I doubt that you can travel more than 10 metres in Edinburgh without hitting a hill!

    Good luck with the move.

    • Thanks Dougie! I will be staying on the South side of the centre; I won’t have a car at first until I figure out whether it’s worth it or not, but I suspect having a means to escape out of the city without relying on public transport will seal that deal!

  3. Exciting times ahead! And the rest of the Central Belt isn’t too far from you in the big city with plenty of places to explore! See you at Strathearn and on the trails soon! Good luck with the new job! X

    • Thanks! Yes there will be a lot more opportunities to explore trails regularly which are rare visits from up here. Looking forward to doing the pentland skyline for the first time!

  4. Wow exciting times!

    To be honest, most of my visits to Edinburgh are running-related (maybe I’ll see you there some time), but I must admit to a partiality for the chocolate lounge in Harvey Nics for an indulgent treat!

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