Welcome to Red Wine Runner!
I’m a runner currently living in Scotland with a passion for running, racing, and writing about both. In this blog you can read about my journey from doing a 10k for charity to doing ultramarathons for fun, and everything that came in between. I post about my training and write reports for all the races I do. Recipes and book reviews occasionally slip in too, and usually one or two pictures of cats. I juggle my training with maintaining a balanced lifestyle, and enjoying life with my husband, Kynon, and our cat, Saskia.
In January 2010 I decided I needed an outlet for stress and also a new hobby and my journey to becoming a runner began. I ran my first race in May 2010 to raise money for Willows Animal Sanctuary, but in crossing the finish line that day, I realised what my body could be capable of and wanted to do more; run faster, go further, train harder. At the start of November 2010 I took a jump towards a new goal by signing up for the Great Scottish Run in September 2011 – a half marathon which takes place in Glasgow – and set up Red Wine Runner to write about it.
Throughout 2011 I found my ambitions stretching further and further. By the time the 2011 Great Scottish Run came around, I had completed five 5ks, three 10ks, two 8 mile trail races, one 10 mile race, five half marathons and had finished my training for my first marathon – Loch Ness. At the start of the year I would have never dreamed I could be capable of so much – I truly learned what I was made of, and one important life lesson: Impossible is nothing.
In 2012 I improved my times in all distances and also completed my first Ultramarathon at the D33 in March. After hanging out with a bunch of ultrarunners, longer distances started to appeal more so 2013 was another year of new challenges as I trained for the Hoka Highland Fling, a 53 mile ultra on the West Highland Way in April. I also completed 3 more marathons including Paris, and cracked the 4 hour mark at the Moray Marathon in September. 2014 saw me concentrate solely on Ultras, with the D33, Highland Fling, Cateran 55 and the 73 mile Great Glen Ultra filling my Spring season, and the Glenmore 12 hour race in Autumn.
In 2015 I completed my first West Highland Way race. I’ve been involved with this 95 mile epic adventure since crewing for my friend Mike Raffan in 2011; after two years of crewing and two years of working on the sweep team, I was delighted to get my own chance to aim for the legendary crystal Goblet. After finishing in under 29 hours, I went on to finish the Devil o’the Highlands Footrace in August to become, as of 2015, one of only 24 women to complete the West Highland Way Triple Crown since records began in 2007. The Triple Crown challenges racers to achieve finishes at the Highland Fling, West Highland Way Race, and Devil o’the Highlands within one calendar year. The races take place within a 14 week period, and there are only 117 recorded finishers.
In 2018 I will be participating in a selection of Scottish ultramarathons once more, and concentrating on the Cateran 55 Mile race in May. You can read more about my current goals and race schedule on my RACES page.
With my goblet, after finishing the 95 Mile West Highland Way Race; June 2015.
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