April 2017: Well time has moved on and it is time for another update. This blog is chiefly about running now, with some Sherlock Holmes sprinkled in. I turned 40 in 2016 and in the year of my 40th I managed to win the Glen Lyon Ultra, West Highland Way, John Lucas 50, Tooting Bec Track 24 (160.4 miles) and Rocky Raccoon 100 in the states. Who says getting old hurts?
I have been selected to run for GB at the 24 hour world championships in July this year (2017). This is an incredible honour and the culmination of 2 years of focus and dedication.
Sept 2015: I suppose it is time to update this ‘who am I?’ spiel. When I penned it originally in 2009 it was all about writing. I was doing a postgrad in creative writing and I wanted a vehicle for some of that work.
Since then, things have changed. We added a second boy to the family, and now Louise and I are blessed to have Euan & Caelan with us. Moreover, I hardly ever write anymore, and even if I do it is more factual, reporting, and hobby based.
What I do now, more than anything else hobby wise, is run. I picked up my running shoes again in late 2011 and decided to give things a go from there. I have started to get mildly competitive at the longer distances, winning the Clyde Stride and Glenmore 24 ultras in 2015, and with new course records into the bargain.
I hit 40 in 2016 and this is actually peak years for an ultra runner, and whilst I don’t have years and years of ultra running behind me (started in 2012) I think this is to my advantage as I am less broken than most. For the time being anyway.
What you are likely to see most on this blog are run reports, musing about running, maybe some gear reviews and a whole host of book reviews with a particular bias to my literary hero, Mr. Sherlock Holmes.
In the words of Dr. Watson, the game is afoot – but so is a ruler (usually).