Mind & Goals


We are deep into the winter running season now in Scotland. The ultra-calendar being a 12 month thing these days, it’s hard to see this as the “off season” but for me it is. After 3x 100 mile+ efforts this year – amongst other events – I enjoyed backing off a bit to recharge both…

Race Report: Tom Robb Memorial Race


When a wee gem of a race resides on your doorstep you just have to get involved. The Tom Robb Memorial Race is in its second year and I couldn’t make the 2016 edition for reasons I can’t recall. The RD is Moira Paterson and the race is in memory of her dad who went…

Disappointment is the most powerful of motivators


It’s nearly a week since the IAU 24 Hour World Championships. I am over it, honest. I really am. Wednesday morning striding (with a Billy Connolly narrated NCP car parking attendant limp) the two miles to work was the first time I’d be truly alone with my thoughts and the enormity of what I had…

Race Report: IAU 24 Hour World Championship


By now most people who will read this will already be aware that I dropped part way through the IAU 24 Hour World Championships in Belfast. It hurts physically, mentally and emotionally. I won’t deny that. I am pretty philosophical about it all. And outwardly that is how I am presenting it. But, I also…

Friday thoughts #13: Racing


Well. That’s it. We’ve come to the end of the #fridaythoughts series. 13 articles on a variety of subjects. Some have called them insightful, others more like brain farts. What better subject to finish on that racing? There’s probably hundreds but I am already committed now so let’s do this. Racing is a funny word….

Friday thoughts #12: Futility


Futility. Taken from the word futile. Which in Glasgow tradesman parlance could be “that’ll take a few tile tae fix…” (geddit, few tile? Oh FFS!) but in the case of this week’s Friday Thoughts, it is something completely different. Maybe even starting with such a bad joke could be said to be a lesson in…