Look back at 2017

This blog is purely going to be a look back of anything running related last year.

After reviewing what I’ve wrote below it looks like most of 2017 was spent having fun training for a few big races. The training aspect is the journey to get to the finish and that has been the real highlight for last year. The races I’ve noted below were just the icing on the cake. It was incredible to solidify friendships and make new ones, with some arduous runs and scary times, but I wouldn’t trade that for anything. Give me more of that in 2018 and I’ll be a happy bunny, along with 3 or 4 big races and no proper injuries.

January

Bob Graham Leg 2 on Saturday, Ben Lomond triple on Sunday

BG Leg 2

BG Leg 2

Ben Lomond counts so far

That was a big training weekend and probably great one to get ready for the following month.

February

TransGranCanaria 125km

Sun, sun and more sun! Well apart from the first few hours of wind and rain on the North side of the island, what a beautiful race. I would love to go back and do it again one day, especially since the route has changed.

March

Lakeland 100 recce

A 30 mile route along the Lakeland 100 course in lovely weather. I enjoyed it so much I’ve signed up for the recce again this year and not even doing the race 😀

Lakeland

April

The better weather brought on more training fun days! A tough choice but I really enjoyed doing the Glencoe munros

“Threading the needle” at the Cobbler

Volunteering and crewing at the Fling

May

Another nice month of big training weekends and lovely weather!

Glen Lyon Ultra (31 mile) was incredible, what a fun race in a beautiful part of the country, we’d never been there before, the race was well organised and would love to do it again.

Glen Lyon Ultra

Ben Lawers 7 munros then Glen Lyon 4 munros the same weekend.

Saturday – Misty and cold on Ben Lawers

Sunday – Misty and cold on Carn Marig

The highlight was seeing ‘THOUSANDSSSSSS’ of deers running across the path during the 2nd day coming off the final munro, after seeing none at all for the full weekend up until that point.

June

Cairngorms big weekend with Vicky in pretty bad weather. 2 long days planned: Day 1 had us going through the Chalamain Gap, taking in the 4 munros to the West of the Lairig Ghru, and then following the Lairig Ghru down towards Braemar aided by us hitchhiking. Day 2 had us hitchhiking again back, to Linn of Dee then a full run of the Lairig Ghru before finishing back near Aviemore.

Lairig Ghru

Vicky decending the Chalamain Gap

WHW race support and a healthy dose of sleep deprivation

Around 1.00am not too far from the end

July

Only a small bit of training left now before the big race at the end of July: Lakeland 100.

Lakeland 100 final recce with the boys!

Clydestride race support

Finishing the Lakeland 100!

After Lakeland, 1000 Mile Socks offered to help me out by keeping my feet blister free and in a normal looking state, despite this abuse they get. They’ve been fantastic so far with a wide range of socks to suit pretty much all weathers.

August

Devil o the Highlands race support

Conic Hill postcard photo opportunity with Stuart

Chamonix week – WOW!

Aonach Eagach – Scary

September

Ultra Pirineu!

What a crazy Catalan race, the support was incredible, the vews were amazing and the people were so friendly. This race isn’t as popular as it should be for what you get out of it!

October

Getting some more Crainlarich munros with Gavin

November

Meall Nan Tarmachan with Scott

Trailfest on Tour: Conic Hill group run

Then a 5km PB!

December

Glenshee 4 munros – Whiteout with Alan

Mountain Hare

White out

Cold

Looking forward to some fun times in 2018!

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