Archive for March, 2015

Scottish Half Marathon September 2015

Scotland’s newest half marathon 19th September 2015

Edinburgh Meadows Half Marathon

Matt Pearce – 01:27:24 PB – finished 10th out of 214 runners and got 2nd Placed Veteran.
This unusual race is organised by Edinburgh University. it consists of seven Laps of the same course, including  one very small hill (but you get to run down it as well!) about half a mile of uneven cobbles but apart from that its all on smooth tarmac paths in Meadows Park.

Seven Laps might seem a boring thing to do, but it actually made it quite interesting – if it was a one 13.1 mile lap route I probably wouldn’t have been near any other runners for most of the time – the runner ahead of me was a couple of minutes ahead likewise the nearest runner behind.

This 7 lap route mixed everyone up so that you were not out on the circuit alone – after the first lap you were always passing people of differing speeds and encouraging one another. I dont think that I could muster the enthusiasm for the full marathon’s 14 laps though !!


Stranraer Half Marathon 2015

There was a great turnout from the Tortoises at the small, but very friendly and well organised Stranraer Half Marathon this year. Five men and 2 women braved the gales sweeping in from the Irish Sea, and an incredible 5 PBs were recorded despite the windy conditions. Congratulations go to Caroline Mutch and Anne Noble, who both won first place in their age categories, and also to Jim Phillips, who won second place in his category (and a fantastic 8th place overall). The tortoises’ results are as follows:

Jim Phillips 1hr 23.53 PB
Rob Carrol 1hr 33.35 PB
Stuart Swan 1hr 37.45 PB
Jamie Bicket. 1hr 38.55 PB
Caroline Mutch 1hr 43.06
Martin Fraser. 1hr 44.22
Anne Noble 1hr 44.48

The full results can be found here

This is one of my favourite races and I look forward to returning next year with another strong Troon Tortoises team !


Anne Noble, Jim Phillips and Caroline Mutch collecting their prizes


A wind-swept Tortoises team after the race

London Marathon Claire Bain

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Kirkintolloch 12.5K

Ann Noble continued her support in running as many local races as possible, this is a popular race as it is a testing hilly route fairly early in the year.

Places were soon sold out (with the race so popular that runners were asked to email the organiser if unable to run so that others could take their place). It was a cold morning but lovely and sunny which definitely helped everyone tackle this hilly route. Ann reckons she was slower than last year but happy to have supported another local event completing the race in 61.10

Lasswade 10 miler 1st March

When the race description information uses adjectives like “testing” and “undulating” you know a race will be hard and that applies to the Lasswade 10 mile road race. Winding round predominantly country roads just south of Edinburgh, the 10 mile route ranks high in degree of difficulty, featuring plenty of climbing in the first 6 miles with a particular brute of a climb at 2 miles – at which point runners pass the historic Roslin chapel made famous in the Da Vinci Code – few will be raising their eyes from the road in front at that point though. Horrible weather with wind and snow / sleat added to the challenge – although this did not put off a large field of 347 starters including two athletes from last year’s Commonwealth Games. Two of Troon’s regular racers Caroline Mutch and Anne Noble took up the challenge and both ran great times, 79’30 and 79’56 respectively.