Archive for May, 2015

Mens club championship (To end of April)

Name 5K   Points 10K Points 10 miles Points Half Marathon Points Marathon Points  Total
Jim Phillips 9 10 10 10 39
Matt Pearce 10 9 9 8 36
Rob Carrol 7 8 7 22
Stuart Swan 7 7 6 20
Jamie Bicket 4 4 6 4 18
Darrell Dunscombe 6 5 5 16
Fraser McPhail 8 8 16
Bruce Walker 10 10
Thomas Slocombe 9 9
Bobby Miller 2 6 8
Graeme McKenzie 2 3 5
John Allen 5 5
Martin Fraser 5 5
Chris Mullan 4 4
Leigh Gray 3 3
Ross Dobbie 3 3
Paul Malone 1 1
Ross Parker 1 1

Ladies Club Championship (To end April)

Name 5K Points 10K     Points 10 miles Points Half Marathon Points Marathon Points  Total
Caroline Mutch F 9 10 10 10 39
Anne Noble F 7 8 9 9 33
Hazel McFarlane F 7 7 5 10 29
Kate McKean F 4 7 7 18
Lucy Oldham F 8 9 17
Claire Bain F 1 5 3 6 15
Mags Barbour F 5 10 15
Moira Connell F 6 8 14
Sharon McNicol F 6 8 14
Laura McGarrity F 10 10
Marion Sloan F 5 5
Suzy Moorby F 3 2 5
Morag Barr F 4 4
Elaine Warr F 3 3
Kirsty Mackinlay F 2 2

Cateran Trail 55 Mile Ultra Race 16th May

For all the Tortoises thinking about an ultra here’s an excellent report from Dave Ruthven – Great report Dave !!

Cateran Trail 55mile Ultra – Running on Empty

I didn’t know if running two 50+ mile races within three weeks was a good idea or just ultra-madness when I entered them, particularly as I had never ran this sort of distance in my life, but I was determined to run my age sooner rather than later and just completing one would be enough. The views of seasoned ultra-runners were very mixed on this one, would I recover in time?

My body was feeling good after completing the Highland Fling but this was very short lived as I succumbed to a heavy cold which quickly developed into a bad chest infection and over the next 3 weeks I manage to run only 2 miles. Not feeling very clever I thought that the sensible thing would be to have a DNS (Did Not Start) against my name. However, after a course of antibiotics I thought I should at least turn up and enjoy the weekend away.

The accommodation at Gulabin Lodge was excellent and the forecast for the day of the race was to be sunshine and showers so I decided to assemble with the rest of the runners for the 06:30 race briefing. Out in the cold wind, however, I started a coughing fit and the residual effect of the previous three weeks was evident. It was going to be a case of seeing how far I would last.

There had been a lot on facebook about getting lost on the course so, all being that I had downloaded the map of the course on my garmin, I decided to try and keep up with others that knew the way. This, I had seen first-hand on the West Highland Way to be a bad idea. However, keeping up with the majority of the field proved difficult as they quickly disappeared into the hills.

As I settled into my stride I began to feel good and my breathing unrestricted. The first check point at 6 miles came and went and as I ran towards the second at 15ish miles. I had caught up with some good company (an Ironman plus a multiple West Highland Way finisher) and feeling better by the minute. However it was not long before I began to think that perhaps I’m in the wrong company and running too fast for me and given my lack of recovery I dropped off the pace. Into the 26ish mile check point for a quick stop for refuelling and off heading for the next at 31ish miles and all is well. Running again with the Ironman finisher we came across one of the double cateran runners who started the previous day at 4pm and was now in a bit of distress despite the painkillers.

There were road sections between the trails that were not agreeing with me and my trail shoes and one particularly long road climb had me starting to have doubts as I began to seriously wane. I felt I had nothing left at this stage and running was now non-existent and I was not much beyond half way point. The lady alongside was having serious hip problems having ran the Kintyre Way the previous weekend and was going to bail out at the next check point. I said I was thinking similar as I was spent and she offered me extra strength caffeine gels which I decided against remembering the gold rule of not trying anything new on race day. I was now on my own again, too tired to go any further I stopped and sat down and the emotions of the undertaking overcame me. This seemed to do me good as I got myself to my feet feeling better and started to run again following the glow sticks in the forest that marked the way during the night for those on the double cateran. I arrive in the 31ish mile checkpoint to be greeted by cheery marshals and enjoyed a rice pudding and a wee seat and was on my way to the next checkpoint at 38ish miles after a hug and encouragement from a fellow runner.

Somehow I managed to get to the next checkpoint at 38ish miles but I knew that the next section was going to be tough to the 49 mile checkpoint. I ran slowly where I could but it all seemed to be going uphill. At 43ish miles I took a turning off to the left convinced I was following the route markers, albeit my garmin was telling me I was off course. I continued to push on, up an ever increasing hill, climbing higher and higher looking out for route markers with the weather closing in on me and it was getting wetter and the wind stronger. I eventually decided to take shelter behind a ruined building and consult my A4 picture of the route which was of no help so I decided to call the Race Director, but there was no mobile signal. Despondent, I decided to retrace my steps down hill. Eventually, I was so pleased to see two runners below who turned out to be doing the double cateran. I couldn’t afford to go off course again and I was starting to get concerned that even if I did get to the last check point I would be timed out so I decided to follow them as, at this stage, my garmin with course route had no battery life left.

It seemed to take forever to complete this stage and by now I was reduced to short sections of shuffle running at best. We eventually arrived at the 49 mile check point. From here on it was going to have to be a walk over the hills the last 6 miles to the finish. This section goes on and on uphill and is the steepest climb of the day but by this stage the evening sun made it quite pleasant. I was not able to run any of the flatter sections before the final climb to the top. When I eventually got the top and could see the finish a couple of miles in the distance I was really struggling to walk downhill as my foot and knees were hurting. As the incline eased off and the paracetamol kicked in I was able to run again and before I knew it I was on the road to the finish. It was all worth the warm welcome I received on crossing the line.

While I may never be at the sharp end of races it was great at the prize giving that everyone was called up and presented with a lovely engraved quaich in recognition of their efforts. A big thank you to all involved in making it such a great weekend.

Coatbridge Half Marathon

Sunday 17th May saw two Tortoises travel the 46 miles to North Lanarkshire and Coatbridge to run the half marathon, the run has been taking place one year longer than the Troon 10k and has a great start and finish location at St Ambrose School which from a sporting point was impressive with numerous outdoor football pitches, indoor gyms and plenty of changing facilities, a facility of credit to the local council.

After finally locating Stewarts house we set off along the M77 and M8 in driving rain hoping that the rain and importantly the wind would cease or at least get lighter, a 50 min drive and we pulled into the impressive school facility, a quick registration and more importantly a check where the toilets were it was time to pull on the club vest and decide weather to run with or without hat gloves and waterproof jacket, Stewart being true Scottish went with the vest while myself went with the long sleeve shirt under club vest and hat, see I am getting more brave !!

Start time was 10.30am and all runners set off under a clear blue sky making the vest only runners look really smug, 5k in when the first torrential down pour started my hat and long sleeve top was looking a smart choice.

For the first time in over a year I realised this was the first new race I had entered and therefore had no knowledge of the terrain or area, it also made me think that maybe we stay to close to home and should experience new running areas, I think on reflection this thought must have been on one of the few miles the sun was out or on one of the few down hills as this run was pretty tough!

The route was almost two loops, in the main along pavements but also including three loops of Drumpellier Country Park, the route was really tough, you knew after the first loop what was coming a couple of the hills were really tough and coupled with the wind and rain any PB was going to be tough and well earned.

After running the first 5k with Stewart he eased away and though I could always see him on the long straight sections he was always a good few minutes ahead, myself I knuckled down and hit all my pre race targets 10k 44 minutes, 1 hour 8 miles, 10 miles 1hr 15, finishing in a PB of 1hr 39 51 and 34th place

Stewart was even better posting 1hr 34.47 for a PB and 18th position.

The weather probably stopped a lot of entries on the day as the total field was 129 runners, a good event but a pretty tough run



Highland Fling 2015

Ready to hit the trail

Ready to hit the trail

Second place silverwear

Second place silverwear

53 miles in and still smiling !!

53 miles in and still smiling !!

Rostrum finish

Rostrum finish

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Hoka Highland Fling

The The Hoka Highland Fling Ultramarathon is a 53 mile trail race along the famous West Highland Way Trail, starting in Milngavie (close to Glasgow) and finishing in the scenic Highland village of Tyndrum. The route is almost entirely on trails with mixed terrain and the scenery stunning.  The day finishes with free beer & homemade soup, followed by a traditional Scottish Ceilidh Party in Tyndrum.Hoka Highland Fling Ultramarathon is a 53 mile trail race along the famous West Highland Way Trail, starting in Milngavie (close to Glasgow) and finishing in the scenic Hillage of Tyndrum. The route is almost entirely on trails with mixed terrain and the scenery stunning.  The day finishes with free beer & hode soup, followed by a traditional Scottish Ceilidh Party in Tyndrum.

While the Tortoises relay team were pounding the highlands Dave Ruthven took on the mammoth 53 miles full race himself, Dave finished in a cracking time of 12hrs 36 mins, well inside the 15hour cut off time  a fantastic achievement

Hoka Highland Fling 25th April

The continued popularity of this run saw us limited to one club team this year.

Taking the team name ‘Do I need to take part’ the mixed relay team of Laura McGarrity, Fraser Mcphail, Leigh Gray and Caroline Mutch left Troon and headed to the Highlands to do battle in club colours.

Laura McGarrity took the first leg a 12.6 mile run from Milngavie to Drymen, continuing her strong running season Laura posted a fantastic run 0f 1hr 33 and was the first runner home on the first leg, Fraser Mcphail picked up the baton then for tough 14.8 mile second leg run taking him up and over the Connich Hill and down into Balmaha and then onto Roweardenna, finishing with a time of 2hr .09, giving a  halfway through time of 3hr 41,

Leigh Gray then took the third leg taking him along the picturesque Loch Lomond side from Roweardenna to Beinglas Farm a distance of 13.5 miles, finishing in 2hr 24  and passing onto Caroline Mutch for the final home-word  12.1 miles to Tyndrum, passing through the notorious ‘cow pat alley’ (no explanation required) finishing with a fine sprint Caroline posted a time of 1hr .58th

The Tortoises posted a combined time of 8hr .07.53 therefore finishing fourth overall and a fantastic second in the mixed team category.

Keeping up the fine Tortoise tradition of post recovery hydration much beer and wine was consumed alongside fish suppers  in front of a roaring log fire !!








Members 10k Tuesday 12th May

After another magnificently organised 10k we turn now to the club 10k championship.

Run on the same course all members are asked to be at the 10k start line at the Walker Hall NO LATER than 19.15 for the official start after a short warm up.

If you are leaving your car at Marr College please leave enough time to get to the start line as we will be starting at 19.15 prompt.

If you are not running please come down to the beach front to cheer everyone to a PB !!


Isle Of Arran Relay 25th July

There is one confirmed team of six entered for this event, there are still places available for us to enter another team if you wish to run please let me know asap

See the form for more details.




Troon 10k Results 2015

The rain held off for the 30th running of the Troon 10k last night, a big well done to all runners who completed the race and thanks to all who supported the event, for results follow the below link and keep an eye on this web site for photographs which will be uploaded shortly.

For those who wish to come running with Troon Tortoises we meet at Marr College every Tuesday and Thursday at 7pm, we do a variety of run distances so weather you are an experienced runner or a beginner come along and try us out.