Archive for June, 2015

Irvine 5 Mile Road Race Monday 20th July

This popular local five mile road race is now open via Entry Central, £8 SAC £10 unaffiliated, a great way to spend a Monday evening, entry in advance is advised.

School Holidays Change of Venue

As usual in the school holidays we are meeting at the Scout Hall next to Troon train station, usual  time 7pm Tuesday & Thursday.

Calderglen 10k Trial Race

What better way is there than spending a summer’s Friday evening in a balmy (it was not raining = balmy) East Kilbride, those were my thoughts before my first running of this demanding trial race organised by Calderglen Harriers

Four Tortoises gathered around the map of the course wondering if it actually could be that hilly over just 10k, after half a mile running the answer was a resounding  yes !

Other notable club vests in the race were from Kilmarnock Harriers, Lothian, North Ayrshire AC and Motherwell.

The course meandered up down and around Calderglen Country Park, in many places it was single file running as you negotiated narrow foot paths and numerous steps, after about a mile and a half the course widened out and you were able to overtake or in my case be overtaken on certain stretches, the course in places was really similar to our training runs through the Smugglers Trail but in race conditions you are always pushing your self a little harder so it felt a lot tougher.

As a marshal resplendent is his midges head-dress directed us to a path to take us to the finish line two miles away  I had started to finally enjoy the challenge of the terrain but I cannot lie that the finish line was a welcome  site.

Overall it was a great well organised challenging event , with a medal and fantastic buffet afterword’s what better way to spend a summers evening.

results on the 2015 tab at the top of this page.



Local 10k’s August

The two closest 10k races to Troon are coming up Dundonald and Irvine, lets ensure we have  strong Tortoise turnouts to support these local events.

Dundonald 5th August

Irvine 19th August

Irvine will be a targeted race, each Thursday during July and August there will be a faster option to build up speed and staminia, these will not be long runs but short sharp sessions, look out for the sessions being posted on the home page.



Club Championship

Sharon McNicol and Stewart Swan were the big movers on the updated club championship league table.

With a PB at the Edinburgh Marathon Sharon eased into fourth place and with upcoming 10k and club 5k’s Hazel in third place is within touching distance, Caroline’s strong Poloroid series saw her continue to hold off Anne at the top of the table.

Top of the mens saw no change with still just three points separating Jim and Matt, with Edinburgh Marathon conditions being less than perfect the status quo remains the same, with the next set of 10ks and July’s 5K there are times for these two to defend, Stweart leap frogged Rob due to his Land O Burns result.


Ladies club championsip including June 5k & Polaroid

Name 5K Points 10K Points 10 Mile Points Half Marathon Points Marathon Points  
Caroline Mutch F 9 9 10 10 38
Anne Noble F 7 8 9 9 33
Hazel McFarlane F 6 6 5 10 27
Sharon McNicol F 5 8 8 21
Laura McGarrity F 10 10 20
Kate McKean F 4 7 6 17
Mags Barbour F 5 10 15
Moira Connell F 6 7 13
Claire Bain F 1 2 3 5 11
Marion Sloan F 5 4 9
Lucy Oldham F 8 8
Laura Hunter F 7 7
Elaine Auld F 3 3
Elaine Warr F 3 3
Kirsty Mackinlay F 2 2
Suzy Moorby F 2 2
Morag Barr F 1 1

Mens Club Championship Including June 5k

Name 5K Points 10K Points 10 Mile Points Half Marathon Points Marathon Points
Jim Phillips M 9 10 10 10 39
Matt Pearce M 10 9 9 8 36
Stuart Swan M 7 6 7 6 26
Rob Carrol M 7 8 7 22
Fraser McPhail M 8 8 16
Jamie Bicket M 3 3 6 3 15
Darrell Dunscombe M 5 4 4 13
Bruce Walker M 10 10
John Allen M 4 5 9
Thomas Slocombe M 9 9
Martin McGrory M 6 6
Bobby Miller M 5 5
Martin Fraser M 5 5
Chris Mullan M 4 4
Graeme McKenzie M 1 2 3
Leigh Gray M 1 2 3
Ross Dobbie M 2 2

Polaroid 10k series 2015

This years Poloroid series saw four Totoises take part with three runners completing all three mid week races over a four week period.

Big well done to Caroline, Laura and Suzy for completing all four runs.

Results on the results tab