Archive for August, 2015

Jedburgh 10k & Half Marathon

Sunday 25th October is the date for this years Jedburgh half marathon and 10k, this is likely to be the last big event of the running calendar that is close enough to get there and back to in a day.

If anyone is seriously considering entering let me know so we can organize transport, both races start at 11am, it would be good to end the running year with a good turnout and maybe a nice dinner on the return to Troon.

10k entry is £11.50 for SA members or 13.50 for non members

Half marathon £16.50 for SA members  or £18.50 for non members


Straiton Hill Race Report

Remember the date 29th August remember the place Straiton South Ayrshire the venue for my first and probably last hill race, i joined recently converted hill runner Jim Phillips and experienced hill runner Anne Noble in the beautiful village of Straiton today, as part of the village gala day there is also a hill run, the distance is a manageable 2.3 miles but the climb is huge (in my opinion).

After forgetting my Garmin i didn’t know the exact height of the climb (internet says 200 meters) but part of it included crawling up on hands and knees, anyway the start was in the center of the village from where you ran on road for about half a mile before turning into a field for the start of a gentle climb, from the field you then went though a muddy wooded area before a leap over a stile and then the fun started, looking above you was the hill to climb where you could just make out the stick insect size of the marshall at the top, about two thirds up i was almost crawling and the last 200 meters i was crawling hands and knees at that, finally making it to the top it was time to turn around and head all the way back down, remember this was my first hill race and it became quickly obvious that while Adidas Supernova are great road shoes they are not so good to run down grassy hills interspread with various boulders, while a lot of runners quickly left me on the downhill i did a good impresssion of a hill runner totally out of his depth (though i did not fall unlike Jim), after finishing the big downhill  i then was back over the stile and into the wooded area and then back into the field  where finally pace could be picked up, leaving the field and back onto the road my legs turned to jelly, it was a weird sensation and really felt strange, it was then back into the village for a finish at the gala.

For the pricely sum of £3.00 this was hard and i think the foam roller will be needed tonight.

Results will be published when available.



1st September Club 5K

Next Tuesday September 1st is the club monthly 5k time trial, can all runners be at Marr College at 7pm where we will take any membership payments before heading to the start line – we will be posting the current club championship standings before Tuesday and copies will be at the club meeting on Tuesday.

Only three more 5k’s left before the end of the year to change your championship points.


Membership Payments 2015/16

Please note memberships for 2015/16 season are now being taken each Tuesday and Thursday in the Marr College gym before each nights run.

A full years membership renewal is a fantastic £15 for current members and only £25 for new members.


London Marathon 2016

A quick reminder to those who have entered the ballot for London to KEEP any rejection paperwork that you receive in the post, should you apply for the ballot for any available club places you will need to hand this over to be able to take part, the draw will be made at this years Xmas night out.

Early October will be the start of the YES/NO results – fingers crossed we get a number of Tortoises in through the official ballot.

Scottish Running Guide Magazine


Paisley 10k Sunday 30th August

Online entries for this race with a closing date of Friday 28th at noon.

Race results


Can I ask all members to let myself or Jim Phillips know any races and importantly times of any race’s you have run, we can then post onto the website and include your time in the club championship



George Cumming Road Relay Saturday 26th Sept

This road relay takes place in Houston at 14.30 on Saturday 26th September and is organised by Kilbarchan Athletic Club

Men’s teams of four  each running 2.7 miles

Women’s teams of three each running 2.7 miles

Any one who wants to enter a Tortoise team please let any committee member know



MaryMass 10k 19th August

On one of the wettest nights of running I can remember thirteen Tortoises made the short trip to a wet Irvine to run the annual MaryMass 10k, despite the horrendous weather there was a good turnout for this popular road race.

Matt Pearce led the Tortoises home in 38.58 running strong after his week cruising the Mediterranean, big Kudos to Marion Sloan who posted a fantastic PB run of 52.11

Results on the ‘Results 2015 tab’