Archive for September, 2015

Loch Ness Marathon

Five Tortoises braved the searing Loch Ness sunshine( plus the monster) to run this years Loch Ness Marathon – times will be posted when available, well done to all five finishers.

Matt Pearse

Matt Pearse

Suzy Moorby

Suzy Moorby

Sharon Nicholl

Sharon Nicholl

Lucy Oldham

Lucy Oldham

Rob Carroll

Rob Carroll

Ultra Results

Amazing running from the Ultra Guys !!!!

Devil O’ The Highlands Footrace 42 miles, Tyndrum to Fort William on 1st August 15

David Ruthven 8hrs 38min 25sec and Bobby Millar 9hrs 25min 54sec

Tiree Ultra Marathon 35 miles on 6th September:

David Ruthven 6hrs 19min 38sec (28 out of 120) and Ian McNee 6hrs 40min 32sec (45 out of 120).

Update Men’s Championship

Jim Phillips first Tortoise finish on Cumbrae saw him establish a healthy lead over second placed Matt Pearce, however Matt has a couple of Marathon and half marathons planned before year end plus his 5k to defend so still plenty to run for.

Darrell manged to take advantage to injuries to Rob and Stuart to boost his place up to joint third alongside Stuart following Cumbrae, however with Rob back for the forthcoming 5k’s it may be a shortlived champions league placing !

Ricky & Murray made there debut onto the leader table with strong runs at Cunbrae.

Thanks to Paul Deas for updating

5K 10K 10 MILES Half Marathon Marathon TOTAL
Name Points Points Points Points Points
Jim Phillips M 9 10 10 10 10 40
Matt Pearce M 10 9 9 8 36
Darrell Dunscombe M 5 4 8 5 4 26
Stuart Swan M 7 6 7 6 26
Rob Carrol M 7 8 7 22
John Allen M 4 9 5 18
Fraser McPhail M 8 8 16
Jamie Bicket M 3 3 6 3 15
Bruce Walker M 7 2 9
Thomas Slocombe M 9 9
Martin McGrory M 6 6
Murray Sheriff-Short M 6 6
Bobby Miller M 5 5
Ricky Sheriff-Short M 5 5
Chris Mullan M 3 1 4
Martin Fraser M 4 4
Graeme McKenzie M 1 2 3
Leigh Gray M 1 2 3
Ross Dobbie M 2 2

Update Ladies Championship

Results are now updated including the Fort William Marathon and Round Cunbrae race, as you can see from the table below Anne is now within three points of long time leader Caroline, with the Loch Ness marathon this weekend and both Sharon and Lucy running there may be further changes at the top of the leader board.

Thanks to Paul Deas for updaing.

5K 10K 10 MILE Half Marathon Marathon TOTAL
Name Points Points Points Points Points
Caroline Mutch F 9 9 10 10 38
Anne Noble F 7 7 9 9 10 35
Hazel McFarlane F 5 5 4 10 24
Lucy Oldham F 8 8 8 24
Sharon McNicol F 3 3 7 8 21
Laura McGarrity F 10 10 20
Moira Connell F 2 4 5 7 18
Kate McKean F 1 2 6 6 15
Mags Barbour F 4 10 14
Claire Bain F 1 2 5 8
Laura Hunter F 6 6
Luci Sauter F 6 6
Marion Sloan F 4 4
Marion Sloan F 3 3
Suzy Moorby F 1 1






Kilmacolm Half Marathon Report

Another perfect weather day for a race! I could get used to this! A really good route for a half marathon (they also do a 10K and a 3K that follow the same route but obviously turn around earlier!)… the route is all on tarmac and quickly leaves the village to join a very nice cycle path along what used to be a railway line. It’s a simple out and back course. On the way out I thought it was pretty flat….then at 6.5 miles I turned around and started getting a few seconds per mile slower… I thought I was tired…. but then as the route drops back down into the village, I was back onto my original pace! All became clear when I looked at the profile on Strava afterwards…. it’s a very slight downhill run from mile 1 to 6.5… and hence very slight incline up hill back the way! Ah well.. I still mustered a few seconds off my PB! I’d recommend the event though, very well organised, easy route and nearly all traffic free, not too expensive and you get a T Shirt, Medal, snacks at the end and water or lucozade along the way.

Tortoise Results – Matt Pearce  1:26:23 PB (just!) 11th Place overall, 3rd Place Male Veteran


New Cross Country Season

Here are the 2015/16 dates, these are good fun (honest) and a good way of keeping fit over the winter period, the local races are target races where we hope to have a good strong turnout of members, they are  open to everyone the first one being the relay in October.

West District X/C Relays – Hamilton 11th October
Ayrshire X/C Relays – Kilmarnock 17th October – TORTOISE TARGET RACE
National X/C Relays – Cumbernauld 24th October
National 4k X/C – Bellahoustion 7th November
Ayrshire X/C – Irvine 14th November – TORTOISE TARGET RACE
Kilmarnock X/C Festival 22nd November  – TORTOISE TARGET RACE
West District X/C Bellahoustion 6th December
Cyclists V Harriers – Irvine 20th December – TORTOISE TARGET RACE
East Kilbride X/C – Jacton 17th January
National X/C Falkirk. 27th February
Anyone interested in doing any X/c please let myself know.



Round Cumbrae 10 Mile Road Race


Six Tortoises braved the sunny and warm conditions over on the Island Of Cumbrae last Sunday for the annual 10 mile road race, as usual the race was well organized and well supported.

The first half of the race towards the ferry drop off was really warm with the breeze on the other side of the Island very welcome !!

results on the 2015 results Tab


Hi All

Just a reminder to make it into the Marr College hall any Tuesday or Thursday to re-new your membership for the coming year, prices have again been held which is great value for 52 weeks of group running at £15, with new members always welcome with a fee of £25 for all new members.


Turkey Trot 2015

Online entries now open for the Turkey Trot on Boxing Day. It’s pre-entry only for the 5 and 10k.

Slight increase in price this year as they are using chip timing. Always a great race and good way to burn off the Christmas dinner.

N.A.A.C 10K Report

NAAC had their first 10K race in Ardrossan on Sunday and what a well organised race it was too!
Registration and preparation for the start was really slick. Helped by the near perfect weather (OK it was a little blustery on the sea front!). Race started and finished on the very nice running track at St Matthews Academy in Saltcoats….. Which made for good support from spectators at the beginning and the end of a fairly flat course, just one short sharp uphill onto a footbridge at about 4.5miles.  The route was really well marshalled and plenty of spectators cheering us on. Finished off with a great goody bag, including Techinal Tshirt, running socks, snacks and water.
The newly elected men’s
captain, Jim Phillips, couldn’t run due to being “on call” for work but he still showed his Tortoise Colours by cheering the 7 runners from our team on….. Even dashing about in his van to give support in more than one location! Thanks Jim!