Archive for October, 2015

Cross Country

Saturday 17th October saw the start of thIS years cross country season for the Tortoises, there were a few Tortoises making there debuts on the green stuff with the absence of mud making some quick times available. The Troon Tortoises A team finished in 11th place, with the B team finishing in 19th place. The Ladies team finished in 10th place.

The full race results are now available here.


Cross country in the sun



Look no mud


The President leading the charge !!

Ladies Championship Update

After a hectic last month of running the ladies championship is hotting up with Lucy Oldham’s marathon time at Loch Ness being the fasted female time this year, with Sharon McNicoll also posting a PB is this race it has changed the leading placings.

Caroline, Lucy and Anne now are seperated by only six points going into the final two months of the season, Novembers 5k should be keenly contested.

Special mentions also to Marion Sloan and Luci Sauter who have both posted impressive PB times in the last few weeks, the Tortoise ladies at the Scottish weekend of running all performed fantastically with impressive times posted by everyone without exception.

Please make sure i know of any races you have completed so i can include


5k 10 k 10 Miles Half Marathon Marathon TOTAL
Name Points Points Points Points Points
Caroline Mutch F 9 9 10 8 36
Lucy Oldham F 8 8 6 10 32
Anne Noble F 7 7 9 7 7 30
Laura McGarrity F 10 10 10 30
Hazel McFarlane F 5 5 1 9 20
Sharon McNicol F 3 3 2 8 16
Luci Sauter F 6 9 15
Moira Connell F 1 4 3 6 14
Kate McKean F 2 2 4 5 13
Marion Sloan F 4 3 5 12
Mags Barbour F 2 9 11
Laura Hunter F 6 6
Claire Bain F 1 4 5
Suzy Moorby F 3 3

Men’s Championship Update

After a number of hectic weeks running the mens championship at the top shows little change except that Rob Carroll has now run into third place after his return to the club 5k in October.

Strong Scottish Half Marathon times from Fraser Mcphail and John Allen saw them both leapfrog Darrell and Stewart in the standings, with two club 5k’s , Stratherven 10k, Jebburgh half marathon there is still plenty of oppurtunity for a change in third position.

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5KS 10KS 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
Rob Carrol M 5 7 6 7 25
Fraser McPhail M 8 8 8 24
John Allen M 3 9 7 5 24
Stuart Swan M 7 6 5 6 24
Darrell Dunscombe M 4 4 8 3 4 23
Jamie Bicket M 2 3 4 3 12
Thomas Slocombe M 9 9
Bruce Walker M 7 7
Martin McGrory M 6 6
Murray Sheriff-Short M 6 6
Bobby Miller M 5 5
Ricky Sheriff-Short M 5 5
Graeme McKenzie M 1 2 3
Leigh Gray M 2 1 3
Alistair Aird M 2 2
Chris Mullan M 1 1
Ross Dobbie M 1 1

October 5K

Twenty six Tortoises attended the physio session taken by Michelle Pollock on Tuesday 6th October, Michelle took the warm up and showed members both dynamic and static stretches and talked through any injury questions, the evening was a success and all members i spoke to got a lot out of the session, thanks to Michelle for attending and Graeme for organising.

Seventeen Tortoises then put Michelle’s new warm up techniques into practise and ran October’s 5k, for the first time we trialled a staggered start with runners who are still new to running this distance setting off ten minutes ahead of the other runners, four runners took advantage of this and the feedback was good so this is something we will look to continue at Novemnber’s 5K.

Matt Pearce continued his fine recent form by coming home first followed by Stewart and Jim with Rob making his return to the 5K with a fourth place finish, great running also from Lewis Wilson who pushed the leaders right up to the last few meters, Richard Deal who posted a great time on his road to recovery after injury and also to Laura Stott who posted a PB.

Results are on the 2015 results tab

Chester Marathon Race Report

Last Sunday i ran the 6th MBNA Chester Marathon, consistently ranked as one of the top marathons by Runners World this was my second time at this race, my previous time i was still a lone runner and was not a member of the Tortoises.

I set of Saturday morning with an overnight in Runcorn a half hour drive away from the start at Chester Racecourse, a quick lasagne and chips (carb loading) it was back to the room to watch the Rugby, good job Rugby is not my thing as everyone on the TV was gutted but i thought not every Tortoise would be back home ?

An early rise and drive to the Racecourse saw me arrive at 07.30, a quick look around the various stalls selling running kit and race merchandise and it was soon time to put on the vest, now those of you who i run with know i am rubbish at getting the kit correct and despite the weather being perfect, no wind, no rain forecast, blue sky i still opted to wear the Tortoise T shirt under the vest, i descision i would soon regret.

Just enough time to drop in the bag and hit the toilet queue again, one moan here – why dont race organisers make announcements asking non runners not to use the toilet queues 45 mins before the race, the number of spectators waiting to use the toilets was stupid and i saw runners leaving the queue and heading to the start (despite being chip timed) and no doubt having to stop at some point to use a porto loo (moan over).

As mentioned the race starts and finishes at Chester racecourse you run 17 miles in England and 9 miles in Wales making it a truly International run , you head out of the race course along the main road before slowly climbing up and through Chester city center where support is good, you then leave behind the city and run mainly on quiet country roads where support is a bit sparse until around mile 19 and a village called Farndon where the support is loud and strong.

Long before mile 19 i regretted the T shirt under vest combo and stopped at mile six to perform a striptease and ditched the t shirt, while doing this i dropped my cap into someones garden and had to ask a spectator to jump a wall to retrieve it (it did cost £16) this fiasco cost me at least 90 seconds if not longer – i need to learn.

The rest of the race went really well and i felt really good, i hit mile 22 dead on 3 hours but then the final two hills did for me, one at mile 22 and one at mile 24 which felt like the hill race at Straiton (but i guess i was just tired), the hill at mile 24 the race organisers had a number of ‘Race Angels’ who jogged along side you to get you up to the top which i thought was a nice touch.

The last mile was run alongside the river Dee and back into the racecourse for a grass sprint finish down teh home straight for a finsihing time of 3hr 39 01 almost an hour quicker than when i ran as non Tortoise.

Great medal, long sleeved tech t shirt and decent goodie bag plus i also got to run parts of the race with some interesting people, i ran for a spell with two 100 marathon club members one of which was running his 423rd marathon and a female runner who had come down from Motherwell and was running with Saltires accross her headband !

Not quite a PB but happy with the pace and finishing time and enjoyed the sunday night recovery in the company of Mr Peroni and Mr Budweiser.






Great Scottish Run

A great turnout of 16 Tortoises ran this weekends Great Scottish Run across the 10k and half marathon distances, results are on the 2015 Results tab.

October 5k (Physio attendance)

Hi All

The next 5k on October 6th we will have Michelle Pollock joining us for the evening.

Michelle is a trained physiotherpist and works at Achilles Heel in Glasgow, Michelle has agreed to attend to take the warm up and any questions around general running injury queries.

This is a fantastic oppurtunity for all club members and i ask that everyone meets in the hall on time at 19.00 so we can get the most out of the evening.





London Marathon Places

All those Tortoises who have applied for the 2016 London Marthon you should know in the next week if you have  an official place, if you have been unsuccesful and want to apply for one of the club places you need to keep the rejection slip inside the magazine and hand into a commitee member asap, if you do not hand in this slip you will not be able to enter the club draw which will take place on 5th December at the club xmas dinner.




River Ayr Way

Ian McNee once again should his ultra-running expertise by running the River Ay way ultra just 2 weeks after complete the Tiree ultra 35mile race. The River Ayr Way is Scotland’s first source to sea path network which begins at Glenbuck and follows the river for 66kms (44miles) to the sea at Ayr passing through some of Ayrshire’s most stunning and varied scenery from open remote moorland to shaded river gorges.

Ian completed the race in a very respectable time of 7 hours 39mins which is great considering Ian is just coming back from a hamstring injury which interrupted his training

We have a very good photo of Ian and as soon as we can load it onto teh web page wit will take pride of place.

river ayr