Peter has been a long-time runner, taking part in the Great North Run and various other local races in the 1980s, before having a running break when the children were small. Sam came to running in her forties when she decided to celebrate the big four zero by running a marathon. This has not been repeated, however we shortly after that we joined a running club. This introduced us to a whole new community and kept us well and truly in the outdoors even in some of the worst weather (half marathons at Bridlington and Ackworth spring to mind). We also became keen parkrunners and have clocked up the best part of 500 between us.

Here we write about races, running routes and parkruns and hope to inspure people to take up this amazing sport.

The end of the Cheviot 3 Peaks run

Cheviot Three Peaks Trail – Race Review

By Sam | April 19, 2022

It seemed like a good idea back in January to enter my first hill race with a 1000 feet climb. The Cheviot Three Peaks Trail Race sounded perfect and, having been reassured by the race organiser that the marshalls would be there no matter how long it took, I contacted…

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View of Kelso from viewpoint

Kelso Circular Route

By Sam | March 4, 2022

Views, Viaducts and a Famous Junction. A lovely late winter morning saw us setting off for a trail run with a friend on this Kelso circular route. Once again we had seen the route in the “Borders 40 best walks” book, however we did it in the reverse direction. Due…

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Boat on Loch Katrine Route

Stunning Loch Katrine Route

By Sam | October 22, 2021

It was one of those gorgeous autumn days when we just had to make the most of the weather, so we left the office and set off for a return trip to Loch Katrine. Last time we had been there had been a drizzly, grey day in June and although…

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Peter at the top of the hill

Kippen Trail Race – Race Review

By Sam | September 28, 2021

Trail races are like buses – months without one and then two over consecutive weeks. Just a week after Arrochar 10k we were standing in beautiful sunshine on the playing field at Kippen for the Kippen Trail Race. Mingling at the start made us realise what a fabulous community the…

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Start of Arrochar 10k at Loch long

Arrochar 10k – Race Review

By Sam | September 22, 2021

When we moved up to Scotland in early 2021, Arrochar 10k was the first race we entered and I am so pleased we did. This was a simply stunning course, starting at the head of the tidal Loch Long and then going up through forest tracks, down through woods and…

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Sauchie Crags on a circular route near Stirling

Circular Route near Stirling

By Sam | August 19, 2021

Sauchie Crags and North Third Reservoir. This is a short but spectacular circular route close to Stirling which has a variety of habitat, including spectacular cliffs, mixed woodland and banks of North Third Reservoir. It is one of the routes recommended in the book Scottish Trail Running, which I have…

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Scottish Trail Running

By Sam | August 10, 2021

Scottish Trail Running by Susie Allison What a fantastic Christmas present to receive just before our move over the border. Scottish Trail Running contains descriptions, route maps, elevation profiles and images of 70 great running routes in Scotland, ranging from simple 4km loops near Glasgow up to 48km routes in…

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