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But we only walked six Munros

Six Munros (Scottish mountains with a summit of at least 3,000ft) would normally be more than enough for one day’s walking. In fact, most people would tackle only one, or perhaps two or three, of the Munros in the Ben Lawers area in the southern Highlands. But on Saturday, our intention was to walk seven […]

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Sunday Mail: Guide to the UCI Fort William Mountain Bike World Cup

This weekend 20,000 spectators are expected to arrive at the UCI Fort William Mountain Bike World Cup to see hundreds of top riders competing in a range of MTB sports. This is a prestigious event and one that Scotland is rightly proud of hosting each year. In my Sunday Mail column I wrote a guide to the UCI Fort […]

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New Foxlake Triathlon

This Saturday sees the launch of a new “shorter” style of triathlon at Foxlake in East Lothian. Organised by Durty Events, a series of triathlons on one day offer the chance to try a short but fast course and in a range of formats. The course will be very short indeed. It will take only […]

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Swimming is boring – but not so boring if…

I am not a big fan of swim training. I like the kind of swimming that features warm, clear seas and a hot sun, when all you need to do is a few strokes here and there but mostly enjoy the cool water lapping around you. Swimming lengths in a luke warm, chlorinated pool is […]

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Sunday Mail: Inspiring outdoors kids

I wish, I do wish, I had been given the same opportunities for a more outdoorsy life when I was a kid. I did a lot of sports, including judo to British national level (podiumed twice actually!), but I don’t think I ever thought further ahead than the end of school. I won’t even blame […]

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Kit review: Ultimate Bike Solution

I was part of the testing group for the prototype of Ultimate Bike Solution. I still use it and I really like it. I am the kind of person that needs one bike spray to do it all: Protect, lube, keep it clean and help with washing off the muck. UBS does all that. See […]

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Kit review: Camelback Rimrunner 25

Hmmm, well, the name isn‘t so great and it’s a little misleading but the rucksack itself, the Camelbak Rimrunner 25 Hydration Pack, is a great single day summer hiking option. Camelbak have always sold well-designed packs for carrying their top quality water reservoirs (bladders). And the Camelbak Rimrunner 25 has enough space for a full […]

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Injured Sarah-Louise runs 70 marathons

I am often impressed by the determination of the people that I interview. Sarah-Louise Grigor is exactly that kind of person. She was told, after injuring her back, that she would never run again and was lucky not to be in a wheelchair. But she defied the medics.  Slowly but surely she repaired herself and […]

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New Lismore sea kayak race

Sea kayaking is fast growing in popularity and this weekend there was further evidence as a new kayaking race was trialled on the west coast of Scotland. With only one official sea kayak race on the calendar, the Oban Sea Kayak race, there is clearly plenty of space for more to be launched. On Saturday, […]

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Cycling, Munro bagging and swimming

As the Artemis Great Kindrochit Quadrathlon looms scarily in the not too distant future I have been trying to squeeze in a bit of training. This is not easy when you have a full-time job, a teenager on exam study leave and many demands for writing about Scottish outdoors events. I will be doing the […]

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