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Southside Six 36-minute sell-out

A Glasgow running event sold all 400 places in just 36 minutes this week. Even the organiser of the Southside Six, Nick Vaughan, was stunned. He said: “I predicted two hours for a sell-out because last year the record was three hours. But 36 minutes is amazing.” While 400 people had smiles on their faces […]

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Kit review: Salomon XA Pro 3D off-road trainers

Most off-road runners have their favourite brand of shoes. And for many years mine have been Inov-8. But slowly but surely a couple of pairs of Salomon off-road trainers have been creeping into my regular runs. I now choose my shoes depending on where I will be running and take into account the terrain (all […]

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Indoors, outdoors, indoors and out

I prefer to be outdoors, enjoying my many sports. But even when I am indoors I am writing or thinking about the outdoors! The last weekend is a good example. On the Friday I cycled to a meeting in Glasgow to pick up a few fitness gadgets for an article about keeping fit outdoors. The […]

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First steps to barefoot running

I have been blogging and chatting on social media about barefoot running. I see many advantages to this form of running and I have been trying to work towards a complete transition to barefoot-style running. Here is an article I wrote for the Sunday Mail about Barefoot Running Workshops. 14 (6) 15 (7)  

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Kit review: Vivobarefoot Neo Trail running shoes

Another blog in the new barefoot running blog series. Vivobarefoot sell barefoot (or minimalist) running and walking shoes – and they offer coaching and workshops in how to safely run barefoot. In fact, it could take a while for you to “safely” run in Vivobarefoot’s range of shoes because it’s important – and this comes […]

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What are your outdoors goals for 2014?

My recent Sunday Mail It’s Great Outdoors column revealed the outdoors adventure goals of a few of the more bonkers folk out there. Take a look at the Munro baggers, open water swimmers and adventure racers.  Read here 16 (18) 17 (19)

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My race goal for 2014

In 2013 it was all about short and fast as I targeted the goal of qualifying for the World Age Group Sprint Triathlon Championships. With (old) age, hard training and my brilliant coach Vicky Begg on my side I did indeed qualify. Racing for Team GB in London in the World Champs is one of […]

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The best head torches for runnning

A blog follower, Rob, has asked if it’s possible to get a good head torch for less than £50. My favourite the Silva Runner is around £130 but I think it is an awesome piece of kit. I have never found one that is very light and bright for less than £50. So I asked […]

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New Year Day fun outdoors

What did you do on New Year’s Day? Did you make it outdoors for a walk or a run? I chose to walk a very wet and windy Munro at Dalmally on New Year’s Eve instead. And then enjoyed a shorter stroller along the coastal headland on Seil Island, near Oban on New Year’s Day. […]

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Phuket. Pic credit: ruifernandes on Flickr

Outdoors fun on holiday in Thailand

For the active holidaymaker, Thailand can be a great option. My guest blogger reckons that Phuket is one of the best destinations with scuba diving, snorkelling and climbing on offer. Phuket is Thailand’s largest island. It is 48 km long by 21 km at its widest, and is in Southern Thailand, on the Andaman Sea coastline. […]

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