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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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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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Kit review: Merrell Mix Master Move Glide trainers

On test: Merrell Mix Master Move Glide footwear. Running trainers that take you from non-barefoot to more barefoot and from on-road to off-road.  In recent years I have preferred to run off-road rather than on-road and, where possible, in less cushioned running footwear. I love Inov-8 trainers because they provide good grip but without too […]

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Marco Consani runs into the record books

I have never been able to understand how endurance runners find the time, energy and boredom threshold to compete in their sport. But it seems that one couple from Glasgow have met their match – and fully comprehend each other’s endurance running ambitions. I have known Debbie Martin-Consani for many years and have witnessed her […]

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New ultra run event for Perthshire

The Smartwool Tigh nam Bodach Ultra Run will take place in Glen Lyon, Perthshire on November 30, 2013. This event is a 50K route on rugged, remote trails. There are a few river crossings so expect to get wet feet (and maybe thighs!). This inaugural event will be limited to 100 participants as an experimental race but […]

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Trio to run 45 miles non-stop for Teapot charity

Friend and outdoors contact Paddy Cuthbert is about to test himself to the limits on a fund-raising trail run. With a couple of pals, Rob Begg and Joss Mitchell, the East Lothian PR hopes to run the 45-mile route of the John Muir Way in aid of The Teapot Trust, a charity that provides essential art therapy […]

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Two free entries for Zombie Night Run

Another bonkers adventure race is set to take place in Scotland – and I have two entry places to give away. The Zombie Night Run takes place on October 19 and boasts of a challenging 8km adventure trail run in night-time darkness in Helensburgh, or nearby. There’s a bizarre story that goes with this race:  An […]

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Sign up for Glasgow running races

A friend and guest blogger Romy has told me about a few great running events organised by the Bellahouston Road Runners and taking place in Glasgow in the next few months. The Bella 10K (11am) and 5K (10am) take place on Sunday September 1. See Bella events. Meanwhile, the Jimmy Irvine Bella 10K takes place on […]

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