2023: Refresh & Renew

Last year just didn’t quite cut it with regard to running goals. As tends to be the way for me, off the back of a solid block of marathon training (for London in October 2021, I lost motivation. While I do love a plan and will follow it to the letter when I have a … Continue reading 2023: Refresh & Renew

Morrone: Blustery breeze and drifting snow

Having so much enjoyed being out on Hogmanay we decided to have another bash today, initially thinking Balmoral Cairns. Alarm’s set, we got up and out at a reasonable time and contemplated our destination as we drove out the road. Par for the course, I was just happy to be out and not too bothered … Continue reading Morrone: Blustery breeze and drifting snow

Final Walk of 2022

Today’s plan was Aberdeen parkrun, then probably a local walk and a coffee somewhere. However, in the wee small hours the plan changed to Hazlehead parkrun allowing me an extra bit of time in bed; I’ve become quite accustomed to getting up around 9 am or later! The last change to the plan came when … Continue reading Final Walk of 2022

Clachnaben: A hill at last!

We (or rather, he) have been building up to getting back up a hill and today we did it! Small and local, Clachnaben was at it’s best today with the autumnal colours vibrant in the woodland. However, despite this the summit was shrouded in cloud and mist for much of the afternoon. Full Car Park! … Continue reading Clachnaben: A hill at last!

Glen Dye Circular

Another back to fitness walk for Bruce, he came up trumps in finding this one. We’ve never visited Glen Dye and it was a joy to explore this new terrain. Spital Burn The route guide directed us to park by the old ruin of Spitalburn Cottage in a small lay-by. On further investigation, having instead … Continue reading Glen Dye Circular

Conachcraig: A Very Relaxed Hill Day

Those who know me will know our hill days have been getting shorter over time due to a deterioration In musculoskeletal health (his, not mine). It was therefore a bittersweet day as we set out for either Lochnagar or Conachcraig, settling for the latter as the pain was too much. However, the bionic man is … Continue reading Conachcraig: A Very Relaxed Hill Day

Forfar 10k Revisited

I’ve not raced this year and I’m not in racing shape, so I wasn’t holding out much hope for the race today. Indeed, I was very grateful that one of the ladies from club was coming with me; had it not been for that commitment I might have backed out! No Pressure Having done this … Continue reading Forfar 10k Revisited

Mayar & Driesh: Girls Day Out

I was delighted to be invited along for a walk with my niece and sister. The younger of the two is into hills and outdoors, the older one likes outdoors, hills maybe not so much? Could we convert her? Having parked up at Glen Doll, after much faffing we set off enthusiastically and followed the … Continue reading Mayar & Driesh: Girls Day Out

Three Mealls (not breakfast, lunch & tea!) 🤣

I was going to title this ‘long weekend’, but it wasn’t really as we didn’t leave home until Sunday. Late weekend may be more apt? However, having been corrected on pronunciation recently, I’d like to recognise that the three munros were all ‘Mealls’, pronounced differently to ‘meal’ according to Walk Highlands. The First: Meall Buidhe … Continue reading Three Mealls (not breakfast, lunch & tea!) 🤣

Loch Ness 360, Day 5: Drumnadrochit to Inverness

Setting off from the B&B I had already decided to walk to the centre of the village having run all the way in yesterday. Despite this I ran as I figured it would be quicker, and also less embarrassing if the Americans from the B&B passed having shared with them that I was running and … Continue reading Loch Ness 360, Day 5: Drumnadrochit to Inverness