Posts in category: Race Reports - Updated 19 September
National Cross Country Championships

Three Tortoises made the journey through to Falkirk to compete in the final cross country event of the season, the Scottish National Championships. Although the sun made an appearance for the start of the race, heavy rain in the days before the event made the course particularly tough going, not that it seemed to make […]

Craigengower (Straiton) Hill Race

Well, the weather gods were kind to us yesterday and gave the runners near perfect conditions for this grand wee race. Four Tortoises were there for the run, Anne, Alex, Ian (wearing a dress) and myself. Ian was hoping for a spot “fancy dress” prize but it seems you have to try pretty hard to […]

Glenrosa Horseshoe Hill Race

The Glenrosa hill race is a long distance Scottish Hill Running Championship race set on Arran. I met Ian on the boat going over.  He had brought his bike to as to have a quick gataway after the race to catch the 4:40 back to Ardrossan.  The likelihood was that it would take us around […]

Tortoises Spotted on Hills

Ptarmigan, grouse or the occasional red deer but surely not tortoises?? Over the past couple of weeks they’ve been observed on two Ayrshire hills and appear to be fairly at home with the conditions. The first sighting was on the Saugh Hill, just outside the picturesque seaside town of Girvan. First to appear was the […]

Hazel’s London Report

Hazel has written a report on the London marathon which she would like everyone to share. It is, in fact, a tribute to everyone in Troon Tortoises who has supported her since she first joined us two years ago. There are many of you who have encouraged her and run with her but special thanks […]

Training on Kaim

This all came about following a comment from a club member (Sooze) that she’d like to try running Kaim Hill – not in the race, just as a training run.  I took her up on this and we agreed on a Thursday night. To mix my metaphors, the best laid plans grow arms and legs […]


Circumstances often conspire to provide unexpected outcomes.  I was in Edinburgh with Lesley on Friday and Saturday, Sarah was home but going back to university on Sunday afternoon and I was late for the Criffel Hill Race. The journey down saw my wee Panda passing Beemers, Mercs and other over hyped panzer wagons.  I reached […]