The Year started with a great 30 mile WHW training run from Balmaha to Inversnaid and back, which was an opportunity to catch up with all the other Ultra Loons. They came from far and wide, from distant lands and far flung corners of the globe, including the exotic and mysterious Isles of Skye and Bute. My lasting memory of this was being squeezed into the porch at Inversnaid with a bunch of runners including George, Karen, Mike and Alan because we were so wet and muddy that we were scorned on by the hotel staff for trailing mud into the bar.
March came and the Deeside Way Ultra was the first race of 2012. This was my third outing at this event and I wanted to improve on 2010 and 2011 as I had finished both years limping from injuries during the race. The field had grown as a reflection of the increase in popularity in Ultra distance running and there were lots of new faces here. I ran around 20 miles of this years event with Jonathan and we crossed the line together. First PB, knocking 20 minutes off the previous best time.
So the Fling in 2012 was about putting the horrible memories to rest from 2011, where I had to 'DNF' from exhaustion a mere 4 chuffing miles from the end. To date, my only ever DNF. Another PB by 40 minutes. Result!
And so I ran the CS for my second time with a PB of 14 minutes which came as a pleasant surprise.
Then came my first ever 'proper' Marathon at Loch Ness. A great event and very well organised. I had previously run the 10K event here the last 5 years so I knew it would be a great day. But running 26 miles on hard Tarmac isn't for me. If it had been on Trails and off road I'm sure I'd be back, but I'll give it a miss for now. But a big chuffin' medal for my efforts.
The last race of the year was the Glen Ogle Ultra, near Killin. I knew I wouldn't get a PB as they had added an extra 1.5 miles onto this years route. It was a great way to end 2012. No sooner had I finished here and I was entering races for 2013.
My thanks to my parents support again this year at all those events where they stood out in the cold, wind, rain, icy weather and the dark to cheer me on and kick my arse when required. And a massive well done and thanks to all the Events RD's, volunteers and marshalls for all their hard work in keeping these events going. See you all in 2013.