Some really lovely weather the past couple of weeks has meant I’ve managed to do a bit more running.

Week 19

miles completed = 24.85

miles to go           = 532.10


Week 20

miles completed = 37.33

miles to go = 494.77


I’ve got some holidays coming up so figured it’s best to try and get as many miles as possible on the board.  Fingers crossed I can keep it up!


The Commonwealth Games takes place in Scotland later this month.  If you don’t know what it is, the Games is a smaller version of the Olympic Games with countries from the British Commonwealth taking part.

As with the Olympics, there is a baton relay which travels around all countries of the Commonwealth – it’s been doing this since last year and is now on the home stretch travelling around Scotland before the Games opens at the end of July.

Last week it came through my town and it was a once in a lifetime opportunity to see the relay.


The relay went down part of the main street and finished in the local park where lots more people were watching.

As you can imagine it takes a lot of organisation and there were loads of police and stewards looking after everything.


But everything seemed to go well and finally the baton itself arrived.


As with the Olympics, people are nominated to carry the baton for a short distance.  I don’t know who this young lad was but it was such a great moment for him.



The past two weeks I managed:-

week 17

Miles completed =  21.00

Miles to go =           578.65


Week 18

Miles completed = 21.80

Miles to go =           556.95


And I was watched closely by this rather terrifying beast:-



Week 15 of my run and I managed the following:-

miles completed:  -  27.35

miles to go:           -  626.95


And week 16 produced this:-

miles completed27.20

miles to go:          599.75


I also changed my route slightly and was greeted with the following at 6am one morning:-

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It made the early start all the more worthwhile!



There was an open day in our local park last week. Amongst all the stalls and activities were a charity who rescue birds. It’s wonderful seeing these creatures close up. Here are a few random pictures.






Absolutely brilliant weather here the past couple of weeks.  I think it’s probably been the hottest of the year so far.  Of course that does not necessarily mean it’s good conditions for running, but I tend to go out first thing in the morning before it gets too hot.

Week 13

miles completed = 30.90

miles to go         =  681.95


Week 14

miles completed  = 27.65

miles to go            = 654.30



For week 11 I managed the following:-

miles completed   -    26.53

miles to go     -            738.29


And for week 12 I managed:-

miles completed    -     25.44

miles to go              -   712.85


If I can manage at least 25 miles per week then my challenge could be finished before Christmas, a whole two months ahead of schedule.

Of course it’s never quite that simple – real life has a habit of getting in the way!

On Sunday I was down at Spey Bay which is a village around 10 miles or so from my home. It is home to the Scottish Dolphin Centre which monitors the pod of bottlenose dolphins which have their home in the Moray Firth. In the UK there are only two pods of dolphins, one here and the other off the coast of Wales.


Here’s the bay, looking east.  The sky looks fierce but it was actually a very warm day.

The land on site is part of the Scottish Wildlife Trust and it has a lovely walk along the banks of the River Spey.


About a mile away there’s the old railway bridge which spans the river.  It has not been used since the railways closed in the 1960s but is now used by cyclists and walkers.


And then I had a walk back to the beach and, would you believe it, actually saw two dolphins.  Of course I have no photographic evidence as they were much too quick for me – very evasive creatures!  It’s great to see them out in the wild, doing their thing!

Next time I will just have to be quicker with my camera!

Some good running the past couple of weeks thanks to the weather being really good.  Long may it continue!

Week 9:

miles completed:   26.18

miles to go:            790.28

Week 10:

miles completed:    25.46

miles to go:            764.82

If I can manage around 100 miles every four weeks then I might just crack this!


On Saturday I attended the Balmoral Road Races which is one of my favourite running events of the year.

Situated in rural Aberdeenshire, Balmoral Castle is the Queen’s residency in Scotland.

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It is such a beautiful location to run through, surrounded by trees and mountains.


The great thing is that apart from the adult races they also have a number of races for children of all ages.  It’s fun watching them take part – they are so enthusiastic!

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I wish I had their enthusiasm!  Never mind, I stumbled around the 5K course and set a new PB so it was well worth it in the end.

Roll on next year!

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