Grew up in the English Lake District doing lots of hiking and climbing, followed by mountaineering trips to Scotland, South America, Norway, and the French Alps, lived in the Middle and Far East, moved to Scotland, got married (to a very good runner) and had two little girls.
I got intro Ultra running at age 40 after my wife entered one then got pregnant and had to pull out. I’d done the training with her so why not do the race? I ran the Lairig Ghru a few times, then a couple of other Scottish and English Ultras. My main running achievement however is undoubtedly the Bob Graham Round; 42 peaks and 67 miles to be covered in 24 hours.
Why the WHW?
Well, it’s ‘the one’ in Scotland, for sure. I ran the second half in the Devil O’ The Highlands a few years back, and parts of it in the Glencoe Skyline. It’s a beautiful part of the world and I love the simplicity of setting off at Milngavie and ending up in Fort William. It’s going to be awesome!
Aim for the Race?
It’s really just to finish and enjoy the route and camaraderie. That’s a tough race, at any speed.