David Ruthven


I’m an Engineer and Rapid Transformational Therapist (RTT) who loves to run off road. I walked the WHW with my Dad in 2009 but never thought that 7 years later I would actually run it! I started running in my late forties after I decided to leave my consultancy job in 2009 and, without a job and with time on my hands, I thought I might run a marathon. One marathon, lead to several, and then a back-to-back marathon on two consecutive days. Then one day I joined a couple of friends to do a 30 mile training run on the River Ayr Way and, from there, I left the road behind.

Ultra History

I think I’ve run about 18 ultras now but it’s the ones on the West Highland Way are my favourites. I’ve ran the WHW race the last two years.

Why the WHW?

I love being part of the West Highland Way race family, it’s something special! When you stand at the underpass at Milngavie for the race briefing followed by the start at 1am it’s such a great feeling and anticipation of the journey ahead for both you and your race crew. I watch the videos I’ve made of running the event with great pride.

Aim for the race?

Well my aim was to run sub 24 hours until I was told in February that I have a hernia so the dream of a third WHW race may be over. Perhaps the picture of me in a chair at last year’s WHW race is appropriate. Who knows, either way I still plan to be at the start to enjoy the atmosphere of this great race and wish everyone involved all the very best.