Martyn Wood


I am from Haddington in East Lothian where I live with my long suffering wife and our two amazing children! I work with the City of Edinburgh Council as a Depute Head Teacher.

Ultra History

I fell in to Ultra Marathons by accident.  I had been using running as a means to lose weight, gain some head space and went along to my running club to see how slow I was.  I joined in with the intermediates and found that I was doing well.  I was asked if I fancied taking part in a half marathon. I agreed and learned that it was a relay in an ultra marathon called the fling! I was hooked.  I completed my first Ultra in 2014 and have now completed 18 Ultra marathons.

Why the WHW?

From the moment I completed the fling relay, I fell in love with running the trail and being on the West Highland Way.  I set myself the target of completing this race and really felt it possible after I had crewed for someone else in the WHW race.  In 2017 I toed the line and successfully gained my first goblet.  Why again?  I stupidly listened to Lois Simpson who explained that she was gathering a goblet for each of her kids! Challenge set! Here I go.

Aim for the Race?

This year the challenge is to complete the race.  My children mean everything to me and this challenge is to ensure I achieve a goblet so they have one each.  In terms of time anything less than my last time is great. If it’s the same, no worries.  If it’s longer, so be it.  A finish is target.