My name is Stephen Dunlop, I am 36 from Fife and currently live in Rosyth with my partner and our 2 children. I started running 4 years ago, at 5:25 PM on Friday, January 24, 2014 to be precise. I know this because I am a massive fan of Strava and pretty much every run/cycle/hike I have ever done is recorded there. I have always been a keen cyclist doing between 2,500 to 3,500 miles a year. The relevance to cycling is key because the thing I love about cycling is the same as running. Solitude, distance and getting out in any weather.
A new guy started at work who ran things called ultras. This guy was full of energy and probably the most positive human being I had ever met. He talked about Ultras like he was jogging to his local shops and I was instantly hooked. I will call this guy James Stewart…because that’s his name. So from his motivational chats, I have taken part and completed 3 Ultras. Glen Ogle was my first in 2016 and I loved it so repeated it again in 2017. I took part in the Highland Fling in 2017 and instantly fell in love with it, the people and the course is what makes it such a phenomenal event. Even right now I’m smiling writing this at the thought of running it again but this time keeping going at Tyndrum.
Why whw race?
I entered this race because the route holds a special place in my heart. I love just getting the train to Milngavie and jumping on the route for a cracking morning run, there is something special about running through the tunnel in Milngavie leaving behind your troubles and concrete world behind, making way for a more beautiful part of our country. I am taking part in what’s known as the Triple Crown which is the Highland Fling, West Highland Way Race and the Devil o’ the Highlands race all within a season which is incredibly exciting and bloomin scary at the same time.
Aim for the race?
My goal for 2018 is to finish the WHWR under 24 hours. Everything before that is training and everything after that is for fun.