Tim Downie


I’m a 61 yr old retired anaesthetist/househusband. I started running in my forties having spent most of my life thinking that running was a terrible idea.  I joined a local club and completed my first half marathon in 2:15. Despite this rather sluggish start to my running career I ran my first marathon in 2002 in 3:31.

It was in my local club where a I met the now current race director.  Inspired by his lack of two heads or any other obvious abnormality, I decided that maybe I too could run an ultra.

Ultra History

My first ultra was the Speyside Way 50K, organised by the legendary Don Ritchie. http://www.scottishdistancerunninghistory.scot/don-ritchie/. This was followed by  the Devil o’ the Highlands in 2004 and in 2005 I ran my first West Highland Way Race.  Since that time I have run the WHW four more times and many other ultras.

Why the WHW?

The WHW race is a special race and the older I get, the more I appreciate just how special and different it is from other ultra races.  The support crew requirement might seem like an unnecessary burden but the race isn’t just about the runners, it’s about the whole team, the whole “family”.  Indeed, in 2018 it’s going to be a real family affair for me with one daughter (and her partner) and my wife crewing and my other daughter as my support runner.

What motivated you to enter this great race?

The older I get the more I realise how lucky I am to still be able to enjoy my running.   You never know what’s around the corner and the chance to have both my daughters supporting me next year was just to great an opportunity to miss.

Aim for the race?

I want a lifetime PB, sub-22:58.  If I can beat a certain legendary V60’s PB time of 22:23 that would indeed be icing on the cake but I take nothing for granted in this race.