Wednesday, 30 December 2015

hands up who forgot to register for this new years day PROMATHON?

it's ok- you can still go for a NYD run, porty parkrun is holding a special new years day edition.

  •  register,
  •  print barcode, 
  •  turn up
  •  run
  •  get bar code scanned 
  •  get result emailed to you or texted to you within a few  hours.
  •  go home after watching promathon & feel like you have  started the new year with a BANG!

Friday, 25 December 2015

seasons greetings to you all

thank you all for our lovely gifts, 
see you in the new year- 
with a list of all your 2016 running goals .
Porty Promathon anyone?

fiona & brendan

Tuesday, 15 December 2015

christmas charity run

lovely castle run tonight with mince pies, 'home made' stollen & non alchoholic mulled wine for afters. Funds raised for face charity. 
thankyou to Ali & Andrew for leading & magicking up the pies & mulled wine.

Wednesday, 9 December 2015

do you get your 150 a week?

HUGE CONGRATULATIONS to everyone who runs or leads with us for making a real difference! Apparently Scots are more likely than those in any other part of the UK to hit the Government target of 150 minutes of physical activity every week!
It's fantastic to see this positive news - makes a change from all the horror stories we hear about the health of Scots. We're sure jogscotland has played a part in that, so well done to you all for being part of the good news.

Sunday, 6 December 2015

So Tuesday 15th December at 7pm will be a Christmas theme with all runners with hats ,lights & smiley faces. ALL WELCOME

Andrew has come up with a great idea and is going to take a charity run on 
Tuesday 15th December.
 He will charge £2 each which will go to charity.
 All runners should dress up in bright colours for Xmas and 
wear Santa hats if you have one. 
It’s all for charity and a good bit of fun if you are free.

All monies going to FACE 'Fight Against Cancer Edinburgh'.

 The route will be between 6-7km max . & weather dependant.
Mince pies & Mulled wine after.

 Andrew Dean

Saturday, 21 November 2015

jogscotland awayday at portobello parkrun

it was a cold & wintry Saturday morning, but Katharine & Miranda joined me at
 Portobello parkrun.
we ran out of parkrun before we had quite finished the full time,but finished at the end just the same.
no interventions by geese & a fair bit of sunshine in a very pretty park.
we repaired to portobello for a coffee afterwards.
results were with me by the time I had battled along the prom against the headwind. 

looks chilly- doesn't it?

Sunday, 15 November 2015

the wwjogscot email account was hacked this [sunday morning]

sorry for the inconvenience. 
if you got any of these emails, please delete & as a precaution, change your password.

Sunday, 8 November 2015

wednesday 11th of november- run in the dark

this was great fun last year & i expect it will be so again this year,

The Event:

Wednesday November 11th 2015, 8pm

Registration will close on Tuesday 10th of November at 6pm sharp!
We are delighted to announce the return of the Edinburgh Life Style Sports Run in the Dark in 2015. This year’s pop-up run will again be championed by Lucja Leonard and Iona MacArthur. There are 150 places available for this year's event so be sure to register early to avoid disappointment. 
The start and finish line will be located at the Crowne Plaza Edinburgh – Royal Terrace, 18 Royal Terrace, EH7 5AQ.
Feel free to leave bags or warm clothing for afters with the reception team. The 5km run will take us down to Holyrood Park and through Hunters Bog underneath Arthur’s Seat to enjoy pure darkness, back up past the Palace of Holyroodhouse and Scottish Parliament and back to the Crowne Plaza, while the stoic 10km runners will loop around once more.
After the race has finished all runners are encouraged to reunite at the hotels’ Terrace Bar for the ‘obligatory’ night cap. 
Your FAQs answered: 
The cost of entering a pop-up event is £20, with all monies raised supporting the Mark Pollock Trust mission to find and connect people worldwide to fast-track a cure for paralysis.
You will receive  a run entry, Run in the Dark buff and flashing armband.
Refreshments will be distributed to all participants at the finish line.
Chip-timing is not in operation for our pop-up events.
It is important that you arrive 30 minutes in advance of the start time (8pm) so that you can receive your buff and flashing armband.
A group photo will be taken with all participants in advance of the run.
For your own safety please bring a head torch or hand held torch with you as certain parts of the route are not lit.
For any queries relating to this event please feel free to contact Edinburgh champion Lucja Leonard ( or on twitter @runningdutchie or Iona MacArthur ( or on twitter @iona_macarthur. 

Sunday, 1 November 2015

mens health 10k in edinburgh

Colin Sheal


well done Colin- 6th in your age group- & not just out of 6- 
there were a whole posse behind him!must have been last weeks speed session!

Monday, 28 September 2015

Loch Ness Marathon festival

Brilliant work Ali, William & Doug. 
well done, any pictures- let us know

week 10 & beyond

hi everyone, just to remind you that if you aren't coming up to women run strong in 
Dunkeld this Saturday, then i'll not see you until 10th of October.
please note earlier start for intermediates.
any last minute sign ups for womenrunstrong- here is the website.

intermediates should do 40 whole minutes this week, & beginners should do 15 whole minutes this week.
of course, you could always head over to the portobello parkrun 
& let me know how you get on.
see you all soon,

NEW intermediate 2 course  Saturdays from Saturday October10th at Westwoods cafe area     09.15
NEW beginners2 course  Saturdays
 from Saturday 
Westwoods cafe area


Sunday, 20 September 2015

anyone fancy helping out some psychology students in their dissertation. shouldn't hurt too much. just need to be a female over 18.

Hi there,

We are two undergraduate researchers at the University of Edinburgh. We are being supervised by the Department of Psychology to conduct a study on Personality and Weight. This online study only takes 10 minutes every Tuesday, and runs until 1st December.

We desperately need women aged 18 and over to take part in our study. We only require weekly weight and personality measurements. It is quick, easy and all done online.

Any data you provide in this study remains completely confidential and participants will remain anonymous.

If you would like to take part in the study, please follow this link to fill out a consent form:

You’ll then be emailed a personality and weight questionnaire early every Tuesday until December 1st to complete at your convenience that day.

If you have any questions or would like some further information, please contact us at

Kind regards,
Amy and Lydia

Please do let us know if this would be possible.

Many thanks,

Lydia Gillott

The University of Edinburgh is a charitable body, registered in
Scotland, with registration number SC005336.

linlithgow 10k

well done everyone.
 Sounded like a fun day out. Any reports gladly received. 

Thursday, 27 August 2015

linlithgow 10k

Ali has forwarded this on- anyone fancy a trot around the palace?

Hi There.
I'm writing to you again as a past supporter of the Linlithgow 10k.
Maybe you have already entered for this year's event, if not here is a reminder if you'd like to join us again in 2015!

As you already know it's one of the most scenic urban courses in Scotland if not the UK.
So don't delay get your entry away!
We are delighted to have on board again our major sponsors, CCW Business Lawyers. Their generosity has allowed us to continue to offer a comprehensive list of prizes.
The link to entry through Entry Central and lots more information can be found on our dedicated website page.
Linlithgow town is a great visit so why not make a day of it with the family and get the young ones to enter the fun run.

Looking forward to seeing you again on the day!
Angus Gallie
Club President
Race Secretary.

Sunday, 16 August 2015

Vine trust barbecue at westwoods on windy saturday.

saturday the 15th dawned sunny [but breezy] so good for barbecuing post run. 
Clare R said a few words about the charity the barbecue was in aid of [The Vine Trust] link to her fundraising page here ;
 we took a couple of pictures but it was quite breezy so we didn't hang about & headed out for the several runs, i'm sure the rest found that as soon as we started moving it was warm up time again. 
Andrew , Gail & Alistair Dean put on a great spread, which was pretty much dealt with by hungry runners & friends.
the veggies even had their own segregated grill [thankyou- that does mean a lot]
& the pudding/cakes disappeared as if there had been no starter burgers...

 not sure if anyone from westwoods really clocked what was going on but we were wearing our teeshirts at the start- then hoodies, hats,scarves, gloves.
thanks again to the deans for a magnificent effort, see you all again next week!

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

westwoods barbecue this saturday morning. tickets from andrew dean

Saturday 15 th August 2015
beginners , intermediates & 10 Km Run & BBQ
Runs start at 0930 or 1030 with BBQ at 1130
Tickets Priced £5 from andrew dean .
Includes Run & BBQ ,
 Use of WW's Fettes Area Changing & Shower Rooms.
Parking out in Carrington Rd or Crewe Rd South.
Tables & Chairs will be provided out at the back off WW's at the sports pitches , but please feel free to bring a picnic blanket or folding chair.
This will be a BYOB event if you wish a beer or glass of wine.
Tickets will be available from next week , so please make a date in your diary for this social event.
Any WW's runners missed out please feel free to pass on , so as to get as many lapsed runners back .
See me at WW's any Tuesday or Saturday run for Tickets.

PS Please wear your WW's Jog Scotland Blue Tops if you have one , on the day for the Run as WW's wish to take a group photo.
Many Thanks
Andrew Dean

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

jogscotland beginners & intermediates starting this saturday august 1st


NEW intermediate 1   10 week course
 Saturday August 1st  2015
meet in Westwoods cafe area
[for people who can jog for 30 mins or 5k ]

930am-1030am 10week course
£3 pay as you go
please note- no car parking in westwoods car park but loads of bike parking. 

meet in Westwoods cafe area 
NEW beginners course starting

saturday 1st august 2015
1030 am -11.30am   10week course 

[for absolute beginners, bring a friend]
£25 for 10 weeks or £3 pay as you go.

please note- no car parking in westwoods carpark but loads of bike parking

The First Fort William Marathon 2015

lucja and fiona at the start

as ready as i'll ever be
 Unusually- it was a bright & gently breezy day for the first  fort william marathon- which Lucja & Dion were doing as a training run for bigger things & i was doing as a 'race' mostly against myself.
on the way to the commando memorial

The course is varied in terrain & views, ascent & descent . 
well marshalled, great support [sometimes by people i knew!] enough water to drink, often enough,some people around & about to chat with, if you got bored. amazing organisation from 2 people & their band of helpers.
pasta party was up to the snowgoose at aonach mor, for really nice grub, fab views & a wee band playing ceilidh tunes.
at the end, i was announced,medalled, & given my goodie bag which did indeed contain whisky. this marathon is so far away from a big city marathon, that even though it was really tough [for me] it didn't kill me & i do feel stronger as a result.
Highly recommended- if you wanted something slightly different.

almost there- back in the forest.

phew- done.

unusually- a view from aonach mor-ignore the date- the camera reset on the way up- must have been the altitude!

the launch pad for the nutters in the world downhill mountainbike championships

Sunday, 5 July 2015

And now for the FRINGE...

this just in from vic

Tether - Blind Running Play

Hope you are well.

I'm producing a new play written by Royal Court Young Writer Isley Lynn that tells the story of blind marathon runner Becky and her guide Mark (called Tether). The play will be performed daily 06 - 30 August 2015 (not 17) at Underbelly, Cowgate as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

You can find out more about the play / purchase tickets here:

We also have a trailer:
And I've attached our poster.

It's a fantastic play and we've had some brilliant support from individuals including Paralympians Robert Matthews, Noel Thatcher and Nick Gleeson, as well as British Blind Sport and the British Paralympic Association.

As a running club, I was hoping some of your members might be interested in coming to watch the production? If you can help spread the word, it would be amazing!

Many thanks in advance,


Wednesday, 1 July 2015

women run strong october 3rd

The Run

Take a day away and enjoy the freedom of a trail run (or walk) through stunning scenery followed by the treats you deserve. Share the day with friends old and new. Enjoy a post run massage, lunch, pool and spa. You could even stay the whole weekend.


Choose 6+ km or 11+ km


Saturday 3 October 2015


Hilton Hotel, Dunkeld


£30 (early bird £27)

Feedback from participants

"A fabulous run"
"The friendly, festive atmosphere was great"
"So nice to make a day of it with lunch and a swim and have time to linger and chat"
"Liked the fact it was geared to women best– especially the Prosecco and the jelly babies, nice to have treats to incentivise the running!"

discount available for groups of 8 or more. get in touch with fi if you fancy it...

Saturday, 27 June 2015

LP run Sunday 23rd August

for those of us old enough to know what an lp was,  edinburghrunningnetwork bring you the 6th annual lp run;heres what has happened in the past;
you can book into the future event now!

The Event

On the crack of the starting pistol everyone began running as many Revolutions Per Minute (laps) of the track as they could during 33 and a third minutes, all the while listening to top tunes from the 1960s, 70s and 80s. The music soundtrack had been selected by runners as part of the entry form and most people will have heard a snippet or more of their favourite running track.
Barry the Gun gets the event underway
Barry the Gun gets the event underway
At a new bigger and better venue this year, the event began at 11am sharp at Meadowbank Stadium, site of many a Commonwealth Games athletics record having been set. Barry the Gun fired the starting pistol and the clock started its countdown from 33 minutes and 20 seconds towards zero. Runners on the outer track (outer lanes 5-8) ran as fast as they could to try to overtake those running on the inner track (lanes 1-4) and people were passing and being passed throughout the event. To help keep track of the number of revolutions, runners collected an elastic band each time they passed the starting point.

Saturday, 13 June 2015

Jog leader training

jog leader courses

anyone fancy training up as a jogleader?
you will love it & have the most fun meeting people just like you!
talk to fiona,lucja, Brendan, Ali,Andrew or Elly for more information.
edinburgh dates Below
Lead on!
Our Jog Leaders are the lifeblood of jogscotland. They make jogscotland tick. Our army of fully trained, enthusiastic and patient Jog Leaders has inspired thousands of people across the country to embrace a healthier and more active lifestyle through running.

If you have bags of energy and want to help make a difference to the health of the nation then we need you! To become a Jog Leader you will need to attend a one day training course which covers everything you need to know, from the warm up to the cool down. 

call Ann at jogscotland to sign up.0131-539-7341
Courses are held regularly across the country. The course fee is £85.
Upcoming courses 
JSJL222 - Saturday 8th August - Edinburgh

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

good luck to all those involved in the EMF weekend, & for those not involved, think about this

Hello from Cancer Research UK,

As I’m sure you’re aware, the Edinburgh Marathon Festival is nearly upon us, and our runners need some support!

This is a message for all of you guys not competing at the Edinburgh Marathon Festival, whether you are a friend or family member of someone who is, or an injured runner, or just a running enthusiast… we want you to cheer with us!

Many of you will already be attending the event to show your support for the city and its runners. While you’re there why not join our elite cheering squad. You’ll still be able to support anyone you like, the only difference is that you’ll be in a prime location and will be armed with some of the most formidable cheering equipment imaginable. Most importantly, you’d be helping us to eliminate a horrible disease by allowing our runners to achieve their goals and bring in as much money as possible to go towards life-saving research. We’ll have great cheering points along the route, and complimentary refreshments and t-shirts for all who join us.

Since the 1970s cancer survival rates have doubled. Our aim within the next 20 years is to reach a 3 in 4 survival rate. In order to make these enormous strides against cancer we rely on incredible people like you who give up their time to allow cancer sufferers to spend more time with their family and friends.

If you are interested in joining the team, you can contact us at to receive a brief with all of the information you’ll need as a volunteer on the day.

Wednesday, 29 April 2015



MAY 4 @ 1:00 PM - 4:30 PM

| £65
Contact Fiona Mackenzie:
 This workshop is suitable for all ages, experience and levels of
fitness. Video analysis is used for ‘’ before and after’’ study.
Malcolm Balk lives, runs and teaches the Alexander Technique in Montreal, Canada. He is a
Level 4 middle distance coach and the former Head Coach of the Cross Country and Track
and Field programs at Concordia University. A competitive Masters runner, Malcolm has
completed six marathons, most recently a sub-3 hour at age 50.
As a coach and runner, Balk knows the importance of ease of movement, so his ultimate
goal is to improve running form. His focus with athletes is to help them replace bad
postural habits with a more efficient style that Balk says will enhance performance, reduce
the risk of injury better results and reduce injuries through the use of the Alexander
In the course of the session with Malcolm you will learn to
• Release tension and stiffness
• Reduce risk of injury, while increasing performance
• Identify & change harmful habits that keep you from performing to your full
To book your place,contact fiona.
Your place will be confirmed on receipt of full payment . If you are unable to attend a
refund will only be given if your place can be filled by someone else.
For further enquiries or details, please contact Fiona Mackenzie:


May 4
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Event Category:


Fiona Mackenzie

Sunday, 26 April 2015

jog leader courses

anyone fancy training up as a jogleader?
you will love it & have the most fun meeting people just like you!
talk to fiona,lucja, Brendan, Ali,Andrew or Elly for more information.
edinburgh dates Below

Lead on!
Our Jog Leaders are the lifeblood of jogscotland. They make jogscotland tick. Our army of fully trained, enthusiastic and patient Jog Leaders has inspired thousands of people across the country to embrace a healthier and more active lifestyle through running.

If you have bags of energy and want to help make a difference to the health of the nation then we need you! To become a Jog Leader you will need to attend a one day training course which covers everything you need to know, from the warm up to the cool down. Courses are held regularly across the country. The course fee is £85.
Upcoming courses

JSJL218 - Saturday 2nd May - Edinburgh

JSJL222 - Saturday 8th August - Edinburgh

Thursday, 23 April 2015

fionas saturday groups 25/04/15

hi all, i'm sorry i won't manage this saturday due to a duathlon & 
my other helpers being busy registering for the london marathon.
the thursday night replacement didn't seem to be a winner either [so no beginners 2 tonight].
you could however meet at the normal time & carry on with week 6 which is 4 x 8 minutes with a 3 minute walk between all together.
normal service resumes next week,

Intermediates- get to go for a run with brendans groups, to do 20mins run,5mins walk & 30mins run,or all get together & do a run yourselves.
have fun, fiona