Saturday, 21 March 2015

jogscotland challenge series- arran expedition. it would appear there are scones at the end..

if you fancy a slightly different 5k, why not escape to an island to do one. let the train take the strain & make a weekend of it...


: Saturday 20th June 2015.  The Fun Run begins at 12:30pm.

Registration:  REGISTRATION OPENS ON 21 FEB 2015. To register for our event please go to Qbuster

Bib collection: From Brodick Castle Registration area on Friday 19 June between 18:00 – 20:00pm or Saturday 20 June from 10:30 – 12pm 

Race day:

12:25 Pre race warm up with JOGSCOTTY

12:29 DJ countdown

12:30 Horn sounds start of race

Course: A circuit road race following the castle drive out and back gate to gate.  An undulating scenic course which is perfect for fun runners, first timers, old timers and personal bests alike.   Keep to the LEFT. The course is marked in Ks. There will be one water station on the route at 3km.

Goodie Bags: A Goodie bag and medal will be awarded to all finishers and complimentary cup of tea and extremely delicious castle cream scone will be available at the end of the finish area!

Prizes: Prizes will be awarded to the first male, first female & oldest runner to cross the line.

Rules: The rules are stated below.  The word of the Race Marshall is final!

Facilities: Changing facilities, toilets, and baggage storage are available at the Registration Marquee located at the Castle car park.  

Spectator services:  at the registration area there will be a DJ as well as stalls  and marquees.  The Castle CafĂ© will be open for refreshments.

Ferry: Competitors travelling to Arran on the day will need to catch the 0945 ferry from Ardrossan to Brodick, and can return on the 16:40 or 19:20 ferries.  For further information contact Caledonian McBrayne  on 0800 066 5000 or go to

On foot:  Brodick Castle is approx 35mins walk from Brodick Pier through the village – follow the signs.

Parking: The castle car park will be closed however parking will be available at Claddach car park a minutes few walk from the Castle

Accommodation: If you intend to stay on the island overnight accommodation info can be found here:

it's all in the hips

here's a great article about posture & good form.

any questions please ask, & think about coming along to a workshop with Malcolm Balk , author of 'The Art of Running' & an Alexander technique teacher who runs. he's coming to edinburgh in May. date & place to be comfirmed.

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

First session of the new block

A new block is upon us, and there was no easing into it last night with speed being the focus of the night.
An atmospheric misty evening which made us all feel like it was November coming into winter rather than March leading into spring but we did see some daffodils in bloom to bring us back to the present time. 
Having coming back from my recent race at Transgrancanaria, a lovely 125km jaunt with 8,500m of climbing (height of Everest).  Read about my exploits here.  I took it easy on myself and used my whistle to encourage the 2 groups with laps around Inverleith Pond.  Pyramid sets of 30secs/60secs/90secs/120secs and back down again saw the groups suitably out of breath before a final game of sprints at the finish pitting team against team.
Back for a hills session next week, hopefully the last one in the dark and then the clocks will spring forward and we will back out in shorts and shirts enjoying the lighter nights.
Here's a little hyperlapse video of the 6pm group zipping around the pond!

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

new blocks starting on saturdays too

don't forget the earlier start for intermediates.

NEW intermediate 2   10 week course
starting 21st of March 2015
meet in Westwoods cafe area
[for people who can jog for 40mins or 5k ] 
915am-1030am 10week course 
£3 pay as you go
please note- no car parking in westwoods carpark but lots of bike parking. 

meet in Westwoods cafe area 
NEW beginners course starting 
Saturday 21st of March 2015 
1030 am -11.30am 10week course 
[for fit beginners, bring a friend]

Sunday, 8 March 2015

5x50 challenge for this year2015. jogscotlandfromwestwoods team

5×50 Challenge choice for 50 days of Active Choices: starts 29th of march 2015
A – Individual / Team / School complete 5k distance by walking, jogging, running, cycling, rowing etc for 50 days
 B – Individual / Team / School complete minimum 30 minutes of activity/exercise including above with addition of yoga, weight training, exercise class etc for 50 days
 C – You and another split the challenge to cover 5k for 25 days thus covering 50 days of activity between two individuals 
D – Groups of five cover 1km per day for 50 days by walking, jogging, running, cycling, rowing, swimming etc
 E – Individual building from 5 minutes of activity to 50 minutes of activity by the end of the 50 day challenge
There is an active choice for everyone only you can set your challenge.
The journey will start on Sunday 29th March 2015. The registration fee is a minimum donation of £5. After registration and making your entry donation you are completely free to raise funds for any charity of your choice or just take part for the fun of it, knowing that your £5 registration fee will benefit our chosen charities.
Please select which challenge you wish to take part in when you sign up at
& select jogscotlandfromwestwoods as your team.  by clicking ‘Join Team’ when viewing your my5×50 page
lets see if we can claim more kilometers  this year! only 5101.06km to beat from last year.

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

wet westwoods

The hardcore Tuesday 6pm runners thought you might like a record for
the blog of their dedication.  Soaked to the skin but still smiling!!
Sorry I missed Eildih (who had already gone to get changed!).

well done all you soggy people.
makes the sunny runs more worthwhile.