This Saturday I will be joining approx 110 other runners in the penultimate race of the Scottish Ultra Marathon Series, The Speyside Way Race. This will be my last race in 2012. With so many great ultras still to come this year, it seems almost premature to be discussing my final race and I know that, for many of my ultra friends, there are still at least a couple of months of training and racing to complete.
However, assuming I make it to the finish line on Saturday, I will have completed 7 of the Scottish Ultra Marathon Series of ultramarathons and, at least according to my body, I am in need of a break. Fortunately, this will come soon enough as I depart for Menorca on 3rd September. My idea of a ‘break’ does involve some trail running, on the Camí de Cavalls trail around Menorca. However, I do plan on ‘mixing it up’ with plenty of walking, swimming (hopefully avoiding jellyfish – this time!) and actual relaxing as well! Once I return, I am going to focus on shorter runs, speedwork and minimalist running for a while.
This will be my 3rd time at the Speyside Way Race and am hopeful of improving on my previous times, 7:46:00 in 2010 & 7:23:45 in 2011, but will, as always, just take it as it comes. At this point in time, the forecast is varying between light and heavy rain.
The route follows the Speyside Way, from Ballindalloch to Buckie, including Ben Aigen.
- Ballindalloch to Craigellachie:
12 miles: Mostly old railway line, Suspension bridges
- Craigellachie to Fochabers:
13 miles: Some road sections, Woodland paths, Forestry tracks
- Fochabers to Spey Bay:
6 miles: Riverside & forestry tracks, Grassy paths
- Spey Bay to Buckie:
5.5 miles: Shore line path, Some pavement, Old railway line, Woodland paths
- The route continues into Buckie town centre for approximately 0.5 miles
Best of luck to everyone running The Speyside Way this weekend and also to those who will be missing Speyside this weekend as they are tapering for the Glenmore 24 or UTMB races, both of which are on my bucket list.