Posted by & filed under Personal, June 1 2009.

Yesterday I ran the Edinburgh Marathon, you can see the results here. One of the good things about these results is that they give split timings at the 10k and half-marathon distances as well as the full marathon. My split timings pretty much tell the story of my race: 58 mins 16 sec for the 10k distance (faster than the Glasgow 10k race I did in September 2007) and 2 hrs 15 mins for the half-marathon distance (not too far behind my time for the Glasgow half-marathon I did in September 2008). These are all great times for me, and I felt really good whilst running. Then it all turned in to a bit of a nightmare.

Read more »

Posted by & filed under Mountains & hills, Science, Travel, May 27 2009.

Assynt

Assynt

The weekend before last, Lesley and I travelled to the north-west of Scotland. We spent the first night in Plockton, and I had excellent langoustines and venison pie for dinner in the Plockton Inn. The next day we drove up to Assynt and went for short walks near Clachtoll and Achmelvich beach. The second night of the trip we stayed in Lochinver which is a working fishing village but is also a tourist destination set in the incredible scenery of Assynt – the domed peak of Suilven was visible from our B&B room window (as was the International Space Station later in the evening!). We had more great food for dinner in the Lochinver Larder (the pies are recommended by Michael Winner but that shouldn’t put anyone off).

Read more »

Posted by & filed under Military/Aircraft, Mountains & hills, May 6 2009.

Remains of a Whitley bomber on Beinn Stacath

Remains of a Whitley bomber on Beinn Stacath

Last weekend I was walking in the northern Trossachs near Balquhidder. I walked up to a 771m Corbett summit, Beinn Stacath. This hill is unnamed on the OS 1:50000 map, but has in the past been referred to as Stob Fear-tomhais and Ceann na Baintighearna and it now seems that Beinn Stacath is the agreed name.

Read more »

Posted by & filed under Mountains & hills, April 13 2009.

A couple of weekends ago I travelled north to do some walking in Glen Strathfarrar with Simon, a fellow hillwalker from near Nairn. Glen Strathfarrar is only 30 minutes drive from Inverness, but is quite unknown, even amongst hillwalkers. This is probably because it’s not very accessible, as the only road that runs through it is private, and only open to motor vehicles at certain times of the year, and then only during the day (at other times the road is blocked by a locked gate).

Read more »

Posted by & filed under Military/Aircraft, Mountains & hills, March 23 2009.

A couple of weekends ago I went to Glen Clova and walked along the tops on the east side of the Glen. I walked along the high plateau along the edges of Loch Brandy and Loch Warral towards Ben Tirran (the actual summit of which is a point at an elevation of 896m called the Goet). This a great mountain route with some great views of Glen Clova, Lochnagar and Mount Keen, and is proof that you don’t need Munro summits to make an excellent high-level walk in the Scottish Highlands.

Read more »

Posted by & filed under Mountains & hills, March 6 2009.

A few years ago I wrote a long article about using GPS receivers when hillwalking and my eventual purchase of a Garmin GPSMAP 60C (see the article here). I mentioned in the article that the ‘holy grail’ for a hillwalker like myself, or indeed any person in the UK who spends time outdoors, was a GPS receiver that was rugged and waterproof, had all the technical specifications required, and had a graphical display showing OS maps.

Read more »

Posted by & filed under Travel, February 25 2009.

Last weekend Lesley and I went to Berlin for a short trip. Neither of us had been there before so it was a first for both of us. The weather was pretty bad, with lots of snow and later rain, so walking about the streets looking at the sights wasn’t as much fun as it could have been, but this was February.

Read more »

Posted by & filed under Personal, February 19 2009.

My blog is exactly two years old today, and I’ve written a lot of stuff in that time, most of it very boring. I use this blog to keep a record of things I’m doing, to try and get my thoughts about a particular topic in some sort of logical order, or jotting down work-related musings for my own benefit. I have no idea how many people actually read it.