Team Beatson Cycle to Skye (Part 2)

Day 2: King’s House Hotel to Spean Bridge, 36.5 miles So this was our ‘recovery day’. If anyone had told me even a week ago that a near 40 mile cycle would be classed as a recovery day I would have laughed out loud, but actually compared to Thursday this really was a relief. Having thought I would sleep like ┬áthe dead on Thursday night, I actually slept very fitfully and found everyone else much the same at breakfast (exhausted and somewhat glassy eyed). We had a relatively late start in the still pouring rain but beautiful surroundings of Glencoe….

Team Beatson Cycle to Skye

Gosh. Where to start. I was thinking about what to write in this blog quite a lot during the (many) hours of cycling over the weekend, but haven’t had the chance to sit down to write anything, due to lack of wifi/computer/time etc, but mostly through total exhaustion. And actually now we’re home I am desperate to get into my own bed and stay there for a week, but I think I need to do this now ┬ábefore I forget everything. That being said, I’m also trying to put together some photos and video footage from the trip to include…

Sept 5th and 6th 2015. 10 mile run and 56 mile cycle. Busy weekend……

It’s amazing the things that creep up on you that seemed like a good idea at the time. My sister in law Judy (who appeared in this blog back in February when we went for a run together in Tighnabruaich at half term) had mentioned the ‘Kyles 10 Miles’ run, which actually finished along the route we ran in February, a while back and I agreed to do it with her. ‘How hard can it be?’ I thought at the time – it wouldn’t be too long after the marathon so my running legs should still be working I thought…

June 20th 2015. 1 mile. Mini Mudder

This year Tough Mudder put on a Mini Mudder race for children. It was four laps of an obstacle-filled course and Jamie and Holly had a ball doing it. We managed to get them in just on time which meant we could watch them before setting off on our race. They had a great time doing it and are definitely up for repeating it next year (in fact they are counting down until they can do the actual full Tough Mudder course).

June 20th 2015. 11 miles. Tough Mudder!!

So this is a wee bonus blog. My year really finished with the marathon, but we’d always planned to do this just for fun(!). And what fun it was. There were 13 of us all together, made up of oncologists, surgeons, spouses and friends. Many of us hadn’t met before but as always with Tough Mudder, by the end we were BFFs. We had great support from family and friends. The kids took part in the mini-mudder event (more of that later), and once again Dad seemed to run practically the entire course co-ordinating the filming/photographing. I took my trusty…

May 31st. 26.2 miles. Marathon!

So it is done! The forecast was truly appalling, and while the promised rain didn’t materialise, unfortunately the terribly strong wind did. Which blew against us for the last 8 miles of the run. There were a few of us running; me, Lindsay, Ewan, Jeff (White), Jeff (Downie) and Chris. Managed to meet up with everyone before the start which was great, and also met the lovely White family. And we had such great support throughout the whole run which was just magic. Indeed I certainly don’t think I would have finished without it. The Wallaces, the Gordons, the Whites,…

May 28th 2015. 0 miles. Blog

So this is my last blog before the marathon. It was supposed to be accompanied by a run but too much work, too much rain, sports day and a primary 6 Victorian learning festival have put paid to that. I’m thinking you may well have seen enough of my ‘montages’ so please feel totally free to not watch this. It’s basically looking back at the blog itself – from a bit at the beginning talking about why I’m doing this, to a look back at all my guests and then some other highlights (?lowlights). And if you don’t get to…

May 25th 2015. 4.3 miles. Year

Quite difficult dragging myself out tonight after the exertions of yesterday. But a lovely evening for a run. Tonight’s video is a wee look back over my year of fundraising, now that it’s coming to an end. And what a lot of fun it has been. Much as I am looking forward to finishing (and maybe getting some sleep again) I’ll miss it. 6 days until the marathon…….

May 20th 2015. 8.5 miles. Kids

It’s 11 days until the marathon…… I went up to the reservoir today for what was my last longish run before the big day. After all the running last week, I was quite tired and a bit achy everywhere by the end. I don’t have much left to say! Training virtually over. Just at the tapering stage now – only a few runs left to do and they’re all short 5-10km. So what I thought I’d do for my last few blogs was some reflecting over the last year. I tried to explain this on camera today but it was…

February 11th 2015. 8 miles. James!!!!

Well this is just too exciting. I have my first (and almost certainly only) celebrity guest!! He is a final year medical student, was a finalist on the Great British Bake Off, is a best selling author and thoroughly lovely chap. It’s only James Morton!!!!!! And he very kindly came and had a chat with me today about his role as an ambassador for the Beatson Cancer Charity. We had a lovely run along the trusty reservoir and to top it all off we saw a kingfisher on the banks too!