Seeking asylum in the hills & transcendence on the trails

Last of the SUMS – River Ayr Way Ultra

Well, I can’t believe it’s the September weekend already! It’s crazy just how quick this year has passed. We haven’t exactly had a summer to remember in Scotland but I guess we’re used to it.

Tomorrow is the final race in the Scottish Ultra Marathon series (SUMS) – The River Ayr Way Challenge (RAW). 41ish miles from Glenbuck to Ayr. Liverpool fans might be aware of Glenbuck as it’s given the football world a very special individual indeed. There isn’t much else there now.

……and for the road runners, we’ll also pass the place where Mr McAdam first developed the tarmac road surfaces that we take for granted today.

I’ve done part of the route once in training and if I’m honest I wasn’t crazy about that section. It was ridiculously overgrown which made it especially tiring / frustrating. Will be better just doing it once though rather than the out-and-back training run.

It has rained all day and forecast doesn’t look good for tomorrow – should be fun!

Good luck to all the runners / support / marshals.

…..and In the words of @runner786, oooooh raaaaah!!!!

5 responses

  1. nitnat

    im excited already πŸ™‚ x

    September 23, 2011 at 4:14 pm

    • You’re funny!! πŸ˜€

      September 23, 2011 at 4:57 pm

  2. Excellent .. give it your all bily whizz .. give it some laddy !!!!!! πŸ™‚

    September 23, 2011 at 8:50 pm

  3. Rain? Well the ground was wet, but another heatwave made the second half a bit more interesting. Great run Paul – and well done on the SUMS podium place too.
    Great to see you again yesterday, wish I could have closed up that final 8 minutes for a chat on the way into Ayr!

    September 25, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    • You looked super-strong at the finish Andy – well done!!!! πŸ™‚

      September 26, 2011 at 6:08 pm

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