Here's Ross Grieve's summary from his epic weekend backyard ultra for the charity Thistle
Full details of the challenge here: http://moorfootrunners.blogspot.com/2021/04/april-23rd-to-25th-friday-sunday-ross.html - in summary he started 3pm Friday 23 doing as many 4 mile loops in Glentress every hour on the hour, for as long as he could.
You can still donate here: https://virtual.thekiltwalk.co.uk/fundraising/ScotlandsVirtualKiltwalk2021-RossGrieve
What a fantastic weekend - a great fundraiser for Thistle.
here’s a few highlights and I’ll put something more together once I’ve recovered a bit but quickly….
An amazing carnival atmosphere on Friday afternoon, evening then again Sat. well-wishers popping up, my Thistle colleagues setting up a stall, runners joining in . noise, fun, cowbells !!
I noticed early effects of heat and dehydration Friday evening and struggled to get back in control of body systems through the night. Andrew Dancer did a sterling night shift ( 11pm -5am), keeping me going and trouble shooting with me , what we might try next to get back on top of things ( I’ll mention all the helpers in my post) . We agreed an hours break at 5 am might help reset and give me a chance to absorb some food,. From 6am through to 1pm nausea gave way to persistent vomiting and by 1 pm , I was so depleted , I made the decision to take 2 hours off, then by 3 it was very clear I wasn’t recovering , so decided to put a halt and let my next crew and support runners know I wasn’t continuing . I went home to sleep, woke up, felt replenished and went back up to quietly run another 40 miles with a couple of friends on Sunday stocked with bovril, salty popcorn and electrolyte replenishment powder !!
Here’s some interesting stats.
I ran 124 miles ( 84 up to Sat, 40 on Sunday) finished 8.30 pm Sunday night .
I had continual company with a total of 550 miles being accumulated throughout the weekend
Youngest on the course - 2 years old ( one mile)
Youngest completing one loop ( 8 years - Richards daughter Emily on Sunday afternoon)
Oldest - 78 years ( Mike Pearson)
Mantra over the weekend ( I’ll just do another loop with you)
Moorfoots juniors joined me on Friday evening, then had a presence again on sat.
Luke ( my son, 13 ) covered a half marathon distance
Richard Edge completing his 52 miles
Drew Moore completing a marathon
Mike Pearson joining me on Sunday morning
Richards daughter, Emily (8) running a loop Sunday afternoon
Two police officers finishing their night shift and joining me at 3 am for a loop !!!