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The Cosmic Moonies…

Moonlit Run Millstone 10th Nov 2011 It was black dark in the Donview carpark and thick cloud obscured the moon. A few Cosmics gathered ready for the 1st Moon(unlit) run of the season. As the 7pm deadline approached, a car came racing up the road – Matt had arrived. Then we saw head torches bobbing [...]

The Lairig Ghru: mud, sweat and beers

by Catriona McWhirter – thus, a newbie’s perspective I remember it like it was yesterday… because it was. Being a rather impulsive individual (or, as some would say, a complete cretin), I had opted to enter a “SAL category C Long Hill Race” of 28 miles as my first ever hill race with previous long [...]

Forest of Birse Picnic 2011

10 Cosmics and friends assembled for Gillian’s picnic on Saturday – it just wasn’t quite the sort of picnic initially envisaged.  Forecast was for showers, which one thought meant some periods without rain – unfortunately these (non-rain) periods seemed to be vanishingly short.  Undeterred,  7 of us donned waterproof tops and set off from Forest of [...]

My Slioch Adventure ( By Anita)

Slioch Hill Race Sat 21 May This “Category Long” Hill Race was the 2nd counter for the SHR championship this year.  I’d been really looking forward to it – having heard reports from previous years of Dennis swimming on the lochan en route, not to mention the wonderful tea for after.  It looked like a [...]

Carry on orienteering (Cosmic Style)

Cosmic Orienteering Tuesday 17 May Tim Griffin (assisted by Ewen Rennie, Sean O’Sullivan, Ian Hamilton, Dennis McDonald) gave us a great introduction to the black art (or so it seemed) of orienteering.  After a short instructional session, all of us were haring round Kirkhill Forest, eagerly “collecting” controls.  I think the mini-score event was won [...]

Deeside Macbethfest Relay (May 2011)

Deeside Macbethfest Relay 11 May 2011   The cosmic heroes (Catriona McWhirter, Alan Cormack, Elaine Stewart & Ian Hamilton) and the cosmic comics (Pauline & Colin Larmour, Veronique Oldham & Colin Russell) joined the 13 or so other mixed teams for a short, fast but hilly race over a scenic 4.5k route at Deeside activity [...]

An Adventure Out West in May….

The Place: Mull of Kintyre   The Route : Kintyre Way / 66 miles from Tarbert to Cambelltown The Race: Relay over 6 stages     “Mull of Kintyre, oh mist, rolling in from the sea, my desire, is always to be here……” So said Sir Paul McCartney when singing about his favourite place in [...]

Cooley Legends Trail 1/2 Marathon

Cooley Legends Trail Half Marathon, Co Louth, Ireland, 23 April 2011 Larmours headed west on the strength of the race’s inclusion in a calendar picked up by the rellys in the ‘oul country and the race’s great website. They went in search of challenging trail running in a fabulous setting and found it along with [...]

Meanderings over Mither Tap (By Anita)

Run Tuesday 19th April Mither Tap from Visitor Centre   19 people set out – but we almost came back with a greater number as Colin Larmour was energetically collecting up a poor random person who’d the misfortune to arrive at Mither Tap just as we were leaving for Oxen Craig – there was a [...]

Another Cosmic Saturday (by Anita)

Run Saturday 23 April – Loch Muick Overcast and with forecast (and actual) rain, 4 Cosmics – Anita, John C, Gary, Bob S, decided to forego the pleasures of Lochnagar and do the 101 route on the south side of the loch. Navigation got interesting at times – especially when we found that Gary’s compass [...]