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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 [...]

A Snowy Saturday Cosmic Run (by Anita)

Glen Tanar Saturday 12th March Vital questions – would I get to do a Cosmic run at Glen Tanar at last – or would snow intervene yet again?  Hazlehead was damp but OK, so despite report of “light snow” at Banchory from Bob (Elder), we rashly set off in Gillian’s car (also John’s and fortunately [...]