Louise's Update 22 June

June 2020

Hello Cosmics

Well done to Ally and Alan on their virtual west highland way races last weekend with Alan doing the full race distance in one go! I think Ally might be doing the virtual John o Groats to Lands End now too, so good luck with that. Rod and Sue and Ian are still chasing down those remote and tricky Aberdeenshire Trig points.

Hill running wise i am not sure if there is really much change for us between phase 1 and phase 2 lifting of lockdown but the advice seems still to be stay local so it kind of looks like we are on phase 1.2 but i think people are now venturing further afield and meeting up for some socially distanced runs. I guess if people are fed up of running alone they could also post here or on the Cosmics facebook page if they want company for a socially distanced run or cycle. I've lost track of how many people from how many different households can meet when or where, so you can figure that one out for yourselves.

I am sensing that there is now a lack of interest in any more virtual challenges and saturday post run coffees so i think i will draw a line under these now.

As such, its going to be a bit tricky for me to update you all each week if there is nothing to say or report on so feel free to let me know if you have been up to any interesting local running or cycling or kayaking adventures that you want to let others know about so that they can try these for themselves. I think folk are always on the look out for new running routes, things to do etc particularly at the moment.

If anyone is interested in some form of virtual meet up in a couple of weeks time, maybe a virtual pub night, then let me know although its always hard to find anything that is of enough interest for people to stay up past the Cosmics collective 8.30pm bed time. Maybe an afternoon tea and cakes meet up instead? Lunch?

As always here are a few things that you might find interesting...

Save Edinburgh Zoo Virtual 10k



Paul Tierney & The Wainwrights - One Year On | inov-8

In June 2019, Paul Tierney ran 328 miles over 214 peaks to set a new record time for The Wainwrights. One year on, he reflects on the incredible achievement.


Episode #117 Johan Steene an Ultra Mindset 68 Loops Backyard Record Holder

Johan is a Swedish ultrarunner, most notable for winning the 2018 Big Dog's Backyard Ultra, at which he completed 68 laps or 283.335 miles of the coursein 67 hours 48 minutes and 36 seconds, thus setting a new record on the course and beating the incredible Courtney if that wasn’t awe inspiring enough he turned up to the event exhausted and sleep deprived which is never a good place to begin 68hrs of racing. He completed Lazarus Lakes Vol State 500km which we unpack during the episode and has competed in the Barkley four times, it was great listening to his simplistic approach towards his running, a real raw Check this out - The Finn McCool Virtual Team Challenge a 1350km virtual race which is equivalent of running a marathon in each of the 32 counties in Ireland, your team of four will have 16 weeks to complete the challenge which is a minimum of 13.1 miles a week for each team member it starts on the 10th July so click on the below link an For the Loonie Leprechauns out there you will have an option of...

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