Polaroid 10k Series

PolaroidI thought I would give an update today on how my training is going for the running events I am doing to raise funds for Yorkhill Children’s Charity.
Things have been going well and out on the roads three to four times a week enjoying what has been some reasonable weather apart form last night where I had to dodge the waves while running along the prom. I have just recieved my numbers in for the Polaroid Series of 10k runs with my first one this Thursday in Helensburgh.
It’s typical that I picked up a bit of an injury this week but thanks to Elaine at Cowal Physiotherapy Ltd, I have had some treatment and things seem to be easing off, so I have no excuses for not having a good run on Thursday.
If you have not had the chance and would like to donate to my fund raising efforts, please go to my Just Giving Page as every little helps those much-needed children. https://www.justgiving.com/ronniecairnsrunning

Running along the Thames in London.

138I had a very enjoyable run on Wednesday along the River Thames in London from Tower Bridge to Westminster and back. It was unbelievable the amount of people out for an evening run along the riverside so I wasn’t short of company.
I did think of picking up a Boris Bike to get me back to the hotel at one point but then again that would have been cheating!

Top 5% charity fund raisers on Just Giving this month.

JustGivingThank you to everyone who has so kindly donated, to my fund rising campaign, for the Yorkhill Children’s Charity​. I am delighted to be in the top 5% of charity fund raisers for March on JustGiving and this is thank’s to all who have so kindly given so far. With two of my ten events already completed I am now setting my sights on the Polaroid 10k Road Race Series, which starts with Helensburgh on 14th May, Dumbarton 21st May, Clydebank 27th May, finishing with Vale of Leven on the 7th June. To donate, please go to http://www.justgiving.com/ronniecairnsrunning

My daughter must love me!

I am so lucky to have such a thoughtful daughter. Iona is working at the Benmore café during the holidays and has an allergy to public transport so needs a lift out to work. She did not know when she would be finishing today, so suggested that I should bring the car out to her in the afternoon and I could just run back into Dunoon, which would be good for my training, so kind of her! Guess what, yes I did just that, what a mug!
I however enjoyed the six and a half mile run back home in the beautiful sunshine.

I’ve got some new shoes on!


It was good to be back from holiday and resume my training for my next 10k race on the 14th May in Helensburgh raising funds for Yorkhill Children’s Charity. I must say I enjoyed my runs in Disney Paris in the sunshine but it was back to the rain last night as I ran along the Dunoon promenade out to the Bullwood and back. Thank you to all who gave me a toot of encouragement as you drove by in your cars.
I now need to get some off-road training in so what better way to encourage myself than to buy a new pair of trail-shoes!
To donate, please go to www.justgiving.com/ronniecairnsrunning

The Kiltwalk

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That my second event of ten now completed for my fund raising campaign for Yorkhill Children’s Charity. I just got back from a weeks family holiday in Disney Paris, where I must have walked miles only to fly in at 10.30pm last night and then join the Kiltwalk this morning. As you can see by the picture there is no better way to finish that with Pasta and a Pint!
If you would like to make a donation to my Yorkhill, then please go to my JustGiving page – www.justgiving.com/ronniecairnsrunning

Fund Raising Update


With the Dunoon Run and Ride completed, I thought I would give you an update on my fund raising for Yorkhill Children’s Charity. I would like to thank everyone who has donated so far bringing my total to £1,226.00.
After a couple of days to recover from Saturday, I will start training again tomorrow for my next events. Although I have the Kilt walk on the 12th April, my main focus now is on the Polaroid series of 10k races in May, so I have a bit of work to do over the next month and also fit a family holiday in. I am sure they have plenty of places to run in Disneyland Paris.

The Dunoon Ride and Run (28th March 2015)

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Well my first race completed, I did it! I had a great day taking part in the 1st Dunoon Ride and Run for many reasons.

I got my picture taken with Graeme Obree (The Flying Scotsman) – cycling legend, two times world pursuit gold medallist and twice holder of the renowned hour record, who was the guest of honour at today’s event. Graeme also took part in the cycling race and yes, he did win it and on a recycled bike, not one of the high-tech ones he usually races with. I also found out that we both have something in common: Graeme also supports my chosen charity, The Yorkhill Children’s Charity.

I really must take this opportunity to thank the organisers PA23 BID – Destination Dunoon and No Fuss Events for putting on this event. It was a fantastic experience for me and I enjoyed every minute of it.

People make events and that will never change. When I used to take part in running events back in the late 70’s and 80’s people were the same, full of enthusiasm and encouragement for each other. The only thing that has changed for me is that they all seem so much younger now!
Sitting here at the computer, I am looking back on the day with many fond memories. From mingling about and chatting to competitors and supporters before the start, to when the race started and all the runners who gave me encouragement as they flew by me until I found my pace. Thankfully I met with Linda Nairn and Shona Ritchie who seemed to know what they were doing and I then managed to settle in to a comfortable rhythm with them.

The first stage on the map seemed to be an easy run until I realised the organisers had put in a slight twist on it, sending us through a wooded area in Hafton where even dog walkers do not venture which seemed more like a Tough Mudder than a trail section. I managed to get though it and traversed the next section, which I thought would be tough going with the conditions underfoot. I need not have worried because I had the company of Jean Bryson for this part of the race – we both just talked our way through the section and it was over before I knew it!

A quick drink and it was then onto the Dunoon Stadium for a sprint of two laps of the track! “Sprint” may have been taking it too far, more like a reasonable canter. Then it was the long traverse to the Bishops Glen. On the way it was great to see some of the local residents at their doors and conservatories cheering on the runners as they passed. As I arrived at the start of the stage, the Marshall said: “Well done, only another three miles to go”. I did not say to him what I was thinking at that point and just went on my way. I have run up the Bishops Glen many times in training but for some reason my legs were starting to feel the worse for wear this time. The momentum kept me going and before I knew it I was on the downhill and onto the promenade for the run home. I’m sure the local council extended the promenade for this race or maybe it just felt like it.

As I came into the finishing straight I was met with the most wonderful of welcomes I could hope for – there were all my grandchildren with posters saying “Go Paps”. I could not help but go up to them for a hug only to realise that I had not clocked in my timing chip. So no matter what you see, I was at least two minutes faster than the official time.

The other highlight of the day was taking part in the event with my two sons, Grant and Iain, something we have not done since the Innellan fun run back in late 80’s. The only difference being that I used to beat them back then.

For those that have been following me on Facebook, this was just my first event of ten, which I am doing to raise funds for the Yorkhill Children’s Charity. If you would like to know my story and donate, please go to the following link www.justgiving.com/ronniecairnsrunning

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