Altra West Highland Way Evening
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Altra West Highland Way Evening


Wednesday 26th February 2020

7:00pm - 9:00pm

Tollbooth Arts Centre, Jail Wynd, Stirling FK8 1DE


An annual informal evening of advice and inspiration. This evening is for anyone – or their support crew – tackling this iconic 95-mile challenge, for the first or tenth time. Also of interest for a similar or shorter ultra challenge, like the Highland Fling, Devil o’ the Highlands etc. As always, we aim to provide a full 2 hours of information and inspiration to help you prepare better for whatever challenges you have ahead. Event co-ordinated by Run and Become and the West Highland Way Race. Full line up of speakers and topics includes: 


Lucy set the current ladies record for the West Highland Way in 2007 when she ran 17hrs 16mins and 20seconds finishing second overall that year behind Adrian Davis.  She was also the last British Lady to win the CCC,and amongst other things still holds the record for the Lairig Ghru Race. She has represented  both GB  and Scotland on the roads at 100km and also on the trails. Still surprised that her record is still standing, Lucy will chat about how she approached and trained for not just the WHW, but some of her other races too.


Sean & Adrian will give a joint presentation on some of the basic medical issues that can be encountered in a 100 mile event combined with some classic tips on, how not to over train for the event! Sean has been part of the West Highland Way Race medical team for over 10 years and has had to deal with all manor of issues the race runners present themselves with! He also helps at other ultra events throughout Scotland. Adrian has been involved with the race in some way since 1991, either running, supporting, or helping organise. Sean will take you through a selection of the potential medical problems and hazards that may impact on your ability to complete the distance. Adrian will give a brief talk on what overtraining is, how to recognise signs of overtraining and how to be smart enough to avoid it and get to the start line in one piece.  


With the help of a short video, Matt Bond from Altra will give a short talk on how Altra shoes were developed from an idea into what is now a very popular and successful running brand.


Your chance to get involved. Whether you are aiming to Compete or Complete, our ever popular Question Time is your chance to ask our panel of experienced ultra runners about anything from training to trainers; support crew to schedules; from race prep to race food. Our panel will include a wealth of experience of all standards:

  • Rowan Boswood Rowan won last years race with a stunning time of 15:14:42 putting him into 4th place athlete on the all time list 
  • Lucy Colquhoun Current ladies' course record holder 
  • Kirsten Cowling Kirsten finished 195th in 34.21.03 in 2019 race. She had a dream. She achieved it.  “If I can do this race, anybody can” is Kirsten’s new mantra!
  • Ian Beattie Race director and 8-time finisher of the race 

  • Follow the race Facebook  and Twitter feeds for updates
  • The race now has an Instagram account too!
  • Directions to the Tollbooth (It's up near the castle)
  • Nominal £5.00 fee (plus usual ECentral charge) fee to help cover hall hire 
  • Simple refreshments available at the Tollbooth centre.  


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