St. James’s Place Wealth Management 15 Mile Trail Race, Balmoral castle

The Balmoral 15 mile trail run is a relatively new addition to the Run Balmoral weekend and is rapidly becoming a firm favourite with Scotland’s runners. The run consists of a testing 15 mile trail race with magnificent views of the Balmoral Estate. Starting on the Banks of the River Dee the route meanders through a Scots Pine forest then up to the foothills of Lochnager and down again with an interesting sting in the tail in the final mile where you scramble up the mountain side heather & bog before descending down a steep ascent into the final 200m finish chute!

I have to be honest I didn’t have a lot of run miles going into this event and cross country, trail terrain isn’t where my run strengths lie, I knew it was going to be a tough one and I wasn’t wrong…

The day began with some winter hail and strong winds coming off the mountain tops so I was aptly kitted up in my Compressport / Zerod gear for wind protection and I choose my ON Runners as my footwear choice being that the terrain was pretty rough in patches. I began the run fairly spritely but after 2 or so miles the heart rate was high and the muscles tendons were unbearably tight in my calves, I struggled to find any rhythm. It wasn’t until about mile 7 or 8 I found a second wind soon after hitting a Powerbar shot I began to gain ground again, the legs were more relaxed and I made up some positions before the finish. All in all it was challenge I expected & I’m feeling it in the legs today as I write this.

Congratulations to Banchory’s GB International Robbie Simpson winning the Men’s double this weekend (10K & 15 mile) & former World Mountain Running Champion Angela Mudge taking the Female title, both in new course records.


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After a quick bike to eat I was dropped off at Lecht ski centre for a 135K ride home. I’m racing the Braemar Duathlon next weekend.

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