Training Camp: Speyside Way and Cairngorms

Just returned from a super, self-organised training camp run on the Speyside Way and the Cairngorm area of Scotland. We also attended a surprise retirement party for Don Ritchie in Lossiemouth which was a really special occaison.

Day I: I ran one long section on the hardest part of the Speyside Way then ran back to where I had started in Fochabers. Total time almost 4 hours. Lunch with Don & Isobel then ran from Grantown-on-spey through to Aviemore taking about 2hrs 28 minutes.
About 6hrs 30mins for the day all with a medium weight vest.
Over nighted in a basic Bunckhouse in Aviemore which was fine.
Day 2: Joined Adrian for a ‘free run’ which unexpectedly took us up over 800m and not the 300m as planned! Excellent run of about 2hrs 30mins luckily hadn’t worn the weight vest for this one.
Following a short break I put on the weight vest again and did a couple of hours running around Loch Morlich and then back into Avimore.

Back in Sanday by 9pm which isn’t bad!
Managed a total of 11 hours of good running and walking (8½hrs with a weight vest).
Thanks to Adrian Stott for company on a couple of runs and Alan Young for driving and support duties.