Hi, I am Kevin, I have been running since as long as I can remember, my early years I was a very keen x-country runner and participated in most sports.
I was in the armed forces as a Physical Training Instructor and ran for my battalion in many x-country events and running at the interservice x-country championships, nowadays a lead a more sedentary lifestyle working in the office where the most dangerous thing to come my way is a bad email. I was offshore for 9 years where my running focus changed and I preferred lifting weights.
I took up running again in 2011 after a 7 year break and entered the crathes 1/2 marathon and the cairngorm challenge. Later that year I said to a friend that I would support him in an ultra marathon the ”West Highland way”. To prove I was good running candidate for his support crew I trained for the D33 which was a massive step up from 13.1miles, it honestly broke me but I finished in a respectable time of 5hours 35mins.
x country races, 5k races (PB 17:48), 10k (PB 38.27), Half Marathon (PB 1h:25mins) Marathon (4:00:03 only ever ran 1 hated it).
I have also completed over 25 Ultra Marathons between 4-6 per year, I recently completed the unofficial triple crown in 2018 which includes the Highland Fling 53 mile foot race (10hours 43mins), the West highland way 95 miles (25 hours 40mins) then 6 weeks later the Devil of the highlands 43miles (7 hours 35mins).
In 2018 I have also taken on a challenge to run 2018 miles for the year including 6 ultra marathons, another of which the Speyside way which I came 9th overall and 3rd Vet, turning 40 does have its advantages.
Why the Newmachar Running group?
This was a project to get local runners out together and train for the Newmacher 10k in 2017, the enthusiasm and commitment from the regular runners indicated that the community would benefit from a group even when the 10k had finished. I discussed with Neil Thom how to take the group forward and we decided to turn the group into a jogscotland group in January 2018. This has been an awesome experience, the group has grown into what it has naturally and its been great to see so many friendships develop. Using skills I learned during my time as a physical training instructor to assist others in their running then seeing them achieve their goals has been so worth while.
Running ambitions out with NRG
I run with a club Insch Trail Running Club (ITRC) and will continue to run for the club, 2019 sees me only planning 4 ultras but I have an ambition to run a fast marathon time with 10k’s and halfs in there for good measure. I also love a hill session and have plans to run more of the classic Scottish hill races, I love the set up, £5 entry or so (typically £1 per mile), run up and down the hill as fast you possibly can get across the finish line pay a wee donation to their charity and eat as much cake as you can and have a drink and blether with like minded folk. There’s no race bling no T-shirt just running and racing for you best time.