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‘Training and Inspiration’ night for ultra-runners returns

Stirling’s Tollbooth Arts Centre will again be hosting an informal evening of advice and inspiration for any runners or support crews tackling the Altra West Highland Way Race, or similar ultra challenges like the Highland Fling or the Devil o' the Highlands.

The event, which is co-ordinated by Run and Become and the organisers of the West Highland Way Race itself, will be held at 7pm on Wednesday, 26 February. All runners and crews, whether tackling ultra challenges for the first time or the tenth time, are welcome to attend.

Organisers aim to provide a full two hours of information and inspiration ‘to send you home with some new ideas to help you better prepare for whatever challenges you have ahead’.

This year’s speakers include GB and Scotland athlete Lucy Colquohon, holder since 2007 of the ladies’ WHW record (17.16.20), when she finished second overall, and the current ladies’ record holder for the Lairig Ghru Race.

Sean Stone (who has been part of the West Highland Way Race medical team for over 10 years) and Adrian Stott (who has been involved with the race in many capacities since 1991) will give a joint presentation on some of the basic medical issues that can be encountered in a 100-mile event.

The pair will also offer some classic tips on how not to over-train for an ultra.

The evening will also feature a ‘West Highland Way Question Time’: the audience's chance to ask a panel of experienced ultrarunners about anything from ‘training to trainers, support crew to schedules and race prep to race food’.

This year’s panel will feature last year’s winner, Rowan Boswood, whose time of 15.14.42 earned him fourth place on the WHW all-time list; Kirsten Cowling, who in 2019 achieved her dream of finishing the race, in a time of 34.21.03; Ian Beattie, race director and eight-time finisher of the race; and Lucy Colquhoun.

Tickets to the event cost £5 and can be booked now.

Image: WHW Race (Facebook)

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