New sponsor for Tiree Ultramarathon

We’re excited to report a new sponsor for the Tiree Ultramarathon - Cohesion Medical was established to deliver world-class software for Specialist Medical Clinics – and they’ve chosen to sponsor the Tiree Ultramarathon through their teams interest in the challenge of an endurance event, and the uniqueness of Tiree : 

“Woohoo! Cohesion Medical is delighted to sponsor the first ever Tiree Ultramarathon. We love the boldness and uniqueness of an event that encompasses the whole of an island. We love the challenges faced by competitors, the sense of adventure in the many natural elements involved and the determination required to conquer and complete the event. Cohesion Medical is proud to be involved with the Tiree Ultramarathon – to inspire individuals, empower communities, and promote a healthier Scotland.” - Euan Cameron, Managing Director, Cohesion Medical Ltd.

We’re really pleased to have Cohesion Medical on board, and their input will make the event even more special – if you’ve not entered yet, Enter Here. See you in September!

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Entries open for Tiree Ultramarathon

The Land Below the Waves: Tiree Ultramarathon

The Isle of Tiree: 11 miles long, 6 miles wide. Famed for it’s white sandy beaches, blue skies, unspoilt landscape, and no midges! Tiree’s coastline is rugged, beautifully carved, and adorned with long stretches of firm sandy beach. The complete circumference takes in 35 miles of the finest Hebridean scenery. And that is the Tiree Ultramarathon – The Land Below the Waves.

Event Essentials

  • It’s a 35 mile run around the whole island
  • You’ll be following a series of checkpoints with simple navigation in between
  • Route arrows will guide your progress but you will need to use a course map
  • Event date is Sunday 7th September 2014
  • Every finisher gets a goodie bag and special medal
  • Prize giving and ceilidh on Sunday evening

Be part of the first Hebridean Ultramarathon!

Early bird price £18 till end of June. Follow the entry link below for all details.

This is something unique. We’ve created an event to appeal to your sense of adventure, to take in the Hebridean coastline, and to challenge you with the concept of circumnavigating an entire island.

As this is the first time we’ve run this event we want to make it really special. And as time goes on we’ll be able to put more specific information up on the site. Please enter the event, we’ll keep you updated, and be part of what I’m sure is going to be a fantastic running experience.

The Course

Travel & Accommodation

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Tiree 10k & Half Marathon times

Hi everyone

Here’s the draft times for yesterdays event. I’ve just put these together by hand so apologies if there’s any mistakes – but do let me know so I can make any corrections.

I will of course write some words about how the event went, and just how grateful I am to everyone who took part or helped on the day, and how satisfying it is to see the event develop and actually be one of the most special days on Tiree. But for now here’s the times for you, as lots of you have been asking for them!

Quick request: Anyone with photos from yesterday can you share them on the Tiree Fitness facebook page or send me them in a dropbox folder. There’s so much of the event that I didn’t see, and I’m sure everyone would love to see any crazy shots or beautiful pictures you’ve got. So find us on facebook, like our page and share some snaps!

Thanks everyone

Tiree 10k Results 2014

Tiree Half Marathon Results2014



10k & Half Marathon this weekend!!

Only a few days to go before this years Tiree 10k & Half Marathon. It’s already a record breaking year with over 250 entries and still places left for people to enter on the day.

This week there is a huge amount of baking going on for the Runners Cafe at the hall – this will be open all day on Saturday and will be serving soup, sandwiches, hot and cold drinks, cakes, cookies, flapjacks… everything you need whether you’ve run, walked or just spectated.

We’re also pleased to report that Trail West are on their usual great form and will be playing the dance in the evening. Doors open at 8pm with the prize giving at 9pm. Tickets available at registration and all through the day at the hall.

If you’re wondering how to get home after the dance – there’s a bus service on Tiree but it needs to be booked in advance. For groups this can be done by contacting John Kennedy Taxi’s – click here for details. If you’re not in a group and just want a lift home, drop me an email and if there are sufficient numbers I’ll arrange a private booking. But this needs to be done in advance so I can arrange it with the taxi company!

It looks set to be a great weekend. Registration is friday 6pm-9pm and saturday 10am-1pm, so I’ll see you there!

Dont worry if you're bike doesn't look like this! Mine doesn't either!

Key training sessions: The Brick

I though I’d share one of my key sessions that I use throughout the year. This is one of those things every triathlete should do, but is also hugely beneficial as a general fitness training tool. And as always, understanding what you’re trying to achieve will allow you to get the most from this infinitely flexible session format.

What is a brick session? Simply put it’s a bike and run session. Sometimes called a transition session. You go from bike to run with minimal fuss in between.

Why do it? It will get you better at running off the bike. You’re trying to condition the body to go from the demands of cycling into an efficient and relaxed running mode. Plus, you’re practicing the actual transition that you’re going to be doing on race day, which straight away is going to save you seconds if not minutes that would otherwise take a lot of energy to take back on the run.

So I’ve got two brick session formats to chose from:

The short fast one: 1hr. This session is all about the changeover. You bike and run just long enough to get into a rhythm. It’s gets your muscles used to switching between movements, and it gets your whole body used to changing posture without loss of form.

Format: After a warm up, you do a 5 minute bike followed by a 5 minute run. Keep repeating for an hour with the fastest transitions you can. Your focus is to go smoothly from bike to run and back again.

Pro tip – Mark a 5 minute out-and-back course or a 5 minute loop. Your challenge is then to do 6 bike/run laps in an hour including transition time. When this gets easy just make the lap slightly bigger and try and get those 6 laps within the hour. This is a great group workout for mixed abilities.

The Big Brick: 1.5hrs+. This is a different session as the focus is now on adapting the body to run strongly after a long bike. You need to be on the bike long enough, or go hard enough to feel some fatigue. And your run should be long enough to develop endurance but not so long that you lose form. I’d suggest running about two thirds your bike duration but you can be flexible here.

Pro workout: My favourite session here is a 40km bike followed by a 10km run, the duration works well for me and I’ve got convenient loops for those distances to make it enjoyable. But you could halve those distances, or double them, or for a real killer session you can do the 40km/10km brick twice through – now that’s a session!

To brick or not to brick

Both these sessions should be done throughout the year, you could do them both every week or alternate weeks. Understand what you’re trying to achieve and work the format to suit your goals and ability. It’s one of my favourite sessions as it breaks up what can be a long workout, and although it feels horrible at first you’ll notice yourself getting stronger every time you do it. Enjoy!

Happy Training