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Struggling Up The Sutor

by Russell Turner - 16:48 on 15 January 2022

After two easy and one steady training runs, ranging from 30-45mins on flat ground, Week 1’s London Landmarks long run was much more punishing.

It didn’t have to be. Six miles was all that was required, and that’s all I did, but for the challenge (I know – why?) I decided to start in Cromarty and run to the South Sutor, which sensible people do in a car. It was only 2.2 miles from outside the Royal Hotel, but two steep hills and a total climb of almost 130m meant a few walks were involved. A chill wind blowing straight off the firth didn’t help, even with brand new Adrenalines to support me.

Along for the ride were three Black Isle Runners, who’d taken up my invitation to share the fun. (Matchgirl was invited too but the Greta Garbo of the running world prefers athletic solitude.) Fortunately we were much of a muchness, unless they’d held themselves back for my benefit. A vertically disinclined second half allowed chat to become less breathless and more coherent, although the wind back at the Royal discouraged any hanging around to share more, the shelter of our cars proving a greater attraction.

Next week’s long run, which I’ll complete alone, is seven miles. I think I’ve earned a flat route after today.

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