Guess My Time – entries

The West Highland Way race is now just over a day away and my competition is now closed.

Thank you to all the 129 people who have sent in a guess. Here is the full list of guesses. If I have missed anyone please let me know!

The times in yellow indicate that I had to add on some seconds as the original time they wanted had been taken.

This is how they break down:-

  • sub 22hrs – 14 guesses
  • 22:00 – 22:29 – 14 guesses
  • 22:30 – 23:00 – 23 guesses
  • 23:00 – 23:30 – 27 guesses
  • 23:30 – 24:00 – 26 guesses
  • over 24hrs – 23 guesses
  • dns/dnf – 2 guesses

I have set up my splits to be sent via my twitter account which means they also go onto my Facebook page and this blog so if you want to you can follow my progress.

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Plans for the West Highland Way Race

It is now Tuesday evening so the whw race is just over 3 days away …

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I still haven’t run for over 10 days and the tendon in my right leg is definitely getting better but I think it will still be sore when I start. I’m just hoping that it doesn’t get any worse as the race goes on.

So I’m trying my best to put to the back of my mind and get on with preparing for the race but it’s not easy.

I’m going to run by heart rate but I like to have an idea of my splits. My gold goal is sub 23hrs so here is my plan to achieve that. If I fall behind early on I won’t be too worried as if things work to plan I should be able to make that up.

plan 1

plan 2

Plan 3

Plan 4

Over the years I have worked out what works for me nutrition wise so here is my plan. I’m not going to take much more than this as I know from experience that I won’t eat more than this.

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If you want to follow the race then SiEntries have set up a webpage so you can follow the race.

Link to follow whw race

Finally I have 122 guesses for my ‘Guess My Time’ competition. Remember you have until 6pm on Thursday 22nd June if you want to enter.


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LOVEultras 009 Thoughts on Tapering

For my latest LOVEultras vblogs I have shared some thoughts on Tapering …

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Update on Injury

The West Highland Way Race is just over a week away. This time next week I will hopefully be having a doze before eating something and then heading to the start.

My tendon is getting better by the day but there is still some soreness. I have not run this week and don’t plan to run again before the race. I’m actually really interested to see what difference it will make as I would never plan to do this.

I’m hoping that I will arrive at the start line ready to go and with no pain.  I have a feeling that it may be still a little sore but Matt said that I won’t do any further damage so that’s good enough for me!

I went for a cycle ride yesterday so it was good to at least get my heart pumping a bit again.

I’m hoping to see Matt again before the race for a final checkover.

Thanks to those who have sent in a Guess for my latest ‘Guess My Time’ competition. I have had 116 guesses so far! You have until 6pm on Thursday 22nd June to enter.

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Guess My Time – West Highland Way Race

Quick update on my ankle injury … I’m just back from seeing Matt Williamson who is a physio and most importantly a top class ultra runner!  Matt was very positive and encouraging.

After asking lots of questions and feeling around Matt said it is a tendon injury and shouldn’t stop me running the whw race. Matt worked on the tendon with his hands, used some ultra sound and taped it up.


Matt also gave me some exercises to do which will help the healing process. We have agreed that I shouldn’t run again until there is no pain so if that’s right up to the race then I’m happy with that. Matt said I can do some cycling so that’s the plan.

Thanks to everyone who has commented here and on my Facebook post. I’ve really appreciated your advice and help.

The West Highland Way will be my 41st ultra and for each of the previous 40 I have done a fun ‘Guess My Time’ competition on my blog so with the race coming up soon it is time to open up the competition!

My friends from have offered a superb prize for the closest guess – a Salomon 2017 Backpack.

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Plus the winner will receive one of my limited edition key rings and have their name on my hall of fame!! What more could anyone ask for????

To have a chance of winning all you have to do is guess how long it will take me in hours, minutes and seconds to run the 95 miles of the West Highland way. The race starts at 1am on Saturday 24th June 2017.

To give you an idea of times I have done the race 6 times and here are my times:-

  • 2007: 22:45:19
  • 2008: 19:59:33
  • 2009: 19:51:59
  • 2010: 22:15:02
  • 2011: 27:36:00
  • 2013: 21:26:57

I’m not sure how much that will help as the last time I ran the race was four years ago and I’m definitely getting slower but the big question is by how much??

I have decided to set myself the following goals for the race:-

  • Bronze: sub 24hrs
  • Silver: sub 23hrs 30mins
  • Gold: sub 23hrs

 If you would like to enter please your guess by 6pm Thursday 22nd June 2017 by:-

  • Leaving your guess on a blog comment
  • On my Facebook post
  • Via Twitter – @jkynaston
  • By text – 07905 218162
  • Via Whatsapp
  • Email –
  • In person

I’ll only be able to accept one time per guess so if your time is taken I’ll ask you to guess another.

Thanks and all the best!

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Tapering but not as I planned

After my big weekend in Anglesea my plan for the next four weeks was as follows:-

  • an easy week with the Milngavie Trail race on the Sunday
  • a medium week with at least one tempo run, hopefully a Ben Lomond run and a run on the Gleniffer Braes
  • Two taper weeks running every other day

I’ve had to change things quite drastically because my right ankle has been quite sore. To be honest it has been sore for the last two months. It is sore just above the ankle and feels like it is ligaments.

It has not stopped me running but I’ve been conscious of it and have worn an ankle support for the majority of my runs over the past two months. It has been easier for some runs than others. Quite often it is sore the day after a run especially the longer ones.

It was okay during the Fling and seemed to be getting better over the three weeks when I ran over 50 miles each week.

After the Anglesea weekend I felt it a bit so I just had a couple of easy runs in the week before the Milngavie Trail Race. I could feel it right through the race but didn’t seem to affect me too much.

After the race though it was really sore so I took the decision to start my taper early and not run at all for five days. It was feeling better as the week went on so I decided to run with Cammie yesterday for my final longer run on the Braes.

The weather was wet and the ground was muddy but it was great to run with Cammie again and we spent the majority of the two hours chatting about the West Highland Way race. Cammie is in great shape and I’m really looking forward to seeing how he gets on.

I set off cautiously and as the run went on the soreness in my ankle eased off a bit but it never went away. After the run it was sore again so I am now faced with a decision.

I took a few video clips which you can view …..

I feel I have a few options:-

  • #1 Carry on with my plan of running every other day for the next two weeks and tough it out
  • #2 Take another few days off and see how it feels by next weekend and have a couple of runs the week leading into the race
  • #3 Don’t run at all between now and the race and hope the 13 days of no running will help clear it up so I can start the start with no or very little pain

Options 1 and 2 are the ones that naturally I lean towards with my heart but in my head I think option 3 will be best plan.

The West Highland Way Race this year is important to me but I’m not after a PB …. I know my 19:51:59 is way beyond me so I want to enjoy it with the main aim of finishing well.

So if I don’t run for two weeks I don’t think it will make a big difference to my fitness and hopefully will mean I can start injury free and have more chance to enjoy it and finish without doing more damage.

Don’t hold me to it but at this moment I’m opting for option 3.  I think I will get out on my bike a few times so I can get my heart rate up and hopefully not lose too much fitness.

In the back of my mind I’m thinking about my overall miles for the year and if I don’t run for two weeks I will fall behind my weekly target but this shouldn’t be the overriding reason to keep running. Plus I’m 87.33 miles ahead of the red line so even if I don’t run for two weeks I will still be just ahead of the red line!

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Any thoughts??

BTW I will be opening my latest Guess My Time competition for the West Highland Way tomorrow. My good friends at the are offering a great prize so it will be well worth sending in a guess!!

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LOVEultras 008 Importance of Recce Runs

My latest LOVEultras vblog is about Recce Runs.

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