LOVEultras 010 My 2017 whw race

My latest LOVEultras vblog was meant to be a video diary of my 2017 West Highland Way Race but sadly it became an explanation of why I had my first dnf.

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whw race update

We are not long home after another epic West Highland Way Race weekend. The car is unpacked and gear stored away. I’ve had a shower and have put on my pj’s for the evening.

There were some truly tremendous performances (including a new course record of 13hrs 41mins 8 secs by Rob Sinclair) over the weekend in some terrible weather but sadly not from me!

I am upset to announce that I had my first dnf (did not finish) in an ultra after 40 successful finishes.

I knew it was a gamble as my ankle was still sore but I hoped that somehow it would ease off as I ran. Instead from the first step it was sore and just got worse and by the time I arrived at Balmaha (19miles) I couldn’t run at all.

Initially I decided to keep walking until I was timed out but after a couple more painful miles I took the difficult, but only real option, decision to stop. There were tears (thank you Calum McKerral for being there to give me a needed hug!).

Jonny, my support team, was great giving me a lift to Balloch where Katrina joined me and we then spent the rest of the weekend supporting our many friends who were out running.

Special mention to runners partners Cammie Kennedy and Lesley McKerral who both exceeded expectations and had truly amazing runs. I left so proud of them and all they achieved.

I might write a fuller report but we’ll see.

Our good friend Neal Gibson finally won my ‘Guess my Time’ competition with his regular guess of dnf! To be fair he was gutted for me but a competition is a competition!!

Finally thanks to Graeme Hewitson for this great photo before the start …

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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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