Devil o’ the Highlands Update

I finished the 42 mile Devil o’ the Highlands in 9:38:17 for 152nd place out of 411 who started. I was 4th in the MV60 category so just missed out on a podium place!

To be honest I was very happy with my effort considering my ongoing recovery from the Dragon’s Back and just how hot it was on the day.

Full report to come soon!

Congratulations to Jonny Rowan who won my latest “Guess My Time’ Competition

Finish - John

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Guess My Time – Entries for Devil o’ the Highlands

I heading up to Tyndrum in a few hours to get ready for tomorrow’s Devil o’ the Highlands race. I’m looking forward to it.

If you want to follow my progress here is the link

Thank you for those who entered my competition. There were entries.

Here is a summary

  • Sub 8hrs – 14 guesses
  • 8hrs to 8hr 30mins – 33 guesses
  • 8hr 30mins to 9hrs – 14 guesses
  • Over 9hrs – 7 guesses

Full list

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Summary of July 2019

July has been continuing to recover from the Dragon’s Back race but also trying to prepare for my next ultra on Saturday 3rd August 2019 – the 42 mile Devil o’ the Highlands. In July I ran 126.88 miles.



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Summary of the types of runs I have completed this year ….

Types of runs

I’m still on track for completing 2019 miles in 2019.

2019 Miles

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Guess My Time – Devil o’ the Highlands

My next ultra is one I have done twice before and helped as a marshal a number of times.

The Devil o’ the Highlands ultra is 42 miles from Tyndrum to Fort William and starts at 6am on Saturday 3rd August 2019.

In 2009 I had probably my best year ultra wise when I ran 5 ultras in the year for the first time to celebrate my 50th year and as part of that challenge I finished the Devil o’ the Highlands in 6:55:35.

The second time I ran the race was in 2011 and that year was probably one of my worst years in my ultra running career! I struggled round the course in 8:23:15.

This year I still feel I am recovering from the Dragon’s Back race in May and so I’m really not sure how well this race is going to go. I have decided to start very conservatively and see how it goes. I might have to hang on for the whole race or more hopefully be able to finish strongly. Time will tell!

Once again my good friends at have offered a prize for the closest guess. This time it is a bottle of the excellent s-caps.

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Plus a limited edition ‘Guess My Time’ keyring …

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To take part and have a chance to win these prizes all you have to do is send me your guess in hours, minutes and seconds of how long you think it will take me to complete the 42 miles.

As before there is only one guess per time so if your time is taken I’ll ask you to guess again.

To give you an idea here are my goals for the race

  • Bronze – sub 9hrs 30mins
  • Silver – sub 9hrs
  • Gold – sub 8hrs 30mins

If you want to take part please send your guess by 4pm on Friday 2nd August 2019 by:-

  • leave a comment on this post
  • on my Facebook page
  • Twitter: @jkynaston
  • Text: 07905 218162
  • Instagram: jkynaston
  • Email:
  • in person
  • any other imaginative method
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Summary of June 2019

June was very much a recovery month after the Dragon’s Back race. In total I ran 76.10 miles.

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Supporting Cammie on his Bob Graham Round

Last weekend I had the privilege of supporting my good friend Cammie Kennedy on his Bob Graham Round.

It was an amazing weekend and Cammie made the 66 mile 42 peaks round in 23hrs 59mins 58secs! To be an official member of the Bob Graham Club you have to do it under 24hrs.

I made a video of Cammie’s round. I did it mainly for Cammie, his friends and family but hopefully it will be helpful to others as well.

It lasts 23mins 45secs. Enjoy

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Summary of May 2019

I think May 2019 has to go down as my biggest ever month with 300.61 miles run. This included the Great Lakeland 3 Day event and the 5 day Dragon’s Back.

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