Virtual WHWrace videos

I completed the #virtualWHWrace in 17hrs 28mins 35 secs and more importantly really enjoyed it.

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I took a photo or video clip at each mile and made them into a video diary of the event.


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Guess My Time Entries

I’m looking forward to the Virtual West Highland Way race starting tomorrow. There are over 1,000 runners taking part either as a solo runner or part of a relay.

Thanks for those who have entered my latest ‘Guess My Time’ competition.

Here is a list of the guesses

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Guess My Time – Virtual West Highland Way Race

I thought it would add to the fun (well for me anyway!) to have my traditional Guess My Time competition for the #VirtualWHrace which starts on Friday 12th June and finishes on Sunday 21st June.

The idea is to run the 95 miles from home over 9.5 days. I’m fortunate in that I’ll be able to run the majority of it on the Gleniffer Braes which is like a mini West Highland Way and an area I’ve used in training for all my ultra races over the past 13 years.

Here is my plan

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There will be a spot prize and a limited edition key ring for the closest guess.

To enter all you need to do is guess how long it will take me to run the 95 miles over the 9.5 days.

To give you an idea of a rough guess at the moment when I do a 15 mile loop on the Braes it takes me around 3hrs which is 5mph or 12 min miles. If I average 12min mile for the whole 95 miles then it would take me 19hrs 00mins 00secs but some of the runs will be shorter and potentially faster.

I’m setting myself …

  • Bronze – sub 19:51:59 – my West Highland Way personal best!
  • Silver – sub 19hrs
  • Gold – sub 18hrs

To take part please send me your guess in hours, minutes and seconds by 5pm Thursday 11th June by ..

  • Comment on this post
  • Facebook
  • Twitter @jkynaston
  • any other method!

Thanks and all the best


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Review of May 2020

During May I have been continuing to run 4 or 5 times a week with 2-3 days cycling. I have also being doing the PE with Joe Wicks most weekdays.

I ran for a total of 152.61 miles in May.

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I like the way Strava lays out runs and cycles on the same sheet now!

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Runs in graph form

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Types of runs for 2020 so far

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In my aim for 2020 miles I’m 56.21 miles behind the red line but I’ll see where I am later in the year before deciding whether to try and catch up!

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Virtual West Highland Way Race

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I am on the committee for the West Highland Way looking after the website and hosting the podcasts. I was planning to run the race for the 7th time this year and was disappointed that we had to rightly cancel. As a committee we have decided to put on a couple of events.

Event 1 ‘An Evening Celebration’

Race Director Ian Beattie and I are going to host ‘An Evening Celebration’ on Saturday20th June 2020 7-8.30pm. It will go out live on our West Highland Way Facebook page. We have a number of guests lined up and a quiz!

Event 2 Virtual whwrace

The full details are on our race website but basically we are encouraging people to run 95 miles over 9.5 days. You can do it solo or as a team.

I have decided to join in with the virtual whwrace. I like to have a plan so I’ve worked out a schedule for the 9 days. I’m looking forward to taking part!

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Review of April 2020

During April we have continued with our lockdown situation due to the pandemic. I am doing some exercise every day:-

  • Monday-Friday – Katrina and I are joining Joe Wicks for the PE workouts. We are enjoying doing them together.
  • Monday Run – I’m doing our club Fartlek session on my own at lunchtime
  • Tuesday Cycle – I’m volunteering at one of my schools to do some running games with the children of key workers who are still in school. So I cycle to and from the school
  • Wednesday Run – I do my loops of Brodie Park at lunchtime
  • Thursday Run – Another lunchtime run. This time a road run
  • Friday Cycle – same as Tuesday
  • Saturday Run – Katrina & I do a longer run on the Gleniffer Braes
  • Sunday Run/Cycle – either a road run or a cycle with Katrina

During April I ran 145.68 miles and cycled 84.50 miles. I’m working on an easy week every 4th week when I run three times

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Summary of runs from Strava

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Summary of cycles from strava

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Summary of all my runs in 2020 by category (sad to see no runs in the race column!!)

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I am 37.39 miles below where I should be for my 2020 miles in 2020 but I’ve decided to keep ticking away and I’ll see where I am at the end of this time and decide whether to up my milage to catch up.

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I’m really enjoying my ‘Live Interviews’ each Tuesday and Thursday. I have now done 12 and have another 4 lined up for the next two weeks.

If you want to watch them they are all on my YouTube channel. I would love to get to 1,000 subscribers so if you haven’t subscribed please do!!


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Review of March 2020

March started as planned with the Hardmoors 55 the main focus of the month but as we all know everything changed as the month went on!

I have decided to keep to a maintenance plan for as long as possible aiming to run 4-5 times a week from home.

During March I ran 139.57 miles

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I’m not sure whether I’ll be able to keep up with my plan for running 2020 miles in 2020 but I’ll keep a track of it and see where I am once this is all over.

To the end of March I have ran 486.06 miles which means I am 11.64 miles short of the red line plan.

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Live Interviews

I hope everyone is safe and well in these difficult times.
I’ve been thinking about how I can contribute to the ultra running community at this time and I thought it would be good to do some live interviews on my YouTube channel so that ultra runners and those interested can gather together to watch an interview and ask live questions and comment as we go along.
So here is my line up over the next few weeks …
Tuesday 31st March 7pm – Sabrina Verjee
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  • 2020 Spine Female winner
  • 2019 Dragon’s Back Female winner
  • 2018 Lakeland 100 Female winner
Thursday 9th April 7pm – Jayson Cavill
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  • 2x Lakeland 50 winner
Tuesday 14th April 7pm Marcus and Jen Scotney
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  • Marcus
    • 2017 Dragon’s Back winner
    • 2016 Cape Wrath winner
  • Jen
    • 3x Spine Challenger 3rd place
    • 2018 Northern Traverse 2nd Female
I did a live interview last night with West Highland Way director Ian Beattie about the cancellation of the 2020 whwrace. It will be on my YouTube channel soon (it is uploading now!)
Plus I’m going to do some more for the West Highland Way Facebook page. Next one is
Saturday 4th April at 7pm with Robbie Britton who finished 2nd in 2014 behind Paul Giblin in 14:47:48
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Please feel free to share this information as I’m sure many people will be interested to still connect with other runners at this time.
To view these interviews please subscribe to my YouTube Channel
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Maintenance Plan

Today, Saturday 28th March 2020, I should be running my first ultra of the year – Hardmoors 55.

My first three ultras in March, May and June have all been cancelled and I’m waiting to hear whether the 6 day Deadwater in August will go ahead. I don’t think anyone really knows how long this is going to continue.

So I have decided to work on a maintenance plan to keep things ticking over for the next few weeks until things become clearer.

So my plan is to run 4-5 times a week

  • Monday lunchtime – Fartlek Session
  • Wednesday lunchtime – Easy Run
  • Thursday lunchtime – Easy Run
  • Saturday morning – slightly longer Run
  • Sunday – easy run or cycle

Katrina and I are also doing Joe Wicks PE Lesson each morning at 9am or later in the day if we have something else on.

The other thing I have decided to do is to host some Live interviews on YouTube.

I’m doing an interview with West Highland Way Race Director Ian Beattie tonight (Saturday 28th March 2020) at 7pm. This one will be on our whw race Facebook page. If you want to watch it ask to be part of the group and I will accept you!

The next one will be with Sabrina Verjee on Tuesday 31st March 2020 at 7pm. This one will be on my YouTube channel

So if you want to watch that interview and ask questions or comment then please subscribe.

Stay safe everyone and keep in touch.

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New Training Plan

Obviously we are in a very difficult and unprecedented time at the moment. There is so much uncertainty with our lives and very little the same.

Personally I will be working from home with some days working in schools that are open to provide cover for key workers.

As with many others runners my plans have changed with regard to the races I had entered or were going to volunteer at.

  • Hardmoors 55 – Saturday 28th March – POSTPONED
  • Great Lakeland 3 Day – Friday 8th to Sunday 10th May – POSTPONED
  • Cape Wrath Ultra (on Support team) – Saturday 23rd to Sunday 31st May – CANCELLED

Hardmoors 55 has been moved to Saturday 24th October and I’m hoping to be able to run it then.

The Great Lakeland 3 Day event has been moved to the Saturday 29th – Monday 31st August which is the weekend at the end of the Deadwater 6 day event that I have entered so unless I fancy running for 6 days then travelling straight to the Lakes and having 3 more days I will have to get that one a miss.

Cape Wrath Ultra has been cancelled and will run again in 2021 so I will just move my plans a year and volunteer for 2021 and hopefully run it in 2022.

At the moment our West Highland Way Race is still planning to go ahead but we will make a decision in the coming weeks.

So I have decided to work out a training plan for the next 14 weeks to take me to the West Highland Way Race. If things change then so will my plan!

Here is my plan at the moment ….

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As always my long runs are the key sessions. I’m planning to do two 40 mile runs and a three day weekend when I will cover 85 miles. I’ll be using the last one as my final long effort before the West Highland Way Race but also as preparation for the Deadwater 6 day event in August.

All these plans are dependant on things settling down so it could all change again in the days and weeks to come.

Finally let me wish everyone safety and good health in this very difficult time.


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