Kirkcudbright Half Marathon, 24/5/14

While most runners were concentrating on the Edinburgh marathon festival, I headed down to the south of Scotland to take advantage of my parents' babysitting service and the opportunity to get a wee race in. Kirkcudbright is a wee town about 45 minutes away from Dumfries. It's not a particularly big place and to be honest I wasn't expecting much from the half marathon but I was glad to be proved wrong. The race formed part of the local celebrations so there was a good crowd gathered at the high school for the…Read more

Edinburgh Marathon, 25/5/14

Reflecting back on my Edinburgh marathon experience, I would say I learnt three things that's day; 1) Pacing is everything when it comes to running a Marathon and something I need to clearly work on. 2) Running a marathon is an emotional experience. Well it was for me, just ask anyone who saw me from around mile 20/21 onwards... 3) The BRR cheering crew is simply the best in the world. FACT. I woke up on the Sunday morning to a grey sky and drizzle and immediately thought yippee, today is going to…Read more

Clydebank 10K, 22/5/14

Well done to all the Bellas who ran in the Clydebank 10k, it was a cracking turn out from the club, with no fewer than 35 of us showing up for this club championship race. Despite a bit of a downpour during the warm-up the conditions were pretty much perfect. Highlights include: 2nd MV40 for Russell, 2nd team prize (Ciaran, Bruce Carmichael and Russell), four runners posting sub-34 times and seven sub-35. Not sure if the ladies won any team prizes, although surely can't have been far off with those times? And next…Read more

Self Transcendence 5K Scottish Championships , 7/5/14

Five Bellas ran the Self Transcendence 5K Scottish Championships at Silverknowes Esplanade, Edinburgh, on Wednesday night: Craig Reid (16.17), Iain Burns (16.58), Carla Molinaro (18.14), Mary Senior (20.44) and Linda Kennedy (21.43). Very picturesque location on the Firth of Forth, and very flat, but very tough. Results are here - the winning time was 14.40!!! ... 070514.pdf You can also watch us all cross the finish line (or not - as the line seems very vague with a number of folk stopping before it!) more
Lochaber Marathon, 6/4/2014

Lochaber Marathon, 6/4/2014

The Lochaber marathon is an out and back course that starts in Fort William and heads out on the road towards Mallaig to the turning point. The course is fairly flat apart from a couple of small climbs in the last mile, I always said a decent time is weather dependent due to the out & back nature and the fact that Lochaber is the wettest part of Britain! This was my first marathon in 2 years since the last time I scraped a sub 3hr in 2:59:46 at the same race (having…Read more

Bella 5K and 10K – Sunday 1st September

The Bella 5K and Bella 10K races took place on Sunday 1st September in Bellahouston Park. The weather stayed dry but the races were impacted by strong winds at various parts of both courses. This was the first time that two races were hosted by the club on the same day giving the runners the choice of the 5K or the 10K distance. The runners responded well with almost 330 runners taking part in the races. This years Bella 5K was run on a new course with almost 120 finishers taking on the…Read more

2013 Road Races in Bellahouston Park

Entry is now available for this years race series. 2013 sees the introduction of a 10K race distance to accompany the Bella 5K on Sunday 1st September. Minimum age for the 5K is 12 years, with a minimum of 15 years for the 10K. The Jimmy Irvine Bella 10K makes a welcome return on Saturday 9th November. Both races will be in Bellahouston Park. Online entry is available for both races through with discounts available when pre entering both 10K events. For more details, please see the Events page.Read more

Paris Marathon – 7 April 2013

Report from David Boag Walking across Place Saint-Michel, towards the Metro, which will take me to the start, I could see a group of bleary eyed revellers sitting in a nearby cafe and clearly they were coming to the end of their own marathon - though more of the drinking variety! Twenty years ago I might have been sitting there with them (who am I kidding - more like five years ago!) wondering why anyone could possibly wish to run over 26 miles on a Sunday morning! Anyway, it was bitterly cold for…Read more

Jimmy Irvine Achilles Heel Bella 10K Race Entry Update

This years Jimmy Irvine Achilles Heel Bella 10K race is filling up even quicker than it did last year! A big thanks to those who have already entered, we are absolutely delighted with the support so far.   With three and a half weeks until race day and only 21 entries of the initial 500 entries allocated available we are happy to say we are releasing a further 100 places for the race. Please see all race details with entry details on the events page here.   Preparations are in full flow and…Read more

Barrathon 2012

Report from Nea The 4Th race of the Hebridean half marathon series took place in the scenic island of Barra on Sat 30th June. 4 Bellas made the journey, myself, John Sandbach, Sandra Houldsworth and Louise Gray. With Sandra being the cheerleader after nursing 2 broken toes in a fall during the Benbecula half. The weather was a bit damp for the start with a light wind (which in the Hebrides is usually around 50mph!). The race was started by Father John Paul MacKinnon from the island Parish TV series, he gave a…Read more