News and reviews
A selection of news and reviews on running from around Scotland and beyond
Glasgow Running Routes
We spend a lot of time researching the web for additional inspiration for running routes across Scotland. Sadly a lot of information is provided by giant automated sites which don't give you a real feel for the route you are looking for. A giant dumping ground of runs. However, look at what the people at Glasgow Running Routes have put together for you if you are lucky to be in, or visiting, the Glasgow area.
Before Covid we travelled a lot through work and finding good running routes in cities is a tough one. You can try Strava and similar, but you can end up with too much information about poor routes. Ask at the reception at the hotel and sometimes a map would be produced that only really took you to the nearest park. Runners need a bit more than that.
We know the folks at Glasgow Running Routes are keen runners eager to share their knowledge. In that we have something similar. Check them out at Glasgow Running Routes.
General news and closures
June 21 - monthly picture gallery now up to June from November. The page has also been updated to run from the database rather than as a static file. This should make updates much easier going forward.
May 21 - as soon as the COVID restrictions were eased injury hit and so only limited new routes have been added. Fitness is returning and soon we'll be back to adding new routes
May 21 - really sorry to hear that the Babcock series of 10Ks has been cancelled this year. This always seem a good series of events to get up and going.
Oct 20 - a link has been placed on the search page and detailed route pages to allow you to get driving, or public transport, instructions to the start point from your current location. This feature opens up a seperate window and uses Google Maps. Location services need to be available to automatically set the starting point as the current location.
Jun 21 - the Dearg up and doon race from Blair Castle has been added. A great new addition to the race calendar.
Apr 21 - a couple of new routes to try in Helensburgh from the Kidston park start point.
Dec 20 - the Sheriffmuir loop from Logie Kirk has been added to the site. Nice country road run with some good climbs along the way.
Nov 20 - two new routes have been added from the village of Callander. These both take in the Bracklinn falls with the longer route given you a lovely remote out and back. Use the search engine to locate the start car park.
Nov 20 - the section of the West Highland Way from Rowardennan up to Loch Arklet has finally been documented and put on the site.
We are always open to suggestions for routes so please use our contact page is there is something in particular that you would recommend.
April and May has seen behind the scenes updates for the way images are delivered along with updates to allow better highlighting of the site from search engines.
In November 2020 the web server has been upgraded and our vast images catalogue moved into seperate cloud storage to improve overall performance.
We have removed the need to login for GPX downloads and access to the OS maps for a trial period of time. OS maps will of course be limited to routes in the UK.
Our main effort will be within the area of restrictions. One of our pet hates when you are really looking forward to a run only to find the area closed off after you are well into the route. This will be a map based service indicating all the areas where running is limited due to work such as tree harvesting. Where one of our routes cross into an area where a restiction is in play you will be notified. This is both a technology and communications challenge but at least the technology part is almost landed.