News From Ron Wild
(The Haggis Hunter)
This is my 10th newsletter in just over 2 years since leaving Barlborough in 2007 and it will probably
be the last. I in that time have ran all the local races and given you all an insight into their merits. The
beautiful scenery is obviously one of the main attractions with a diversity of landscapes ranging from
races that start on the beach on the Moray Firth to the forest and mountain trails of the Aviemore half
marathon. When you couple that with the friendly nature of the people, the availability of sandwiches
and cakes at the end of many of the races make for a very enjoyable experience. One of the
downsides however is the distances required to travel to some of the races. For instance, the first two
of this seasons X-country races would have meant clocking up 550 miles and almost eight hours of
travel, equivalent to travelling from Clowne to Dover and back!
Some things don't change no matter where you are, one familiar aspect of my time down in Northeast
Derbyshire were the committee squabbles of the four competing teams in the X-country league, well
they can be found up here too. The first race of the season clashed with the Loch Ness Marathon and
10k, automatically ruling out some of the best runners from some of the teams. Coincidence, bad
planning? I don't think so.  
One race that had previously been dogged with bad weather for the last few years was run this year on
one of the hottest days of the summer. The Portsoy10k, aka 'Follow the Herring' is a very attractive
race which finishes in the harbour at Portsoy amid the International boat festival, a well attended event,
sometimes frequented by Royalty. The harbour is completely filled with stalls and sideshows over two
days with several pubs doing a roaring trade. The village is also famous for its homemade ice cream,
which probably ran out on such a hot day.
Another race which I ran for the first time this year was the Speyside 10, starting at the town of
Abourlour it is a five mile out and back course alongside the River Spey and through the one of the
spiritual homes of Malt Whiskey, Craigellachie, part of the Malt Whiskey trail.
With Keith and District running club being quite small with only a few of the runners actually living in
Keith I thought it would be a good idea to get the club to socialise a bit more. So every month over the
autumn and winter months I am organising a breakfast run from our house. So far we have had two
runs, with between five and seven people attending. Both runs have been blessed with excellent
weather and it gives the members a change of scenery for the winter months. The star of the show
though has been Susan's cooking and baking. Bacon rolls and kedgeree followed by chocolate and
raspberry muffins have stolen the show with one guy just turning up for breakfast even though he did
not go for a run with us. I know it sounds like something Dave Keeling might do but Julie can rest
assured it was not him, not this time at least.

Good Luck with your half marathon.

Ron was a Clowne RR member who moved up to Scotland. Some people
have questioned whether he is a fictional character but we can assure you
he is indeed real!
Keep an eye out for Ron as he's been known venture south on occasion.