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Tribesports User of the Week: Wullie B

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Posted by William B under Running, Hiking, Ultrarunning on 21 February 2013 at 12:00 AM

Wullie B You've racked up some huge achievements on Tribesports, which one are you most proud of?

The Edinburgh Rock N Roll Half Marathon 2012.   This was the first half marathon for about 16 years that I managed to post sub 1hr 30 min.  When I turned 30 I began to get loads of wee niggles that stopped me from training regularly but in the last 2 years I've been injury free and I can feel my form return.  I need to change my Bio as my knees are not so dodgy anymore

You have over 50,000 exercise and fitness reps - from push ups to lunges, which exercise do you find toughest?

That's easy - burpees. That's why I've done so few.  When I was in the army they were a form of punishment and I still find it hard to do them.  Every time I hear the word burpee it sends a shiver down my spine.  It's a mental thing but I can't bring myself to do them

Looks like a lovely day at the top of Ben Nevis - what's the story behind that climb?

I read Trail Magazine and they had a challenge called the Lochaber Traverse.  This was a linear walk from Spean Bridge to Fort William taking in 7 Munros (Scottish Mountain over 3000ft) over 3 separate ranges, the Grey Corries, the Annochs and Ben Nevis via CMD Arrette.  

Top of Ben Nevis - Wullie B

It was a great day weather wise and a stunning view from the top of the Ben.   The route was about 22 miles in total and it took us just over 12 hours.  A few refreshments were enjoyed at the Ben Nevis bar at the end of that walk I can tell you.

Which big Challenge do you have your sights set on?

Next year all going well I'm going to run the West Highland Way race which is 95 miles from Milngavie to Fort William.  I've walked it 3 times and it's something I've wanted to do for a while.  I ran a race at the end of last year with Tribesport legend Monty C who's ran it and he gave me some sound advice and persuaded me to enter it so I'm spending this year preparing for it.   The plan is to run 3 ultras this year (D33 in March, 7 Lochs in September and 1 other yet to be decided). I've also entered the Lochaber Marathon and might do Dublin at the end of the year.  I'll probably run some half marathons as well to keep me ticking over

You've run almost 1% of the way to the moon (Yes, that's how we measure things now) - where's your favourite place to run?

I like running everywhere (treadmills included) but the Scottish Highlands is my favourite place.  The scenery is magnificent and you can run for miles without seeing another person, you feel that you've the whole world to yourself.

Wullie B Edinburgh MarathonWhat has been the best race you've ever run?

The best race is also my slowest.  It was the Edinburgh Marathon 2003.   It was my first marathon and not long after I entered it I picked up an injury that stopped me training until there was only 5 weeks to go but being a miserable Scotsman I'd paid my money so I was doing it 1 way or another.  I think the furthest I'd run was 6 miles prior to the race.   It was a real slog but I got there and I felt that I earned the medal that day.

Which Tribesports user makes your day?

There are too many to mention and it wouldn't be fair to single out a select few.

What's your favourite quote?

“By definition, you have to live until you die. Better to make that life as complete and enjoyable an experience as possible, in case death is shite, which I suspect it will be.”  Irvine Welsh, Trainspotting.

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