Plans for 2012

I cant believe its been so long since my last post, life has been pretty hectic recently, I bought a house with my Girlfriend, it has been undergoing major renovation work, we are four months into it and still not near to moving in, its safe to say that training and racing has been put on the back burner for the last little while.

With a plan to be in the property for around March I have started to turn my attention to my plans for the year.

I will start the racing year in Aberdeen at the d33, a 33 mile run along the Deesideway, I ran this last year for the first time and thoroughly enjoyed it, a nice way to kick of the ultra season and a great value race, recommend it for first time ultra runners –

Later in March I am considering running the Glasgow to Edinburgh Double Marathon again, I finished 6th in last years race after running the first 40 miles in 2nd place, I was disappointed with the final result but I feel given that experience I can come back and perform better.

In 2011 I was guilty of not giving the West Highland Way Race the respect it deserved, I got sidetracked with other challenges but this year I am making it my main focus for the first 7 months of the year, a 95 mile race of this nature demands it! The training begins on January 21st with a 30 mile training run on the Way to ease into it.

In April I will run the Highland Fling, which is the first 53 miles of the West Highland Way, great prep for the real thing in June but certainly not one to be taken lightly.

Then in June comes the big one, I will finish this year no matter what it takes.

I will then take July off to go away with my Girl somewhere hot and relaxing, I havent had a sun holiday for about 7 years so the rest will be welcome.

In August I will probably run the Speyside Way Ultra again, I loved this race in 2011, great organisers and a lovely course.

I have ideas for October and another possible 100 mile race but just now I want to focus on the West Highland Way and do it right, get myself back to full fitness and get back to where I was physically 12 months ago.

Look forward to meeting new people at the races ahead and catching up with some old Friends as well.

As ever special mention to my support crew, could not do it without you.

About Mark Cooper

My name is Mark Cooper, I am an ultra runner, motivational speaker, expedition consultant and public relations rookie. I help people achieve greatness in their lives. For bookings or more information you can email
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1 Response to Plans for 2012

  1. Mark ॐ says:

    nice one mate , sounds like a good year both with your missus and your mistress the running :D:D

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