Ronnie Cairns

How/when did you start running, in particular hill/trail running?
I started running one year ago by putting one foot in front of the other! My original goal was to run the Cowal Gathering 5k raising money for CHAS and then I just carried on.

Why do you run?
To slow down the ageing process!

Ronnie CairnsWhat is your favourite running route?

Beach running on Tiree or running up Loch Eck side

What have been your favourite races?
I enjoyed the Polaroid Eyewear 10k Series this year and the Run & Ride in Dunoon.

What is your greatest running achievement?
My biggest achievement will be at the end of the year when I am able to hand over a sizeable cheque to help the children at Yorkhill Hospital. Other that it has to be winning the Father & Grandfather race at the Kirn Nursery School sports – result!

What are your goals/ambitions?
I set myself the challenge of running 10 races this year finishing with the Glasgow half marathon (Great Scottish Run) whilst raising funds for the Yorkhill Children’s Charity. I would like to run a marathon next year and am keen to bag an ultra before I am 60 – time is running out!

Who is your running hero?

Anyone who gets a pair of trainers on and challenges themselves, no matter what their age or physical ability is.

What is your most essential piece of kit?
Being a bit of a techy, it has to be my shiny new Garmin Fenix3. I never thought I would see the day when I would turn my back on an Apple watch for a Garmin, but I now have more running data than I know what to do with!

Do you have other interests/pastimes?
I have always had a passion for photography and of course my five lovely grandchildren.

Favourite inspirational running quote or piece of advice
“Success is making it to the start of the race and not necessary when and where you finish.”


“Don’t talk about it – Just do it”


“Run for those that can’t”

Ronnie’s Just Giving page

Ronnie’s blog

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