PENTLAND HILLS, SCOTLAND - OCTOBER 14, 2012: Alasdair Anthony of Ochil Hill Runners Club on the way back to Allermuir, c.15 miles under his belt.

The Pentlands Skyline Race is a hill race over the Pentland Hills near Edinburgh. Organised by the Carnethy Hill Running Club, the race is long and steep (6,200 feet of ascent over 16 miles) and covers a lot of rough and boggy ground. Today's winner was Hector Haines of Hunters Bog Trotters, who won with a time of 2:27:37 hours. A friend of mine, Chris Hill, came 139th in 3:45:21 hours (250 folk completed overall). The race record, says Carnethy's website, is held by Andy Kitchin of Livingston, who won in 1994 with a time of 2:22:40 hours.

All of today's competitors performed more admirably than me. After failing to get any shots that inspired me when they first ran past (it's a horseshoe of sorts so you just have to wait a few hours until they come back again - a slightly easier day!), I then had issues with a corrupting memory card and my flash bursting uncontrollably in the rain and then not working at all (I have a great underexposed picture of the winner!). I almost changed tack and decided to focus on people's running shoes instead. Call it a project!