The Stubborn Scotsman - Don Ritchie - World Record Holding Ultra Distance Runner
This is the autobiography of Donald (Don) Ritchie, who excelled in ultra distance (beyond the marathon) running during the 1970’s to the 1990’s. It is a remarkable insight into what it takes to become an ultra-runner, one of the fastest growing UK sports.
Don has achieved ten ‘World bests’ (World records) for distances ranging from 50Km to 200Km and for 6-hours and 24-hours races. Voted the finest ultra-distance runner of the 20th Century.
In 1989 Don ran the 846 miles from John o'Groats to Lands End, raising funds for cancer research, in the new record time of 10 days 15 hours and 27 minutes.
He has also used his his considerable ultra running experience to advise/mentor some local runners, one of whom went on to win the world 100Km championship.
Born in Aberdeenshire in 1944, Don began his 48 years running career in 1962 with Aberdeen Amateur Athletic Club as a 440 yards runner.
Following graduation from Aberdeen University he moved to Birmingham for employment, where he ran for Birchfield Harriers. On returning to Aberdeen, Don qualified as a physics teacher.
He began his teaching career in Lossiemouth High School where he met his future wife. Living in Elgin and Lossiemouth, he represented Forres Harriers and Moray Road Runners for following thirty years.