The Lang Scots Miles

The title is taken from a line in Tam O’Shanter by Robert Burns. There was a point in the Edinburgh marathon when the miles were dragging and I suggested to someone that they had measured out the course in Scots miles – in that jokey kind of way you do when your legs start to hurt.

I thought I would do some extensive  research when I got home – you know, visiting my default search engine. Well, I was right! A Scots mile is 1,984 yards (1.81 metres) compared to an English mile of 1,760 yards (1.61 metres). Thus, by my calculation, we ran 29.5 miles instead of 26.2. So my time and average pace were better than they first appeared!

Oh, one small caveat – the Scots mile ceased to be used by the end of the 18th century.

For those of you who want to follow my running stories beyond Musselburgh, wherever that may be, you can find me on my dedicated running blog at Psychologist on the Run.

Here endeth McRunning Man, and thank you for all your support.

2 thoughts on “The Lang Scots Miles

  1. “We run to escape, we run to embrace, and we run in the moment. Hindsight, foresight and insight. These are the themes we will explore.

    Run free. And enjoy.”

    LOVED this on your About page! In fact, I wrote it in my quote book! You are now officially “quoted!” 😀


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