Ryan Scott


When did you start running?

I started doing British Military Fitness in 2009 and began running shortly after that. In the space of the next 18 months I’d discovered trailrunning and ran a range of distances, including my first ultra; The Classic Quarter – 44 miles along the South West Coastal Path.

Why do you run?

I love nature and the environment. I go trailrunning to be out in nature in all weathers and all seasons. I get so much positive energy from observing the natural world constantly change. I have an inquisitive mind; if there’s a trail I’ve never been on before, I have to find out where it goes and explore what there is to see along the way.

Where’s your favourite place to run?

I love my trails of home; the Lomonds of Fife and the Fife Coastal Path between Elie and St Andrews, but I am madly in love with the French Alps.

Your favourite race?

I really like the race route of the Ring of Steall Skyrace, but it has to be Maxi Race France; an 85km loop around Lake Annecy via the mountains. The trails are stunning, technical and steep.

Your best run moment?

Hard to choose between crossing the finish line of Maxi Race in 2018 and finishing 4th in a fast-and-short local trail race, La Comblorane, in June 2019.

Worst run moment?

DNF at Maxi Race 2017 after 72km. It wasn’t the actual decision to withdraw, it was the way my race had gone for the 72km before it. It was a lesson in how not to run a mountain ultra. From training, to pre-race prep, to pacing, to nutrition, to keeping my head together, it all went totally awry. This one’s a story for round the log burner one evening!


3 words that sum up your relationship to running:

Awesome. Tumultuous. Inspiring.