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About Us

Trail Running Scotland is lead by us, Ian Stewart and Laura McAuley.

For us running is just another great way to explore and enjoy the amazing mountain landscape and wild places that we have in Scotland. It allows us to travel fast and light, flowing through the landscape, covering the terrain and exploring in a way that is just not possible for walkers.

We have spent time living and traveling in Europe and have explored many trails on single and multi day adventures.



I am very close to completing a round of the Munros, all of the Scottish peaks over 3000 feet (282 in total). Most of these have been done running, solo or recently with my dog, Reiff.

I mostly run for the fun of it but I also like the challenge of an event to add some structure to my training and as an opportunity to push myself in a way that I wouldn’t do for fun!

I ran a Bob Graham Round for my stag do. A Lakeland round of 106km with 8300 meters of ascent in 24 hours is a great way to find out who your mates really are!

I have competed in the Lowe Alpine Mountain Marathon (LAMM) 8 times, with my best result in 2017, second in the Elite class. Our team were 4th in class for the Scottish Islands Peaks race in 2017 and I completed the Glencoe Skyline race in 2016. For a different sort of challenge I entered the Celtman extreme triathlon in 2015, taking 50 places on the run to finish 16th and finished 4th in the 2017 Loch Gu Loch swim-run event in Loch Ness. My biggest challenge by a long shot was the Cape Wrath Ultra in 2018, which I hobbled to the end of in 7th place. 

I am a Mountaineering Instructor (MIC) with ten years experience of delivering courses at the highest level. Since 2011 I have been running Stewart Mountain Skills, offering instruction and guiding in all aspects of mountaineering in summer and winter. I also work for other providers across Scotland, particularly Glenmore Lodge the national outdoor training centre. I am on the board of directors of the National Navigation Award Scheme and deliver their tutors award. I also hold the UK Athletics (Fell) Leadership in Running Fitness provided by the Fell Running Association.


In my 'real job' as a health professional I see the difference that a healthy lifestyle makes everyday and I count myself very lucky that activity and the outdoors have always been a big part of my life. For me every day needs some activity, biking, running, yoga, circuits or walking the dog. 

I am a bit of an allrounder in the outdoors, a Summer Mountain Leader, Level 3 Canoe coach and Mountain Bike leader. I have been working in the outdoor industry for 15 years, guiding remote trips and holidays in all activities around Scotland and Europe. I also hold the UK Athletics (Fell) Leadership in Running Fitness provided by the Fell Running Association.

I have competed in a couple of mountain marathons, with my best result being 2nd female in the C class at the last ever Highlander in 2016.


See you on the trails!

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