Stats: 19.6k, 600m in 2 hrs 10 mins
|Manor Water Junior Hill Races 14/10/2017|
|Younger Juniors (aged 12-15)|
|Position||Race Number||Finish time||Name||Club||Category||Local|
|1||18||01:19:46||Stewart Whitlie||Carnethy HRC||M50|
|2||20||01:20:42||John Hammond||Carnethy HRC||MS|
|3||19||01:22:34||Michael Reid||Carnethy HRC||M40|
|4||52||01:23:54||Nick Williamson||Dunbar RC||M40|
|5||15||01:25:15||John Busby||Carnethy HRC||MS|
|6||21||01:27:20||Calum Martin||Carnethy HRC||MS|
|7||44||01:28:18||Peter Buchanan||Portobello RC||M50|
|8||31||01:29:03||Damien Theaker||Westerlands CCC||M50|
|10||26||01:29:45||Andrew Inglis||Cosmic HB||MS|
|11||27||01:31:11||Gareth Brown||North Ayrshire AC||MS|
|12||24||01:31:20||Mark Roper||Westerlands CCC||M50|
|13||13||01:31:36||Neil Burnett||Carnethy HRC||M40|
|14||4||01:33:20||Douglas Gardiner||Carnethy HRC||M40|
|15||49||01:33:45||Adam Gamble||Carnethy HRC||MS|
|16||5||01:34:07||Andrew Coull||Carnethy HRC||M40|
|17||65||01:34:24||Graeme Dunbar||Carnethy HRC||M40|
|19||29||01:35:20||David Gaffney||Moorfoot R||MS||L|
|20||1||01:35:37||Alan Hogg||Carnethy HRC||M50|
|21||36||01:35:44||Rob Wilson||Penicuik H||M40||L|
|22||67||01:36:08||Roddy Cunningham||Westerlands CCC||MS|
|23||47||01:36:15||Michael Greens||Penicuik H||MS||L|
|24||2||01:36:22||John Duff||Northumberland FR||M40|
|25||22||01:36:28||Michael McCoy||Carnethy HRC||M40|
|27||39||01:38:55||Stuart Dun||Penicuik H||MS||L|
|28||10||01:39:03||Jeff Roberts||Carnethy HRC||MS|
|30||43||01:39:18||Allan Dunbar||Penicuik H||M40||L|
|31||41||01:39:19||Stuart Hawthorn||Ayrodynamic Tri||M40|
|32||50||01:39:41||Alex Cook||Heaton H||MS|
|33||3||01:39:42||Gordon Cameron||Carnethy HRC||M50|
|36||14||01:41:20||Digby Maass||Carnethy HRC||M60|
|37||9||01:41:23||Owen Bass||Deeside R||M50|
|38||53||01:42:20||Andy Garnett||Carnethy HRC||M40|
|39||33||01:45:00||David Allison||North York Moors AC||M50|
|40||23||01:45:14||James Purves||Gala H||M50|
|41||59||01:45:15||Gregor Gorjanc||Penicuik H||MS||L|
|43||68||01:46:24||Alan Elder||Moorfoot R||M50|
|45||40||01:46:46||Ian Ferguson||Ayrodynamic Tri||M40|
|46||8||01:48:19||David Duncan||Ochil HR||M60|
|47||63||01:48:26||Kathy Henly||Carnethy HRC||F50|
|48||45||01:49:46||Mary Hunter||Portobello RC||F50|
|49||57||01:52:00||Duncan Lockie||Teviotdale H||MS|
|50||55||01:52:57||Les Bellis||Heaton H||M50|
|51||38||01:53:29||Robin Hall||Penicuik H||M40||L|
|52||54||01:55:12||Ranjit Thomas||Dumfries RC||M40|
|53||34||01:58:57||Alistair Paul||North York Moors AC||M60|
|54||37||02:00:49||Andrea Wilson||Penicuik H||F40||L|
|55||28||02:00:52||Duncan Bruce||North Ayrshire AC||M40|
|56||46||02:01:10||Daniel Greens||Penicuik H||MS||L|
|57||48||02:01:47||Sadie Kemp||Penicuik H||F40||L|
|58||7||02:01:49||Ursula Bass||Deeside R||F50|
|59||56||02:02:58||Paul Lockie||Teviotdale H||M50|
|60||35||02:03:41||Julie Hand||Penicuik H||FS||L|
|61||17||02:06:53||Trevor Collins||Carnethy HRC||M60|
|62||6||02:07:42||Hilary Spenceley||Carnethy HRC||F50|
|65||71||02:13:19||Shane Bouchier||Carnethy HRC||M40|
|66||11||02:14:55||Peter Buckley||Carnethy HRC||MS|
|67||16||02:19:10||Hugh McPherson||Tinto HR||M70|
|68||42||02:21:51||Neil Nisbet||Ayrodynamic Tri||M50|
|69||58||02:35:15||Romana Gorjanc||Penicuik H||F40||L|
|71||66||DNF||Leyre Flores||Westerlands CCC||FS|
The 25th running of the Manor Water Hill Race was a damp affair. The promising forecast didn’t quite happen and it rained for much of the race. Thankfully, the rain was warm, although the muddiness was not conducive to fast times. Carnethy DOMINATED the men’s race with a Carnethy 1-2-3. Stewart Whitlie led the field followed by John Hammond and Michael Reid. In the women’s race there was a good battle between Kathy Henly and Mary Hunter with Kathy taking it in the end.
There were, of course, the sheep trials to keep everyone entertained post-race. Moss Paris-Rawlick and Beinn McVey-Milne should perhaps get a move on with the training for next year, as the competition on the field was somewhat fierce.
Thanks to everyone who helped and special thanks to Chris Henty for his very impressive planning (right down to bottle opener supplied for the post-race beer). Despite the weather, it was a great day out in the Borders. Strava Flybys
With a backdrop of “come by” or the Borders equivalent we gathered for the 25th runnning of the race. It was claggy above and claggy below. On a dreich day the going was really tough with plenty of mud and gloopy, gooey peat in the heathery trods. Manor Water always feels like two races back to back. Approaching the final climb of the first race to the top of the oddly named Scrape the ultimate winners – Stewart Whitlie, John Hammond and Michael Reid (finishing in that order) – thundered, if that is the right word for soft wet moss, down.
First race was a good result – let’s have the prizegiving! 1st V60 and beat Gordon again. But then there’s race No2 back to the start. Slipping and sliding and tripped up by my flapping leggings first Gordon steamed by, then someone who with black hair should have been a V40. How was I to know – a rival! I should have made a bigger effort at this point instead of trying to stuff my soaking gloves back into a bumbag that refused to swivel.
Welcomed home by the traditional cries of ‘he’s catching you!’ I scoffed, but there actually was someone. Not a V60 so no problem. In the great Manor Water tradition the next thing is a bottle of beer thrust into your hand. Those who didn’t have wet children who needed to be rushed home retired to the tea tent for very good cake and coffee. I hugged the urn to try and warm up.
Sadly the 25th running of the race memento – a coaster – hadn’t been delivered in time. Unless we hear different you can pick yours up at Tinto or the AGM. So a good reason to attend both! Thanks to Euan for stepping in to supervise in the absence of race director Chris Henty.
And who could forget the small pit behind straw bales…
Having neither the time nor knees to train for the Skyline, I came across this event as a local but interesting alternative and recalled Mark Hartree’s positive review last year. I entered the 20K run and arrived with about 500+ others (half doing the 10K) to register in rather muddy Hay Lodge park. As we all had timing chips on our wrists which had to be individually activated , a mass start wasn’t practical so there was a 20minute phased release of runners. After getting stuck in queues to register, then again to pick up the chip, then drop bag I found myself leaving after most competitors had already gone. I was in 2 minds all week whether to wear trail shoes or mud claws as route included 2km of tarmac but very soon appreciated my mudclaws that I opted for as the narrow path by Neidpath castle and beyond grew increasingly muddy and was rather frustrating as found myself in bottle necks and traffic jams of slower runners. However once I got on the old railway line path I had a very pleasant flat and fast 6km along the Tweed to Lyne Bridge then back along other side through the March Estate before hitting the slog up road to Manor Sware before heading off through some nice forest trail onto the open grassland of the John Buchan Way before climbing a partly deforested Cademuir Hill. Views around the autumnal Tweed Valley were great in all directions and a rapid descent followed on the new but rather rocky multiuse path down which I now can see how the Cademuir Rollercoaster race gets its name. I had slowly been working my way through the field and by the bottom could only see a few more runners ahead to catch which helped spur me on the tarmac grind back up Manor Sware before encountering the massed ranks of 10K runners rejoining our route. The last section was probably my favourite with narrow single track trail down through deciduous forest at South Park although against got a bit congested so found myself weaving past lots of other runners before the main novelty feature of the run – the usually pitch dark 600m old railway tunnel/bat haunt had been transformed into a psychedelically lit tunnel with smoke machines billowing at the exit for a rather surreal finale before the sprint finish over the bridge in Hay Lodge.
The 20km race (though Strava suggested closer to 19K) was won by Alastair Brockie in a very respective 1hr 23 given the 500m of climbing and gnarly terrain. I finished 13mins back in 6th overall slightly frustrated at losing a couple of mins in traffic but given all the fasties were occupied elsewhere in Dunbar/ awaiting Skyline I actually was first V40 in 1 hr 37.14.
I spotted Hilary Spenceley who finished 2nd V50 (see this report). The race was generously sponsored so meant my prizes repaid the entry fee of £25 three times over so all told a highly scenic, variable, enjoyable & novel route and would recommend (though aim to get an early start!)
More info and results here http://www.tunneltrailrun.com/
I didn’t enter the Craggy Island Triathlon this year. Last years race was moved by a month at late notice and I had to carry the entry on to this year. Well that was the decision made to 2017, Fraser and Helen decided to join me. Then it turned out to be the day before the Pentland Skyline, and also the day before Cathi’s 60th Birthday Meal (and 2 days before her birthday). Well something had to go, and it was The Skyline.
After a night at the Scotch Malt Whisky Society, at 6:30am, Helen, Fraser and I got into the car and headed to Oban. Three hours later we were parked in the mizzle opposite Kerrera and after unloading the car there was a quick innertube change before we cycled to the queue for the boat.
There was a bit of a wait before we got to transition to set up the bikes the cycle and running kit and get into the wetsuits, then we were back queuing to get back to the mainland. As we stood on the slip for the best part of an hour chatting in bare feet (and no glasses) we were discussing the event with Joan Wilson and Jean Bowman Lomond Hill Runners). Fraser was worried about the swim , Helen was worried about the bike and I was worried about the run. Joan was worried about her shoes and Jean was fed up waiting.
Eventually it was time to start and we discovered why the slipway is so named. Falling into the water we lined up and after a couple of minutes we were off. My plan to swim on the right to avoid my normal left deviation worked well and I managed to get to the other (aptly named) slip in 4th place. After slithering about and skating up the concrete and a bit of a run on the carpet I was in transition and ripping the velcro off the wetsuit and trying to get my socks and shoes on. I was out of transition without seeing my wee boy and Helen.
I was on my Carbon Superfly 29er (my “Elsie” Bike), perfect for this race. It was lovely weather, almost sunny and the views were stunning. I was trying hard but not eyeballs out, and I was losing places regularly. I dont think I am quite brave enough on the bike, but i managed all the descents staying on the bike. There were the odd mud baths on the way, some so deep that the bottom bracket was under water, others were just gluey gloop. I had to push some of them, getting going again was harder work. As I pushed up a grassy slope I heard the “Hi Dad” and then Fraser was past. The last 2 miles was on fast road and then the bike was dumped.
I was better than last time, but running was still hard work as we did the first bit of track. Once on the Hill i was more at home, and again the weather and views were great. The descent was grassy and fun and as we reached the coast we ran through a natural arch. The soft sheep shit was joyful underfoot and after another bit of nice grass were back on track and tarmac for 2 miles of pain to the end. I was only 3 places behind the lad. Joan was 5 minutes behind and Helen was in about 3 minutes later the Jean finished 10 minutes later.
Sitting eating burgers and Coffee in the sunshine was the perfect ending. After all the worries we all had a wonderful time and we will be back!
Another queue to get back to the mainland and a while to pack the car and by 8pm we were back to Roslin knackered but happy, happy to be missing the Pentland Skyline!
Thanks to Gus Bowman and Andy Upton for the photos and to the Craggy Island Team for all the fun. It was great to have ridden Elsie Scott’s bike again in her favourite race , we miss you Elsie.
|Position||Name||Age||Class||Time||Swim||Swim Posn.||T1||T1 Posn.||Bike||Bike Posn.||T2||T2 Posn||Run||Run Posn.|
While some were piling into Jim’s Fiesta and heading for Dunbar and others resting for the Skyline, Hilary Spenceley decided to do something slightly different and head to Peebles for the Tweed Valley Tunnel Run on Saturday. This is a 20km trail race (there is a 10km option), which includes running through the psychedelically lit old railway tunnel at Peebles (on the old Biggar line) – this comes towards the end of the race, when your mind has gone anyway for maximum weirdness effect. The rest of the course is like a giant Peebles Borders XC course (only 4 times as long). Hilary finished 11th woman (out of 95!) and second Over 50. Details here and results here.
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