Results: for the moment all we have is this PDF to download
|Name||Time||Club||Change since last run||Age|
|Name||Time||Club||Change since last run||Age|
|James Burnett||7.34||Carnethy||70 seconds faster||11|
|Sam Kitchin||8.47||–||48 seconds faster||12|
|Bethan Kitchin||9.30||–||34 seconds faster||10|
|Harvey Hurrel||9.42||–||First timer||11|
|Jenna Braban||12.10||–||First timer||11|
|Ronnie Jones||12.11||Carnethy||38 seconds faster than 2015||11|
|Eva Hurrel||13.02||–||First timer||12|
|Solly Jones||13.33||Carnethy||Half Conga in 2015||8|
|Laura Kitchin||13.44||–||Half Conga in 2015||5|
Congratulations to all who turned out a bitterly cold day. It was good to see you all with hats, gloves and waterproofs to repel the snow flurries. Everyone who had run before ran faster, despite the conditions. Well done indeed. We hope that you will keep improving and perhaps become stars of the future. The famous greeting of the late Robin Morris was “Keep on Running”. Very good advice!
As usual, we are grateful to our band of helpers: Ian and Anne Nimmo, who helped mark the starts and finishes on Friday.
The Lothian Running Club crew: Edel, Nicola Val, Joyce, Robbie and Mark did a power of good work, course marking, marshalling, etc..
Thanks also to Elma the International Smile Judge.
Next in the Hill Fun Run series:
Tinto Tiptoe (At Tinto Hill Race) Saturday November 10th.
Cockleroy Chaser (At free Festive Handicap races). Wednesday December 26th.
Martin (01506 412322) firstname.lastname@example.org
P.S. This was the last time that I shall attempt to organise the Congrie Conga, though anyone else is welcome to have a go.
Historians may be interested in the following link /club_training_sessions/lunchtime-handicaps/ (scroll to the bottom), that I used to organise from KB on the second Thursday of every month.
In those days I was running a bit faster. My recollection is that the record was around 27 minutes but I can’t remember who held it.
The easy runners went round it in 66 minutes whilst the fasties did it twice in about 100 minutes. Gordon’s Strava here
Postponed by a week thanks to the beast from the east Monday’s ladies run left the bright lights of Edinburgh behind and headed to Athelstaneford (or Elshinford as the locals know it!) Head torches were definitely necessary as even the village streetlights are designed for low light pollution. We were few in number – me, Kirsty, Sandra and newbie Tawera – but we made up for it in enthusiasm. We even persuaded Billy to join us! We managed a 5 mile loop, taking in the unfinished 16th century Barnes Castle before heading to the Garleton Hills, the Hopetoun Monument beckoning us onwards. Kirsty described the run as taking us through a fairytale landscape, castle ruins, steep escarpments, wonderful chocolate fields with fresh sprouts of green grass, stone bridges, steps, remote farms and distant monuments on a calm winter night. Our reward was Billy’s chilli on our return – what else do you need from a Monday night?
Congratulations to Eóin Joseph Lennon at the Barcelona Marathon, finishing in 2.29.43 (20th place), which I think is a new Carnethy member PB for a marathon, beating the previous club PB by by nearly 2 minutes held by Graeme Carracher (02:31:35), at the Glasgow Marathon in 1986.
Results here: https://www.zurichmaratobarcelona.es/eng/resultados_e/2018/
Carnethy Club Marathon PBs here
Winter Cross Country must be the secret to a fast marathon!
The Scottish Hill Runners navigation course ran over the weekend of the 10th and 11th March with Olly Stevenson and Steve Fallon in charge of imparting some navigation knowledge to a group of 14 hill and trail runners. Chris L and myself were there from Carnethy and spent the Saturday morning getting to grips with the basics/refreshing our existing knowledge of navigation. After lunch Olly claimed the rain and wind was easing (it wasn’t) so we headed out towards Capelaw and completed a few fun navigation exercises before we decided we were cold and bailed off the hill.
The short Sunday morning session built upon the knowledge imparted on the Saturday with a focus on the different forms of hill racing. We were then given some checkpoints coordinates for a mini-mountain challenge. We plotted our route and set off. After quickly finding the first two checkpoints Chris and I had to backtrack in an effort to find the map (and water bottle) we had lost even faster. From there it was plain sailing until we became befuddled looking for a stream running WSW. An hour later we had worked out that we had had the correct stream from the start but the checkpoint was to the north of the path, as opposed to the south, and we were on our way again. Stava flyby makes for interesting viewing. The last few checkpoint proved less of a challenge and we were back at the Flotterstone Inn 5 hrs 40 mins after leaving with 27k and 1100m of vertical covered. More importantly the weekend had helped us develop our navigation skills and had been great fun! A massive thanks to SHR for putting on the course and to Olly and Steve for sharing their knowledge, skills and experience with us.
Strava flyby https://labs.strava.com/flyby/viewer/#1448155128?c=gcvtv196&z=D&t=1QfGoT&a=-BdRVnTATlY
Strava activity https://www.strava.com/activities/1448155128
With the rescheduling of the race because of the snow Eóin was away doing the Barcelona marathon. But the series was his outright.
Otherwise in the series, prize giving-wise, Graham was 2nd M40, Stewart 3rd M50, Michelle 2nd F50, Gordon 1st M60; Robin Sloan was tied for 1st V70 but ended up 2nd with tie breaking rules. Hilary and I were both erroneously awarded 3rd places so briefly held prizes. In fact we are both 4th in our categories.
Chirnside results are here. Series results here.
It’s quite nice at Chirnside, and it was a cross country course worthy of the name, with a short stretch of snow and a river of mud in the trees. The rest of the going was reasonable. Not a great turnout but we enjoyed it! For the many that weren’t there your mementos and prizes will be with Gordon at Chapelgill.
Chirnside Chasers photos here
Congratulations to Claire who came in on par in really difficult conditions and won her first handicap.
Notes from a first timer
“I ventured out on the Monday handicap today, along with Gordon Cameron who was the only other runner. I didn’t really know when to set off, but gave Gordon a head start of a few mins, mainly because I was not sure of the fastest route. I had the advantage of wearing my orienteering shoes with little metal spikes, which meant I was very confident that I would not slip, and reeled in a slipping Gordon by the foot of the gutted haddie. The haddie was snow covered, and rather unnervingly the previous person to have gone up seemed to have been wearing crampons. With Gordon behind me I was sure of a soft landing had I fallen, so scrambled up with only a few nervous moments. The top was covered in a thick mist, and I could not make out Netherhill at all, merely heading off in the approximate direction. Netherhill was snow free and good running, Crow Hill (also very hard to spot in the mist) was bizarrely knee deep in snow. Dunsapie, I didn’t really know where the top was, so took a guess at the middle of the plateau. Then on to Whinny Hill (route East of the loch) the top of which I would always call the promontory East of the small marsh, but Gordon tells me the top nearer the bog is used. On down to Haggis Knowe, and my big navigational error. Could not for the life of me find the little path through the gorse (I was going for the one that came out at St Margaret’s Chapel. The snow was thick, crags were covered, I was nervous, so I gave up and ploughed back up the hill to take a different route. Haggis Knowe was fun, and on to the finish. Great to be out in the mud and snow! 44:56, and room for improvement.”
Results page http://carnethy.com/category/mon-arthurs-seat-handicaps/
Strava Segment https://www.strava.com/segments/1641212