Breaking news from Llanberis – Carnethy HRC have become the first Scottish club ever to be crowned men’s British Champions! Andy Fallas was fourth in the race and third in the championship. Jasmin Parris was second in the race and third in the British. The men’s V40 may have been third – full results as and when we get them. Well done all of you, and I hope Iain got plenty of champagne in to celebrate. (oh, and in case you weren’t aware, the Carnethy Ladies have been British Champions on several occasions, so it was about time the men caught up)
Archives for August 2014
Final handicap at Arthur’s Seat next Wednesday. Don’t get lost – go and recce it! Route page here
When the UTMB is just a little too short…
Carnethies Olly Stephenson, Mick James and Jason Hubert are now well into the 300km, 26000m ascent PTL. This is a week long team ‘race’ around the Mont Blanc region. You can see the full description here, but you know its going to be a bit of a monster.
At the moment Team Carnethy is sitting in 4th place out of about 100 starters and look to be on schedule (Wednesday morning). There’s a long way to go, and the conditions are bad (high wind and rain) leading to course re-routings. You can track them on utmb.livetrail.net – choose race PTL, then Following and then Table of Passages.
A good turnout of Carnethies at the Ochil 2000s race on Saturday, with 13 of us starting the race. With hindsight, I think 13 was a bit of a bad omen as it wasn’t a great day for many of us. At the start we were informed of a slight reroute from previous years, as the trod out of the woods and onto the side of Innerdownie has changed. “You can still go the old way if you want, but it’s overgrown with nettles”, says the man at the start. “However, we’ve marked a clearer way, it’s only 100m further, and it’s on a path.” Well, that sounds like a fine alternative, thinks everyone, and it’s only an extra 100m. So, with that we were off. Read more…
Contributions for the autumn issue of the Carnethy Journal are welcome. Please send your news, stories, poems and reviews to me by Monday 25th August (this Monday).
Jason, Mick and Olly are doing the somewhat misleadingly named La Petite Trotte à Léon – all 300km and 27000m climb. Even the organisers call it an enlarged Tour du Mont Blanc.
24 hours in and it looks like team ‘Carnethy Hill Runners’ are doing fantastically, sitting in 6th place in the “La Petite Trotte à Léon”. This is around a third of the way round the 294k/28,000m event and it looks like they are taking a bit of a rest at the second of 5 ‘Life Bases’.
As Helen and I set off to have a look at the Red Moss route we discussed (ok bickered!) the business of unambiguous turning points and the difference between ’round’ and ‘around’, an interpretation of which I hadn’t been aware of before, and which Helen stoutly maintained, was that it could mean ‘a traverse below and somewhere vaguely near’, which was confirmed in the actual race. I think we can also add to that another maxim – any visible pile of stones is the summit, regardless of the map and race notes. With runners emerging at odd places from Green Cleugh, cutting off the corner before the Drove road, and being seduced by the lovely cairns at the quarry, I think we can safely say – It’s just a bit of fun.
I had full opportunity to observe the antics as I slipped remorselessly down the field, eventually to enjoy the bird song, sighing breezes and the views in the pearly autumnal light in splendid solitude.
This route needs a rethink! Both to avoid ambiguity and because of sensitivities surrounding the grouse moor.
Provisional results: Read more…
A delayed start due to slow registration of over 200 racers, 24 Carnethies, a strong Westerly, the threat of rain, we are off.
The ups went up, the alongs wiggled along with an additional diversion adding a few minutes to some, stiles took the weight of many, and the descents were generally frantic combinations of sprinting, stumbling and extreme bum sliding. At least there were less thistles it seems this year (by the time I got there) and it was dry. Many showed signs that an adventure was had on the steepest descent.
Records were broken again despite the additional meters run with Jasmin and Charlotte beating the previous women’s record and Jasmin taking another record title. The men’s race was tight and an apparent poor route choice in the final woods gave Don Naylor of HBT another win. The young Carnethy pretenders aren’t pretending any more with Andrew Gilmore having one of his best races finishing 5th ahead of those Carnethy’s with a few years on him. Copious tea with home-made scones and jam at the end [except for the slower runners! – ed]. Nice. Others may have won prizes but I had to dash.
Results at: http://www.scottishhillracing.co.uk/RaceResults.aspx?RaceID=RA-0196&Year=2014
Because we don’t want to disturb the heather moorland running off Hare Hill, the race on Wednesday is being rerouted and possibly run backwards. We’ll have the full details by the time the handicap starts, but in the meantime don’t assume you know the route, because you’re probably going to be wrong!
New route is clockwise and here. If you end up at The Howe and the reservoir you’ve gone too far!
Graham Nash won and Jim Hardie was 2nd plus four other Carnethy also rans (including myself) in a field of 20ish. Short race with only one hill but great views of the North Sea on the way back. Cash prizes and little trophies (plus a big cup for Graham) sponsored by a local quarry. Lots of treats afterwards in a church that dates back to the 11th century. Plus the village flower show, kids races, tug of war, dog show and even a disco for those that stuck around til 8 pm. Great day out for the family.