After an aborted entry two years ago, Stewart and I realised we had fresh run out of excuses not to make the long drive north at the weekend to compete in the Applecross Duathlon. We were both injury free, the weather forecast was good, child-minding had been taken care of, and Stewart had even dusted down and been out on his road bike a couple of times in preparation.
Archives for September 2014
Thanks to everyone who showed up on Friday evening for the finale of the Alternative Carnethy 5, and the inaugural Captains’ Challenge. Contrary to popular belief, the captains put a lot of thought into the location of controls, and even more thought into the selection of memorable 3 letter codes.
On the night there were 29 participants, including Team Nasher who visited WAX and BUM (order unknown at this time). The overall winner was Konrad, with the magic combination of PEE then BUM then EAR and WAX (4/3/1/2). Other popular combinations were PEE/WAX/EAR/BUM (4/2/1/3), and its reverse BUM/EAR/WAX/PEE (3/1/2/4).
Other highlights of the evening included Bob Lyons’ double PEE visitation at the start and end of his circuit, Jeff Roberts’ venture into out of bounds territory (the road) to get back to the finish and David Harrington emerging from the other end of the car park (route unknown!).
Thanks to Willie Gibson for helping with the start and finish, and to everyone who participated for returning safe and sound – a literal and metaphorical dry run for the Equinox celebration next weekend.
starts with a ONE instead of a TWO! With previous times of 2:02:46, 2:03:01,
2:07:31, 2:00:19 and 2:03:08 the world gasped a (long-overdue) sigh of
relief that the so-called “brummy-get” got his fat a$$ up and down the Ben
in under two hours. Waiting for official confirmation but clocked as 1:59
dead. Rumours that a Selkirk street name has been dedicated to this
“success” are totally unsubstantiated….
Lots of fun as usual at the Comrie Relays. Great running from the Carnethy Men’s A team who came first. Andrew Gilmore was the fastest runner on leg 1 (with a new route due to fallen trees). Ian Gilmore and Eoin Lennon were fastest on leg 2, and broke the record. Mike Reid was fastest on leg 4. Carnethy Ladies were third after Strathearn and Kinross, and the Men’s Vets were second.
The BBQ and abundance of cakes made for convivial post-race analysis. Notable adventures include Jane Jackson losing her shoe and having to snorkel in a bog to retrieve it, then pranging her finger; Helen and Heather eschewing the final stretch of road for a rather more arduous field; Iain W being sent slightly astray by a marshal (yet managing to maintain his team’s lead); and Bob W being felled by an impish Carnethy Junior (captured inadvertently on camera) within seconds of leaving the handover point (wrong team to target Solomon! Go for a Strathearn runner next time…). Well done to all the runners, and thanks to the team captains for organising!
Lovely weather for the Junior Run, which included a couple of games of tussock tig, a Haggis Handicap and a St Anthony’s Scramble. Lots of fun, but we were a bit lonely without any of the usual (or new!) faces? Come along and keep us company next time, or feel free to email Mary ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) if you think we should go for a different day/time – we’re quite flexible!
Running out of time to complete the AltC5 challenge, Willie came up with a plan to fit three of the races into Saturday morning, including a bike ride between locations. Bike from Roslin into town for the Arthur’s Seat Sprint challenge with David. Then Willie and I biked back out to The Steading to combine the Allermuir Uphill Race with the Caerketton Downhill Race. Great fun and job done. Good to meet up with Helen at the end for cold beers.
Last night’s AltC5 Trail Race saw 21 seniors take part, with Willie and Helen doing their own thing (and taking a longer route) and 19 starting together at 7pm upon the strangled blast of a Vuvuzela from yours truly which would have embarrassed a baby Zulu. 2 Juniors (the omnipresent Nash siblings) took part on the shorter route from Torduff Reservoir, with Andrew edging out his baby sister. At the finish, various route nuances and permutations seemed to be getting discussed but I closed my ears to this as all of the times seemed legit. Andrew Gilmore was first home with Konrad breathing down his neck and Jasmin was first lady. My first attempt at making race numbers came unstuck as some of them failed to survive the sweaty conditions – back to the drawing board for next time. Some fast times last night on what has been a memorable week of racing so far.
Jon Ascroft completed the Paddy Buckley Round on Thursday morning in a time of 23 hours 34 minutes.
With only one static support point. An incredible achievement, well done Jon.