Archives for December 2014
To whet your appetite here are Margaret’s photos…
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As the runners arrived at KB last night, the bar became filled with a plethora of light shows, with LED body cover, skin suits and even Freddie Mercury and his hoover.
34 runners set off and most completed the 13 mile route, with a few joiners en route we got to 40 runners at one point.
Ending up in Alison’s Kitchen for a wonderful feast.
More coming once I remember it.
No cumulative placings for the series yet, but yesterday’s Borders XC at Chirnside won’t have done anyone’s prize prospects any harm at all. Andy Fallas won the race, with Mike Reid in second place. Charlotte Morgan continued her battle with Dianne Lauder, taking the top spot on this occasion (and 8th overall!). That makes it 2 wins apiece heading into 2015, so still everything to play for. Many other good performances from lots of Carnethies.
It was good to see several Carnethies at the Chirnside race of the Borders Cross Country today. The snow and ice had disappeared to ensure the paths were good and muddy. I even felt some warmth with the sun on my back (but maybe that’s a sign, as if I need one, that I was running too slowly?). I persuaded a bystander to take a few photos of our group, but in every one there is a rogue bum and knee photo bombing the image.
Many thanks to everyone who entered this years Arty/Photo Competition – the task to produce a Carnethy and/or festive themed picture or words using a GPS trace.
Some very impressive and detailed entries where displayed at the bar in KB for all to see (including Bob’s @rse, well it wouldn’t be a photo comp without it). Willie presented each picture in turn for the Carnethy cheerometer to judge. The entries were filtered down to a top 5, and then a top 3 for the final round of the cheerometer.
The overall winner was Mary & Matt’s “Cool Yule Pent(lands)agram”, taking in 5 Pentland summits over some 10.5miles.
Joint second place was Digby’s “Putting a smile on the Bush gang’s Carnethy run, AKA ‘Do I win?'” and Frisbee Jeff’s “Carnethy star”. The winners received a choice of beers or wine.
All entries are awarded a bottle of beer, with junior entries getting a box of chocs. If you couldn’t make it to KB last night, then collect your prize from me at the Christmas party on Monday.
See all the entries here
With Matt & Mary who were late for anything longer or faster, and Cat returning from injury, the more or less usual group had an ‘out of the wind’ potter around the Hermitage; with a visit to Blackford hill top to admire the view and the breeze. Does this trace look a bit like a duck?
||7pm medium run:
On a cold, wet and windy night Gordon introduced us to the new game of floG. A few mistakes were made by us novices to the game – more practice is needed!
In honour of the Carnethy GPS Art competition, a small group of runners went out on a mission to create something that would astound everyone. We ran through all kinds of weather: wind, rain, sleet snow. We ran across tarmac, trails, tracks, swamps, quagmires, woods, fields, and streams. The result speaks for itself, a beautiful GPS trace of a Carnethy christmas snotter. It really is remarkable. Well done to Ross and Dom for chumming me along on this artistic endeavour. I can’t believe we didn’t win.
Details of the upcoming series of talks now on site here (or ‘Social’ drop down menu). Looks interesting!
…actually there’s too many for the news page now so just keep clicking refresh on the photo competition page here. There’s also a link just over to the left. Mary & Matt’s entries now in! And a classic from BobJ!
Entries now closed
Dundee was dry but cold and windy (in your face on the exposed sections of course). Those of us who did it last year had the benefit of knowing what was ahead, which maybe explains why some of the stars that got the men’s team to 5th place decided they had to wash their hair.
The ladies didn’t manage to get a full team out this year but Charlotte made up for it and had a great run to come in 4th in the ladies race, only a few seconds off 2nd behind a Central AC clean sweep. Helen and Rachel completed the Carnethy results, with Kate turning out for Gala.
In the gents race Andy and Craig returned from last year and as I don’t have any hair to wash so did I. The talk beforehand was of getting a V50 team place (ah the innocence of youth – there was no such competition), so we all thought we had reason to slog our way round the three 2 mile laps (6.1 miles in total – tantalisingly short of a decent Strava 10k time). Anyway – the race was won by familiar figure Murray Strain with Andy sneaking a top 20 place. Craig, spurred on no doubt by Charlotte’s vest was 2nd counter with Iain G following. I was 4th counter – gaining 2 places on my 2013 result (so at least I’ve something to be thankful for last years fantastic four spending Saturday doing their nails), with Tom and Harry completing the counting places to get us to 10th team. Mike, Bob and Micah completed another impressive Carnethy turnout.
Will we get full teams out for the nationals in February (weekend after Carnethy)? If you fancy trying some XC but haven’t a place in the borders series then the East District League have their next race on January 17th in the wilds of Broxburn (it’s free too, see http://www.eastleague.co.uk/)
Some classic grimacing shots in here:
This was a fun low key event run on quiet roads and muddy tracks in a roughly 8 and a half mile loop around the Eildon Hills. We were lucky enough to have a nice weather window of beautiful sunshine for the duration of the race. It was horizontal sleet by the time I drove back home. The route was undulating and the promised mud was ankle deep at points so it was all good fun and a nice way to run off one or two mince pies. Results will be here melroseroadraces.com
Willie Gibson – (you need to make this map very large to read the special message!)
Festive shapes from the Burnett Kids –