I’m not sure it’s my place to write a ’news’ item from last Thurs since I was one the speakers (!), but the good news is we raised £207 for http://www.shelterbox.org/, the charity nominated by the main speaker James Hall. Thanks to all the speakers and everyone that turned up for a fun and inspiring night, and hope to see you all for the next one on Feb 10th.
|We had great weather and lovely views. The going was snowy but not at all bad. 28 Carnethies ran; Andy Fallas won the men’s race and Helen Bonsor the ladies’. Andy won a speciality locally made haggis of quite unfeasible proportions, as did Helen. We wonder quite what they are going to do with it all. They won’t be running so fast after scoffing those monsters.
The rest of us enjoyed the best post race food of the self same haggis, neeps and tatties, and soup. Really nice.
Carnethy also took both the male and female team prizes (Andy, Andrew and Iain Gilmore; Helen Bonsor, Rachel Berry and Joanne Anderson).
Great day out! Results here. Selkirk Fund Runners photos here
An abbreviated Juniors yesterday saw the Lynch-Burnett collective do some timed hill runs on frosty East and west Craiglockhart hills, with the finale being the ceremonial burying of a Carnethy mug for future juniors to find. Coordinates in the album!
Here’s where we ran: https://www.strava.com/activities/242192920
Full album here: https://plus.google.com/photos/103192130211278661786/albums/6105305266501195025
West Craiglockhart, tree to trip point
Charlie 2mins 17s, Anna 2mins 35s, James 2mins 45s, Archie 2mins 46s
East Craiglockhart, bottom of steps to bench
Charlie 3mins 20s, Anna 3mins 56s, James 4mins 02s, Archie 4mins 05s
Summary statistics for 2014
No of runners taking part: 27
Most Handicaps run: Chris Hill/Neil Mclure with 10 each
Fastest time: Mike Reid – 25:43 in May
Best improvement on 2013: Neil Mclure – Improved PB by 2:42
January Handicap Results
Newbie David Hanna joined us for the January handicap.
No one beat their handicap this month, probably down to conditions (windy, slippy and blizzard conditions)
Next handicap 2nd February.
|Position||Short||Short||Short Time||Medium||Medium Time||Long||Long Time||Total Time|
|1||Anna Burnett||James Burnett||00:20:41||Charlie Burnett||00:31:34||Neil Burnett||00:36:35||01:28:50|
|2||Isobel Hubert||Jason Hubert||00:26:13||Alan Hogg||00:37:21||Andy Spenceley||00:39:30||01:43:04|
|3||Ronnie Jones||00:26:27||Helen Wise||00:34:12||Digby Maass||00:43:51||01:44:30|
|4||Rosie Jones||:1:14||Fred Yong||00:44:13||Joel Sylvester||00:40:52||01:53:19|
|5||Sam Hubert||Madeline Hubert||00:21:12||Karen Meikle||00:21:12||Mark Hartree||00:50:51||01:33:15|
|5||Solomon Jones||Amy Sylvester||:1:52||Jonathan Hogg||00:39:40||Matt Jones||00:43:40||01:57:12|
|6||Jonnie Dunn||Pauline||00:12:28||Archie Lynch and Michael W||00:14:55||Nicky Dunn||00:50:53||01:18:16|
|7||Sophie Burns||00:30:35||Holly Burns||00:41:20||Paul Burns||n/a||n/a|
|8||Jenna McGowan||00:32:40||Al McGowan||n/a||Mike Lynch||00:40:52||n/a|
With the weather forecast from hell on Friday night, I was a little worried. It didn’t improve so as sleety snow was falling in Roslin at 10:15 Helen, Nick and I left for Flotty. We were first there and sat in the car wondering if any one would turn up. By this time the hint of snow had changed into heavy rain. But Carnethies are a hardy lot and as cars and kids appeared in their droves Mary took control(?) of the clip board and started trying to sort out the teams.
Luckily the Ranger Centre was open and we moved inside. After 15 minutes or so most people seemed to know what team they were in so we all headed for the hill.
The group were getting seriously chilled as I shouted them off. As they climbed the hill the start marshals were freezing so I got the Carnethy bivvy out. Kirsti and Mary became a 2 headed alien blancmange (3 minutes into the Youtube clip).
I headed up the hill to see the first ones coming back, as I climbed a few of the wee ones were being brought back, cold but still happy. Having given it a go it was just too bad.
Four Juniors managed the whole course (three teams) but all of them beat the weather. Some of the medium runners had a hard job finding the biscuit van but well done to all braving the cutting wind on the col.
The longer runners don’t all seem to have done the full course either, but having crawled over the summit in the wind, well done to all of them.
Team Burnett won the race, the other positions are a bit arbitrary but I put the teams that did most of the route higher in the order.
Thanks to all the helpers and marshals (Moira, Cali, Bob, Nick, Gilly, Kirsti and Mary); I hope I remembered them all. Also thanks to those that turned up without children to support the event. Thanks to Big Al for sweeping the medium course and bringing the bivvy bag.
The prize giving back at the ranger centre showed the ability of children to make sweets disappear! Congratulations to all that took part, it was a hard day on the hill. I reckon that experiencing these conditions in a controlled environment is a really good lesson for when you might be caught out in bad weather on the hill.
Carnethy Kids are tough!
Here are a few quotes
Sam (aged 5) says: “It was really, really good. The best bit was starting the race. I want to do it again next year because I will be faster and will do the full circuit”.
Bel (aged 8) says: ” it was FUN, and the best bit was finishing!”.
Madeleine (aged 10) says: “It was cold and wet but FUN!”.
Jonny “it was good fun because it was really funny to get wet but the negative was too much ice”.
Archie “it was reallly really fun but soooo cold , really really cold. (watch the video on the Carnethy facebook group page)
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