|Col Fun Run|
|1||Matthew Ross||Interlopers OC||11||119||17.44|
|2||Andrew Nash||Carnethy HRC||10||113||20.26|
|3||James Burnett||Carnethy HRC||8||121||19.50|
|4||Anna Burnett||Carnethy HRC||10||122||20.26|
|6||Kai Wheeler||Calder Glen||8||124||23.42|
|7||Rachael Nash||Carnethy HRC||9||114||25.04|
|8||Peigidh Lyons||Carnethy HRC||10||117||25.36|
|Caitidh Lyons||Carnethy HRC||11||DNF|
|Scald Law Race|
|1||Chris Richards||Helm Hill Runners||16||290||21.21|
|2||Elliott Matier||Carlisle Aspatria||15||292||22.03|
|3||Matthew Senior||Helm Hill Runners||17||291||22.31|
|4||Liam Clark||Aberdeen AAC||14||289||26.47|
|5||Euan Burns||Carnethy HRC||13||288||34.50|
We started in a field and a man in white trousers with a gun sent us off. When I went through the muddy bit I got very muddy. Then I reached the gate and people were saying well done and kept on running. We were soon running on the track up the hill. When I looked over my shoulder I could see the adults running up the hill and it looked like a rainbow. It got steeper and steeper and finally I got to the marshal and he/she turned me round. I ran back as fast as I could but when I got to the muddy bit the adults had made it even muddier. When I went though the finish line my brother was there to cheer me on. I think my place was either 5th or 6th. When we got back to the school my mum and dad had to help out at the kitchen so me and Andrew sat down quietly. Then finally it was prize giving and me and my brother both won a packet of HEROS.
By Rachael Nash age 9
We lined up on the start line and got ready to go. The starter fired his blank gun and we were off. We sprinted across the the bog and through the bracken and onto the gate. Then it was the heather and across a stream. The hill we ran up next was not easy at all. Then we had the final push up the hill to reach our turning point and we sprinted back down the hill skidding and sliding all the way. Through the heather and past the gate and through the field for the last time and across the line.
There were runners from all over the country and even England at the start of the race, and as then gun went off, around 10 runners sped off to the top of Scald Law.
The first 5 to 10 minutes of the path were very simple, and, except for a small bog at the start, were easy to traverse and cross. However, soon after, the climbs began, and they were extremely steep. Even the fun run to the col was a difficult climb. But after that, it got even worse, with a misty climb full of blind summits to the top. But once I turned around, it was a massive relief. The ground turned to a blur as I sped down the mountain, desperately trying to catch up with someone, anyone, trying not to be last, but to no avail, as the others had legs long enough to be my dad’s! I then realised, as Willie also said later, that the handicap for racing should perhaps not be based on age, but instead leg length!
But even after a last place finish, I felt proud that I had taken part, and completed the largest hill race in Scotland. The only other races I had competed in were the Tinto Hill race, and the Greenmantle dash, so this was a massive step up. However, it was still a happy ending, as I won the prize for under 14’s and for being last, so I was given a bum bag and a box of Heroes to ‘share’ with my family. Overall, it was a great race, and I would definitely recommend it to any aspiring or experienced hill runners, as it is a great run and good way to get involved with the many different races in Scotland.