This race popped up this year for the first time, so I thought I’d give it a go. I also fancied scoping out the terrain at Lochore Meadows, as this is where one of this year’s Scottish Cyclocross Series races will be held, in November. It’s an interesting place, and the former deep mine (now abandoned) has an artificial loch (Loch Ore) and is used for triathlons, running events, and cyclocross, and is administered by Fife Coast & Countryside Trust.
Archives for June 2015
Oz made an appearance 10 days ago after an absence of some time. The chat on the run was mainly about the lack so far of the summer Pun N Chips run being on the calendar.
The next sunday an email appears , it is on.
The weather was not too bad so we summited Blackford Hill, I was leading from the rear, upset that none of my slow runners had come along to give me the normal excuse for going slow.
After a swift descent we headed for Bennett’s bar, with The Merlin rather roadworked, tarmaced and noisy we missed it out. Gordon was found there by Alan Hogg who went on a missing past president hunt.
Reunited we headed for the Hermitage Bar and were united with our chips, the incredulous bar tender was unwilling to pull 23 half pints until he saw the team arrive.
After scoffing the carohydrate we headed for Braid through Braiburn Park and emptied a bottle of Glenlivet at the summit (thanks Oz), then we ran to The Stable Bar for another (slightly Midgie this time) pint. Then we ran off to KB and the Leslie’e Bar for a nice pint or two and a good chat.
A great night out as ever, Thanks Oz
Last Saturday was the Falkland hill race and it was very difficult. It started in the small village of Falkland and we ran straight up the hill East Lomond. At first we thought the race would have been very easy, as the best times for the adult race were around 20 minutes, but we then were told that the junior race was all the way to the top as well! It took a while – about 30 minutes to get all the way to the top I passed holly on the way up, but very near the end she caught up to me. I was able to keep ahead of her until very near the end, when I beat her to a line of concrete on the ground, where someone was standing, saying “Well done, that’s great, well done!” and I stopped, as I was a tiny bit in front of holly, but then they said the finish was further on and Holly sped past me, and, try as I might, I could not catch her over the last few metres till the end. However, Holly did well, being the second women and first junior. She also got a large box of sports gels, with a little booklet about mountain biking! We are both looking forward to the next race now, as our sibling rivalry has reached a new level! Further up the field were Steven Fallon, 4th, my Dad in 25th and Duncan Davis in 29th.
Alex has posted this on the Carnethy FaceBook page:
“Hi, I’m Alex Menarry, an “overseas” member, so we probably haven’t met. Are you going to the World Masters Mountain Running Championships in Betws-y-Coed in September this year? I have found that there is age discrimination at work. The WMRA Council have decreed that anyone over age 80 cannot run. This means that if Bill and I try to enter we will be rejected – we have both run in past Championships and won medals. I emailed the Council, politely pointing out the error of their ways and asking them to delete the appropriate regulation (no 23) or provide their reasons for it. They have ignored me – not even an acknowledgement. I have asked AgeUK for their legal opinion on this particular age discrimination and await their reply. I seek my fellow-Carnethies opinions on the ban and ideas for how the protest can be carried forward.”
Feedback ideally through FaceBook but non FBers with something to say can send us an email which we can forward. Or go directly to the WMRA.
A stunning performance by Jasmin and Konrad finishing in second and third place overall at the five day, 300km, 16000m Dragon’s Back Race, behind winner Jim Mann. Arguably the hardest hill race in the UK, less than half of the starters made it to the end of the week.
Jasmin is sitting in 2nd place overall after the third day of the Dragon’s Back race. this is reckoned to be the hardest day. Konrad is not far behind in 3rd place. The race is being led by Jim Mann, who is a multi winner of the LAMM elite class, Jim Mann.
Full details are on The Dragon’s Back Website where live tracking is also available. In fact by watching the tracking today, it looks like Jasmin and Jim have been running together all day.
On Monday the Carnethy Ladies and Bill returned to Aberlady for a beach run over to Gullane. A rainy day had turned into a lovely evening as we ran along the sand dunes to the beach and saw three young deer by Yellow Mires. Lots of summer flowers were in bloom, including several purple orchids. Kirsty and Ina ran an extra mile or two trying to find Kirsty’s brand new electric pink cycling jacket, which was lost on the way out. If any Carnethies are at Aberlady in the next week or so, please look out for Kirsty’s jacket. It was great to meet up with Bill who came out for a walk among the sand dunes.
Jane Jackson and I took part in the latest of the Borders Series of Triathlons. This one (750m swim, 21km cycle and 5km run) was quite low key compared to the one I took part in at Eyemouth last year and it was difficult to squeeze the results out of them, far less having photos of the event. Heaven forbid that we get some value out of our £40 entry fee.