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.
A small field meant success when the results were tallied. Anna was first female (despite a sprained ankle on the second section), Deborah was first vet female and I was second overall. A fun outing and a format that with self-timing and the incorporation of some hotly contested strava segments could work well for a club event. No photos on this occasion, I’m afraid.
A cool breeze, a bit of drizzle. Perfect. Lots of people, lots of banter, lots of Japanese tourists looking on. The 7 Hills is such a fun race. Tick-off the 7 hills at the Castle, Corstorphine, Craiglockhart, Braids, Blackford, Arthurs Seat and back to Carlton Hill. Take your preferred, researched, pre- recee’d, (over)heard about, secret route with few restrictions. There were about 35 Carnethy shirts about plus some other members and several supporters along the way. 155 finished the Race and 277 finished the Challenge. Ian Whiteside flew off with Dessie, Mike and Stewart in tow but decided to pull out once he’d given them a good start. I thought I’d chase them at least to the top of the steps down Carlton Hill which I succeeded in doing (just) then settled into as fast a pace as I could as Olly Stephenson flew off into the distance down Johnstone Terrace. Six hills later and lots of place changing had us back for some nice food and a table mat trophy. Lots of banter again at the end of the race as route choices were discussed with those about you and the winners congratulated.
Dessie Flanagan (Musselburgh, sometimes Carnethy) won in 1:38:31, with Michael Reid (Carnethy, bridesmaid again) 2nd (1:38:47), and Stewart Whitley (Carnethy) 3rd in 1:46:32 and winning first V50.
Carnethy won the team prize with Olly Stephenson having a cracker coming 7th. ~7 Carnethy’s were in the top 30. I got 28th.
Results are here: http://www.seven-hills.org.uk/default.asp
This year’s triathlon, organised by Pentland Triathletes, saw a revised bike course and shortened run route because of landowner concerns. If I ever own any land I’ll hope to be more accommodating. Maybe the peasants were revolting or something?
I took part along with fellow Carnethies Jim Hardie and Bob Waterhouse, as well as drinking member Peter Buchanan. Bob was struggling with an injured shoulder, which hampered his swim considerably, and Jim’s high-risk strategy of using his cyclocross bike (on what was, in parts, a very rough course) unfortunately backfired and he punctured while in a good position and pushed the bike back to transition.
8 Carnethies (Willie Gibson, Alan Hogg, Helen Wise, Annie Gagliardi, Sean Walker, Krysia Smyth, Ron and Heather Young) met at The Steading at 10pm on Saturday night for a pint (or two in my case), before heading off on to the hill at 10:30.
This was the earliest start of any previous Midnight Madness, with the plan to do take no short cuts and to not feel rushed.
The Proseco was secreted on Caerketton at 11pm and after saying hello to the Highland Coos, we summited Allermuir at 11:12 and the mizzle started. At Allermuir crossing we put on the pertex and headed for Castlelaw (summited at 11:32) and descended to the Farm where we were joined my Moira Stewart. The founder runners of Midnight Madness 2001 were complete (Alan Moira and Me).
The rain got a bit more serious at Flotty and the full waterproofs were donned before we ascended Turnhouse.
We saw a torch on Turnhouse was it a Carnethy coming to meet us?
I took my phone out and noticed a text from Joel, “I had a great plan to meet you guys on Carnethy or Scald Law with food and drink, but now I am too tired and cant be A**ed. Have a good run, I shall think of you while I eat the biscuits and whisky I got for you, and we all know its the thought that counts”. Thanks Joel.
The torch turned out to be a dog with a head torch and two guys, one carrying a “Next” carrier bag, who said “it is windy up there”.
We got “Up there” 12:28 and thought about putting on the head torches. But we were coping so we went commando on to Carnethy and sat at the Cairn at 12:50 and had hot Ribena and Whisky/Brandy Mac (I had run out of blend and had to use brandy). As we ran off the summit the weather was looking better.
We regrouped at Scald Law trig at 01:12 where we decided it was too nice to miss out South Black Hill. Helen was keen to lose her Skyline Virginity tonight and was demanding the full course!
So after South Black at 01:20 The darkest path of the night led us to The Kips where Helen announced that it was not going to rain anymore and a £5 bet was place with me.
East Kip at 1:35 and West Kip 8 minutes later and we regrouped at the drove road an headed for Hare Hill.
The call of Heather’s Mums house at Balerno was too much for Heather and Rob and we bade them farewell as we left the road to make the summit. It was 02:10 as we went off track and yomped towards Black Hill.
We crossed the valley dry shod, amazingly and then Helen’s pleading found us heading for Black Hill summit.
It was 2:45 at the highest point, the pace was looking perfect. The descent was not as muddy as usual and as we headed for dead leg Gully Moira and Sean decided to follow the fence line to same some time. I think Moira had found being submerged thigh deep in a bog was a good excuse!
At the summit (03:15) Helen took a minute to relocate before pointing to the correct way off (progress!!).
It was a great run off in the improving light, still no head torches, we were going to save our batteries (and the planet). Regrouping with the other 2 we were over Harbour at 3:30 and Capelaw at 3:42. We were 1 hour 20 minutes to early to meet Ian Forrest on his 50th ascent this year.
The end was in sight and there was no rush so a gentle jog to Allermuir (04:00) and the down past the Highland Coos before Caerketton at 4:20 (5 hour 50 minutes), perfect timing. The Proseco was popped poured and scoffed as we watched the hazy sun appear.
What a great night for a run!
It was the first overnight Skyline to do all the tops.
It was the first overnight Skyline with out the aid of torches.
It was Helen’s first complete Skyline.
Then we ran off to Boghall and Woodhouselee where Bob Waterhouse was cooking us all Breakfast.
So after tea, coffee, Bacon Rolls, Egg Rolls and a a reminisce of a prefect night we all headed home for a sleep.
We Carnethies know how to have a good time.
Thanks to CaliBob (Cali Ingham and Bob Waterhouse) for hosting the breakfast.