I can report a top quality soup, with a WARMED roll. Tick.
After a late change to the start venue from Dreghorn to Bonaly due to emergency roadworks, a cock up with the restaurant booking, and then the forecast for rain I was wondering if many would turn up for the clockwise running of the penultimate 2015 handicap race.
Phil arrived just in time with the race numbers for an excellent turnout of 35 runners plus 2 dogs. The weather remained fine and a slight breeze kept the midges away. First back was Michael Wilkinson, however he decided that seeing Digby disappear up Allermuir meant he was running too slowly and took a shortcut back to the finish.
The winner with map (handy tip) in hand was Alan Swanson, beating his handicap by 4 & 1/2 minutes, running in his barefoot running shoes – impressive given reports of the slippery descent over the tree roots in the woods. Over the next 15 minutes another 31 of the runners appeared from various directions with tales of missed checkpoints and detours. That left 2 runners unaccounted for, Lisa and Georgina, who were last seen heading over Harbour Hill on a reverse Skyline by Captain Whiteside.
That meant we now only had 4 runners out on the hill, a quick call to Jim to tell him all was well, and the search party returned.
19 headed off to Hunters Tryst for some pub grub and fine ales.
Many thanks to Pamela for recording the finish times, Nicola for taking the food orders and the Carnethy HRC Rescue Service.
Final Handicap is in 2 weeks time (Wednesday 2nd September), Arthur’s Seat, at the earlier start time of 6.30pm.
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