Archives for September 2015
Nick punctured descending the second hill, Whernside, with Jon doing exactly the same except puncturing again shortly afterwards (Ed: pump the bu99er up more next time). Bob, Craig and Mike had no such issues but still couldn’t get onto the pace of the first two Carnethies.
The main race highlights were the eleven-times winner, Rob Jebb, being beaten by Paul Oldham for the overall win. The other stand-out performance was for Tim Gould (five-times winner) winning the VET 50 class in 5th overall taking the VET 50 record down to 3:10:08 (noting that it stood at 3:32 for many years!).
The ladies race was won by Jules Toon in a time of 3:57:07; second was Verity Appleyard (4:01:22) and third was past-winner, Isla Rountree (4:09:00).
Superb conditions on the hills and a really excellent race. Mike had no mechanical issues with his bike but his shoe gave him terrible stick only to find a one pound coin hiding in there! Results
I thought that Trahenna would be a good place to take photos. Just walk/jog in from Stobo ahead of the pack and get set up on the steep slope. The aim was to try to capture the ‘essence’ of the final character building ascent. A fair number of people (including a spectating Jasmin) took their mind off the pain by picking blaeberries.
All went well until I heard a noise behind me after only a quarter mile. I turned round to see Graham Gristwood of Ochil HR loping easily towards me. Both cameras in the rucksack . . . a desperate fumble to get the wee one out while Graham said a cheery “Hello. Nice afternoon.” and then suggested I catch up to take his picture. So the winner’s picture, after running as hard as I can these days, shows his blurry back as he disappeared swiftly into the distance.
Managed to catch the next runners before the dam and the rest mainly on Trahenna. Apologies to anybody that didn’t take my (perfect) route – I either missed you, or was puffing too badly to get a steady shot. Quite a number of people took a left hand route through the trees and up the fence line – missed them too. Photos can be found in the Picasa albums here
Congratulations to Euan and Lisa Boyd
On 19th September a group of Friends and Relatives of Euan Boyd and Lisa Gamble gathered in front of the Jura Hotel to watch them tie the knot. Read more…
Thank you for making my last Breweries in charge a very memorable one. I haven’t laughed and danced so much in a long while.
The race went without a hitch. A great day for running with light wind and cool dry temperatures. Graham Gristwood gave the record a fright at least part of the way and finished in a very respectable 2:44. Duncan Coombs and Joe Symonds followed close behind.
Kerstine Leslie was first lady, followed by Louise Burt, who also took the v40 and v50 prizes. Manny Gorman took first v40 with Jon Know taking first v50 and David Nightingale the first v60.
The race was followed by excellent food and a ceilidh allowing runners, marshalls and the superb soup dragons from the kitchen to dance the night away. I leave the job with mixed emotions as this race is a very special part of my life, but things move on and I look forward to assisting John Hamer from Westies with future races.
I would like to express my thanks to Moffat mountain rescue, all the marshalls and helpers, the landowners and especially the runners, who have made this race one of the best in the calendar.
The Two Breweries Results 2015
|1||02:44:04||Graham Gristwood||Ochils HR||Senior||Male||1|
|2||02:47:12||Duncan Coombs||Hunters Bog Trotters||Senior||Male||2|
|3||02:50:35||Joe Symonds||Shettleston Harriers||Senior||Male||3|
|4||02:51:56||Murray Strain||Hunters Bog Trotters||Senior||Male||4|
|5||02:59:11||Gwyn Bellamy||Westerlands Cross Country Club||Senior||Male||5|
|7||03:01:44||Steve Halsall||Westerlands Cross Country Club||Senior||Male|
|8||03:08:45||Fergus Johnston||Gala Harriers||Senior||Male|
|9||03:10:16||Stanley Topalian||Westerlands Cross Country Club||Senior||Male|
|10||03:12:59||mark sutherland||Westerlands Cross Country Club||Senior||Male|
|11||03:13:36||Manny Gorman||Westerlands Cross Country Club||v40||Male||1 v40|
|13||03:16:07||John Hammond||Carnethy Hill Racing Club||Senior||Male|
|14||03:16:27||Peter Mackie||Shettleston Harriers||Senior||Male|
|15||03:21:36||Liam Braby||Carnethy Hill Racing Club||Junior||Male|
|16||03:22:28||Konrad Rawlik||Carnethy Hill Racing Club||Senior||Male|
|18||03:24:47||Thomas Knox||Anster Haddies Running Club||Senior||Male|
|19||03:27:18||Cameron Burt||Westerlands Cross Country Club||Senior||Male|
|20||03:28:48||Grant MacDonald||Bellahouston Road Runners||Senior||Male|
|21||03:28:51||Jonathan Knox||Anster haddies||v50||Male||2nd v40||1st v50|
|22||03:29:30||Oliver Blomfield||Eden Runners||v40||Male||3rd v40|
|23||03:31:22||James Callender||Westerlands Cross Country Club||Senior||Male|
|24||03:32:10||Kerstin Leslie||Dalbeattie||Senior||Female||1st female|
|25||03:32:32||David White||Kilmarnock H & AC||v40||Male||4th v40|
|26||03:33:19||Alan Gilkison||Westerlands Cross Country Club||v40||Male|
|27||03:33:58||Peter Buchanan||Portobello Running Club||v50||Male||2nd v50|
|29||03:38:52||Des Crowe||unattatached||v50||Male||3rd v50|
|30||03:39:00||Neil Burnett||Carnethy Hill Racing Club||v40||Male|
|31||03:39:47||Colin Williams||Moorfoot Runners||v40||Male|
|33||03:44:36||Christopher Darling||Lomond Hill Runners AAC||Senior||Male|
|34||03:47:04||John Tullie||Teviotdale Harriers||v50||Male|
|35||03:48:36||Colin MacDougall||Tinto Hill Runners||v40||Male|
|36||03:49:14||Simon Gardner||Westerlands Cross Country Club||Senior||Male|
|39||03:51:02||Giles Ruck||Hunters Bog Trotters||v40||Male|
|40||03:51:10||John Hewitt||Glassopdale Harriers||v50||Male|
|41||03:51:47||Steven Peters||Dundee Road Runners AC||Senior||Male|
|42||03:52:12||Rob Wilson||Penicuik Harriers||v40||Male|
|43||03:52:25||Graham Collins||Team Nutkin||v40||Male|
|44||03:52:35||Louise Burt||Fife Athletic Club||v50||Female||2nd f||1st v40||1st v50|
|45||03:53:53||Aron Price||Westerlands Cross Country Club||Senior||Male|
|46||03:54:38||Martin Twigg||Hunters Bog Trotters||v40||Male|
|47||03:54:57||David Scott||Ochil Hill Runners||v50||Male|
|48||03:55:40||Mike Brooks||Penicuik Harriers||v50||Male|
|49||03:56:52||Kenneth Davidson||Moorfoot Runners||v40||Male|
|50||03:57:20||Roderick Pugh||Kilmarnock H & AC||v50||Male|
|51||03:58:34||Eck Anderson||Anster Haddies||Serior||Male|
|52||03:59:02||Stephen Terwey||Stonehaven Running Club||Senior||Male|
|53||03:59:38||Roddy Cunningham||Westerlands Cross Country Club||Senior||Male|
|54||04:00:14||David Wilson||Hunters Bog Trotters||Senior||Male|
|55||04:00:27||Craig Taylor||Portobello Running Club||v40||Male|
|56||04:01:19||Anna Gilmore||0||Senior||Female||3rd f|
|57||04:02:28||Gareth Reynolds||Harmeny Athletic Club||Senior||Male|
|58||04:04:49||Julia Connor||U/A||v40||Female||2nd v40 f|
|60||04:05:50||Walter Henderson||Shettleston Harriers||v40||Male|
|61||04:05:57||Richard Hadfield||Portobello Running Club||v40||Male|
|62||04:06:53||Catriona Fisher||Westerlands CCC||Senior||Female|
|63||04:07:29||david nightingale||Gala Harriers||v60||Male||1st v60|
|66||04:12:34||Nick Williamson||Dunbar Running Club||v40||Male|
|67||04:13:23||Keith Martin||Harmeny Athletic Club||v50||Male|
|69||04:14:21||mark wheeler||Hamilton harriers||Senior||Male|
|70||04:15:37||Willie Gibson||Carnethy HRC||v50||Male|
|71||04:17:48||Steffen Gorgas||Westerlands Cross Country Club||v40||Male|
|75||04:19:05||Elaine Omand||Dundee Road Runners AC||Senior||Female|
|76||04:19:36||Colin Eades||Lothian Running Club||v40||Male|
|77||04:19:52||Neil Martin||Lomond Hill Runners AAC||v50||Male|
|78||04:20:01||Lorna Mahoney||Westerlands Cross Country Club||v40||Female||3rd v40 f|
|79||04:21:00||Leyre Flores||Westerlands Cross Country Club||Senior||Female|
|80||04:24:30||Douglas Graham||Cousins Carnegie||v40||Male|
|81||04:25:19||James Purves||Gala Harriers||v50||Male|
|82||04:27:39||Neil Thomas||Hunters Bog Trotters||v40||Male|
|83||04:27:58||Lesley Kirkwood||Peebles Cycling Club||v50||Female||2nd v50 f|
|86||04:36:12||Alan Elder||Moorfoot Runners||v50||Male|
|87||04:36:49||AndrewA Stavert||Portobello Running Club||v50||Male|
|88||04:37:13||Neil MacRury||Stornoway Running and Athletics Club||v50||Male|
|89||04:38:43||Melanie Sinclair||Carnegie Harriers||v40||Female|
|92||04:39:55||Nicola Garside||Ochil Hill Runners||Senior||Female|
|94||04:40:20||Sadie Kemp||Penicuik Harriers||Senior||Female|
|95||04:41:24||Gordon Bulloch||Westerlands Cross Country Club||v40||Male|
|97||04:43:01||Paul Burns||Carnethy Hill Racing Club||v40||Male|
|98||04:43:27||David Stakes||Bellahouston Road Runners||v50||Male|
|99||04:47:47||John Hamer||Westerlands Cross Country Club||v50||Male|
|102||04:51:04||Tom Bowie||Unattached||v60||Male||2nd v60|
|103||04:53:31||Ewan Jelly||Perth Road Runners||Senior||Male|
|105||04:57:18||Roy Baxter||Lasswade Athletics Club||v40||Male|
|107||04:58:06||George Douglas||Westerlands Cross Country Club||v50||Male|
|108||04:59:59||Sandy Low||Carnethy Hill Running Club||v40||Male|
|109||05:00:10||Carrie Fox||Fife AC||v40||Female|
|111||05:02:49||Leanne Cooke||Westerlands Cross Country Club||Senior||Female|
|113||05:17:45||Elizabeth Loffill||Westerlands Cross Country Club||Senior||Female|
|114||05:18:09||Lesley Halstead||Lomond Hill Runners AAC||v40||Female|
|115||5:23:37||Duncan Bruce||North Ayrshire Athletic Club||Senior||Male|
|116||5:24:26||Hilary Spenceley||Carnethy Hill Racing Club||v50||Female|
|117||5:37:26||Stephanie Mackie||Westerlands Cross Country Club||Senior||Female|
|118||5:50:44||Angie Brown||Harmeny Athletic Club||Senior||Female|
|119||5:50:44||Graham Kelly||Westerlands Cross Country Club||v40||Male|
|1st Team||4 to count||Westerlands||Elspeth Scott Memorial Trophy||Catriona Fisher|
|1st Ladies Team||3 to count||Westerlands||Kevin Doonan Memorial Trophy||Gwyn Bellamy|
Andy Fallas and Iain Whiteside were 2nd and 3rd, and Andy won the 1st to the top of Morven prize. Paul Faulkner won the V40 in 7th place and Stewart Whitlie the V50 (with a new course record) in 8th place. Carnethy won the men’s team prize with Andy, Iain and Paul. Helen Bonsor took 3 place sen female.
Idle inspection of the V40 trophy revealed the only missing year and runner to be Stewart, who won it in 2007. A strange omission!
The course is an initially steepish ascent through heather then more open to the summit cairn. A rougher variation on the way down through boggy and heathery terrain with a short section of landrover track. Nice and cool and still today with great views. Pity I couldn’t complete the sweep of V trophies with the 60. Well signed and marshalled and with a great feed afterwards. A Carnethy and SHR championship race. 8.5k and 640 metres. Results here
||The 7.30pm run into various bits of impenetrable shrubbery|
Having slogged round the Fisherfield Corbetts last week with my wife waiting patiently for me it was a pleasant relief to stroll up the tourist path with Anne to the top of Ben Vrackie to complete my round of the Corbetts. This was one only 12 that I walked up, the rest I ran thanks to the experience gained with Carnethy.
For that I have to thank two people in particular. Firstly, Willie, who persevered over a number of years finally persuading me after I had retired from my day job to leave road running behind and join Carnethy to enjoy hill running. Also Nigel Rose whose journey runs gave me the first taste of long runs in the hills and the confidence to set off on my own.
The last time I did this one was in 2007 over a longer tougher route. It’s a bit of trek from Edinburgh, but this year I was only an hour’s drive, so decided to have a go. The route seemed to have reverted to the old one with the steep ascent up Fell of Eschonchan, but forestry work meant we had to go up the “tourist path”. The tourist path turned out to be very rocky and stony especially at the beginning and the first serious climb through the trees. After that it became a lot better.
The first summit Benyellary came earlier than I expected, but it was in heavy mist. The path is fairly obvious and the luminous yellow marshall even more so. There was some decent fast running here down the Neive of the Spit. The winner Gregor Stewart had already passed me on the way down. The final ascent of the Merrick itself was a bit of a slog and it was hard to see the best route to the top. A quick tap on the trig point and I set off full pelt on the way down. I could just see someone ahead and managed to catch them.
Back at the Neive of the Spit the mist cleared, so I took a couple of photos. I’m not as adept as Digby, so I lost some time. The climb back up Benyellary took a bit out of me but once on the descent I recovered and gradually closed on another runner, who seemed worse at descending than me, if that’s possible. The run back at the bottom was pretty horrible over the boulders on the path, but I got back unscathed but lost a lot of time.
I finished 1st V60. Ok there were only two of us, but nevertheless. The only other Carnethy was Adam Anderson who finished 6th.
Thanks to Girvan AAC. I hope next year we can avoid the “easy” tourist path
Just the one Carnethy team at the Mournes this year – everyone else seemed to be in Jura for some event that wasn’t even on the SHR calendar – but what a team! Easily the best dressed team on the hill, Mike Lynch and I were in the ‘B’ Class. It was Mike’s first MM, and his being a self professed navigational novice the nav seemed to be down to me.
A leisurely trip over gave us time to watch the film Everest in Belfast, so we were well prepared for ice storms and oxygen starvation, though the navigation did seem to extend only to following a rope up and down.
||Day One took us from Bloody Bridge river west around Slieve Donard, Cove, a tricky ascent up Ben Crom (scrambling required!), a long trudge to Slieve Muck then North a field below Craigdoo, near nowhere really, for overnight camp. We were in 12th place from 27 at this point. Some tricky controls to find, you had to go by the control description rather than the grid reference which was a bit dodgy in places. Some local knowledge would have helped too, some super contouring paths not making it to the map. Irish bog is as wet as Scottish bog (though less midgie, which is good). Mourne Mud is really quite sticky, but there was a useful foot spa at the overnight camp|
||Day Two took us back over Craigdoo, Slievemuck (apt name), then a choice of order for the next three controls where we seemed to make a better choice than most, gaining a bunch of time on many teams. The route took us around Slieve Meelbeg, Slieve Meelmore, through Hares Gap and then a final big climb on Slieve Commedagh before a fast descent to the finish at Tollymore. Remarkably we were 4th on the second day, taking us to 7th overall in the B Class, and third MV. Even more remarkably there were no arguments and Mike is even considering doing another one.|
Lovely weather makes any race better, and this one more so as the views are lovely. It is also one of a small number of races where you can see the whole race from the start, rather like Goatfell. And like the Traprain Law race this starts from a show, the Thropton show, and also features a river crossing. The course attracts road runners as there is some tarmac, but also fields, forest and hill, with some attractive ascent and descent on the sandstone outcrop. It’s about 10k and 350m of ascent. The show has some interesting events – including falconry, yapping dog races and sheepdog duck herding amongst other things. The produce prize entries were remarkable, particularly if you were hungry, or cynical. The race prizegiving was publicised by means of ESP but consulting the piece of paper later I found I hadn’t won the V60. A very nice day out. Results to follow