Archives for January 2016
On Monday night six Carnthy Ladies ran from Avril’s house into the Hermitage and up Blackford Hill and then down to the Braid Burn and around and over the Braid Hills. It was very damp and misty, but those of us at the back were able to follow the rear red lights of those leading ;o). A quick run down Braid Road back to Avril’s where we met Bill and Marie for delicious soup and wonderful lemon cake. Many thanks to Avril for a great run and food!
31 Carnethies took part. Iain Gilmore finished 3rd, Craig Mattocks 5th and Graham Nash 7th to take the team prize. Stewart Whitlie was first in his category. Kate Jenkins 4th lady (and 2nd V40) Results
Dry conditions and New Year resolutions brought out a decent crowd for the first handicap of 2016.
Slippy underfoot but dry and sunny.
Great win for Stephen.
Fastest time: Stewart W with 25:37 in September (only 5 seconds off Paul Faulkner’s course record of 25:32 in 2013)
Most handicaps: Gordon C with 11.
February handicap will be on the 1st.
The third and final race in the East District Cross Country Series took place at Broxburn on Saturday. My only other experience of cross country races is the Borders Series, which has just the two races at each meet for juniors and seniors and there is a wider spread of ability. At Broxburn there were nine races: one for each class, but still I managed to lose most of the female runners almost from the start. Convinced I was absolutely last on the second round, I thought there was no point in busting my guts, and so just started to enjoy the run on the frozen community woodland (apart from the ankle-deep bog which was unavoidable).
Results for this series are available here.
||7.30 start. Rather nice out on the snowy golf course. The usual landmarks having disappeared we wobbled about looking for the Braids top, which we found eventually. And KB bar was open again. Hurrah!
17 joined the social group who after visiting Craigmillar Castle completed the 7 tops of Arthurs Seat all above the snow line in whiteout conditions. It was just as well the leader knew where he was!
||Fast group: 12.4 miles, 2hrs 3 mins, 3227ft ascent.
The weather wasn’t favourable for a trip to the Pentlands, so we decided to stay city centre. A quick run towards Arthurs seat, through the Pollock Halls gate squeeze, to Queens Drive and onto Dunsapie, then Whinny Hill. The ascent of Arthur’s Seat was in worsening weather, however we spotted Chris Busby in the whiteout and he joined us. Going up was easier than coming down. At the bottom of the Dry Dam, the group split, with 3 heading back to KB and the remainder heading for Calton Hill. Then a fast pace through the city, and onto the canal runway towards Craiglockart. From there we summited Blackford Hill and then back to KB for a pint of Edinburgh Gold.
Three intrepid cyclists turned up at KB for the “steady” cycle on Sunday. Once we set off, excuses were quickly offered as to why each had to sit at the back and take it easy. Andy Spenceley had a swollen knee as a results of a fall; Simon Titmuss was resting so as to be on top form for the rush to the computer to get his Ben Nevis entry in once they opened; while Richard Bush turned up on a single speed fixed bike (i.e. you have to pedal all the time, even when going down hill – so no picking up speed free wheeling). This meant that if Andy and Simon got fed up of Richard they just had to find a steep hill to fly down and leave him far behind. However, Richard was wise to this and picked the flattest route possible round East Lothian. East Lothian was also chosen as it was bound to be sunny (isn’t it always?). After several hours of pedalling through the rain and puddles in exotic places such as Drem, Fenton and Aberlady we eventually headed for a guaranteed dry place – the Innocent Railway tunnel – only to discover it was just as wet with water dripping from the roof. Anyway, a good cycle was had even if the weather meant you had to be a bit hard core to even start. It’ll be sunny next time, though.
Today’s race at Paxton House, near Kelso was the penultimate in the Borders Cross Country series for this season. I was chatting to Hilary just before the start and her last words to me were, “Hope you’ve got good knots on your shoes.” Knots on shoes? As we started running, it took a second or two to sink in (mentally and through the mud) and the next I heard was that someone has lost her shoe. Yes, fortunately, I had good knots on my shoes, although I think webbed feet (and wings!) might have been useful today, too. This must rate as the muddiest cross country race for a while. On the other hand there was only one river crossing (I remember five from last year) and this gave our shoes an opportunity to lose some of the accumulated mud. Many thanks to the organisers and the marshals who made this a great race.
Race results will be available from here.