It’s been a long time in the crafting but the championship table is now up and running here
Archives for April 2016
||6 left KB for a flatter but faster run last night. A swift climb up past the observatory was followed by the usual route through the Hermitage to the tennis courts at which point Liam realised his shoes were on the verge of falling apart and left for home. Over the Craiglockharts we went, before following the Braid Burn past Dreghorn barracks and under the bypass to the foot of White Hill which we summitted in the snow. Nigel showed us a clean pair of heels on the way back through Braid Burn Park before we struggled up the steps to summit Blackford once more. Just under 13 miles with about 1300 ft climbing.
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||The Easy Run
With Chris Busby speeding off for the Pentlands and Britton Heading off for the Craiglockharts, I was happy to have a nice easy run round the Braids Bridle Path. The snow held off and we had a pacier run than usual wiith 4.6 miles in 64 minutes. We couldn’t decide where to go at the top of Braids. On the way down we led 3 other runners down Liberton Farm track and tried a bit of recruiting. Then we lost Patricia and Sandra (chatting too much) as we dived across the golf course to the finish.
Here’s the route for last night’s social run:
There were 11 of us for the social run last night. We headed west out to the Craiglockharts by way of Blackford, stopping at the peak of Wester Craiglockhart to admire the wall of falling snow between us and the Pentlands. After that, it was on to the Braids, followed by a circumnavigation of Blackford to go by the pond, and back to KB just as the clock struck 90 minutes.
On Monday evening a group of Carnethy women braved freezing winds to run from Colinton to the top of Capelaw where we met Bill. We returned via Phantom’s Cleugh and the stone seat beside the new Centenary Wood at Dreghorn. Our last leg was through the Covenanter’s Wood back to Margaret’s house where we met Joanne and Hilary for some soup and apple and bramble crumble.
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Well here goes…
The London Marathon was won by Eliud Kipchoge in a staggering time of 2:03:05 just 8 seconds outside the world record. See various news-feeds on him not wearing a watch and therefore NOT being aware of how close he was to the record. First Brit home was Callum Hawkins in 2:10:52 with his brother not far behind in 2:10:52 and **Robbie Simpson** 17th in 2:15:38. The women’s elite race was won by Jemima Sumgong in a time of 2:22:58 who won despite a fall earlier in the race. Alyson Dixon (2:31:52) was first UK runner in 13th place.
Can’t guarantee that I’ve located all Carnethy runners but Rosie Allister completed in 3:41:29; Graeme Dunbar in 3:04:49; Kate Fraser in 3:56:05 and Pam Whitlie in 3:58:26. Tim Darlow got a marathon PB in spite of a calf injury in 2:56:34 (Ed: these times will be entered into the club marathon records where appropriate). Hope that another London report will follow from these runners.
Well away from the sharp end, Bob Johnson (and a team sponsored by Johnson’s Coaches) took on the record for the “fastest marathon in a two-person costume” with their sort-of-replica-Indian-Canoe. Sadly the finish time acheived (5:24:40) at the end of the 26.2 mile course was (a) over then minimum requirement of 5hrs stipulated by GWR and (b) hammered by a team dressed as a horse and rider who completed the course in 4:21:21! The canoe was manned by Richard Johnson (27, nephew to Bob) at the front and Bob Johnson (57, suprisingly uncle to Richard) at the back. We were lucky enough to persuade Simon Smith to act as “traffic minder” as required by the Virgin Money London Marathon team.
Excellent fun and so grateful to Carnethy for the athletics club place and to all those super-generous people in the club who donated hard-earned-tax-paid-sweat-soaked-gut-bustin money to the fund for “The Children’s Trust” and the “Shakespeare Cancer Hospice”.
A new women’s Bob Graham Round record of 15hrs 23min, and the fifth fastest ever. A stunning achievement from Jasmin! Apart from knocking 3 hours off the women’s record, it is not that far off Billy Bland’s untouchable overall record which has lasted for ever. Well done and congratulations, Jasmin.
Olly Stephenson puts it into perspective…
For those that are not very familiar with the BGR I thought it might be helpful to set Jasmin’s new women’s record in some sort of context to illustrate what a truly phenomenal achievement it really is – hopefully the stats speak for themselves –
The Bob Graham Round (BGR) is the benchmark long-distance challenge in Great Britain, covering 66 miles/27,00’ ascent over 42 peaks in the Lake District, to be completed within one continuous 24 hour period.
It was first done by Bob Graham himself in 1932, and since then nearly 2,000 people have completed it sub 24 hours; to set this in context over 4,000 people have now summited Mount Everest, first climbed in 1953.
So… back to Jasmin…
Line up these 2,000 finishers and she is the fifth fastest of them all. FIFTH FASTEST. Only 90 minutes ahead is the record holder Billy Bland, who set his 13:53 time in 1982, and which no-one has come close to threatening ever since. Whilst at it she also smashed the existing and very respectable women’s record of 18:06 set by Nicky Spinks last year by over 2.5 hours.
And Jasmin did all of this on a pair of legs that completed a winter BGR in a very respectable 22:28 only a month ago – it takes most BGR completers at least 3+ months to recover after their Rounds, but evidently not Jasmin – it’s also worth noting that a winter BGR is a much, much bigger beast than a summer outing as evidenced by the fact that there are only 36 winter BGR completions to date, so all-in-all Jasmin has pulled off a very low-key but totally world-class performance here, and she was no-doubt smiling, laughing and enjoying herself all the way around. Maximum respect Jasmin, you are a legend.
Quick news flash – Graham Nash completed a solo unsupported Ramsay in 23:29 in the very early hours of today (April 22nd). Huge respect given that there must still be a lot of snow up there. More details to follow once he’s recovered a bit. Legendary!
Quote fom Olly
“I’ve just spoken with Graham – it was full winter conditions for him, icy and pretty exciting on some of the ridges at night and then soft snow and exhausting post-holing in the daytime. He saw 4 people all day.
I believe this is only the second sub-24 hour ‘winter’ Ramsay, which puts Graham in a pretty elite group!”
Graham puts it more modestly as “…an early spring round with winter conditions on the high tops. I had the added advantage of an extra 5 hours of daylight compared with an attempt in say February. Plus warmer temperatures.
It puts into perspective Jon Gay’s inspiring, legendary sub 24 hour true winter round 3 years ago.
I’m not sure I’m one of the elites, I was very lucky with the weather. The likes of Finlay Wild would have romped round very quickly.
I’ll write up a report and send on (even have a few photos!)”.
This Wednesday I was in London with work and missing my usual Wednesday night “social run”. Instead I opted for a night running tour with Love London Running Tours.
We met at Barbican and ran around London City taking in some of the building’s and the history. We then made our way to The Tower of London, St. Katherine’s Docks and over London Bridge. We ran back along the Thames to Big Ben where we crossed back over finishing up at St. Paul’s cathedral.
Nikki my guide was fantastic and I would highly recommend anyone visiting London to book a tour with Love London Running Tours. It was a great way to see the city and learn about the history.
Normality and Willie’s chat will resume next week.
The 7.30 group
Richard and Sandra Chandler
Small but perfectly formed. Much like my self. I’d entered a few months back, and tried to entice other Carnethy’s to join me, but with no success. Well more fool you – it was a beautiful day and a cracking race. It is a four hour Score event, so basically a nice morning in the hills trying to find as many controls as you can. I’d entered with a view to getting some navigation training in at an easy pace. The clear skies and still air meant that some of the controls were visible from a km away. Indeed the hardest navigation was back through Grasmere on a busy Sunday afternoon. Some of the controls would have been very challenging in the cloud, but there wasn’t any. Instead estimating distances and time (good old Naismith!) was the order of the day. The bet on taking in one last control paid off and I squeaked in just inside the four hours with 240 points. Tom Gomersall got over 400. Show off. I was 10th MV40 and 34th overall from 200, quite pleased with that. There’s another one in August. Thoroughly recommended.
Recently I’ve tried to get out running when I’m travelling with work, even doing a race if possible. There’s something nice about going to a local race and checking out the local scene. It’s fun, and I find that it’s a good way to unwind from a lot of air travel and interacting with colleagues. It also helps me avoid the usual situations that arise when I spend too much time alone in a hotel room. A fortnight ago I was told that I would be sent to the States over a weekend, so obviously a race or run was required!
I was being sent to Boston, home of the Boston Marathon, on the weekend of the Boston Marathon, staying in a hotel near the Boston Marathon finish line. Everything was set for doing a race called “The Boston Marathon”. So.…I promptly entered the “Moose On The Loose” half marathon in New Hampshire, 40 miles north of Boston. I ditched the Boston Marathon because I knew that the race has a general downhill profile, so if I managed to break the world record then that record time would not be valid. That would clearly be quite annoying. I really do feel that I could smash that 2hr barrier one day*, but if I did then I would expect the official world record at the very least – money has no meaning to me**, it’s all about bragging rights. Additionally, my last-minute tentative entry enquiry to the Boston Marathon was met with a polite request to eff-off***. Read more…
Read about Bob’s 2016 marathon madness here!