Richard and Sandra Chandler
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 about Bob’s 2016 marathon madness here!
Luthrie. Not sure if it’s just me, but even the name of the village just sounds idyllic; rolling green hills, fluffy white clouds, happy heifers with their sleepy calves… The auspices were promising for this 4.5 mile race, with unexpectedly gentle weather. I chugged a Red Bull (hence writing this report at midnight – I may never sleep again). I’ve set myself the mindless challenge of running every day for 101 consecutive days, and having accumulated a fair number of miles in my legs over the last couple of months feel obliged to prove to myself that it’s all been worth it, and that I’m faster than I was in the last couple of low-mileage years.
After the race briefing (enthusiastically mooed over by the spectating cows), we set off for a speedy couple of trail miles, and tried not to get stuck behind anyone marginally slower on the single-track sections. The change of pace on the climb up Norman’s Law came as a welcome relief. I could see Mike Andrew way up ahead at the front of the pack, and was oscillating with another Carnethy, Ally. He took his own line slightly to the left of the main pack, and left me wondering if he had superior local knowledge. I was hell-bent on beating my previous PB to the top (25:54) and beasted myself up, squeezing past other runners. I staggered over the top as if it was the finish line (approx 1 min faster than 2014…yuss!).
Legs were absolute jelly for the start of the descent, and as there were a couple of slightly rocky lumps and bumps, I took it easy(ish) until the path smoothed out a bit. Most of the descent was very enjoyable, although fraught with panicky decision-making about the route (it’s any way you like back to the finish). I think I managed a decent line apart from a slightly wonky stumble through a field to avoid a climb over barbed wire. The final blast along the track to the finish was hellish.
Mike was first Carnethy home, fourth out of 132 runners, and the bashful recipient of 2nd gent prize. I couldn’t catch Ally in the end, and he came in 23rd place. I was 25th overall (and second lady), and Steven Simkin was 45th. Results here.
So that’s day 68 in the bag for me. Looking forward to a leisurely Sunday 69.
Quite a few Carnethies (actually 9) decided a race in Edinburgh was preferable to travelling to Deeside and ran in the Hunters Bog Trot in lovely sunny conditions (though it then snowed for the prize-giving). This caused quite an upset as the Carnethy ‘A’ team of James Waldie, John Hammond and Nigel Shekleton beat HBT on their home ground! James had a superb race to finish in second place, only very narrowly beaten by Scott Fraser, while John was 6th and Nigel 11th. Hilary Spenceley had a great run to be first Over 50 woman, while Andy Spenceley was second O/50 man (despite a sole of his shoes coming unstuck on the first descent of the crags resulting in flapping around the rest of the course).
Results to come.
The second Carnethy champs race and the first of 6 Scottish champs races saw a hardcore of fast Carnethy runners make the trip from Edinburgh, and me. A fresh snowfall overnight was fortunately melting fast but it was still quite cold with a brisk wind, mostly assisting. Snow showers came and went but it was mostly sunny, mud was quite a feature too. You are spared even more photos as I drowned the camera on the descent from Clachnaben when I fell into a bog. Charlotte Morgan was 2nd lady. Krysia, Jacqueline and Ina made up the rest of the ladies contingent. I’m not sure about the male results but we weren’t first or second – the rest of the results had not yet been compiled. But we have been told the men’s team were 2nd and Stewart Whitlie was 1st V50. The organisation was first class with a well marked route and marshals where you needed them. But how can any race featuring a barrel of beer at the finish not be? Results
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