Archives for May 2016
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A bleary eyed crew of Carnethies turned up bright and early to marshal the half and full marathons at the Regent Road start. We put out the flags, lined up the potty punters, answered innumerable questions (location of baggage lorries featuring heavily), led the starters to the start, and cleared up the rubbish. Our reward – a good quality running top in any size except medium, and excellent bacon rolls & coffee in the corner café (though a rather long wait). Carnethy reward – the club gets £15 per marshal.
5 Carnethies were spotted running the full marathon – including new member Carina who thought she hadn’t quite qualified enough to wear the Carnethy vest (nonsense!), but did sport a buff, and Margaret on a remarkable 27th marathon. The conditions near perfect at the start, cool and grey, but turning very sunny towards the end.
Let the webteam know your times and maybe how you got on.
Sally Cross writes – 4.13.29 for me and 4.21.22 for Ian Jackson. Hot and tough running at end – I was plagued with cramp!
Other Carnethies may have started in London Rd., apologies to those missed eg –
Kathy Henly – an amazing marathon time of 3hr 26m
The Dutch chapter of Carnethy was (unofficially) established at the end of January when I moved to Amsterdam to study for a year. Despite an active recruitment drive, involving dashing into various drinking establishments wearing my Whiteside inspired inappropriately short shorts and sweaty running t-shirt and loudly asking for a pint of the weakest, flattest beer while striking up friendly conversation about the joys of running in the hills with the confused clientele, membership has remained limited to one. I therefore decided it was time to dig out my Carnethy vest and promote the club at a race. The Leiden Marathon was selected due to its ‘hilly’ nature (15m of vertical over 26.2 miles according to Strava).
The race started in warm, still and humid conditions. From the photos of the start it looks like the local American Football team were drafted in to control the start line. I quickly settled into my planned race pace and as the kilometers ticked by I began to overtake some fast starters. After 11km the field split with the majority of runners who were taking part in the half heading off to the north while the select few entered into the marathon heading east along country lanes. I overtook the lead women just before the half way mark and felt not too bad at this point. At around 27 km as we made the turn back to Leiden we climbed onto the Dutch equivalent of a high and exposed ridge (a 2 m high levee) which provided an excellent view of gathering black clouds. I resigned myself to the fact that the thunder storm that was forecast for 2 hours into the race was on its way. Thankfully it never broke. The weather front did bring a welcome drop in temperature and a most unwelcome brisk headwind. The route passed through two villages on its way back to town with the inhabitants of the second welcoming runners dressed in some form of holy robes while performing what looked like a ritual dance while their wild haired, bearded leader extorted greater effort from the runners and dancers alike, while thuribles dispensing holy smoke were waved around, before the gathered ensemble burst into song as I passed through what I assume was a specially decorated arch. This proved a most welcome distraction from the wind, my increasingly tired legs and my slowing pace. The last few miles were carefully paced to avoid full blown cramp and I was grateful to reach Leiden and the finish in 2:49 (for Bob Johnson’s list 02:49:20, Leiden, 2016, at the age of 33).
Overall a friendly marathon event but not as much fun as a hill race. Next up I am heading to running country in Kenya where I will do my best to find a race in which to represent Carnethy.
Results are available at: http://www.marathon.nl/uitslagen-2016/
Having been kidnapped, the president, Willie Gibson, has now sailed round Scotland and is trying to get back home on foot. Along with Alan Rankin he landed on Erraid yesterday and is now half way across Mull on the 260 mile hike to South Queensferry.
If you would like to follow this adventure there is more information on www.kidnapped130.com and a yellow brick tracker (as used in the Scottish Island Peaks Race) so you can real time to progress.
There is a link to the charities being supported where you can make donations on the Supporting Others page.
Feel free to turn up and support them at any point En Route.
Bring some food and drink and a willingness to carry a rucksack!
While other Carnethies were on the water in the SIPR or slogging up Slioch in the rain I headed south to Keswick. The Keswick Mountain Festival has become a big event for the town and is held over 3 days with a variety of races on, triathlon, open water swims, a cycle sportive and 5, 10, 25 and 50k trail races. All of this plus a variety of talks by various outdoor types and rounded off with a music festival, Bjorn Again, Peatbog Faeries, Toploader and Scouting for Girls, it was all happening.
Eoin Lennon ran the 25k trail race on the Saturday and a had a great result winning it with a time of 1:51, the route making a circuit of Derwentwater. I just arrived to see Eoin atop the podium as I was registering for the 50k. A 6am start on a beautiful Sunday morning saw 200 or so set off down towards Borrowdale, over Honister then along the shores of Buttermere and Crummock Water before climbing over Newlands and so back to Keswick. A really nice route on some great trails and very little tarmac, it ended up being 53k and 1,800m ascent. I’d like to say I also got a podium place but had to make do with my normal mid pack mediocrity, finishing in 6:52 and 68th place. If your looking for an ultra with a decent amount of climbing and on good mountain trails with some live bands thrown in during the weekend you could do a lot worse.
Results – https://www.resultsbase.net/Results/IndividualResults.aspx?Id=3047&theme=keswick
The Rigg Race is traditionally held on the Monday evening of Balerno Children’s Gala week towards the end of May. Running from and to Malleny Park (Currie Rugby Club), the course takes runners up through the village of Balerno, along the Rigg Road and back down through Cockburnhill. After a few final turns, the race finishes back in the Rugby Club grounds. The distance is billed at 6 miles, but my Garmin said 5.8 miles and 378ft of climb.
Carnethy was represented by Scott Craighead and myself, and we both wondered what we were doing there to be honest, surrounded mainly by road runners. And having endured the pain of eyes-out effort for almost 6 miles, I won’t be rushing back. Scott had a good race, finishing 10th in 35.34. I was 31st in 38.48. Murray Strain won in 31.27, and there were 145 finishers.
Results here: http://harmenyac.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/Rigg-Race-2016-Results.pdf