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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
On Monday evening six Carnethy Ladies ran from Aberlady to the beach at Gullane where we met Joanne on her bike. Sandra and I were on our last training run before the Edinburgh Marathon on Sunday and so we took it easy and Sandra made sure there was no sand in her shoes. A wonderful sunny evening to be out running!
This past weekend my family took advantage of the Monday school holiday/hill race combo to visit Arran. As we drove towards Ardrossan on Friday afternoon the weather went from sunny to cloudy (Goatfell clearly visible). On the ferry it went from cloudy to quite windy (top of Goatfell has disappeared into mist). By the time we arrived at our B & B in Shiskine the skies had opened up (all of the hills around us were completely clagged in). The rain carried on through the night but things were looking up in the morning. I dropped the family off at the Arran Brewery to start walking up the hill while I went to register. I was quite early (pre-ferry rush) so after collecting my number I strolled along the waterfront in Brodick, had a coffee from Wooley’s bakery and stared at the hill. You could actually see the summit! And then you couldn’t. Then it started to rain a bit. Then it was sunny again. It was going to be one of those days.
Waiting in and around the Ormidale Pavillion, warming up under the posts and the smell of deep heat reminded me of happy times playing rugby (the scrum machine reminded me of less happy ones). After a semi-random kit check the organizers did a head count prior to the start. Unfortunately the local pipe band hired to pipe us out decided to make their grand entrance at the same time. While the music was nice and the scene was comical it was less than effective. After we were all accounted for and then counted again it was time for the start.
A quick lap of the track, along the road for a mile and half or so and then onto trails and up. Before the race Brian Howie told me the nice thing about the race was it was runnable most of the way up but that results in the problem of it being runnable all the way down too. It was fairly runnable until it got quite rocky. This was the point where I met up with my cheering section (always a bonus at a race). The last ridge up to the summit was tough slogging up but I found it worse coming down. The summit was covered in cloud/mist and the wind was strong in a few places but all in all the weather was great. The decent through the forest at the bottom of the hill was great fun. Getting back on the road was not as much fun, but I managed to keep up my pace and even mustered a bit of a sprint around the track to finish (more rugby training memories). I managed to finish just before the rain came down.
All the runners received a baby blue Salomon buff (promptly given to my daughter who has not taken it off since). And there was a wonderful spread of sandwiches, tea, coffee and cakes. I had two pieces of the vegan chocolate cake that was being ignored by the others (it was delicious!).
Iain Gilmore 1:25:59 (2nd overall)
Neil Gilmore 1:40:15 (2nd V50)
Bruce Smith 1:45:33
Steven Simkin 1:49:09
Sean Walker 2:09:17
Matthew Grove 2:10:28
Georgina McAllister 2:12:01
Brian Howie 2:29:07
Full results: here
Carnethy was represented at Love Cross 2016 by Alan Renville and Mike Lynch, in the paired event. Love Cross is an urban cyclocross event, and forms part of the Shimano Tweedlove Bike Festival of events that’s going on in and around Peebles at this time of year.
It’s fair to say that it’s more of a fun event, than something to be taken particularly seriously, but that didn’t stop a fair few decent riders making the trip. Last year’s winner, Rob Wardell, for example, is a pro rider and former Scottish Cyclocross champion. Alan and I decided on our shiny cross bikes, with SPD pedals, both of which were a mistake, as the course was dominated by short bursts of distance between obstacles that had to be taken off the bike. Unless, of course, you chose a mountain bike or fat bike, in which you went over or through them! The idea was to alternate laps, the laps being approximately 1km in distance, and from the off it was obvious that we’d made the wrong bike choice (I think this was evident from the solo race, where two mountain bikes finished ahead of an age-group national cyclocross champion). It didn’t help that after the first stair climb, I bounced the bike down and lost the chain. By then I think we were at the back of the field and had to work very hard to even make up a couple of places by the finish. The laps were hard work too, surprisingly hard, and even though we only rode for a total of 4km each, we were knackered between each lap. So, lessons to be learned for next year: mountain bikes and regular pedals/shoes!
Results are somewhere, probably, but we, er, didn’t get a podium.
3 teams of Carnethy runners in the SIPR. Paul Faulkner and Stewart Whitlie on boat 14; Euan Boyd and Lisa Gamble on boat 26; and Graham Nash & Olly Stephenson on boat 35. You can track the progress of boats and runners here though runners are not obliged to carry the trackers (they are quite heavy), so they may not! Data is uploaded every 30 mins so lack of progress on a hill is not a sign of anything amiss. After a short run in Oban the boats sail to Mull, Jura, Arran and finish in Troon. The runners do arduous courses on Mull, Jura and Arran. I missed Stewart & Paul finishing the Oban run as in the excitement I pressed off instead of take. I blame the postie. As Nick McDonald started the race and I tried to stop the cars the postie threatened to run me over. Fortunately he shot off up a side road before the inevitable. I don’t think either side would have yielded.
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