Firsts for Steven Fallon and Charlotte Morgan at Durisdeer. http://www.scottishhillracing.co.uk/RaceResults.aspx?RaceID=RA-0060&Year=2016
Archives for June 2016
The arrival of rain on a dreich NE wind was perfectly timed for first away on the circuit of the Courhope forest and Kilrubie Hill. Low cloud added to the navigational challenge despite what I thought would be helpful and very clear clues at all the critical junctions. Not so! – with one or two going astray to tackle unnecessary barriers and additional distance. One launched his bold bid for this year’s wooden spoon with an imaginative off-map northern detour to avoid the Kilrubie cloudbase. Much thanks to the rapidly scrambled search squad who, along with the delayed bold explorer, eventually dried out in the restaurant over a meal that somehow seemed to get mixed up with one arranged for the local weightwatchers group but priced for an EU commissioners’ convention. I had about 20 micro-chips forcing me to scavenge off handy adjacent diners.
Photos unlikely (offers?) due to low light levels and Digby’s excursion to another country.
|Runner||Handicap||Run Time||Finish Time||Points|
“This past weekend saw Carnethy West field a team at the famous Lake Tahoe Relays: a 73 mile, 7 person relay race around stunning Lake Tahoe in the Sierra Nevada.
Fun Fact 1: it was the 52nd running of this event, making it the longest running road relay race in the US.
Fun Fact 2: if Lake Tahoe was emptied, it would submerge California under 15” of water (15” = 15 inches = 38cm for you metric converts)
I am forming a new hypothesis on running; stated thusly: “all locales have an identical collection of running club personalities”.
(Digression: for anyone who bore witness to (and was bored by) my Winter Talk, which ‘briefly’ touched on my current thoughts on Strava, I will note that I am living deep, deep behind enemy lines in California.)
Gilmores Harry & Iain lead the table having run all 4 of the races so far. Club Championship 2016 Table
Cloich Hills Kilrubie handicap start times here
|17||13||Tim Griffin||East Lothian tri||M40||00:43:54||yes|
|18||37||John Heap||Hampshire Harriers||M40||00:44:21|
|34||50||Eric Duncan||Highland Hill Runners||M40||00:46:39|
|53||39||Rodger Telford||Haddington RC||M40||00:49:56|
|55||40||Graham McInnes||Haddington RC||M40||00:50:21|
|56||21||Mark Western||Falkland Trail Runner||M50||00:50:27|
|57||20||Mary Western||PH Racing club||F50||00:50:41|
|58||59||Laurie Anderson||Lomond HR||M50||00:50:46|
|61||38||Anne Rosbottom||Wirral AC||F40||00:52:10|
|73||111||Michael Hoppe||Haddington RC||M||00:55:00|
|80||24||Chris Downie||Penicuik Harriers||M50||00:56:10|
|82||69||Norrie McKinley||Haddington RC||M40||00:56:35|
|85||95||Martin MacDonald||Haddington RC||M50||00:57:19|
|86||54||Paul Lockie||Teviotdale Harriers||M40||00:57:30|
|106||60||Tim Deighbour||Jog Scoland||M50||01:10:15|
Much in the same vain as Rob, Dick and Barry from Nick Hornby’s novel (later turned film) “High Fidelity” I have often been known to construct ‘top 5’ lists… top 5 hill running records? …anyone?
When looking to plan a longer challenge, I thought about combining my top 5 favourite hills into a continuous run. My favourite Munro is Cairn Toul so that was a definite, my favourite overall hill is King’s Seat so that was in too. Arthur’s Seat probably had to be up there and then there are some lovely borders hills. What about Cruachan? It quickly became apparent that even if I could construct a definitive top 5, running them together was probably just not going to work.
It was this line of thought that led me to thinking it may be better to just run the highest 5 mountains in the country. Sound enough idea but with the split between Lochaber and the Cairngorms I figured it would be as well to just run the Scottish 4000’s by foot. Not a new challenge obviously, but a big challenge nonetheless.
Then it hit me what I needed to do….run the 10 highest mountains in the country and for good measure link back to the starting point to make it a proper ‘round’. Early basic calculations showed the route to be 360km and approximately 12,000m of climbing. I decided to go for a 6 day plan thinking 60km and 2000m of climbing would make each day fairly bearable and allow for good rest and refuelling every night. 6 ultras in 6 days… what could possibly go wrong!
Day 1 – Glen Nevis to Moy
57.9km, 2727m in 9hr 16min.
Day 2 – Moy to Glen Feshie
63.1km, 853m in 7hr 38min.
Day 3 – Glen Feshie to Linn of Dee
54.8km, 3149m in 9hr 55min.
Day 4 – Linn of Dee to Fearnan
74.0km, 1160m in 8hr 52min
Day 5 – Fearnan to Bridge of Orchy
71.8km, 1820m in 9hr 36min.
Day 6 – Bridge of Orchy – Glen Nevis
56.1km, 1470m in 6hr 56min.
Total Distance: 377km
Time Taken: 5days 5hr 56min 47sec
Running Time: 52hr 13min
So whats next then? As I write this it’s almost a week since I finished and I’m still a bit tired so nothing too soon but as always I have a few wee ideas ticking away in my head which might just lead to the next challenge.
Read the full account in the next issue of the journal!
Following the announcement on April 1st of a bringing together of Carnethy with HBT, behind the scenes, unofficial negotiations happened between Mark Hartree of the Carnethy Committee and Martin Twigg, Captain of HBT over a beer or two following the Jura Hill Race. To consummate the agreement for better union, Harry Gilmore, representing SRH shook on better relations and closer bonds between the clubs. Later this week, in the spirit of cooperation, Andy Fallas took the record for the Red Moss Kips race off HBT, and Mark allowed his old mate Twiggy to beat him for a change.