Well, that event of the hill running year swung round again – the Carnethy Christmas Party and awards ceremony. Hostess for the evening, Lisa Boyd, put on a great evening, with a run to start, a bar to retire to after a shower, and finally some food to keep the hungry crowd at bay. Also, thanks to Willie Gibson, for presenting the trophies, and for not trying to kiss any of the winners.
So, to the awards themselves…
The first set of trophies went to the juniors. Last year we upped our number of junior trophies in a bid to ensure that they were well rewarded for their year of effort. A reminder that the trophies were all based on reports sent to the site, so….make sure you keep sending in reports!
Junior Mountain Marathoner
Euan Burns for completing the RAB mountain marathon (with his dad, Paul. No prize for Paul, sorry).
Junior Club Champion
Charlie Burnett for being fastest Carnethy in the Manor Water and Scald Law junior races.
Finlay Hartree For helping with the ALT C5, and encouraging many in his rugby club to come along.
Rosie, Ronnie and Solly Jones. Combined. For all the racing they’ve done this year.
Allermuir Junior Trophy
Charlie Burnett specifically beating his dad in the Caerketton Doonhiller. The AGM agree that this is probably the start of many wins against his dad, and also a sign of great things to come.
The senior trophies were mainly voted for at the AGM. The exceptions are the Club Championship (earned), the Handicap Trophy (earned/swindled), The Radical Runner Trophy (Secretary’s choice, and very much earned), and the Wooden Spoon Trophy (definitely earned!). It’s been a great year with some outstanding successes, so it even being nominated should be considered a great success! Well, unless somebody suggested “Jim Hardie”, as that was clearly out of pity, and that pity didn’t actually extend to voting for him. Anyway…
Burns Scott Trophy
Margaret Forrest – for her fantastic editing of the Carnethy Journal!
Scald Law Trophy
Jasmin Paris – For being Jasmin, mainly. Secondly, for running the Bob Graham, Ramsay and Paddy Buckley rounds, setting records as she goes. Also, UTMB. And baking cakes.
JBF Trophy for Best Overseas Performance
The “Petite Trotte à Léon” team of Olly Stephenson, Jason Hubert and Graham Nash –
For running the Petite Trotte à Léon race. Additionally overcoming problems such as: breaking their spine (Olly), falling off a mountain beforehand (Jason) and being very hairy (Graham).
Carnethy Radical Runner Trophy
Special mention to Olly Stephenson for recovering from a broken back to run the PTL (only 9 weeks to recover!).
Special mention to Graham Nash for his winter(y) Ramsay, PTL and various other achievements such as 7 Hills and Beers record.
Special mention to Jasmin for her numerous runs, records, and races over the past year.
The winner this year, I think defines the award itself. He didn’t challenge a race, he didn’t challenge a defined route, he done something different – he devised his own round. He plotted a running route round the top ten highest mountains in the UK, planned with very little support, he set himself a challenge a completed it with great success over several days. Yes, RUNNING, the whole way!
So, the winner is obviously
(many thanks to Phil Young for organising the Handicaps this year!)
The Wooden Spoon Trophy
Konrad Rawlik – Well…I’m not here to spread tittle-tattle, if you want to know why somebody got the Wooden Spoon award, you’ll just have to turn up at the next Carnethy Christmas Party!
Many thanks to Bob Waterhouse for collating all the stories of mishaps and misadventures and presenting them to the crowd!
I think I’ve used as much bold and italic formatting I can find, so I’ll stop typing now. Merry Christmas!!