Archives for 2017
Another year, another ludicrous costume. Good luck Bob! See the Supporting Others page for more details.
The racing season is getting into full swing so now is a good time to unveil Jim’s excellent guide to kit and other information for budding racers on the new page Beginners Racing.
For new and prospective members there is more introductory information on Mark’s new page Beginners Hill Running, with lots of good advice.
Both can be found on the main menu under ‘Running’.
We had 35 runners finish in a 5 minute window, and 40 in 10 mins, so a bit busy on the finish line! With the 2 missing people we will had 57 “official” runners, a record for any of my handicaps I think.
Conrad’s finish time has been re-engineered based on what it would it been had he been handicapped on his run time. Bill’s finish time has also been adjusted. Euan’s is real though…
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A cold sunny evening with a blast of wind that chilled the fingers and made the long haul up the valley a bit of a struggle. But it was nice and dry, which is very unlike Boghall. Great turnout with 58 runners. Euan Burns did a personal Where’s Wally in what is turning out to be a theme, in spite of recceing the route. I have to admit my handicap was very favourable and I came in 1st after a determined battle at the finish with Ryan Forgie in 2nd, and Richard Chandler 3rd. Still, I reckon it is a reward for 6 months of dieting and training, going from lardbucket to runner once more. No doubt Phil will make a painful adjustment for the next handicap!
We liked Win’s car! My action pic is in the Futurist mould. Not just badly shot. Results here.
It was bone dry conditions for April’s Monday Reversicap.
A big hello to newcomer Anthony who put a good marker down for next time.
Most people went down the Haddie.
Don reckons it was marginally slower on the reverse. He was the fastest round the course on the day.
Well done to renniw John Hammond
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Sorry for delay, been on holiday and wanted to check work email before sending
So, the (hastily thrown together) Carnethy Winter Social Ultra Series finished with the Alternative JMW on Saturday! Hurrah!! It really does take a lot of organization putting-on something like this, i.e. basically adding an ultra-distance run among three already-established journey runs. Don’t you dare thank us! Having done a few of them, I can honestly say It was an excellent way to spend some of the winter months, and an excellent way to keep up the miles in some pretty awful, and also fantastic, weather.
So here’s a quick summary of those who completed each of the runs:
Completed on foot: Jeff, Mark, Lee, Alan Hogg, John Ryan, Dave Harrington, Sarah Robertson, Billy & Dorothy, Willie, (and loads others)
Completed on foot: John Busby, Jeremy, Dougie, Alan Hogg and Jim
Cyclists: Keith, Jonathan
Sea To Summit (26miles)**:
Completed on foot: Jeff, John Busby, Mark, Rachel Newstead, Jim
Completed on foot: Jeff, Lee , Peter, Nick, Nicola, Jeremy, Jim
Duathletes: Dorothy & Billy, Keith, Mark, Hilary.
Well done to all! Jeff Roberts gets the greatest kudos of all, as he started all of the organized runs, completing three and partially completing one. From rough calculations he covered just under 100miles (97.3) on foot. Nice!! Mark also ran all four in part, completing two. The abysmal conditions on the Sea To Summit run was in complete contrast to the AltJMW, which was like running along the Mediterranean coast, bathed in sunshine throughout. Glorious!
Jeff, Mark, Jeremy, John, Lee, Alan Hogg, Jim, Keith, Dorothy & Billy all get a beer for completing at least 2. Nicola Dunn has made an excellent case for getting a beer too (one completion, another partial, plus an ultramarathon distance of 30miles with the AltJMW). I’ll bring them along to the handicap on Wednesday. And then drink them if you don’t appear. Feel free for anyone else to argue their case!
So, the runs included: beaches, rivers, hills, railway lines, country parks, towers, castles, moors, estates, rubbish tips, harbours, golf courses, tramlines, dams, promenades, links, canals, canal feeders, garden centres, building sites, viaducts, aqueducts, fields (planted and grazing), woodlands, roads, sand dunes, and maybe the odd section of good ol’ generic mud.
Weather included: Rain, snow, sleet, gales, and glorious, glorious sunshine!
Food included: Bacon rolls, egg rolls, sausage rolls, cakes, coffee, naan-pizza, tea, juice, beer, crisps. i.e. nothing healthy.
Expletives included: “What the **** are you doing on this building site? How did you get in?! F*** off!” (Sea to Summit)
I don’t think you’ll find a more varied series. Many thanks to Mark Hartree for pulling most of this together, and forming a nice wee Sea To Summit route, too!
* Yes, I know that an ultra needs to be more than 26.2 miles. Who asked you, anyway?
**Arguably, nobody completed the Sea To Summit route due to extremely bad weather, but we all finished together and I guess that’s enough. Well, it’s enough for me.
The Alternative John Muir Way majors on scenic value and a variety of obstacles to keep you alert through dunes, beach, cliffs, boulders, barbed wire and electric fence crossings, a fortified castle to storm, breaking wave-leaping and a long dark spiral staircase to climb. A big anticyclone provided perfect conditions with sunshine and a light sea breeze to start. 21 appeared for around 55km of running and/ or cycling with the usual off/ on road variations for the cyclists. Patricia and Richard swopped very attentive sag wagon services throughout the route, Mark James having collected the van for us before rushing off to Norway. Read more…
The Carnethy contingent at the Donard Challenge this year depleted to 2 finishers (me & John Viv Busby) after most of the members likely to feature nearer the sharp end of the race dropped out either due to injury, or deciding it was too nice a day to race and would be much better suited to a long run. Unlike 3 years ago, when Iain Whiteside nearly took the win by using a compass, this year the challenge was simply to run from Newcastle (Irish riviera) to the top of Slieve Donard (highest mountain in NI). This is a great course: fast running on forest tracks, nice steep climb, tricky descent, with heather concealing granite blocks (claimed a number of victims, judging by the amount of bloodied runners back at the finish in Donard Park), and a fun helter skelter on wee tracks back through the trees.
Results are here: http://www.nimra.org.uk/index.php/addison-takes-win-at-donard-challenge/
Hopefully John got a spot prize for coming in 100th place, I was 5 minutes and some 20 odd places behind.
There were some spectacular views with an inversion over the Irish Sea
The British Champs races are run over some of the most fun and challenging courses. I can highly recommend them – it really doesn’t matter if you finish 2nd or 124th.
What a cracking wee race. It helped that the Met Office got it totally wrong and there was sparkling sunshine instead of cloud.
The race is so short it’s practically over before it begins – just 3.57 miles and around 1100ft of ascent. The top is quickly reached via lovely mature pine forest (albeit with clear felled areas – hopefully the rest will remain), and the threatened bog was, compared with nearby Criffel, mere damp patches.
The descent is fast, though you have to be careful of tree roots and a path paved with branches. There’s a small re-ascent, probably to give you a chance to admire the view.
I was surprised to find I was not the only Carnethy – Steven Fallon made an appearance and won the V50 prize. I was 1st V60, this time with some worthy opposition in the form of Brian Brennan of Westies and who knows who else, so I feel I actually earned my bottle of wine.
Some 50 runners took part. Race details and results on Scottish Hill Racing
We all have them, we all suffer, we are all frustrated, we all feel slower than we should be, we all wonder whether others are immune. We all have injuries.
They come in all shapes and sizes and levels of associated pain and discomfort. Some happen from a slip, stumble, bang or crack. Others creep up on you and grow in intensity. Rest they say, stretch, warm up, warm down, eat well, sleep more. It all helps, and sometimes the pains disappear, other times they linger and grow. A tightness here, leads to a pain there, leading to a weakness here, and a slip causes a tear there.
A wee knee pain on a fast training run a few years ago strained a ligament on a knee and caused sufficient pain and discomfort to miss Mr Ramsay’s challenge deadline in 2014 by a small margin. That recovered but other things developed and were managed through 7 Ultra Marathons in 2015. Of course, others have had much harder year’s racing, maybe they have a more robust physiology than me. A great, if intimidating, last minute opportunity in 2016 was busted when an innocent knee tweak three weeks before the PTL put that prospect to bed. Seeing Graham’s, Ollie’s and Jason’s presentation of this – maybe this was not such a bad thing, but it also cancelled the prospect of doing the Glencoe Skyline again that year.
How to recover? There is a long list: Cutting down on running training, pool and reservoir swimming, mountain biking, road biking, a fleet of different rollers, pilates and yoga now and then, lunch time stretches, a Nutri-bullet to up my fruit and veg intake, some tendon and joint recovery pills, new shoes, support socks, (very slow) interval training, a mix of running trails and hills building up to the Carnethy Ultra Series. The best investment – a full hour’s leg massage per month at £40 per session.
Did it work? A bit. What little speed I had is gone, but I can run ok on the flat. Hills and descents need a lot more work and will never be fast.
What next? The Virgin London Marathon looms – motivated by raising more money again for Kids with Spinal Muscular Atrophy who I did Ramsay’s Round and the 7 Ultra for. This year, the money is for Molly, a friend’s daughter, who needs a new chair to give her some independence (think junior Stephen Hawking). Slapping tarmac is not my thing but I hear London is special, and getting fit again to do this for Molly is a good motivation. Please visit the supporting others page if you want to help.
Thanks. Mark Hartree
Seven of us (Hilary, Moira, Sandra, Maggie, Joanne, Kate and newcomer Elaine) headed out from Hillend bottom car park for a wild and windy run to the top of Allermuir. We took the low track towards Boghall, ran through a new area of woodland owned by the Scottish Wildlife Trust and through the fields up to the col between Caerketton and Allermuir. We headed back via the ski slopes.