Race director Matt Davis’ report:
Let’s get the thanks out the way first. To our hosts Broughton Place for a fine venue, Laurel Bank ladies for looking after everyone post race, Carnethy back room staff who help coordinate the whole series & you the runners who rock up to take part.
36 folk turned up for this years Broughton Bash. The days earlier low cloud lifted for the race to add to a pleasant evening’s start. Runners took an array of variants up the first climb avoiding the classic snake line up, the optimum line clearly still to be worked out. Those of us at the start/finish could see the distant specks and a distinct solar flare of Messrs. Burnett climbing Hammerhead as the forecasted showers arrived pretty much on time ensuring hanging around at the finish wasn’t quite as convivial as it could have been. Nearly everyone got the new finish right, clearly a recce, reading the map or not listening to those subversive voices could have made all the difference but taking the more direct line didn’t benefit in the end.
Post race note. Don’t feel intimidated about running a handicap if you fancy it, there’s great support in the club and people really enjoy the trip to run in other peoples back yards. The worst bit for me, writing everyone’s name down (correctly) 🙂
The Broughton Bawbag
Many and varied were the routes taken up the first hill. It all looks so simple from the start, and there was plenty of comment as runners spread all over the hillside. It’s another matter when you are in the thick of the heather on the slope trying to find a good trod. One the fence is gained it’s good running all the way to the finish, barring some steep ascents or route failure (Phillipa took a detour or two). The weather was quite a contrast to the sunshine of the day before, but the clag at least kept off most of the tops. The promised rain started lightly and by the time we were in the excellent Laurel Bank (top marks for perfectly warmed roll with the soup) it was teeming down. Which may be why the finish recording camera went on strike.
Don’t forget the Club has a Strava group – details here
|Carnethy||Name||Finish time||Handicap||Run time|
|Y||Craig Mattocks||8:24:50||set off 7:36:23||36:23||0:48:27|
|Y||Gordon Eadie||8:28:42||12:27||1:16:15||Wrong Finish +5 min penalty|
|Y||Philippa Ivison||8:28:49||06:02||1:22:47||Wrong Finish +5 min penalty|
|Y (New)||Gemma Hopewell||8:32:12||set off 7:14:31||14:31||1:17:41|
|Y||Mike McCloy||8:32:21||set off 7:30||30:00||1:02:21|
|Y||Michael Wilkinson||8:38:09||set off 7:17||17:00||1:21:09|
|Y||Bill Gauld||8:42:17||set off 6:45||06:45||1:57:17||Wrong Finish +5 min penalty|
|Y||Ewart Scott||8:42:18||set off 6:45||06:45||1:57:18||Wrong Finish +5 min penalty|
|No||Owen Wilkinson||8:44:49||set off 7:30||30:00||1:14:49|
|No||Hannah Phelan||8:49:54||set off 7:25||25:00||1:24:54|