A great low key race over some challenging terrain. A couple of swamps sucked me in and refused to let go. Heather and tussocks ruled the later stage of the race though I did miss a runnable section after Wolf Crags. Missed it on all the previous reccies and runs too. Most of the rest was soft and soggy.
Nicola’s review reads – “Baddinsgill Race report: “squelch squelch squelch splosh ARGH SPLAT squelch squelch splash effing heather squelch squelch” There. Sorted.”
Still, did get 1st V60 as the really fast 59 year olds are still just that, and they disappeared into the distance early on. I like a race with full category prizes – it’s nice to get a prize, deserved or not, and since there was only one other V60 it wasn’t very deserved, but if there’d been 3 of us, we’d all have got one!
The prize table had a gratifying number of beery prizes sponsored by local brewery Freewheelin’, and Run & Become vouchers. Liam Braby was 2nd overall, Michelle Hetherington 1st female & 1st FV50 beating Heather Young who was 1st in her category (F senior) in which she was alone (I know; complicated)
More people should do this race (not MV 60s obviously) – don’t be put off by the warnings about car parking, it’s not as difficult as it sounds and everyone seemed to get parked nearby.
The Borrowdale Trail Run on the Saturday covered 5k, 13k and 21k and for those looking for a bigger challenge there was the Scafell Pike Trail Marathon on the Sunday. I’d opted for the 21k, as was not long back from recovering from a hamstring injury and also decided to make a weekend of it down in beautiful Keswick.
The race started from Lingholm Estate on the edge of Derwent Water opposite Keswick. I’d completed my warm up and ahead of the start was on the lookout for any Carnethy vests. It was at this point that Dorothy came up and introduced herself (we’d not met before). It was good to have a couple of runners from north of the Border in the field of 196.
After a short briefing at the start we were on our way. Then 100yds along the road we hit a bottleneck of a single gate and the runners politely filed through. As we made our way along the shoreline towards Borrowdale, it didn’t take long for the field to become strung out. I’d hung back at the start and knew that Dorothy would be well ahead of me, with my focus on taking a slowish pace.
The route is truly stunning, as we left Derwent Water the route made its way through mixed woodland to the picturesque village of Grange. This really is a place to enjoy the outdoors and all that is wonderful about the Lake District. The going was relatively flat but started to climb at Castle Crag at which point I was starting to pass other runners on the incline and the leg was feeling ok.
The route passed Castle Crag and headed down into the village of Rosthwaite. The going had been steady up to this point but took a dramatic turn as we left Rosthwaite and immediately started ascending. Underfoot was good and the path mainly dry so I was able to make good progress.
We made our way past Watendlath and the trail, which has been relatively open and on moor tracks, entered a wooded section before descending to Ashness Bridge. We were now back on the east side of Derwent Water with amazing views of Cat Bells to the west. The path at this point went into a singletrack, which was tricky at times, as we traversed passed the Falcon Crags. With the leg still holding up and making good progress up the field we descended into Great Wood and ahead was Dorothy.
Ordinarily I’d be thinking of sprint finishes, but being the only two Carnethites and with a couple of km to go, we decided to run in together. We joined the lakeshore, which was busy with people enjoying the scenery, and crossed the finish at Crow Park in Keswick in #125 and #126 respectively.
Race site: highterrainevents
125 Dorothy Elliott 02:37:06
126 Kevin Hall 02:37:08
It was a really well organised race, well worth the effort to travel down to the Lakes. There was a boat regatta taking place as well as the usual Saturday Market, so there was lots to do after the finish in the stunning town of Keswick. Apologies again Dorothy, here are the pics of us at the finish and thanks for introducing yourself and being happy to ‘chum me’ to the finish.
Standings after 5 rounds. Just Arthur’s Seat to go! The results from Bonaly have also been updated.
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The 7 o’clockers –
Run from tonight led by Jeff
|The 7.30s –
Dim Sum-mertime and the running was easy.
Blackford was sunny
and the gorse bushes high
We ran just 4 miles
Through the paths of the Hermie
Then ran across the golf course to the Dim Sum Near By.
The faster lot met us at just past eight thirty.
The Dim Sum was started
and the beer was shared out
The dumplings were tasty
Both the fried and the boiled ones
Next year we’ll repeat this, I don’t have a doubt.
On Monday evening Joanne, Patricia, Ruth, Elaine and Margaret considered re-running the Bonaly Handicap of last week as Patricia wants to get it right next time. However, in the end we decided to miss out Checkpoints 1 and 2 anyway and head straight up White Hill and on to Allermuir. On the way there we saw an abandoned pram (a pram in the hills?!) which gave Ruth and Patricia some fun. Ruth had to head back just before we reached the top of Allermuir, but the rest of us ploughed on and made it to the top of Capelaw, before heading back to Bonaly via the reservoir and the pine wood. It was a lovely run on a fine evening and we had time to enjoy the blooming heather.
Question: Apart from some running, what has the Aberfeldy Triathlon and the Edinburgh Marathon got in common?
Answer: neither happen in their named town! Names can be deceptive.
Would you run the Pentland Skyline in the Moorfoots?
With a few niggles recently, some cross training seemed a good idea and entering a triathlon seemed a way also to learn to swim better and ride a racing bike, at the same time as resting pains. Previously, my swimming skills were limited to breast stroke and splashing about with the kids, and biking was limited to mountain biking rather than rolling along on tarmac which always seemed bit dull. The running bit should be straight forward apart from the niggles and the Monday swims in the local reservoirs gave me water confidence, even if my direction finding is poor and technique even worse. So, I bought a bike and got a few rides in to get a feel for those funny handle bars.
I met Maggie Creber the night before at registration who I had swam behind a few times at Gladhouse. It was her x7th Birthday weekend. Folk were busy getting expensive campervans stuck in the mud or preening space-age looking ‘bikes’. One guys front crank and gears alone cost more than my shiney new Boardman. Sunday had us awake early in KENMORE at the end of Loch Tay (6.5 miles from Aberfeldy) for a 1900m swim in lovely fresh (ecoli free) water followed by a stunning 90km bike ride over the hill and around Loch Rannoch and back to the start. The half marathon run took a reversed ‘h’-shaped course with three laps around the golf course in the grounds of Taymouth Castle.
All these 3 legs went better than expected. Due to my zig-zagging, my swim distance exceeded the 1900m and while finishing in the last third of the third wave, was a bit quicker than I expected. For me the bike went really well. With so many targets there was plenty of overtaking and for the first half I played cat and mouse with racer 100 and Dave 120. A shout – ‘is that you Mark?’ said I had caught Maggie alongside Loch Rannoch. The descent back toward Loch Tay disappointed as I didn’t quite hit 50mph. Must try harder! The run turned out to be quite tough due to tarmac and wee hills to sap you, repeated 3 times. No PBs for me but the weather was great and the scenery lovely. Maggie seemed to be catching me as I saw her at each out-and-back, although to her I was getting further ahead.
Most importantly, the birthday girl came First Female Senior Vet and stood proudly on the high bit of the podium for Carnethy, then had to go up again for the prize as 3rd FV40.
I came 15th MSV which I am quite happy about, beating Mr 100, but behind Mr Dave 120 and settling for an alcohol free beer.
Result here: http://www.aberfeldytriathlon.com/aberfeldy-triathlon.html
With several additions and corrections – although in this post-truth age, do we care?
We also have a 5 min penalty for the person who missed checkpoints 1 and 2 (thanks Strava), a retrospective handicap, and an adjusted start time (mine – I was doing paperwork).
We had 55 starters in total, and (eventually) got the same number back. Of this 55 at least 30 finished within 5 minutes, which kept it interesting for the finishers.
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