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Archives for August 2017
It was lovely yet windy day for a race in the quaint East Lothian village of Oldhamstocks. I haven’t run a race in over a year, and for some reason I was feeling quite nervous. Odd to feel nervous about a 4 mile race with 200 m of climb. Also odd to feel nervous about racing because I do it for fun and have never come close to the front of the pack. Although I must say I was closer to the front in 2014 due to the smaller field. There were a number of Carnethies at the start (6 in regulation vests, 1 retro vest, and at least 2 spotted without). The club fared well in the prize giving with John Viv Busby first, Jill Mykura first female (and fourth overall) and Keith Burns getting a bottle of wine for being the oldest finisher. Tea, coffee and biscuits in the old Kirk for everyone else. Results (pdf)
As all the fasties were up at Strathpeffer for the championship race this seemed like a good opportunity to do a race without a super fast winning time and maybe improve my SHR%. This plan however had a fatal flaw in it which was revealed on the start line in the form of a whole group of under 20s who were racing for a place in the Home International team and a certain Colin Donnelly. The race started in a blur on a horrible fast ascent that was annoyingly runnable, at the top of which the young guns were out of sight and I was gasping for breath. There was two ascents of the summit this year to make it a longer race for the U20 trials and then a lovely fast descent to the finish where the race really earns its name as it really is like a rollercoaster, i.e you fell sick and only the youngsters seem to be enjoying it! Only two Carnethy vests on show, myself and Jeremy Milne.
A great route and brilliant value at £2, thanks to Moorfoot runners for putting on a fine race. Results here
A large turnout for a remarkably windy handicap. It was a battle ascending Allermuir in the teeth of a gale and at various points we were lashed by bullets of rain. Lovely fast descent on the ‘Scalextric’ track.
It’s a nice runnable course and I’m keeping the course description (below) with Bill’s annotated maps so that you can now see where you should have gone.
The Strava flybys show some woeful routefinding, including the President – who knows these hills like the back of his hand – who must have been shouting Sandra back onto the correct route. One would imagine. Richard took an extravagant excursion, turning right far too early. There’s an interestingly graphic route variation at the start. A lot of people lost time taking an unnecessary detour at Dreghorn to go the other side of the wall and wood.
Afters at the Colinton Inn where the ‘chef’ had as much success with the barbecue as I normally do, and finally retreated indoors to grill the food, which improved it no end.
But the ale was excellent and everyone seemed happy! Thanks to Jeff for organising.
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From the start head towards Dreghorn. After the cattle grid go straight on across the little stream and along the edge of the trees. Left just before the pylon, path goes under some trees then take right fork to cross another stream and through gap in fence.
Go through the gate to the left of the road/track at Dreghorn (CP 1) and follow a trail parallel to bypass then right up through the woods. At the top cross a wall and go through a gate on the main track round towards Hillend (CP 2). There’s another gate on the way round but probably quickest just to climb over it. At a left bend in the track go right up a grassy slope to another gate (so not the wooden one in front of you). Follow the path up and at a large rock on your left look for a trod heading up and round the hill. Even if you miss it you should still end up round at the same point.
Cross the stile (CP 5) and go down the trail known as “Scalextric” to the corner of the woods. Cross the fence and continue down the path then under the pylons on a wide track down the valley (slight change from the main map) until you come out at the main track and return to Bonaly.
Close any gates you open, or if you are the last in a group.
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Well done to Digby on an fast one for the conditions.
Sunny and pleasant though the showers weren’t far away. Tourists everywhere – quite a few coming down the Gutted Haddie. Crossing from the top of the zigzags into the Gutted Haddie was definitely a good idea to avoid the thickets of gorse and bramble lower down, and probably the only point you could cut across. The top wasn’t quite as bad as the other day but still it was good not to have to battle to get to the trig point (festival exemption!).
Tempting to join them sunbathing on the top of the crags!
The summer vegetation is at its thickest now – especially on the climb through the gorse and rosebay willow herb up Whinney Hill – there were bees, butterflies and ladybirds on the thistles and lots of wild flowers on haggis knowe.
Looking forward to next one on Monday 4 September
Those who wish an SHR mug sometimes have to travel. The short race at the Strathpeffer games (highly traditional including highly traditional grass track cycling) follows a pretty route with a surprising steep section. Finlay Wild and Jill Stephen both broke the course record in their wins, and survived the remarkably mispronounced winners list announcement featuring amongst other mangled names newest Carnethy Hungarian recruit Andrezc Falcas (aka Andy Fallas), and Stewart Whittle. With the fasties out in force I was not on the podium, and also inexplicably failed to win the bottle of whisky in the prize draw. Getting a mug though. Results
Another great turnout for Caerketton Race on Wednesday evening with 108 runners taking part in the senior race. Junior race also had an excellent turnout with 22 taking part in the earlier race. Lovely evening aside from Midges at the finish!
Some excellent times at the sharp-end, with Jonathan Crickmore (Dark Peak) holding off 2017 bog-and-burn series winner, James Espie (Deeside) by 3 seconds to record a time of 17.51. This was first time anyone has run under 18mins on the new course which has been used since 2012. Jonathan’s new course record took 17 seconds off previous record set by Gregor Stuart in 2015. The sprightly Don Naylor (HBT) finished in 3rd place overall in a time of 18.37.
Fresh from her superb run (7th place) at the World Mountain running champs at weekend, Charlotte Morgan also had an excellent run, taking 28 seconds off her own course record to record a time of 20.23 which was good enough for 11th overall. Podium places for the ladies were made up by Georgia Tindley (HBT) and Jennifer Cruickshanks (Fife AC), who recorded times of 21.39 and 24.57 respectively.
Junior race was won by Dextor Howard (Carnethy) in a time of 10.57 ahead of Angus Carlyle (Moorfoot), 11.42 and Sam Kitchin, 11.50. First girl home was Ailsa Bagnell (Corstorphine) in a time of 13.09 in what was I think her first hill race. Halyey Whitlie (I’m sure I recognize that name) Carnethy was 2nd with Eva Hurrel (U/A) 3rd with times of 14.42 and 16.06.
Great to see so many runners out again so thanks to all for coming along. Also a big thanks to those from the club who helped out with registration, marshalling, time keeping, etc. Much appreciated.
|2||120||James||Espie||Deeside Hill Runners||Senior||17:54|
|66||493||Dave||Sinclair||Perth road runners||Senior||26:25|
|69||289||Angus||Bowman||Lomond Hill Runners||V60||26:36|
|76||448||Paul||Partridge||Albany Running Exchange||V50||27:28|
|90||298||Jean||Bowman||Lomond Hill Runners||FV50||29:45|