Good running conditions at today’s Run And Become Tinto Hill Race saw Murray Strain of HBT win in 32:08 (no changes to the all time list), closely followed by Kieran Cooper in 32:22. First lady home was Carnethy’s Charlotte Morgan in 36:44 followed by Angela Mudge in 37:07 (15th and 16th resp. on the female all time list). I’d like to thank the race support team from Carnethy, Tinto HR & Giffnock and also sponsors Run And Become for making this another enjoyable event for all participants.
Cameron Scott – Race Director
A Carnethy ladies one two, and Carnethy wins in men’s Over 50s and Over 60s in today’s race (first Over 40, was Al Anthony (Ochils), who ran the second fastest ever Over 40 time, behind Mark Rigby’s 32:09 – here). Angela had a good lead initially but Charlotte overtook to take the win. Jasmin should get a special prize as the lady most likely to give birth on the hill. The Carnethy male fasties were just not fast enough (with none breaking into the Carnethy sub 34min all time list), or here.
I was very pleased with my PB run to get the V60 prize in the face of significant opposition from Roderick Pugh and nascent V60 Gordon. Once sure of trouncing the big G, I paused at the top to take pics of the lovely Borders landscape, looking particularly fine in the pearly light (I don’t normally stop but the camera wouldn’t come out of the bumbag). Stewart Whitlie took the V50 prize in his first running of the race in 13 years (and possibly an Over 50 record). The contest for the Carnethy Championships couldn’t have had anything to do with that? Could it? WordPress won’t do smileys but that deserves one! Is there a smiley for wry amusement? Oh well, I’m sure I can nab the champs when I turn 70. Either that or I’ll have to do way better at the Caerketton downhill race, where we both came less than 1st, but me more so (and also beat Gordon in every race – unlikely!). For now the plan to have one engraved hip flask for whisky mac and one for raspberry vodka will have to go into abeyance.
A great day and the usual good turnout from clubs all over. Results here
Charlie Ramsay’s pics:
A memorable race for me as this was my 21st Tinto Hill Race spread over 33 years (a lot of the field wasn’t born when I ran Tinto for the first time!) and in all weather conditions from snow, freezing sleet, gales to blinding winter sun. But what I am chuffed about is that every one of those 21 races has been completed in under 40 mins – with times ranging from 32:05 to 39:56 (today !). Having been out of action most of the year and with my only other hill race of the year being Carnethy 5, I didn’t expect to get under the 40mins this year and was wondering whether to wait another year “to get fit” (as if!). I decided I was more likely to be even more decrepit by then so I’d just have to go for it, and it paid off – just! Next target is to stay in front of an improving Digby.
Junior race results:
1 – Struan Bennet Fife 18:14:25 also first MU14
2 – Cliona McCheyne Inverclyde 19:33:40 also first FU16
3 – Ailsa Bennet Fife 21:21:18 also first FU14
My thanks to all who helped with the race.