Thanks to Ian Nimmo for sending these in.
Archives for May 2018
You have to make the best of a business trip. With an 1100 flight from Dehli to Dubai there was time to fit in the Vatika Half Marathon in Delhi that started at 0530.
Flying into Dehli the day before, things did not bode well. There was a sand storm, it was 41c, and I had been to the loo 12 times after a fantastic(!?) Goan curry the night before.
Room service at 0400 and 6 immodiam overnight gave me a banana based breakfast and a cab to the start, insisted on by the hotel due to drunken lorry drivers between the hotel and the race village.
A bunch of stringy Kenyans and rakishly slim ‘Africans’ hugged start line with many shapes and sizes of Indian and Eastern skins behind. I felt quite old.
The route was basically around a massive building site with blocked roads. The Kenyans almost immediately went the wrong way adding 1.1km to the route. At first it wasn’t too hot, a mild 28c and I cruised at sub 5min/1km for the first 6km. The the sun came up. Phew-wee. 1hr 55mins later I finished, struggling to keep a pace under 6min/km, as it was now 38c. The winning time 1:06!
My 1/2m time I clocked at 1:49:45. I was first Carnethy, first European, first Brit and top 3 V50, maybe first, but hard to tell. I had to dash back to my hotel for quick loo visit, shower and cab to the airport. Thank god for the business lounge massage service.
A 5 mile/1,200 foot fell race in glorious weather from the Craven Arms Inn at Appletreewick (near Skipton, Yorkshire) to the top of Simon’s Seat, a granite tor on the moor and back. To cross the finishing line required the compulsory downing of a pint. With a pint, water melon, and soup all included in the £6 entry fee, the good folk of Yorkshire might concede a bargain.
The Carnethy teams arriving and departing Mull in the Scottish Islands Peaks race. Ok Jim’s team is only half Carnethy but 0.5 is rounded up, scientifically. After an initial flurry of boats the wind died and it was a long time before the last boat appeared, even longer for the last runners to get back. But all safely returned. Live tracking of the race in progress can be found on the SIPR website
By the way runners – clip the tags to the wire frame not the string!
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Ice cream weather and ‘Taps Aff’ day for certain, lovely and warm! The hillside was heady with the smell of gorse – just wonderful. Dry and good running under-foot, The top of the scree descent off Whinny is growing in – need a volunteer with decent clippers to attend!
Jamie got a sub 30 and passed Cameron.
“Coming off Arthur’s seat having to change racing line several times to dodge all the tourists / walkers enjoying the sun! Dessie caught me going up Dunsapie , and gave me a target to hang onto. Taps were aff, then mine went back on for the squeeze thru the gorse and the screes. Dessie was taking the descent easy – still feeling Ben Lomond in his legs. I nearly caught him at the finish but he had a last kick left.”
Big welcome to first timer Murray who Cameron escorted round for a good first time.
Everyone beat their handicap today but it was Mike Jones with some good recent recce’s out in front for the win.
Next one is 4 June.
With this my last run before heading for Arran and SIPR Marshalling, and then heading to Harris for the LAMM, and the sn being out. and Lynsey Van Der Blyth heading south at the end of May, it was Lynsey’s Call, BEER or ICE CREAM !
Ice Cream it was so we headed for Braidburn Park and then descended on the Garage at Commiston for the cold stuff before a pleasant 5 minutes licking the night away.
The re-invigorated we Summited Blackford before heading for the still closed KB Union.
The 7 o’clockers’ not a pub run
No fancy dress.
No dodgy carol singing.
No mince pies.
No pubs! Although a lady in Burdiehouse Burn Park did ask if we were on the pub run…
Gordon led the way round a variation of the dry pub run on a beautiful evening.
Just before 5am on Sunday John Ryan arrived back at the Glen Nevis Youth Hostel having compleated Ramsay’s Round in a fast time of 20 hrs 52 minutes. This was the last of the UK Big 3 Rounds [Bob Graham Round (England) and Paddy Buckley Round (Wales)], and together with his compleations of the Wicklow Round and the Denis Rankin Round, becomes the first person to compleat all 5 Rounds in under 24 hours.
John was supported by a band of eleven Ramsay’s Round enthusiasts, including several Carnethy members, in perfect conditions in the first recorded Round of 2018. The few remaining patches of late spring snow presented no problems, although winter gear was carried for the majority of the Round. Timing the Round to perfection, John descended The Ben, as the cloud base descended and light rain started to fall. The head torches of John and his 3 support runners provided entertainment for the security guards at the Glen Nevis campsite as they watched in disbelief the lights rapidly descend down the snow filled Red Burn gully, and continue in a direct line down to the glen.
Ramsay’s round info: http://www.ramsaysround.com/
Read John’s account in the upcoming journal
The Mountains are Calling, Jonny Muir’s book on the sport of hill running in Scotland, is published this week. The book charts the evolution of hill running over the last half-century, heralding its characters and the culture that has grown around them. Ultimately, it captures the appeal of running in Scotland’s hills and mountains – and why we feel compelled to take part in a sport he describes as ‘beautiful madness’.
Numerous club members, from Jasmin Paris to Angela Mudge, and Stewart Whitlie to Charlie Ramsay, are featured, as our some of the Carnethy races. The front cover models are Anthony Hemmings and Ross Christie, in an image taken by Eoin Lennon on the Grey Corries, while Matthew Curry, Harry Gilmore, Iain Gilmore, Mark Hartree and Allan Gebbie also provided photography.
The book is launched at Waterstones (Princes Street) at 6.30pm on Thursday. Everyone is very welcome. If you can’t make it, the book is available now from all good bookshops and online, including Amazon.