Alternative Carnethy 5 – 2018
The Alt C5 is to complete 5 races in a week from 3rd – 9th September with the accumulated time going forward into the “magical scoring system”. You don’t have to do the races at any particular time or day as long as they are started on the Monday and completed by the Sunday. All club members and friends are invited to participate, the more the merrier.
Reports for 2018
The Alternative C5 comprised a variety of 5 types of hill races around the Pentland Hills as both a training challenge and also an introduction to new member to the different style of routes they might come across.
CapeBellsHElextric – Hilly trods and trails
121 Carnethy Members participated in one or more races in the week with 7 Carnethy kids aged 10 or less doing the Doonhiller. Finlay Tomnay (16) did the first race and Andrew Nash (14) did all the races.
Alan Hogg managed to lose the most places (5) for his Friday MMM attempt with Fiona Mckinnon gaining 4 places by comparison.
Jonathon Marks stormed to a win, with Andrew Nash and Alan Renville very close together in 2nd and 3rd places.
First Lady was Amy Capper coming 6th overall. Allermuir Uphill route time was not broken with Alex McVey holding the Alt C5 record time at 21:01.
Results are on the Alt C5 page.
Thanks for everyone participating and those who helped with results (Sean) or setting the MMM or clearing the course (Willie, Moira, Alan, Simon, Sparky).
I think the format works, comments seem positive. The Handicapping kind of works but the winner won by a margin that made making me win very hard even with skulduggery and route knowledge. The swim option will need a wetter summer but might feature next time.
Digby has pointed out that no one is posting about the Alt C5 on the website and as usual he is correct. So here goes.
Day 1. BellsCapHellextric (or something like that)
Wow. It was not a nice evening! Sitting inside the car at the Bonaly car park seemed bad enough. Then I had to get out an stand in the rain with the other hardy souls who showed up. There were even a few people out for the Ladie’s run (they were encouraged to do the Alt C5 but declined). It was a quick course (so quick Jonathon Marks was able to overtake almost everyone after a late start) with quite a bit of clag at times. Coming off Bell’s hill towards the ruin was a challenge. The first challenge was spotting the ruin and second was picking a line through the ferns. The final decent was fun. And by the end the rain had stopped.
Wow. It was a glorious evening! The sun was shining (why didn’t I bring sunglasses). I rode my bike down to Hillend in anticipation of combining Day 2 and 3 in one. Then a short jog followed by an enjoyable few minutes chatting as we all stood in the carpark at Swanston waiting for the appointed time. And then we were off. A flattish quick start followed by a steep slog and then some more less steep slogging on tired legs. A few departed but a few stayed to try their hand at writing words with their bodies.
Day 4. Thriepmuir is in the way!
Weather was a mixed bag which was fitting for a race that started with an awful lot of chat about route choice. However, unlike the usual “take this trod because it is marginally faster” the choices tonight were more large scale “who’s doing a loop?” “Out and back?” “Short uphill or long and steady?” Or in my case “Which way is the footpath?” Not a good sign for the Mini Mountain Marathon. In the end people chose a few different options and I am not sure which was optimal (they all seemed to get around quite quickly!) but it definitely added something extra to the night. The Strava flyby tells the tale.
Can’t wait for tonight!
What a great finish to a fun week. After recce-ing the potential check points around Turnhouse weeks before, Willie, Moira and Alan turned up in the afternoon to help Sparky put the flags out. We split to the North side for Alan and I since Sparky needed a swim in Glencorse to have a wash while Willie and Moira put their flags mostly in the right place on the top and on the South side.
Alan and I compared route options over excellent coffee and cake after deciding there were several route options with scope for some sub optimal choices. Hilly short or flatter longer in summary. Sparky thought there should have been a swim option still.
17 set off on Friday evening alternating first check points. I set off last and managed to get back before a few others…but I knew the route options and chose the shorter steeper one getting in just over the 75min limit. Stories of ‘ what does a Rowan tree look like? nettles, bracken, wrong knolls, and what rocky cove?, and deep heather’ were overheard. Strava will reveal the fun for all.
If you haven’t run yet there are maps hanging on the coffee sign next to the cafe. If someone could get the flags in Sunday evening would be good. Try the other Alt C5 routes and record your time.
So after winning the illustrious title of most lost male at last year’s MMM I decided to try and do better. Like most of my ideas I had grand plans. This one involved self designed courses with small points to find in the Pentlands where I would hone my map reading and navigation skills. While I didn’t get around to doing that I did manage to do one Long Green orienteering event around Castle Law. In hindsight the worst part of that run was my misreading of the map on the first CP (a sign of things to come?). So I was feeling energised going into Friday night’s event.
I arrived in good time so that I wouldn’t be stuck out in the dark. After finding out how brutal the time penalties can be my primary goal was to get back in time. I set off and found the first CP fairly easily (it was a gate on a path I’ve run a number of times) and then promptly set off a cross a field in the wrong direction. In my defence it was the right direction if I had picked the right woods to go to. Unfortunately I did not read the map as well as I could have. As usual once I knew where I was on the map I knew where I had to go. So I headed off again. Found the next two CPs fairly quickly.
Then came decision time. Up or around. I chose around. Which was ok. I found the next CP. Four down and nine to go not doing too bad. A quick look at the watch shows that actually I am not doing well at all.
Next CP. Think. Read map. Look at contours. I will try and stick to this contour and I should get right to it. Of course it is nicer to run on a path and before you know it I am well below where I should be. Next decision. Up or down. I’d rather down but for some reason I think “lets do up”. So up I went. One more CP found (five). Well I’m already here may as well keep going up. I can get two or three more and then back home. Not a great tally but if I manage in time it will all be ok.
It should come as no surprise (at least not me in the cold light of Saturday morning) that my plan did not work out very well. I went up and spent quite a bit of time scrounging around for a flag in a spot that was actually between two CPs. I could blame it on not having been up Turnhouse in a while, but the truth is it was my poor map reading again. I eventually gave up and started home. On the way I faffed about a bit looking for another CP to no avail (again map reading).
In the end I got back a bit over time with more CPs missed than found. Based on the times on the google sheet so far I may be in the running for another last place. We’ll see. The good news is I’ve got another 12 months to execute my plan to improve my map reading and navigation. Thanks for a great week of running Mark.
Strava flyby is quite amusing.
2018 – Events are organised by Carnethy Hill Running Club; contact Mark Hartree for further details.
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