Alternative Carnethy 5 – 2014
Reports of all the events – here
The events for this year have been set as follows:
|Monday 8th September: Arthur’s Seat Sprint (course set by Iain with thanks to Michael Reid)
Where: Holyrood park
When: 7pm, if you want company
Distance: 6km Ascent: 430m Estimated run time: 40mins (+-10)
Description: The race starts where the cyle path branches from the tourist path to Arthur’s Seat, directly opposite the Holyrood Palace car park. There is a stone (with a no-entry sign) marking the start and finish:
There is no set route, but a series of checkpoints that must be hit in order. Here follows a description of the suggested route.
The route follows the tourist path into Hunter’s Bog before heading off to head up the hill via Piper’s walk. As Piper’s walk joins the main tourist path, follow it to the plateau area below the summit. Rather than striking up the rocky path to the summit, skirt round to the final climb up to the top of Nether Hill (cp1).
From here, turn east to the col between Nether and Crow, before turning south on a path which contours the south side of Nether, descending all the way to Queen’s drive. Care (or reckless abandon) will be needed here as the path is precipitous at points. Continue straight across Queen’s drive, jumping the fence and down the steep slope to Duddingston Loch. Run through the car park, touch the sign (cp2), then round the house and up the steps:
Take the steps uphill towards Dunsapie Crag (cp3). Descend to the car park and run North on the road until the bend (cp4), where you strike uphill to visit Nether Hill again. The route takes the final path uphill, which is right at the middle of the road bend. From Nether (cp5), the route descends to the col between Arthur and the crags. Finally, run over the crags (cp6) and back to the finish.
|Tuesday 9th September: Allermuir Uphill Race (contact Graham Nash, course set by Jim Hardie)
When: 7pm, if you want company
Distance: 2.4km Ascent: 338m Estimated run time: 20mins (+-5)
Description:The greatest climb (that we can find) in the Pentlands! 1108ft of ascent, across a fairly short 1.5miles.You start in the small dirt car park just over the bypass at Swanston, underneath the pylon cables. You finish when you touch the metal plate on the summit of Allermuir. Pretty simple really.Your route is all your own, but it seems the main walkers route is probably the best. See map for the suggested route, and also the photo for confirmation of the start line:
|Wednesday 10th September: Caerketton Downhill Race (standard race courtesy Mark Johnston)
Where: Registeration at Hillend carpark, start at summit
When: 7pm, registration 6-6.30pm
Distance: 1.8km Ascent: -300m
Estimated run time: 5-10mins
Straight doon, as quick as you can go!
|Thursday 11th September: Bonaly Trail Race (course set by Mike Lynch)Where: Start and finish at Bonaly Country Park Car Park
When: 7pm, if you want company
Distance: 5.93miles/10km Ascent: 700 feet
Expected run time: 45 minutes +/- 15 minutesDescription:From the gate head downhill on the road as far as the junction with Torduff Road. Turn left and follow the road round and up towards the gate into Torphin Hill Golf Club. If you reach Torduff Reservoir then you have gone too far!Through the gate climb up the path into the course (club is now closed and course looks very overgrown). Go up until you are on a raised area (stay on the path). Thereafter you have a choice of running on the path or through the fairway (which now has a faint trod through use by runners). Keep going in a straight line with the radio mast as your target to a green post next to a fence at the radio hut/tower. Clamber over the wall and fence and skirt round the hut. You will now be on Warklaw Hill and need to follow (no deviating here please) the farm track as it bends round to the right, down and through Easter Kinleith Farm (2 sets of gates). You will be on a bend here that is part of the 7 Reservoirs Race route.
Run along Harlaw Road and turn right onto Kirkgate, then right onto Blinkbonny Road. Some way along here you need to be alert for the small entrance into the rocky path through Poet’s Glen. Climb up here and over the first wooden bridge, carry on up and over the next small wooden bridge before heading down into where you emerged from the farm originally, this time heading in the opposite direction.
Head towards Clubbiedean Reservoir (Kinleith Burn on your right) and at the fishing hut take the entrance through the gate into the wooden area. There is an obvious trail through the trees that takes you out on the other side of the reservoir. Through the gate here and climb up the grass up to the fishing hut on the track. Drop down sharp road towards Torduff Reservoir, following obvious route up to the junction at Bonaly Burn. From here, it’s a fast finish to the gate where you started.Junior route: From junction at Torduff reservoir/Bonaly Burn follow obvious path to furthest hut at far side of Clubbiedean reservoir, and back again.
Distance: 2.4 miles
||Friday 12th SeptemberCaptains’ Mystery Challenge: Turnhouse is no obstacle (course set by Helen ‘n’ Iain)
Where: Flotterstone Ranger Centre
When: 7pm (if you want company)
Distance: ~4 miles Ascent: ~580m Estimated run time: 60mins (+-15)
Description:In their infinite wisdom, the captains have decided that the final race of the Alternative C5 should be a secret. The route will not be published beforehand.
At the start of the race, runners will be furnished with a map annotated with 4 checkpoints. These checkpoints can be reached in any order. To prove they made it, each checkpoint will have a code attached to a wee flag. You can either remember the code (you should have no difficulty!), write it on the map or photograph it!
The race will start at the Flotterstone ranger centre, and the areas visited should be familiar to most Carnethies. There will be a few out of bounds areas marked to avoid the temptation for some road running.We suggest that you bring a compass and whistle, as well as any warm clothes in case you need them. In the unlikely event you get hopelessly lost, we recommend that you descend to either a reservoir, or a road. You are never too far away from one or the other in the Pentlands. It should be possible to do most of the route keeping to paths and trods, though that may not be the fastest way…For those planning to do the race at an alternative date or time, please email us and we will let you know where we stashed the spare maps.