Alternative Carnethy 5 – 2015
The idea is to complete 5 races in 5 days 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. If you want company 7pm is the time to start on the days mentioned. You could do them all on one day if you wanted. You take your own time and send it in to Bob Johnstone.
In 2012 the times were adjusted by subtracting a time (in minutes) of (AGE-squared)/60 for men and (AGE-squared)/30 for women. The handicapping was invented so that the young speed-merchants like Andy Fallas, Helen Bonsor and Jasmin Paris etcetera couldn’t win the overall title. A similar time-adjustment will be applied to this years race, and possibly new refinements.
Reports for 2015 – here
Events are organised by Carnethy Hill Running Club; contact individual organisers for further details.
||Monday 7th September: Capelaw Uphill Race (contact: Graham Nash)
When: 7pm (if you want company)
Distance: 1.2 miles Ascent: 900ft Estimated run time: 15 mins (+/-5)
Description: A simple uphill route by a simple person.
Park at the Bonaly Woods car park, just past the scout camp, accessed from Bonaly Road. Or take the Number 10 Bus for Bonaly, and at its terminus at the Bonaly shop continue up Bonaly Road.Start by the gate (NT 2113 6747) and head initially South West, then South up the landrover track. You will pass through 3 gates and Bonaly Reservoir on the right. After the third gate you will be on open hill side. Continue in a South East direction up an obvious trod, passing a gully on its left hand side until you reach the vertical twin iron pole (NT 2159 6597).
Download map (right click and save as)
|Tuesday 8th September: Cairn-nethy Hill Race from Listonshiels by Matt Davis
Where: nr Balerno off A70
When: 7pm (if you want company)
Distance: 5.9miles Ascent: 320m
Description: Park at the minor road / track junction to Listonshiels (there is a green finger post pointing to Carlops).The start is 1Km up this track so a chance to warm up & stretch all the twangy bits before the fun begins.I’ll be there from 6:30pm for early starters. I’d like to get everyone away for 7pm so you’ve got plenty of daylight to get round. If you do come late (around 7:30pm) think about putting a torch in your bag especially if it’s overcast.This end of the Pentlands does tend to be a bit more exposed, but at least you see the fronts coming – so please come suitably equipped for the conditions.I’ve attached a brief description (coz I’m nice like that) and if you follow the map and this you should have a good run though you’ll still need to be on your toes for the route home. Veer off it or lose the path on the way back and it may test your sense of humour.
Route description (text)
Route description (word doc with maps)
|Wednesday 9th September: Caerketton Downhill Race (standard race courtesy Mark Johnston)
Where: Registration at Hillend carpark, start at summit
When: 7pm, registration 6-6.30pm (free to Carnethy members sporting their Carnethy vest)
Distance: 1.8km Ascent: -300m
Estimated run time: 5-10mins
Straight doon, as quick as you can go!
|Thursday 10th September: Down-Up Allermuir by Jim Hardie
When: 7pm (if you want company) Distance: 2.6miles (max) Ascent: 800ft
Description: Are you sick of people overtaking you on the downhill to the finish? All that hard ascent wasted? Well, this race is for you! The Allermuir Down-Up is an alternative to the standard (boring!) Up-Down races you seem to get everywhere else. Watch those fast downhillers disappear…only to be reeled-in later!Simply start on the summit of Allermuir, race to CP1 at the burn crossing heading towards Swanston, down to the gate towards the Dreghorn Junction, the 2nd one on the descent (CP2), touch the gate, then head back to the summit any way you want. What you do between these checkpoints is entirely up to you!
The only tip I’ll give you is that a good recce beats looking at the map, that’s for sure.
Download map (right click and save as)Meet at the Swanston car park at 6:45, to wander up to the start. Race will start when we get there, hopefully around 7pm.
||Friday 11th September Captains’ Mystery Challenge: (course set by Helen ‘n’ Iain)
When: 6.30pm (if you want company)
Distance: 4.5 miles Ascent: 350m Estimated run time:
Description: In their infinite wisdom, the captains have again decided that the last race of the Alternative C5 should be remain a closely guarded secret, so the route will not be published beforehand.
At the start of the race, runners will be furnished with a map annotated with 3 checkpoints. These checkpoints can be reached in *any order*. To prove they made it, each checkpoint will have a code that will need remembered. And yes, they will again be child-friendly rude words, because we are children.The race briefing will occur at the top ski centre car park. The areas visited in the race *should* be intimately familiar to most Carnethies.The start of the race will be a bit of a walk from the briefing, so we suggest that if you would like some company, we should all meet at 6.30pm. Bring warm clothes and headtorches! Maps will be handed out at the briefing, giving you a short period to plan your route before the start.The route will (if you choose) take in well-worn paths (though they may not always be the fastest route), so we will make a decision on any mandatory kit when weather forecasts are accurate.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.
We will, of course, be heading to the Steading afterwards for some refreshment, so bring some pennies.
Carnethy Hill Running Club is a company limited by guarantee incorporated in Scotland with registered number SC492072 and having its registered office at 25a Stafford Street, Edinburgh, EH3 7BJ
All Carnethy organised races (unless stated otherwise) will adhere to the Scottish Hill Runners safety rules, and all competitors and club members are expected to adhere to them. Full details on the Hill Racing Safety page