Carnethy Club Handicap Series & Reports 2016
|There is one Handicap race every month from April to September. Points are awarded to the finishers depending on the time percentage you are behind the leader.|
Handicapper Phil Young has inherited Willie Mykura’s secret formula for working out handicaps (which takes into account recent form) and he has changed it to make it even more fool proof (ie proof from excuses and tactics from runners who think they can beat the system!).
First timers who need a handicap (or for any other handicapping questions) please contact the handicapper.
As well as a good race, there is the social conviviality of a shared meal afterwards.
PS – don’t underestimate your ability to get lost! Print out the map and bring a compass. If in any doubt buddy up or bring a phone and leave your number. There will generally be an organised recce on the Sunday before. An email will be sent out.
There is full history of handicaps at the foot of the page
Previous Years’ Handicaps
• numbers will be provided •
If you aren’t running please help by coming along and recording finishers
|Swanston park here or jog round from Steading||The Steading|
|Cloich Hills/Mapa Scotland||Bar meal at Barony Castle Hotel, Eddleston||Keith Burns|
|Harlaw||Capital Tandoori (http://www.capitaltandooribalerno.co.uk/menu)||Euan Boyd|
(route in detail here)
Next handicap – Apr 2017
Handicap Reports 2016
Scroll down for individual race results and reports
Final standings after 6 rounds:
The rain let up long enough for a pleasant if muddy race. Fuzzy photos as the light was poor. Results
With a forecast or torrential rain, I was a bit trepidaceous about the Boghall handicap.
I looked out my Gazebo and headed for the carpark.
Even at 6:35 there were a few people about and the Handicapper had parked the Timkeeper Camper outside the car park to avoid the height restriction Bar.
1 less gate to run through I thought.
I discovered I had forgotten the clock to rushed home to return 10 minutes later.
The Gazebo was erected and the numbers were given out.
The world safety pin shortage hit hard so there were lots of carried numbers.
Having had a slow C5 this year, I was given a very good handicap and was looking forward to my bottle of wine. So at 12:46 on the clock I headed off.
I soon caught up on Kate and Philipa and had a look back to see a Digby in hot pursuit.
The herd of cattle had been chased into a field by Bill and he shut the gate while the runners went past , thanks Bill.
Soon I heard footsteps and was relieved to be passed by the eventual winner (not Digby that would have been too much).
Allermuir came fairly quickly and I hit the descent. My knees had 3 days of the new turmeric remedy –
– and I was feeling good.
My 2nd fastest time on the Allermuir South descent segment in 3 years (Strava can be informative – Mr Whiteside).
Swanston Report – race director
After meticulous planning, careful selection of paths and trods to give a varied route, route maps and descriptions developed, new Strava legs established, a faff over food, printing of stuff for the race, reccee runs completed, route ‘marked’ with special disappearing flour, I realised organising a race is a tough job. Hats off to race organisers!
All we needed was blue skies and sunshine. Alas, that happened in the morning and by race time the mist descended, the cows closed in, and a chill replaced the warmth of the day. Between 47 and 50 folk headed out at their allotted time, most of whom ran the intended route. Talk at the end of screes, ski centres, Boghall, and Allermuir all suggested that the flour marking, route description and reccee opportunities hadn’t quite worked out as hoped. Despite printing numbers from 1-60 so everyone could easily be counted, personal numbers and folk heading off for a run or walk at the same time ‘but not racing’ helped with confusion at the end. If you are still missing, let someone know!
I think everyone liked the route – or their version of it, and the descent made for some great finishes. My guess that the winning time for the route would be about 32 mins with Liam Braby getting a few seconds under this. But, as it was a handicap, his ‘real’ position was 7 places behind me in 27th. I take that as a result on my part. On this basis, Euan Burns, Gina McAllister and Sally Best took the medals with Jeff Roberts taking the special race prize. Kenny Rodgers didn’t race, but his look-alike did apparently. Thanks to those who turned up to help or watch. Hopefully the timings are all correct now.
Some murky hilltop photos from Mike Andrew
It was all going so well…
…until mist and racing dementia took over and I went the wrong way.
Ridiculous. I know that route like the back of my hand. I don’t think I gained any advantage as I tried to regain the route but failed miserably, visiting bits of hillside never before trodden by man. I wasn’t the only one to go wrong I don’t think, though probably the most erratic, and with the least of excuses.
A good turnout and a nice wee route by Mark Hartree. And the winner of the latest and most eccentric Carnethy race prize – a bottle of wine to the 7th person over the line – went to Jeff.
Hang on… is that MY hand?
The arrival of rain on a dreich NE wind was perfectly timed for first away on the circuit of the Courhope forest and Kilrubie Hill. Low cloud added to the navigational challenge despite what I thought would be helpful and very clear clues at all the critical junctions. Not so! – with one or two going astray to tackle unnecessary barriers and additional distance. One launched his bold bid for this year’s wooden spoon with an imaginative off-map northern detour to avoid the Kilrubie cloudbase. Much thanks to the rapidly scrambled search squad who, along with the delayed bold explorer, eventually dried out in the restaurant over a meal that somehow seemed to get mixed up with one arranged for the local weightwatchers group but priced for an EU commissioners’ convention. I had about 20 micro-chips forcing me to scavenge off handy adjacent diners.
Photos unlikely (offers?) due to low light levels and Digby’s excursion to another country.
Lovely evening in between big dramatic showers. Alan Hoggs photos here.
Every handicap should be run in lovely warm sunny weather with clear blue skies. Oh well, we can dream. A great route, if I say it myself. Wonder who set it <cough>. And the large parking would make a good BBQ venue, if Wetherspoons weren’t so enticing. The handicaps may have been a bit erratic being the first running of this one. I had a running battle with Bob W who, being a bit ill, ran really fast and finished first. In a strange move Keith, at the gate marked on the map as ‘gate exit’, didn’t. It must have been quite hard descending on the trackless left hand side of the wall. Good to see Bill running.
On Tuesday night around half past six it was 22 degrees and bright and sunny in Edinburgh as Alison and I toddled around Mortonhall, boding well for the following evening’s final handicap race of the season. Typically race day arrived dank, dreich and dreary and by evening the haar over Arthur’s Seat reduced visibility to a few metres on the tops.
Some 32 diehards turned up though and set off into the murk on myriad route choices with 3 getting sufficiently lost they couldn’t even find some of the hills. Some over ran the course and took in Nether Hill (to catch the views perhaps) and on leaving Crow Hill people were running to the left and right of each other uncertain of the right descent line. On Whinny Hill several opted to do both tops to ensure that they actually did the summit. Again descent lines here were every which way as were ascent lines to the highest point on the crags.
However, all got safely back and there was much excited chatter at the finish line as route choice(?) was discussed. Sadly, due to an overbooking at Kilderkin the chat wasn’t continued there as there was no room in the inn despite assurances given to me the day before when I popped in to ensure everything was in order.
The prize giving will now be next Wednesday at KB and I’ll arrange for food to be served … Honest!
Note to webbers: The shortcode for adding each handicap is [ic_add_posts ids='xxxx'] where xxxx is the post’s ID.
|2016||Boghall||Swanston||Cloich Hills||Harlaw – Bells, Black||Cademuir||Arthurs|
|2014||Boghall||Dreghorn||9 Mile Burn||Portmore Loch||Red Moss||Arthurs|
|2009||Boghall||Portmore Loch||Meldons||Hungry Snout||Swanston||Arthurs|
|2006||Boghall||East Cairn Hill||Ravensheugh||Lammerlaw||Portmore Loch||Arthurs|
|2005||Bonaly||Romanno Bridge||Ravensheugh||Lammerlaw||Portmore Loch||Arthurs|
|2004||Carnethy 21st ??||Romanno Bridge||Ravensheugh||Lammerlaw||Tinto||Arthurs|
|2002||Corstorphine Hill||Peebles||Ravensheugh||Lammerlaw||Romanno Bridge||Arthurs|
|2001||Corstorphine Hill||Ravensheugh||KB||Red Moss||Meldons||Boghall|
|Results pages only before 2001. Search old site with name and year to find them.|
|2000||Boghall||Ravensheugh||Romanno Bridge||Carlops||Red Moss||Arthurs|
|1992||Hillend||Ravensheugh||9 Mile Burn||Red Moss||Dreghorn|
|1991||Hillend||Ravensheugh||Lammerlaw||9 Mile Burn||Flotterstone|