|Manor Water Junior Hill Races 14/10/2017|
|Younger Juniors (aged 12-15)|
The 25th running of the Manor Water Hill Race was a damp affair. The promising forecast didn’t quite happen and it rained for much of the race. Thankfully, the rain was warm, although the muddiness was not conducive to fast times. Carnethy DOMINATED the men’s race with a Carnethy 1-2-3. Stewart Whitlie led the field followed by John Hammond and Michael Reid. In the women’s race there was a good battle between Kathy Henly and Mary Hunter with Kathy taking it in the end.
There were, of course, the sheep trials to keep everyone entertained post-race. Moss Paris-Rawlick and Beinn McVey-Milne should perhaps get a move on with the training for next year, as the competition on the field was somewhat fierce.
Thanks to everyone who helped and special thanks to Chris Henty for his very impressive planning (right down to bottle opener supplied for the post-race beer). Despite the weather, it was a great day out in the Borders. Strava Flybys
With a backdrop of “come by” or the Borders equivalent we gathered for the 25th runnning of the race. It was claggy above and claggy below. On a dreich day the going was really tough with plenty of mud and gloopy, gooey peat in the heathery trods. Manor Water always feels like two races back to back. Approaching the final climb of the first race to the top of the oddly named Scrape the ultimate winners – Stewart Whitlie, John Hammond and Michael Reid (finishing in that order) – thundered, if that is the right word for soft wet moss, down.
First race was a good result – let’s have the prizegiving! 1st V60 and beat Gordon again. But then there’s race No2 back to the start. Slipping and sliding and tripped up by my flapping leggings first Gordon steamed by, then someone who with black hair should have been a V40. How was I to know – a rival! I should have made a bigger effort at this point instead of trying to stuff my soaking gloves back into a bumbag that refused to swivel.
Welcomed home by the traditional cries of ‘he’s catching you!’ I scoffed, but there actually was someone. Not a V60 so no problem. In the great Manor Water tradition the next thing is a bottle of beer thrust into your hand. Those who didn’t have wet children who needed to be rushed home retired to the tea tent for very good cake and coffee. I hugged the urn to try and warm up.
Sadly the 25th running of the race memento – a coaster – hadn’t been delivered in time. Unless we hear different you can pick yours up at Tinto or the AGM. So a good reason to attend both! Thanks to Euan for stepping in to supervise in the absence of race director Chris Henty.
And who could forget the small pit behind straw bales…
First year organising the race, and pretty much everything seemed to go right. Judging by the amount of mud on the runners you all had a good time, or a good tumble. I hope you all liked the new start/finish location. I’ll be emailing in the next few days to ask for your feedback on what worked, what didn’t and how to make it better for when you all come back next year. Thanks to all the marshals, and thank you to all the runners for making it worthwhile.
Finish recording camera at 1 frame/sec.
It shut off after Nicki Innes in position 201. If you pause it you should be able to step through a frame at a time using the arrow keys. You may need to lower the speed setting to the minimum to get that to work. Or here https://youtu.be/EFQIKbgEoGQ
After a gap year, the SLCR was back on, and back to teams of 6 after an ill-conceived attempt to push the teams up to 8 in 2016. Everything was the same – the same format, transitions and thankfully for the race, the same great weather. This year we had 9 teams up from 6 in 2016, which made for a better feel to the race. There was one key change actually, and it was a positive one, and that was the introduction of ‘mass’ starts at every transition (if needed). This was to allow for bunching of the race and to prevent marshals from standing out for very long periods of time. These worked well and didn’t negatively affect the feel of the proceedings.
We started things off at midnight in Kincardine-on-Forth and teams progressed through the 116.5 mile route as a relay of 6 runners through the transitions of North Queensferry, Dysart, St Monans, St Andrews, Wormit Bay and to the finish at Newburgh.
Chris Russell of Leven Las Vegas (the only two places in the world that you can buy sex with chips, apparently) stormed through the first leg in a new record of 1.50.34 to hand over in the lead. There was quite a gap to second (over 12 minutes) before Stonehaven Top Dogs came in. Leven maintained their lead through Leg 2 to Dysart with HBT moving into second place, ahead of Stonehaven. A new leg record of 2.25.10 from Jason Kelly put Stonehaven into the front at St Monans and they never lost the lead from there on in. Leg 4 to St Andrews is always a tough one and there were some big gaps developing in times, which justified the mass starts. A great run from Nicola Duncan of Carnethy on Leg 5 put them into 4th position here, but there was another record leg of 2.19.26 from Michael Barker of Stonehaven to consolidate their lead. The final leg to Newburgh saw Stonehaven come in for a total time of 14.45.06, which is a new record both for the race itself and for a run by teams of 6 around the route. HBT came home in 2nd with Leven Las Vegas 3rd and Carnethy 4th.
So a successful running of what is a long event, but the feedback was positive so looking forward to 2018.
Fastest times on course:
- Stonehaven Top Dogs (2017 race): 14.45.06
- Fife AC/Wormit Runners (2014 Challenge run): 14.58.00
- HBT (2015 race): 14.59.36
- Carnethy (2013 Challenge run): 15.10.00
An album of pictures here: Scottish Long Coastal Relays 2017 147 new photos – Album by Mike Lynch
Some more here: here – 19 new photos by Victoria Shanks
or view/download as pdf
Carnethy Team report
A call for club members to form a Carnethy team Scottish Long Coastal Relay along the Fife Coastal Path returned a mix of folk, some known to me and some unknown. I didn’t argue, since anyone volunteering to start a relay at midnight or 0300 and to run 16-22 mile legs is good for me. I even had two reserves so hoped I could extract myself from a leg and let others do the work. Early planning, and getting a rough time schedule agreed with everyone was helpful and kidded-on to the team, hopefully, that I might know what I was doing.
As it turned out, a reserve crooked his groin playing Frisbee (can you guess who) and another needed childcare planning while her husband Neil ‘marshalled’ at the same race, so short notice changes to the team were tricky for her to accommodate. I emailed everyone a few times to remind them to turn-up and finalised lifts and pick-ups…sort of. As of the day before, we didn’t need substitutes and I resigned myself to running the last leg and even printed maps since Neil Burnett advised that it would be helpful since the route had lots of turns.
Viv Busby, our secret weapon, who was going to smash the record on Leg 4 (the longest, remotest and roughest leg) in under 3hrs (or so he forecast), thereby giving me leeway for a slower last leg, admitted to a knee problem at 1400 on the Friday that he had picked up on Weds night. I only noticed the email at 1615. Pooh. A quick panicky series of phone calls, Facebook appeals and perhaps divine intervention and Neil Burnett volunteered to let me do Leg 4 while he did my shorter and final leg. Double Pooh, I get the toughest leg. Still, it was a solution.
Our run times are in the table of Mike’s report. Most teams or leg runners went wrong at some point along the way. Most were suitably tired at the end of their legs. I had to lie down! Later on, thankfully, I happened upon Nicola Duncan from our team heading out of Wormit on the wrong road and figured how to steer her to the change-over point with Neil, saving more lost time which could have slipped us a place. One team DNF’d which helped us achieve 4th position which I am pretty pleased about since my leg time wasn’t great. Thanks to Sean, Alex, Noel, Nicola and Neil for a great team effort, and to Mike Lynch and all his helpers. Next year, let’s get a few more Carnethy teams together for a great event.
My second year pulling together the Alternative Carnethy 5 (Alt C5) gave the opportunity to come up with a mix of runs. As Graham Nash said one year “This is one of the best weeks training that you will do” and since he has done a few things recently – he should know.
I decided as a few self-imposed criteria:
• to visit new trods and less frequented bits of the Pentlands, linkable in a single ‘ultra’ run,
• have some runnable sections of flat and un-runnable areas to slow the fasties,
• routes long enough to challenge, but short enough to do before getting too dark,
• to pivot around the Caerketton Doonhiller, with a navigation challenge as a finale, and to not repeat other races or handicap routes,
• Kid friendly….?
Four routes were published early to try and encourage folk to plan their week in advance. This seemed to work with around 20 folk turning up each evening at 7pm.
SpittalMonk – has been done before as a handicap with the inclusion of West Kip (not by me) and seemed a good introduction being mostly runnable all the way with a fabulously long, fast, non-technical descent over Monks Rig to get the week going. Monday night was driech, but 17 people, 3 dogs and a foetus turned up to stretch their legs.
Allermuir Uphill – took a different route than last year to extend it a bit. Someone struggled to leave the carpark, and another confused Capelaw for Allermuir, while another misunderstood “touch the hut. Go back across the burn…”. Big Al destroyed his shoes on the steep climb to the North ridge.
Caerketton Doonhill – was an official race by Mark Johnston with the best fun prize giving. Some folk did it after doing the Allermuir Uphill as a descent route rather than doing the race. Big Al must have hopped down it, while Alex McVey flew to a win.
Tour de Glencorse – was a bit damp and had an element of navigation skills to take the best lines. Turning right on the road after passing the Filter Beds climb was the first challenge for some. On the summit of Bell’s Hill, which is rarely approached from the East, noting that the route required roughly a 90 degree to head South would have helped some. Then, recognising the difference between Logan Cottage and Kirton Hill or farm would also have helped the confused. Thanks to Adam Gamble for bringing Dexter Howard (12) back just as I was hastily launching a search party as the black night fell. Phew.
Mystery Mini Mountain Marathon – a finale intended to introduce people to the spirit of a MM. Attention to detail and a bit of planning (read the map) make a difference on this sort of race, along with retaining your map, paper and pencil to record checkpoints. Navigation skills really help and it was my great hope that the fasties would shed time and their speed advantage by looking for checkpoints in the wrong place. I had set, checked and adjusted the CPs a few times to give and mix of challenges: route choice and CPs order options, runnable and non-runnable sections, obscure trods with some bondoo bashing, and visiting rarely visited bits of a familiar area.
I re-checked a few CPs after El Presidente doubted their presence only to find them in place and not eaten by rogue sheep. Based on this, I anticipated disputes, anger, disappointment and frustration, maybe some fast times, likely some slow times from participants. I encouraged people to come earlier and to be prepared. If the cloud was down it could be tough despite being <7km by direct routes – so I took a flask, biscuits, blanket, down jacket and spare head torches for finding the late and lost.
Thankfully, the weather on Friday was good, but most of what I expected to happen happened. Strava can tell a sorry tale after folk have vented spleen for putting flags in the “wrong” place, when clearly they were using a high dose of luck to find CPs. Thanks to Graham Nash for keeping me company while people came in scratched, heather and gorse eaten. Digby came in needing gin to soothe him and then later, Sean Walker finished searching for North several times and gives me a tough calculation for his time penalties over the 90min limit.
Devil’s Beeftub – coincided as a bonus run to add to the Alt C5. In memory of John Blair Fish, it was a Championship race organised by El Presidente and gave the Alt C5 folk a chance to race 6 days in a week. I am still figuring out how to incorporate this to the Alt C5 score, and helpfully, have had lots of suggestions that I will probably ignore.
SO WHO WON THE ALT C5?
You’ll have to wait. But for those who haven’t started any yet – you still have time to fit some or if you get a wiggle-on – all of them on Sunday 10th September till about 1700 when I’ll take out the MMM flags and in the process, try and get myself a good time.
So, get out there and send me your times. You really should do at least one of them! On Monday I will calculate the final table, then we will sort out prizes.
Cheers all, hope it was fun.
|11||24.02||Ewan Fairgrieve||Annan & District||MJ|
|17||24.39||Adrian Davis||Lomond Hill Runners||M50|
|18||24.40||Stephanie Provan||Deeside Runners||F|
|27||26.08||Adam Anderson||Annan AC||M40|
|28||26.11||Michael Kerr||Annan & District||MJ|
|36||27.19||Kevin Plummer||Annan & District||M50|
|42||27.46||Dan Watson||Loch Tayside||M40|
|48||29.03||Trevor Shaw||Loch Tayside||M50|
|49||29.04||Alasdair McCallum||North Ayrshire||M50|
|50||29.12||Darren Foley||Annan & District||M40|
|60||30.55||Mark Whitelaw||Annan & District||M40|
|67||31.20||Nick Munro||Annan & District||M|
|69||31.35||Andrew Fairgrieve||Annan & District||M50|
|71||32.00||Hilary Ritchie||Fife AC||F50|
|72||32.10||David White||Helm Hill||M40|
|73||32.13||Rosie Allen||Annan & District||F40|
|75||32.40||Stephen Johnston||Millburn Harriers||M50|
|77||32.54||Kathleen Aubrey||Helm Hill||F50|
|80||33.14||Marie Entwistle||Deeside Runners||F40|
|84||33.56||Jocelyn Scott||Fife AC||F60|
|92||36.10||Clare Martin||Deeside Runners||F50|
|94||37.09||Ian Beedie||Lomond Hill Runners||M40|
|95||37.43||Liz Killean||Fife AC||F50|
|101||38.23||Richard Gatehouse||Lomond Hill Runners||M60|
|105||40.34||John Robson||Annan & District||M60|
|106||42.02||Jean Robson||Annan & District||F60|
|110||43.42||Linda Cameron||Annan & District||F50|
|112||43.53||Dave Francis||Fife AC||M60|
With the weather good and improving we had a lovely view over the route as we hammered in the Feather Flag at the Beetfub Monument. A 25 minute drive later (and half a mile) and we were set up for registration. Moira and Hilary got organised as Bob and Lee started parking duties.
The cars appeared in flurries and Gordon had to support the registration team, and soon the first field was full. With the weather looking good I decided to not require full kit to be carried, and with 105 entries by 11:45 we shut registration.
A couple of runners caught us up and by the time we were in the start field we had to register 5 more, then John Robson arrived with cycling shoes (marital mis-communication) so I went shoeless to let him run, thanks for the extra £5 for charity donation John.
So after a short thanks to John Blair-Fish, who died 4 years ago, for thinking up this great wee race, the 113 starters jumped the fence and at 12:15 I set them off.
It is a great sight watching the hordes ascending the steep start and then seeing the odd head bobbing along the ridge. and after about 17 minutes we could see the leaders sliding/running down from Great Hill.
Murray Strain won the race in 21:55 followed by Robbie Simpson and Tom Martin. The ladies race was won by Stephanie Provan of Deeside by just 3 seconds from Miranda Grant of HBT.
Ewan Fairgrieve was first junior and Cleona McCheyne of Inverclyde was first junior female.
I was pleased to count all 113 runners in and my shoes came in 105th position.
It was great to see so many people out and I hope the prize winners all enjoy their Beefy Prizes.
Thanks To Cali Ingham, Jonathan Whitehead and Nick MacDonald for marshalling the hills, and to Gordon Cameron , Hilary Spenceley and Moira Stewart for Registration and timing. Bob Waterhouse and Lee Murphy for parking duties, and last but not least, all the runners for turning up.
Here’s the Strava Flybys
Nick’s photos –
51 seniors and 13 juniors turned out for the 16th running of the Caerketton Doonhiller. There was no downhill series this year due to no organiser being found for The Nebit Downhill (any volunteers, or a new race…?), so the number of non-Carnethy runners was slightly down this year. But that was compensated for by the fact the race is now within the Alternative Carnethy 5 series run by Mark Hartree (see the Carnethy website for details) so there was a stronger than ever turn out from the host club.
The Bishop Downhill had taken place the week before, and the victors from there, Stuart Brodie (Ochils) and Lizzie Knox (Anster), both put in strong performances at the Doonhiller.
Lizzie took the win on the night in 6min 35secs from Lindsay Doig (Carnethy) and junior runner Ailsa Bennet (Fife), both of whom joined the sub 8 minute club (along with Sandra Scally (Carnethy) in 4th).
Stuart was pipped by 5 seconds by Alex McVey (Carnethy) who took the win in 5min 33secs. It was Alex’s 4th sub 6min Doonhiller, and his persistence and consistency has finally paid off! Race record holder Andrew Gilmore (Carnethy), returning from injury, took 3rd. There was a healthy turn out of junior (U20) runners in the senior race with two in the top ten (Ritchie Gardiner 7th, Struan Bennet 10th).
No age group records were broken this year, and times were generally slightly slower despite a following wind on the top. There was a rather narrow section in the gorse which didn’t leave much room for error that may have contributed. Sheers may be required before next year’s race! There were reports of some runners not passing Hillend cairn on the left-handside (one of the very few route rules!), so please take a note of that for next year!
It was a family affair in the junior race which headed by Alasdair Bagnall (Corstorphine) in 3min 28secs, and sister Ailsa, first girl in 3min 51secs. The Whitlie, Jones and Lupton families also featured strongly.
Thanks to some fine work by Ian Nimmo and the finish helpers, the results were computed in rapid time for the extensive prize giving. Many thanks also to the helpers on the hill and see you (the runners!) all next year for some more doonhilling fun…
|1||64||Alex McVey||Carnethy HRC||MS||05:33|
|2||38||Stuart Brodie||Ochil HR||MS||05:38|
|3||28||Andrew Gilmore||Carnethy HRC||MS||05:42|
|4||46||Jonathon Marks||Carnethy HRC||MS||05:47|
|5||297||Mark Johnston||Carnethy HRC||M40||05:52|
|6||67||John Malcolm||Lothian RC||MS||06:03|
|7=||55||Michael Greens||Penicuik H||MS||06:08|
|9||48||Don Reid||Westerlands CCC||M50||06:10|
|10||11||Struan Bennet||Fife AC||MJ||06:11|
|11||68||Bruce Smith||Carnethy HRC||M50||06:14|
|12||76||Matthew Jones||Carnethy HRC||M40||06:16|
|13||65||David Cowan||Fife AC||M50||06:21|
|14||51||Douglas Gardiner||Carnethy HRC||M40||06:29|
|15=||99||Harry Gilmore||Carnethy HRC||M50||06:35|
|15=||10||Duncan Davis||Carnethy HRC||M40||06:35|
|15=||43||Lizzie Knox||Anster H||FS||06:35|
|18||57||Douglas MacQueen||Carnethy HRC||MS||06:36|
|19||70||Stewart Whitlie||Carnethy HRC||M50||06:37|
|20||49||Les Turnbull||Norham RC||M60||06:38|
|21||60||Andrew Nash||Carnethy HRC||MJ||06:40|
|22||58||Neil McLure||Carnegie H||M50||06:43|
|23=||61||Lee Murphy||Carnethy HRC||M40||06:56|
|23=||81||Cameron Murray||Carnethy HRC||M40||06:56|
|25||71||Simon Titmuss||Carnethy HRC||M40||06:59|
|26||66||Ross Wyse||Fife AC||MJ||07:00|
|27||41||Scott Robson||Carnethy HRC||MS||07:03|
|28||52||Gordon Voller||Carnethy HRC||M40||07:08|
|29=||77||Andy Gravett||Carnethy HRC||M40||07:21|
|29=||59||Win Rampen||Carnethy HRC||M60||07:21|
|31||2||Alan Hogg||Carnethy HRC||M50||07:22|
|32||9||Chris Downie||Penicuik H||M50||07:23|
|33||47||Lindsay Doig||Carnethy HRC||FS||07:36|
|34||75||Piotr Horodyski||Tkkf Kulejarz||MS||07:49|
|35=||27||Ailsa Bennet||Fife AC||FJ||07:51|
|35=||56||Gordon Cameron||Carnethy HRC||M50||07:51|
|37||63||Sandra Scally||Carnethy HRC||FS||07:52|
|38||37||Davie Duncan||Ochil HR||M60||07:56|
|39||3||Digby Maass||Carnethy HRC||M60||08:17|
|40=||74||Jean Baptiste Richon||Carnethy HRC||M50||08:18|
|40=||44||Martin Neilson||Falkland TR||MS||08:18|
|42||45||Hugh McPherson||Tinto HR||M70||08:28|
|44||54||Daniel Greens||Penicuik H||MS||08:52|
|45||72||Patricia McMaster||Carnethy HRC||F40||09:02|
|46||53||Sadie Kemp||Penicuik H||F40||09:26|
|47||62||Nicki Innes||Carnethy HRC||F50||09:53|
|48=||69||Nadine Thomas||Carnethy HRC||FS||10:32|
|48=||39||Michael Wilkinson||Carnethy HRC||M50||10:32|
|50||42||Catherine Forrest||Carnethy HRC||FS||10:37|
|51||73||Heather Bell||Carnethy HRC||F50||14:40|
|80||Max Lavrin||Toronto Athletics||MS||DNF|