Summer holidays for the kids can be so boring when they would rather be at school….don’t you parents agree??. To keep Finlay busy and get my creaking knees going we have done a few things. As part of the Bouroughmuir Barbarian U16 Rugby training we have done another series of 7 hill running sessions to get the lads out of bed on a Sunday and keep them fit and motivated for next season. They are a good bunch and in amongst them could be the future of Scottish Rugby and maybe even the future of Scottish Hill running in a few cases. Runs have been an hour long and up to 9km including beaches, the Esk Valley, the Pentlands and the last one this Sunday at 1100 on Arthurs Seat if you want to join in. We’ve had all kinds of weather and including the odd river, reservoir or sea to get them wet.
Having up’d the hill fitness a bit I conned Finlay and Sparky to a bus trip to Nine Mile Burn and he did his first 11 miler along the reverse of the First leg of the Skyline back to hillend in just over 3 hrs. That seemed to go well so when on holiday in Cornwall we entered the Man vrs Gig race which is a fun event with runners against 6 ‘gigs’ who with a team of 6-8 rowers row while you run. Gigs were originally built to take pilots out to incoming vessels in the Atlantic. It is a hilly coastal route out and back including 2 miles of killer soft sandy beach in the middle. The winner was Keswick’s Carl Bell who showed his Wasdale Skyline winning pace to all challengers and won easily. Finlay, who had to act like a youthful 21 year old to get entry, came 18th. I puffed in 23rd/100+ runners and accepted Finlay’s pint for him as consolation for loosing again to the lad. We did a warmdown family walk from Looe to Polperro along the SW Coastal Path which looks like one cracker of an Ultra route or week+ of walking, camping, running….if anyone fancies it.
On the way back home to Edinburgh there was 2 good days of weather forecast so having stopped the night at Kendal to break up the journey, we packed for a lightweight walking reccee of a few legs of the Bob Graham round. Both had sore knees and so took a fairly fast walk from Dumail to camp at Wasdale and then Wasdale to Honister, ticking 22 hills over 30 miles and around 4000m ascent. We confirmed that Yewbarrow is a bugger of a climb, that the Lakes hill are sometime wee and rocky, and that Finlay was suitable tired but the end when thunder, lightning and rain stopped play, so we missed that last and first legs which we ( I ) had planned and bagged a lift to Keswick for a B&B and a bus and train home.
With a few weeks school hols to go….what next for the lad?
Man vrs Gig Results: http://mudcrew.co.uk/event/the-man-v-gig/
Archie (JM10) was 1st male and 2nd overall from 132 runners at Sunday’s Junior Parkrun in Inverleith. He ran the 2km course in 8 minutes exactly. Zoe Macdonald (JW11-14) of Musselburgh & District AC won in 7.57. He nearly caught her though…
Half Conga- No takers
|Name||Time||Club||Change since 2015||Age|
|Charlie Burnett||7.50||Carnethy||First timer||14|
|James Burnett||8.44||Carnethy||63 seconds faster||10|
|Sam Kitchin||9.35||–||61 seconds faster||11|
|Bethan Kitchin||10.04||–||(Half Conga in 2015)||9|
A profoundly disappointing turn out. However, the four takers all showed talent and enthusiasm. It is reported that more than half the field in the Chapelgill race were over 50. We have to ask ourselves what could we be doing to encourage youngsters to enjoy the sport of hill running.
As usual, we are grateful to Edel, Val and Mark for vital help in course marking, marshalling, time keeping etc. Thanks also to Kate Kitchin (Muddy Patch Judge) and Neil Burnett (International Smile Judge).
Martin Hyman, the 83 year old disorganiser, would like to know whether folk think it is worth continuing to organise the race in future.
“Everyone’s youth is a dream, a form of chemical madness” wrote F. Scott Fitzgerald and on what was recognized as being some of the worst conditions ever in the 47 years of the Senior Race, 9 courageous youngsters set out in the same conditions on a reduced junior course (for safety reasons) due to the chemistry of the kids, the event, and the conditions and had a ball! All safely out and back, cold but satisfied.
Well done to all who competed and completed and to those who made it happen and who marshalled on the day in appalling conditions.
|1||Charlie Burnett||Carnethy HRC||16:00||1st overall plus 1st MU14|
|2||Struan Bennet||Fife AC||16:40||2nd overall plus 2nd MU14|
|3||Ritchie Gardner||Edinburgh 3Tri||17:22||3rd overall plus 3rd MU14|
|4||James Burnett||Carnethy HRC||19:03||4th overall plus 1st M8-11|
|5||Max Bloor||Interlopers OC||19:56||5th overall plus 1st MU18|
|6||Colin Riley||Haddington||20:45||6th overall plus 2nd M8-11|
|7||Ailsa Bennet||Fife AC||21:08||7th overall plus 1st FU14|
|8||Alistair Street||Nth Ayrshire||27:47||8th overall plus 3rd M8-11|
|9||Adele Street||Nth Ayrshire||27:47||9th overall plus 1st F8-11|
With the Burns Clan and the Hubert Gang away I was unsure how many people we would have for todays relay, I had an email telling me the Gardiners were coming so at least there would be one team.
The mild weather and lack of rain was a good start as Helen and I walked the course and put out the markers and as we got back to the Ranger Centre an enthusiastic Jenna arrived. The Gardiners followed then the Burnetts and the Joneses. so we had four teams and no difficult sorting out, Hooray. Unaccompanied adults Alan Hogg and Helen Wise were added to prop up the long legs of the McGowan and Jones teams and we were off.
James Burnett showed the benefit of Christmas Mudclaws to come back in first with Angus Gardiner 3 minutes behind, Jenna was 3rd and the Joneses brought up the rear.
Charlie Burnett was the first middle leg runner back closely followed by Ritchie Gardiner.
The long leg runners followed the same order with Neil ahead of Douglas.
With Burnetts all 1st and Gardiners all 2nd there was not any adding up required to sort out the winners
Well done to all the juniors and it is great to see the Middle leg being run by Juniors too, Well done Charlie, Ritchie and Ronnie.
Thanks to Nick MacDonald for being the race Marshal and pointing the juniors in the right direction.
|1||Team Burnett||Leg||Total Time|
|3||Call me Al|
|4||Keep up with the Joneses|
|Solly, Rosie and Matt Jones||24:08||Short|
|Mary and Ronnie Jones||45:59||Medium|
The weather was cloudy and sunny. First we ran along a pavement and through a park. Then we went into a freezing river except my sister Darcy who got carried by our mum. Then everybody got muddy because we went into a muddy bog but after that it was pavement for a bit. We ran up a grassy hill and back down to the finish line.
I loved the race even though it nearly killed me. But we all got prizes, so I am glad I did the race.
Euan Burns:12.24 (3rd)
Emily Burns: 19.30
Sophie Burns: 25.25
Darcy Burns: 27.10
|Kai Wheeler||7.44||– 77sec||Calderglen||9|
|Ronnie Jones||9.41||– 66||Carnethy||10|
|Solly Jones||10.43||– 437||Carnethy|
|Rosie Jones||12.25||+ 0.25||Carnethy||11|
All of the youngsters took part in a good spirit and with obvious enjoyment. The weather, which was far kinder than forecast, was a big help.
Three of the four runners who had competed last year were a lot faster. See minus sign in “change” column above.
Many thanks to Val for running the show and marshalling and Mark for marshalling and course clearing. Also to Andrea – International Smile and Muddy Patch Judge. Jane – finish recorder and Julia – helper.
Next Fun Runs in the series:-
Cockleroy Chaser (At Beecraigs Festive Handicap.) Monday, December 26th.
Congrie Conga (At Chapelgill Hill Race.) Saturday March 18th 2017.
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