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The Juniors at Mortonhall
Juniors at Alien Rock
Junior Runs & Races
Contact Mary Lye
will take place fortnightly on a Saturday
afternoon at 1pm.
We will circulate details in advance.
They are an introduction
to running in the hills and are more
about fun than athleticism. All ages
are welcome, so if you want to tire
your kids out then bring them along.
Junior runners will need to
bring sensible clothes /shoes/adult,
plus plenty of energy.
See you soon!
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Carnethy Junior Run
The latest installment of
the Junior run was a three-family affair with the
Lye/Jones, Burnett and Lynch families, and events
began with a tussock tag doubler (being careful not
to land on the dead pigeon!), followed by the legendary
hand-holding-stretching-relay game, short hill relays,
a long handicap run and a final burst of tussock
action. Then back to the car park for jam doughnuts.
Awesome. Thanks to Mary and Matthew for organising.
A lovely afternoon in lovely weather.
Junior Run Fun
It looked like it might be
a Jones exclusive again for the Carnethy Juniors
today, but during our extensive warm-up and and stretching
routine (which some might interpret as procrastination),
we were joined by Gordon, Lila, Lorna and, our most
junior of juniors, Oscar.
The usual activities were supplemented by a mini handicap
race around Hunter's Bog, which resulted in some unexpectedly
squelchy trotting. Smaller runners were particularly
brave in battling though the giant reeds and wet, insecty
We finished off with a role-reversal tussock tig, where
Gordon and Matthew tried to get to the safety of "home" without
being caught by the fierce juniors. They succeeded
for several minutes, until the cunning Carnethy kids
hid in the long grass for a dastardly ambush.
Then we ate doughnuts.
29th July 2013
Junior Fruity Frolic at Craigie Farm
Despite the allure
of fruit, Saturday's junior run had a
rather low attendance with just us Joneses
and Michael Wilkinson. Happily this meant
we had a one to one child:adult ratio,
so armed with our punnets we headed off
for a slightly longer than usual mystery
tour around the hill. Like the pied piper,
Michael led us through the woods to the
giant toadstools, then on up to the top
for a fruity feast, and back down to
the quarry for a spot of parkour. We
scrambled up the steep slope out of the
quarry, at times fearing for our lives,
or at least our teeth. There was quite
a bit more upping and downing and disorientating
looping around the hill. As we passed
the summit for the third or fourth time,
Ronnie observed despondently that we
were "never going to get out of
here". Fear not child. You have
the navigational expertise of Wilkinson
and Lye at hand. And sure enough we made
it safely back to Craigie's cafe for
tea, coffee and milkshakes. Thanks again
to Michael for the tour!
Saturday Junior Run
A smaller elite crew of Junior
Carnethies hit the hills today from a slightly different
venue (St Margaret's Loch) partly for a change of
scenery and partly in search of fewer stinging nettles. The
hardcore were Ellie, Fiona, Johnny, Katy, Rosie,
Ronnie & Solly.
In addition to the usual games a couple of new ones
were trialled. One, dubiously named "Ring
Worms" seemed to work pretty well for the winning
team who greatly enjoyed it. Not so for the losers
who were puzzled by the complexities of breaking and
rejoining hands and at times having to run backwards. One
member of the disgruntled team (Bertie the dog) found
the game hilarious!
The final game, an unnamed variation of tussock tig,
involved the elite Juniors Carnethies running after
sweetie laden adults whilst avoiding being tigged.
Comments and suggestions encouraged from all (eg location,
games, sweeties, terrain, use of water, age groups,
Seat 6th April
After the previous
generation of juniors grew up and left
home, Carnethy members have been busy
creating a new set.
With the encouragement of Mary and
Matthew Jones, and the leadership of
Willie, around 20 new juniors came
out to run and play on Dunsappie Hill
on a glorious Saturday afternoon. With
relay races and tussock tig juniors
and adults had a great time with smiles
on everybody's faces. A supply of jelly
babies fixed any bumped knees.
Full size photos here.
I'm not sure if it was the fantastic
weather or the promise of jelly babies
that created such a good turn out for
our inaugural junior run. A higgle (collective
noun for a group of hardy young runners) of about twenty
with ages from two to teens gathered at Dunsapie Loch
and was led over the hill and far away by Mr Motivator
(Willie Gibson). We relayed and tussock tigged our
way around the slopes. There was some falling over,
a little bit of blood and lots of bravery. Thank you
to the adult helpers (especially those who didn't have
small people to tire out!) for making the first session
so much fun. Can't promise the same weather for next
time (Saturday 20th), but can promise more jelly babies.
Hope to see you again!
calendar for a list of junior races)
- 11th November 2013
Jones (aka Solly)
All those who ran last year improved
their times. First back Christopher
Barrett improved by 33 seconds, Ronnie Jones
by a massive 198 seconds! Keep this
up and you’ll win the Tinto Hill Race
one day! Many thanks to Valerie
for organising most things and Mark and Malcolm for
marshalling. Also to Rachel the
International Smile and Muddy Patch Judge.
Sadly I was unable to witness the high drama
of the Tinto Tiptoe unfold, as I was puffing
my way up the whole hill. The Joneses were accompanied
by their enthusiastic, yet slightly perplexed
grandparents. I'm not sure we converted them
to the joys of hill racing.
Anyway, some words
from the runners:
Rosie: I slipped over and bumped my knee, but
was like, "Who cares!?". I loved the
race ever so much. Ronnie and I stood with the
Smile Inspector smiling our heads off.
Ronnie: I had a pretty good start, but then
I got slower. I beat Rosie at the end. The foot
conditions were muddy.
Solomon: I didn't fall over. I beat the grown
ups. Then I got my sweeties.
Fifty percent of the field were Carnethies:
a great turn-out! Everyone who ran last year
had improved on their times, and Archie Lynch
was first Carnethy home. Well done!
A drawing of the race by Solomon:
- 8th July 2013
Turnhouse Tumble Junior
Race - Wed 3rd July
The race was good fun! I enjoyed running the
race! There was some really fun down hill
bits and some challenging Bits as well! It
was hard to run up hill and easy to run down
By Ellie (age 8) and Jonny (age 6)
Seven juniors braved the 1.6 kilometer course at sunny
Turnhouse last night. With five Carnethies, I thought
we might have the team prize in the bag, but a couple
of bigger, speedier racers from Lothian Athletics powered
up and down the hill taking first and second place.
Jonny had a fantastic run and came in third, and Ellie
was fourth. The Joneses brought up the rear with mixed
levels of enthusiasm, and Solomon returned with some
interesting stones, and a coating of cow poo.
- 29th April 2013
Lomonds Junior Hill
I ran the Lomonds Junior Hill Race in Fife,
East Lomond. The race was tough, at one point
I was on my hands and knees climbing on an
almost vertical slope. On the way down I lost
one place but at the end in the last 10m I
sprinted like mad and I stole the place back.
At the end everyone got a bar of chocolate
and a box juice. It was a lot of fun.
Andrew Nash age 9
I ran the Lomonds Junior Hill Race 2013.
It was up East Lomond Hill. There were about
20 children at the start. The man said ready
steady Go and all the children raced off.
We had to jump over a ditch. Then it very
hard because we went through heather. It
was very windy when we got to the top and
I held daddy very tight. I ran down the hill
my fastest but the wind was blowing us even
faster. I said to my daddy that it was too
fast. I sprinted down to the finish and at
the end of the race I got a chocolate bar.
Rachael Nash age 7
Hill junior race
ran the Emily Hill Race. It was 1 mile
and 200 feet of up. It was in the village
of Luthrie, Fife. There was a lot of
Fife runners. There was hardly
any mud because it was cold. There was
two Carnethy runners for the kids, me
and Rachael. When the marshal said GO
we ran past two markers then I was out
of breath. I started walking up the hill
until I saw the top. I sprinted round
it, then I was away. I grabbed three
places on the way down.
Andrew, age 9
I ran the Emily Hill Race on 30 March. It was my first
hill race. The hill was very very steep and I got out
of breath. I went to the very top of Emily Hill and
then it was down hill and I ran very fast to the finish
line. At the end I got a box of chocolates. It was
fun but cold.
Rachael, age 7
Conga junior fun run
Congratulations to the brave young folk
who had a go. The organiser arrived
after a very difficult drive before the
snow plough had cleared the road into
Glenholm. Then he was unable to
find the steep grassy path up Congrie
Hill because it was covered in deep show. And
the poor old man was unable to stand
on the steep slippery slope. He
would have sat down and cried if Edel
and Val had not come to look after him
and encourage him. So many thanks
to Edel and Val and to Stuart, who marshalled
at the turn and collected course markings.
Because of the problems we decided on a shorter course
on the lower slopes. This could be repeated for the
full Conga. Anyone who got round did brilliantly. We
would love to see you at our next two Hill Fun Runs. Both
are on beautiful woodland courses and we are asking
the sun to shine on us.
picture was drawn by Rachel Paul
the Junior run round Corstorphine
Hill we came upon a fire on the
hillside. Hilary was sent
off to report it. The poem
Opposite was written to commemorate
and Hill from the running club
ran down the hill from the fiery
Met a lady who phoned the brigade
In hope that the gorse would be
But when the men got there the
fire was gone!
The firemen were worried, their
job wasn't done
And Hack and Hill were all puffed
out and tired
All that run for a vanishing
relay, Jan 2003
Thirteen runners, including a dog,
ran the relay on a beautiful snow
covered course at Flotterstone.
The results are here.
More recent relays to be found
on the reports page!
Martha Aitken at the Devil's Beeftub