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38th 'Tiso' Carnethy 5
16th February 2008
Organiser's report and Photos


'Here's a good spot for a view...' Seconds before the stampede.

"Well if organising last year’s race felt like getting married all over again, this year was so easy it felt like a honeymoon by comparison.

First off there was the weather, it simply does not get any better than this in Scotland in February with blue skies from sunrise to sunset, and a cool six degrees centigrade and light SW winds. Conditions underfoot were generally firm and fast with the odd icy patch thrown in to keep you on your toes (or otherwise).

Planning for the race started back in October with letters to the farmers and sponsors, and bookings made for the school, the meals and buses. A decision was taken early on to make the race on-line entry only, and I was relieved that out of 650 entries (550 in the race, 100 on the waiting list) only three people contacted me to complain. Curiously I did notice one racer on the day with a note pinned to his back stating ‘say no to on-line entries’, which seemed like a slight contradiction (i.e. he must have said ‘yes’ to be standing there?!). But perhaps I’m missing the point. If he’s reading this I’d be delighted to talk about it.


After several months of planning it comes as a shock to hear the starting gun. All of a sudden you’re jostling with all the other runners sprinting across the start field, wondering how on earth you got there, and in just a few steps you’re transformed completely from the hassles of organising to the joys of being a care-free competitor once more.

I’ll leave Andy Spenceley to provide the detailed race report since he knows the scene much better than I do, but Cameron Burt deserves an honourable mention for posting a reasonable time despite crossing the finish line with only one shoe (the other having disintegrated somewhere on the course)!

The Police were apparently ticketing people that parked on the edge of the A702, and we’ll need to post marshals up there next year to prevent this reoccurring (otherwise the Police say they’ll take steps to close the race). Perhaps the offending people were not part of the race, but I cannot help thinking that some of these people should have known better.
Luckily there were no major incidents reported in the race itself, and only a handful of minor injuries for the first-aid team to contend with.

Speaking on behalf of the club and the competitors I'd like to extend a huge thanks to sponsors (Tisos, Run4It and Pete Bland Sports), and to
the 100+ volunteers that make the event possible, including a hard core of about a dozen people that are involved in a major way. Extra special thanks go to Brian Robson who has been helping with the equipment and setting up of the tea tent for years, and he’s not a runner, and not even a member of Carnethy!

So in summary, thanks again, I hope you enjoyed it and I’m looking forward to seeing you next year if not before. I have a selection of lost property so get in touch if you’re missing anything.
"

Olly Stephenson

Photo Report

A selection of photos taken by: Philipa Headley (as she ran!), Malcolm Patterson, Ian Nimmo, Alan Young, Rob Stephens (as he ran!), Anne Nimmo and Hilary Holding

The field head for the 'bog'

Sunny but cold. 'Coach loads' arrive at the start

Up and over at Charlie's Loup

Hi Mum! The field string out ahead of Phillipa as Richard checks his 'stile' has survived

At the front - Lloyd Taggart (Dark Peak) and Rob Jebb (Bingley)

Route-finding made easy!

A view from the back - going up Scald Law

Lloyd - focuses on staying in front (which he does)

Simon Peachey (Carnethy) will be 1st Carnethy home


Olly Stephenson (no 1), race organiser


Jill Mykura (Carnethy) steps out of line to overtake. She will finish 4th lady

Carnethies, Richard Lathe and Bob Waterhouse, in the pack. Almost 1 in 8 runners were 'Carnethy HRC'

Cameron Burt - still with both shoes on!

Jacqui Higginbottom (Carnethy) striding uphill

Dan Whitehead (Cosmics) leading Andy Symonds (Carnegie) up Scald Law. He will finish 9th.

They're almost as high as Carnethy

A short descent off Scald Law and on to the 2nd of the 5 hills, South Black

Coming off South Black with West Kip visible ahead

Colin Pritchard approaching the Kips

Alasdair Anthony (Ochils) will eventually be overtaken by Andy Symonds (Carnegie) but will finish 1st Scot

Angela leading Carnethy to another ladies team prize.

Going up East Kip
(hill no. 3)

Jill Mykura has time to catch her breath before the push up the Kips

Chris Upson (Westerlands) ran well with the 'weight off his shoulders' - now the SHR calendar is out!

Alex Menarry (M70) (Carnethy) running up from the Howe


Lloyd Taggart leads up the gully on the final climb of Carnethy


Rob Jebb is only 20 metres behind but can't catch him


Helene Whittaker (Carnethy), previous Carnethy 5 ladies winner (1993) leads clubmates Cameron Burt and John Blair-Fish up Carnethy


Sharon Taylor (Bingley), 2nd lady, on the right


Nearly at the top of the gully (Adrian Davis's clansman visible)


Rob Jebb with most of the field far behind in the valley


Steven Fallon enjoying the runnable section before Carnethy's summit slog!

Ricky Lightfoot (Ellenborough AC) was 5th in under 50 minutes

Stewart approaches the last climb, Scald Law behind

Carnethy's final slope

Ex race organiser, Jamie Thin (HBT)

Angela Mudge (Carnethy) recorded her 11th win

Dan Duxbury (Ambleside) on the last summit

Adam Ward rounds Carnethy's cairn

It's all downhill for Adrian Davis

Philip Addyman (Northumberland) on the summit of Carnethy

Carnethy descent

There are rocks hiding in the heather!

A close finish coming up for Mick James, Olly Stephenson and Adam Anderson

Bruce Smith (downhill expert) uses his arms to balance for a fast descent

Carnethy descent, some love it - some hate it!

Penicuik far below

Gordon Cameron (Carnethy) is followed by Neil Aitken (u/a). Almost 60 Carnethies ran

Over here! Chris Durn (Carnethy)
And then it's just the final field to cross....

Rod Dalitz on the home stretch


Bill Henderson (Carnethy) being chased by Neil Campbell (Carnegie)


Long winter shadows. Bruce Poll (Lochaber)

Martin Brown finishes. Looks as though he's enjoyed it!
....and it's all over for another year!

Dan Whitehead (Cosmics) heads towards Carnethy's summit

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