Carnethy Life Members
Burns Scott founded Carnethy Hill Running Club in 1983. He is also the co-founder of the Carnethy 5 Hill Race, which was founded back in 1971. Burns organised the Carnethy 5 Race for its first 25 years. Burns founded the club as he thought there were too many unattached runners running the Carnethy 5 Hill Race. The club also has a club trophy called after him which is presented annually to a nominated member who makes the most noteworthy contribution to the club during the year.
Bill Gauld is an institution and it is hard to imagine the club without him as he has been an active member of the club since, almost, its earliest days. Bill is also an athlete of the highest calibre and amongst his achievements are two World Championships – the Over 65s in 2001 and the Over 70s in 2003 (as well as World Over 65 silver medallist in 2002 at the age of 69 !). He is a 3 times British Over 50 Fell Running Champion and two times Scottish Over 50 Hill Running Champion. Other notable achievements include, at the age of 57, winning the Edinburgh Seven Hills Race outright and running a sub 4 hour Jura at age of 59 – 3 hrs 51 mins to be precise ! ). He served on the club committee for many years as Newsletter Editor and the quality and quantity of them was amazing – every year he produced 6 large, informative newsletters doing this for 10 years.
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Alex is an “Englandshire” member, born in December, 1932, now retired from running, who lives in Darlington. It’s unlikely that you have met him unless you are a (very) senior Carnethy. His most active racing and club journey runs period was from 1993 to 2016. In that period he won the over-75 World Masters Mountain Running Championship in the Czech Republic; was runner up in the over 70s WMMRA championships in Keswick; was twice over 70s FRA Champion in 2005 and 2006. His time for the Joss Naylor Oldies Challenge, in 2000, Pooley Bridge to Greendale Bridge, was 16.5 hours, ably supported by Keith Burns and Bill Gauld. His fell running career came to an end in 2013, when the WMMRA council decided that over 80s were persona non grata. He ran in the Open Race in Betwys y Coed in 2016, wearing a tee shirt with “Over 80, Rebel” on it.
In a fit of pique, he switched to serious cycling, joining the local Darlington Club. He now enjoys regular rides with the club as well as cycle touring in Mallorca, France and UK, including CTC’s LEJoG, Peak Tours’ France Caen to Nice (via Mont Ventoux), CTC’s Caen to Montpellier, Peak Tours’ Dover to Durness – so far. Watch this space.
Angela Mudge is one of the world’s best known fell/mountain runners and her exploits are the stuff of legend and even include winning the club handicap in 1994 ! Angela was World Champion in 2000, World Over 35 champion in 2005, World Champion silver medallist in 2001, World Sky-running champion in 2006 & 2007, European Grand Prix Mountain running Champion 1999 & 2000, 5 times British Fell Running Champion, not to mention being Everest Marathon record holder and British Cross-Country champion (1999), holder of race records all over the world – the list goes on and on. But Angela has her feet on the ground and has been an excellent club member turning up at club events, relays, week ends away etc.
Instigator and first completor of the Ramsay Round.
As the minutes ticked down to midday on 9 July, 1978, Charlie Ramsay tore down the lower slopes of Ben Nevis. He crossed a footbridge over the River Nevis and halted by the glen’s youth hostel. The clock stopped. In the previous 23 hours and 58 minutes, Charlie had passed over the summits of 23 Munros in an immense loop, starting where he had finished. No-one had climbed so many Munros in a day; nor would anyone do so again for nine years. Scotland’s classic 24-hour round – encompassing 60 miles of rough and wild mountain running, and an Everest-amount of ascending and descending – was born. Charlie unashamedly called it Ramsay’s Round.
Charlie not only gave Scotland its signature 24-hour round, he created a challenge that is emblematic of endurance, hardness and tenacity – the personification of hill running in Scotland. In 39 years, only 109 attempts have succeeded. The vagaries of the weather, the relentless terrain and the complexities of support make the Ramsay the hardest of the UK’s classic rounds. To call yourself a Ramsayist is to have answered the call of Scotland’s superlative mountains: the roughest, the toughest, the highest. After Helene Diamantides became the joint fastest with Mark Rigby to complete the round in 1989, she toasted Charlie Ramsay. The toast was symbolic: it was to the infinite power of imagination. As long as we are drawn to the mountains, Ramsay’s Round will be a benchmark of human endurance.
– Jonny Muir
Brian is Burn’s son in law and was vital for the smooth organisation of the Carnethy 5 Hill Race every year. He was been in charge of the finish field and tea-tent for as long as anyone could remember (approx 35 years) !