Lovely day for the Lakeland Trails Series Half/Marathon in Coniston. It did get a tad hot, with some finishers taking to the lake to cool off. We did the Half, but might explain why Chris Henty having done the Marathon was porting a very large Mr Whippy.
Around 140 runners today in a slightly muted Scottish and Carnethy Champs race – in 2011 there were 181, and 231 when it was a British Champs race in 2013. People were still away because of the LAMM in Harris, the Trotternish Ridge race and the World Masters in Slovenia.
Still, the rest of us ‘enjoyed’ the course which could so nearly have been wretched, with a pessimistic forecast. But happily it was still, warm and midge free, if a little claggy and occasionally rainy. The ground was still very dry. And you really couldn’t get lost as it was fully marked and marshalled.
The proceeds were dedicated to the Borders Search and Rescue who received a cheque for £700. Fortunately race organiser and Norham Running Club-meister Les Turnbull had magicked up some beer, wine and muesli bars for prizes, none of which came my way in a lamentably slow run. Carnethy did not do great prize wise, the exception being Eóin with 2nd place, but at least I could remember that. If too many Carnethys win it’s curtains for stats. Results here.
Race photos on Facebook from Norham Running Club. And some more
The summer edition of the Club Journal is now available for free download here. Should be good!
Wednesday 7pm social run had 10 participants who took the 7 Hills route To Arthur’s Seat to do the 7 tops. After 3 deer last week it was a Tawny Owl this week on Whinny Hill. We returned via Prestonfield and Inch Park. Run on Strava here
The sun was shining and the seaside was calling so the ladies run headed down the coast to Dirleton for a 7.5 mile beach/trail run. We followed part of the John Muir Ultra course through the trees skirting the posh houses at Archerfield before emerging at Yellowcraigs and into the sunshine. We then turned west on a course bound for Gullane along deserted tracks and coves – the day trippers having headed for home! There are still numerous planks of wood adrift along the coast from the load that fell overboard a few months ago! We then skirted around the edge of Gullane, with a necessary half mile on tarmac, before reentering the woods around Archerfield and so back to Dirleton, just beating the return of the haar!
Massive congratulations to Lynsey Van Der Blyth who smashed the Hardmoors 160 ultra at the weekend! 160 miles of continuous running round the north Yorkshire moors, with a whopping 7000m of ascent. Lynsey was 5th out of the 7 that were able to complete the course, and she was the only female finisher.
Cheery face here.
Some photos from a much sunnier and mostly midge free Jura. Fifteen Carnethies out running. No records but some good results for several Carnethys.
1st female Jasmin Paris, 1st female vet 50 Michelle Hetherington, 2nd male vet 50 Dessie Flanagan. A few first timers, a few regulars and a few sub 4 hour times amongst our crew. Apologies if I missed other mentionable achievements. Well done everyone who took part and thanks to new race director Emily Greaves and crew and of course the people of Jura for a good weekend.
Sure the full results will be out soon. will not tell you now… so I don’t get it wrong. Someone else can do a race report as I was sitting at the finish timing everyone… a lot easier!!!
Some 25 Carnethys got up at a hideous hour of the morning and came in through the cold damp haar to marshal at the Edinburgh half and full marathon. A new start in Potterow this year combined the previous 2 starts into one very long one, but with the benefit of the University buildings being open for cafes and toilets. In the warm. Much better!
The half marathon took 27 minutes to pass the start line. That’s a lot of runners! Spotted in amongst, Sandra Chandler; but over the other side of the road so no pic. Fewer in the marathon but more Carnethys spotted (though by no means all – it looks like 10 ran), including the indefatigable Margaret. Sorry about the closed eyes Pam.
Bob J managed to dress up once again by swapping his shorts for the leggings of an elite runner who’d forgotten his. Or more likely wanted rid of a singularly ugly set of legwear.
We raise money for the club by marshalling, and for ourselves a running top (very orange but I like them; they’re quite good quality) and bacon rolls after. There was still no sign of the sun breaking through as we finished but at least the runners will stay cool. Results are here. Apologies if there is still anyone missing. Not everyone put Carnethy as their club!
|Pos||Name (Number)||Chip time|
|250||Jill Mykura (1071)||3h 3m 47s||Over 40 : Female|
|454||Nick Robertson (1135)||3h 13m 28s||Over 50 : Male|
|518||Benoit Desmeulles (2213)||3h 15m 51s||Over 45 : Male|
|534||Michael James (1842)||3h 16m 41s||Over 50 : Male|
|636||James Goddard (3166)||3h 19m 51s||Male|
|1316||Charles Ogilvie||3h 36m 3s||Over 35 : Male|
|1517||Britton Smith (3188)||3h 40m 1s||Over 35 : Male|
|1848||Pamela Whitlie (3918)||3h 46m 16s||Over 40 : Female|
|4154||Rosie Allister (2231)||4h 20m 13s||Over 35 : Female|
|7629||Margaret Forrest (14660)||6h 36m 44s||Over 55 : Female|