15th September 2010
Records set at Windy Caerketton Doonhiller
Alasdair Anthony (Ochils) and Eilidh Wardlaw (HBT) set new records at the Caerketton Downhill aided by a very strong following wind (well over the 2 m/s limit for track records!!). With 53 runners and 51 finishers it was great work from the finish marshals to get the results out so quickly. Remember it's not just the first past the post that wins - there's the tricky job of adding and subtracting minutes and seconds..... Runners start at 15 second intervals at the top and no-one knows the start time till Mark is down. It was a cold wait at the top for the last runners but the setting sun over Edinburgh provided a brilliant backdrop.
Results and other stats here
Mark gives the pep talk Eilidh Wardlaw sets off on a female record.... ..while partner in crime looks relaxed at his start Gordon Pryde ready to go, next in line waiting Fiona Lowrie (Carnethy) was 2nd lady

It was a night for records at this year’s Caerketton Doonhiller. Al Anthony (Ochils) pushed the course record that bit closer to a sub 5 by knocking 7 seconds off Ian Wellock’s course record, clocking 5mins 4secs for the 1.8km course with 300m descent. Eilidh Wardlaw (HBT) knocked 23 seconds off her own women’s course record, Russell Anderson (Moorfoots) did the first sub 6 minute clocking by a vet 50 and Thomas Knox (Anster Haddies) set a new under 20 record of 6mins 15secs. Paul Ireland (Edinburgh) set a boys record in the shorter junior race though was still 2 seconds outside Helen Roger’s overall junior record. Other records included the largest turnout with 51 seniors and 7 juniors finishing. The wind speed was also the strongest ever recorded for the race, threatening to knock competitors off the summit cairn at the start. And I also had the shortest time ever (16mins) to get from registration to the summit in order to start the race on time! Twenty six assorted prizes were on offer on the night including various beverages, top quality food and sports gear. Al won one of the more ‘assorted’ prizes for his efforts in the random prize draw, a box of 225 fluorescent bendy straws which he can use to drink all the beer and wine he wins in his forthcoming races! We had a slight discrepancy in the results during the night with times and places becoming out of synch about halfway down the field, so some of the positions and times announced on the night may have been a little out. Apologies to anyone affected though the problem has now been rectified. Many thanks to those who helped out on the night and see you all next year for more adrenaline filled fun!

Mark Johnson
It's a cold wait for the last runners - Gordon Cameron on the start line.... The entire junior field at the finish Some of the range of wacky prizes

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