A year of races - The Club Championship

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Races are organised by the club except those marked as 'Scottish Championship Race' which form the SHR championship series

12th February 2011 - organiser Olly Stephenson
41st 'Tiso' Carnethy 5 Hill Race

This year's race had 482 runners (of whom 474 completed) and wonderful, spring like weather, though with very heavy conditions under foot.

Two of the pre-race favourites, Tom Owens (Shettleston) and Robbie Simpson (Deeside) had a great battle. They were together the whole race until Tom got away on the last descent, for a victory which left him "chuffed". Robbie is only 19, so his time will no doubt come. 3rd place was Peter Devenport (Bellahouston), leading the rest of the pack, 2 mins down. Angela Mudge (Carnethy) easily won the women's race for her 12th victory ! There was a battle for 2nd between Clare Whitehead (Deeside) and another 19 year old, Catriona Buchanan (Ochil), which once again the older runner won. There were however plenty of youngsters in the top 10 as Alasdair McLeod and Douglas Tullie both from Edinburgh Uni H&H were 4th and 8th resp., so Alasdair took the student prize. There were not as many overseas runners as normal, though a large contingent from Wales (something to do with a certain rugby match?); the Abernethy Quaich for first overseas was won by Ryan Stewart (Larne AC). First over 40 was Kenny Richmond (Bellahouston) in a great 5th place.
As if the hills weren't hard enough, Joe Symonds (HBT) finished 6th while wearing a kilt (although he is not the fastest kilted runner ever as his clubmate Don Naylor ran 53:05 in 2003 while wearing a kilt). Special congratulations to the two new members of the 21 race club, Geoff Davis (Northumberland) and Dave Francis (Fife), who were presented with a quaich by Jimmy Jardine. Jimmy, of course, completed his 41st Carenthy race - will this man ever stop!
Despite Shettleston training hard all year for the race and talking about what they would do with th e Claymore once they won the men's team, it's performing on the day that counts, :-), and hosts Carnethy pulled out a great win to retain the Claymore for the 4th year in a row. Carnethy also won the women's race, in a very close contest from Ochil Hill Runners. Results  Full team results  Scald Law Junior Results
Organisers Report and all available photos and videos can be accessed on the Photo Report Page thanks To Scott Cameron, Allan Hogg, Denis Bell, Bob Marshall, Charlie Ramsay and Steven Fallon

Histogram pf the finishing times for this years race courtesy of Michael Newton.

26 March 2011 - organiser Adrian Davis
Birnam Hill Race
(Scottish Championship race)
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Great tough short race with a much longer return than expected. Steep ascent and long descent where I overtook Bruce Smith (that deserves a mention if not a prize!) and finished ahead of Andy Spenceley in the V50 race (also a first). Good club performance - quantity rather than quality! Team prize went to a stong Shettleston team. We will get them in the next one.

Results here. From these results, an amazing 40 Carnethies were running, led home by ex-captain Jon Ascroft !

22nd May 2011 - organiser Ross Bannerman
Jasmin Paris - Queen of Slioch! (Scottish Championship race)
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Congratulations to Jasmin for taking first place lady in a very wet & windy Slioch horseshoe race, and congratulations to Steph for finally beating the cutoff and completing the race!
28 Carnethies made the long journey; those arriving the day before greeted by howling winds, driving rain, and the occasional hail storm. The hills looked particularly impressive (and daunting) wreathed in cloud and covered in fresh snow. Fortunately most of this had melted by race day and the weather almost looked ok until the brutal climb began. Then the rain started. My feet were completely numb with cold making running difficult on the equally brutal descent, and the crossing of the roaring burn at the tourist path was as bad as Jane Jackson feared. The force of the torrent was intimidating. The race was wet, cold, steep & unremittingly uneven underfoot. The bottle of beer at the finish was so welcome, as were the hot showers and lashings of tea, sandwiches & cakes!

A race entry of 155 with 150 finishers with very challenging wet and blustery conditions.
There was a weather window of sorts as the race started –however cloud cover and heavy rain returned during the race. Fortunately the wind did not seem to reach the 70mph forecast!
A revised route this year to avoid an exposed section of ridge after the Slioch summit, however the race distance still turned out to be similar and still over 12 miles.
The overall winner was Kenny Richmond from Bellahouston RR in 2 hrs 05 mins, with Will Manners (Strathearn) a minute behind and Mark Harris (Fife AC) a further minute back.  First lady was Jasmin Paris from Carnethy in 2 hrs 32 min with Andrea Priestley (Ochil HR) also a minute behind and Eilidh Raistrick (HHR) in 3rd, a further 5 minutes back.
The first mens team were Shettleston and First womens team were Ochil.
Many thanks to all the marshalls that made it possible for the race to go ahead in the conditions and provided excellent support to the runners on the hill with encouragement, directions, punching numbers, wading in to burns to help runners across and giving a general reassurance. Also many thanks to Maddy Killit and her catering team for excellent food and organisation and for use of the village hall which was most appreciated.  Also once again a big thanks to Norman and Barbara from the Letterewe Estate for continued support and permission each year.
I would also like to thank Ian from ‘Run 4 it’for all his help and equipment provided plus vouchers and spot prizes that were generously donated.
Finally despite losing my count before the start when confronted by Simon Peachey’s race attire! –  Many  Congratulations to him on his big day from us all at Highland Hill Runners.

Ross Bannerman

5th June 2011 - organiser Yetholm Running Club
Yetholm hill race (Scottish Championship race)
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Another big Carnethy turnout for the 4th race in the Carnethy Championship series, and the 3rd in the Scottish Hill Runners championship. The race started in diminishing light rain, grey cloud and cool conditions but nonetheless a nice run with good conditions underfoot. Andy Fallas was 3rd overall and the ladies scooped 1st team prize. £500 was raised by the run for the Borders Search & Rescue.
Gallery with more photos & lots of finishers on Picasa here
Hello Guys
We are going to put the Yetholm results up shortly and I'm sure the major error we made in the results will soon be picked up, we wrongly put the Carnethy girls as 1st team when in fact it should have been NFR.
I apologise for this confusion but at least Carnethy ladies were still 1st Scottish team.......maybe the wine they walked off with will help to ease the pain!!!
A' the best
Les Turnbull

11th June 2011 - organiser Trevor Collins
Traprain Law Hill Race
Digby Maas on Traprain Law Brian Howie on Traprain Law Traprain Law’s dramatic east ridge in the foreground on the left edge of the quarry
Lured by the mistaken belief that it never rains on the Traprain Law Race, an impressive 71 faithful enthusiasts arrived at the dripping registration tent in a steady downpour and bitter north-easterly that had forced cancellation of many of the village Gala Day’s other events.  Some had heard of the access battles raging over Traprain and thought this might have forced a course change.  Not so!  We were well clear from the sad and bizarre dispute over a field margin on the south side of the hill.  The bad conditions were quite a novelty for this event, a novelty more entertaining for the competitors than our hardy marshals putting up with what felt like the early onset of winter.  Competitors will have noticed and even perhaps welcomed the sturdy new council fence protecting the edge of the quarry on the east ridge, a big improvement on the orange plastic monstrosity it will soon fully replace once the peregrine falcons have moved out of the quarry.
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Don Naylor’s defence of his 2010 victory only lasted as far as the Co-op, where he pulled out with injury, leaving the way for others to demonstrate some extremely fast pace in very cold and greasy conditions.  Edinburgh University’s Hector Haines secured a minute and a half’s lead over Gareth Green of Portobello to take victory with an impressive time 39-10 (2 seconds inside Don Naylor’s 2010 performance in very good conditions).  Huw Jones of HBT followed, with Darren Dougal of Moorfoots in fourth place and fastest MV40.  Rhona Anderson of Dunbar Running Club was 31st and fastest woman as well as fastest FV40, from Shery Johnston of Portobello in 36th overall.  Gordon Cameron was our only Carnethy prize-winner (MV50), in 13th place, but with James Hardie taking maximum club championship points in 11th.  Winning team was Portobello, followed by HBT.  It was diplomatically pointed out that we did not have a women’s team prize; something to put right next year.
Results Other reports: Hill Running Scotland
Gordon uses 2 arms to balance Digby uses 1 arm Loving it! The water wasn't that cold
Keith Burns/ Trevor Collins
Just to let you know I've put some photos I took of the start of the Traprain Law Hill Race & I think all the finishers on the East Linton Community website.If anyone wants larger photos they can email via the website with the photo number.
Alastair Seagroatt

26th June 2011 - organised by Gala Harriers
Eildon 2 Hills (Scottish Championship race)

A large contingent turned out for the 4th qualifier in this years SHR Championship at Melrose which was also the single race SAL Championship. 220 starters on a muggy day so there was a little congestion on the first ascent. Team Captain Sam in second place got lost !! - looking for the 3rd Hill and pulled out but nevertheless Carnethy men finished 2nd team - Andy/James/Ronnie/Adrian just beating HBT. JBF was 1st V60 so got a prize in both events - James was 1st under 23 and Ronnie 3rd V50. Results

"Which way Marshals?". "Round the cairn and then straight on" came the reply. Oxygen depleted brain hears only "straight on". Much arm waving and shouting from those on top, directed at me. Oh dear ... lost again.
Sam Hesling

10th July 2011 - organiser Nick MacDonald
Brian Marshall makes it 9 in a row at the Glamaig Race - Sat 9th July

Brian Marshall has completely dominated this race in recent years and has now won it every year since 2003. This time it was Andy Fallas's turn to be runner up (getting an unusual occurence for him at the moment!)
Results and Photos

30th July 2011 - organiser Graeme Bartlett
Ben Rinnes 5 tops race (Scottish Championship race)
Carnethy at Ben Rinnes sheltering from the sun before the start Ben Rinnes start in Highland Games field Konrad Rawlik flying down Ben Rinnes rinnes Digby finishes in front of the massive crowd
The view from the back.
A lovely summers day; with flies. This is one hard long race and part of the Dufftown highland games. Great fun with stirring pipe bands, tossing the caber and lots of other events. I knew I wasn't particularly race fit and tried to pace myself, though progressive fatigue just meant going slower and slower. I didn't think there were that many runners in the race for so many to overtake. There are 5 climbs over 2 outliers & the main Corbett with 1500m of ascent in all, and 14 miles of running. Although not bad going underfoot there was at least one fall & nasty grazing. At the finish, on tottering legs, it's quite something to do a circuit of the games field with everyone clapping - in sympathy no doubt. Many Carnethies present, and a good scattering of prizes - including myself, 2nd MV60, though I have the feeling there may only have been 2 of us in the running. I don't care, I'm still chuffed!. Map
Report & Results.

On a day much too hot to race. Stewart Whitlie led a fantastic turnout of 22 Carnethy runners to the team prize at the Scottish Championship race at Ben Rinnes with a great 3rd place (and 1st Over 40), behind Robbie Simpson (Deeside), who broke the record (and won by nearly 10 mins!) and Jethro Lennox (Shettleston).

10th August 2011 - organiser Stewart Whitlie
Four in a row for Al at "CaerWetton" Hill Race
Great turnout for the Caerketton Race this evening, last counting event in the Bog and Burn series. 77 turned up for the senior race and 4 for the junior race. Bit of a damp evening but glad to see so many folk out. Al Anthony of Ochils had a pretty comfortable win ahead of the Carnethy duo Konrad Rawlik and Paul Falkner. Al’s sixth win in this event and fourth in a row. Ladies race was won by Sarah O’Neill (HBT) ahead of Charlotte Morgan (U/A) and Eilidh Wardlaw (HBT). Cameron Law of Dunbar Running Club won the Junior race. His 5th win in a row which is equally impressive given he is still only 12!
A number of other Carnethy members made the prizes: Steven Fallon (1st V40), Bruce Smith (2nd V40) and Digby Maass (1st V60).

Stewart Whitlie
Results Photos

10th September 2011 - organiser Willy Gibson
The British Championship Devil's Beeftub Hill Race
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A very wet and misty day that didn't show the normal suntrap of the bowl of the Beeftub at its best ! But as you'd expect with the race being a British Championship counter, it was the largest field ever (normal field is about 20) and the on form Morgan Donnelly just broke Brian Marshall's 2007 record by 5 secs, with Lloyd Taggard, just behind in 2nd place, going one better as he set a new Over 40s record by 4 seconds, no less ! Pippa Maddams had an easy win in the Women's race.
Bad manners & slippery slopes
The Carnethy sexagenarian massive were soundly trounced by a very young looking bunch of English oldies. As we started up the heathery slope I was being held, pushed & tripped. Protesting I was told - "if you hang about I'll climb over you". It was the usual queue and I was no slower than anyone else. Not a Carnethy, but a bad mannered visitor. Well shame on you! Rant over. I thought I'd finally beat Neil in a race as I overtook him near the top but a reluctance to hurl myself down the scary correct line in the mist led to the loss of several places. Progress prone, once out of the murk, proved much faster and I shot past in a fair imitation of a one man bobsleigh, but couldn't sustain the gain once back on two feet. So Carnethy MV60 1, 2, 3 of JBF, Bob & me. Sadly no prizes but a great day out, and a privileged view of the beeftub from a new angle, and a large and sore friction burn from wet grass.
The start was like a comedy sketch
three runners face planted within the first ten paces. Despite being boxed in by a row of runners on the start line a boost of speed on the climb was sufficient to reach the leaders on a gravity defying uphill crawl. Upward glances at the Carnethy banner fluttering in the breeze by the monument, an awesome sight. On round the head of the coire, wading through the water logged ground. A couple of falls and skids, then a wee kick up to Annanhead Hill. Going strong and welcomed encouragement from Andy F. Round the head of a burn and onto Strait Step path, which carves a narrow and somewhat treacherous (at-speed-in-the-wet) trail under Great Hill. Massive drop to the right slows the pace a little to reduce death potential, it's narrow and exhilarating. Heart sinks, this is the wrong way, losing height and time, reach the decent route...
Morgan and Lloyd fly down the hill towards our select group of lost souls, only problem is we have to hike back up before we can follow them down. Al Anthony is the next to fly towards us, clearly too canny and experienced to have followed our erroneous ways. Final climb dispatched and damage limitation became the aim of the game on the steep boggy descent, 9 month old polished x-talons were not meant for this.
Comrie tomorrow, praying I don't go wrong.

Photos on Cameron Scott's flickr also Carnethy Picasa Page
& Sarah Ridgway's Blog (5th Lady)
Results Report

14th September 2011 - organiser Mark Johnston
Wind Assisted Caerketton Downhill
First off
New record by first lady Al Anthony wins again Bob Waterhouse won M50 Steep bit coming! Digby Maas
The year on year growth at the Caerketton Doonhiller continues to outstrip even the rate of inflation with 56 seniors and 4 juniors toeing the line last night, or more accurately, topping the cairn. Although a sunny evening, a bitterly cold westerly wind blew at the summit, but helped push competitors even faster along the first ridge.
The highlight of the night was the first female sub six minute clocking with honours going to unattached athlete Charlotte Morgan, running a well judged 5.59! Jasmin Paris (Carnethy) also bettered the previous record and got second ahead of the previous course record holder Eilidh Wardlaw (HBT).
Although Al Anthony (Ochils) didn’t better his own course record, he managed another win, his third Doonhiller title to date. Edinburgh Uni Hare & Hounds were out in force, taking a break from Freshers Week activities, and their lead runner Iain Whiteside finished only 3 seconds shy of Al’s time for an impressive 2nd ahead of the ever improving Konrad Rawlik (Carnethy).
New age group records were set by Gordon Pryde (Lomonds) V50, Bob Waterhouse (Carnethy) V60 & Pat McLaughlin (Westies) V60.
Joanne Anderson (Carnethy) V40, double previous overall race winner Bruce Smith (Carnethy) V40 & Cali Ingham (Carnethy) V50 made up the other age group winners.
As ever the winners, and most of the field, took their chances in the random prize draw. Race winner Al Anthony won a selection of vegetable seeds so looks forward to growing beetroot, rocket, cucumber and the likes in his greenhouse in between training sessions. The Hairies scooped many prizes and the Fresher’s parties will now be fuelled by Glengoyne Malt, while the entertainment may be provided by Jenny Dybeck’s new selection of 80s Albums.
In the junior race, Rory Greig (Carnegie) set a storming pace to win in the 4th fastest time ever, ahead of the Hubert family. A special mention must go to 2 year old Sam Hubert, surely the youngest finisher ever in a hill race, completing the 800m course in 12.12 and earning himself a week’s supply of jelly babies.
Finally, many thanks must go to the race helpers Ian, Anne, Andy, Jane, Paul, Sandy, Colin, Bob and Fionna who helped the race go so smoothly. And also to all the runners for turning up in good time to register, I had a whole 25 minutes to saunter up to the summit for the start this year! Much appreciated and I’ll see you all again next year!
Mark Johnston
More photos, Results
Stats on race web page here

Hi Guys - I was actually 3 seconds behind Steven - so not first vet on Wednesday.
With the tail end of hurricane Katia still flickering around it looked like a night for record breaking times and indeed it was. Luckily for me Steven Fallon wasn't on top form and my M40 record stayed intact. Unluckily for me his form was still 3 seconds faster than me!
Dry and sunny but the wind was strong enough to make it very chilly waiting around at the top, especially when I was about last to enter and had to wait 13 minutes before setting off.
A bit of a misunderstanding meant that two guys in Edinburgh Uni orienteers T shirts set off at the same time as me - one of whom was in front of me at the first cairn (split time 1:27). I got past him on the steep bit by keeping to the fence (100m/min descent rate down to the gate according to my altimeter) but it was quite good having a head to head race to spur me on. As we hit the wee rise I could hear someone just behind me but I managed to get a bit of a gap on the drop down past the new bench. I had to check my speed slightly as was caught behind a slower runner through the gorse but quickly got back into freefall for the last drop to the trees (103m/min) and subsequent sprint to the line.
Many thanks to Mark for organising as usual - these days it seems to be my only way of getting a decent race percentage!
Bruce Smith

2nd October 2011 - organised by Bellahouston Road Runners
Ben Venue Challenge - Sat 1st October (Scottish Championship race)
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A wet day to say the least with very little visibility. A large field on a slightly longer course as finish was moved to the large carpark. Route choice was at a premium and on the ridge many went astray including elite runners. Gregor and I were passed on the run-in by Tom Owens - but maybe he was on a second loop!  Lots of Carnethies were out and we won the male team prize - Andy 4th, James 5th and John 13th.

While the rest of the country had record temperatures for the 1st of October you could guarantee that we would get the short end of the weather stick. However the Trossachs are beautiful even in the rain; and we were liberally anointed. A large turnout as the race was the last counter for the SHR series and 29 Carnethies ran. The first part of the race went through some very attractive woodland on paths & forest roads then cut off to climb the heathery hillside to the summit of Ben Venue at 727m. Very slippery rocky paths, trackless heather and some remarkably deep bogs then took us around the horseshoe with beautiful views of craggy tops wreathed in clouds & mist. The turn off the ridge was more like skydiving as the hillside plunged down to the clouds filling the valley below. Race distance was 13.46k & 846m (8.36m & 2776ft).
A feast awaited us at the finish, which I at least wasn't expecting, so many thanks for that! If you're going to be denied the best weather the summer never had, at least this was good place to have warm Scottish rain. Results
& a few more photos Carnethy Picasa Album

8th October 2011 - organiser Graham Pyatt
James superb at Manor Water
19 year old James Waldie won this year's race in very wet conditions in the second fastest time ever only 20 seconds slower than Brian Marshall's 2006 course record! A great run that showed his 5th place at the Scottish championship race at Ben Venue last weekend was no fluke. Other Carnethies also did well as Konrad Rawlik was 4th while Jacqui Higginbottom was first woman and Helen Bonsor 3rd woman.
Results here. Previous results here

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Custard powder mixed with milk behaves in two different ways - solid when pushed hard and liquid when pushed slowly. Peat mud has similar dual properties. As sticky as glue when you run uphill and slipperier than grease when running downhill. The usual weather ensured a plentiful supply, so staying on the heather was definitely the better option. 14 Carnethies in the race, which is a fairly gentle ascent of the attractively named 'The Scrape' at 719m, from Kirkton Manor by Peebles. The straight out and back route of nearly 10m and 2100ft, with just one turn en route, is pretty easy to follow. This devious twist was enough to send one of Jasmin's three friends, up from the Peak for a hard weekend's running, on a potential run home as he headed off in the wrong direction.
The rolling borders countryside was unfortunately obscured by the mist & cloud, though the rain largely held off for the race itself. Sponsored once again by Broughton Ales (to much cheers) with a bottle of Champion Double Ale for all finishers (even more cheers) there were plenty of categories of prizewinners, and lots of happy voucher or bottle clutchers. With a backdrop of one man & his dog battling truculent sheep it's a great event. You might even win a sheep in the raffle, or at least an unfeasible amount of dog biscuits. More photos on the Carnethy Picasa Album and some more from Cameron Scott on Flickr

9th October 2011 - organiser Shane Bouchier
Al and Jasmin win windy Pentland Skyline while Konrad is the MAN!
skyline skyline drinks skyline west kip skyline skyline bill A winning couple  - Konrad (MANor Mouse) and Jasmin (1st woman)
From a record field of 186 finishers, Al Anthony won a tough Pentlands Skyline race in 2:38 closely followed by the first two Over 40s, Mark Harris (Fife) and Stewart Whitlie. Mark's second place was enough for him to finish first in the SHR Long Classics Series. First woman, Carnethy's Jasmin Paris, was not far back. Jasmin took 7th place overall in an excellent 2:54 on what was a very slow course and in doing so also won the SHR Long Classic Series. Second woman was Sharon Bird from Northern Ireland also in a very fast time of 3:01.
Konrad Rawlik in 5th place took the MANor Mouse award for the fastest person over the weekend double of Manor Water and the Pentland Skyline. 21 people completed this with Jean Bowman (Lomond) finishing with a big smile to win the Mouse !

Pentland Skyline results are here. MANor Mouse results here. Carnethy Picasa Album here. Alan Hogg's Picasa Album here

12th November 2011 - organiser Cameron Scott
Prasad wins the "Run & Become" Tinto Hill Race
On a sunny day (the low sun blinding runners on the ascent) with very slippy conditions and a head wind on the climb, Prasad Prasad dominated the 28th Tinto Hill Race, winning by almost 2 mins, from a massive field of nearly 269. Prasad finished in a very fast time for the conditions of 30:55 (which is 11th fastest on the all time list). Second was Al Anthony (Ochils) while fast closing on him was Carnethy's James Waldie, who had set the pace in the early stages before turning in 4th place at the summit. Carnethy also provided 4th and 5th in Paul Faulkner and Konrad Rawlik resp. First woman was Charlotte Morgan.
The threatened deluge of runners induced by a Scotsman newspaper suggestion of 'things to do at the weekend' fortunately didn't materialise, as the pre-entry only list was full. A massive 45 Carnethies ran, a number exceeded only in the Carnethy 5, and concluded the placings in the Carnethy Club Championship, the results of which we await eagerly! As the last runners came in some hour and a quarter after the start the clouds built up and the rain swept over the hill. Time to head to the hall for gallons of soup.

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Results are here. More photos from the race on Carnethy Picasa Album. Check out Andrew Scott's photos of the descent on Flikr
Previous results here

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