Manor Water Hill Race
Saturday 8 October 2011

James superb at Manor Water
James Waldie with his prize for winning
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.

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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

Results here       Previous results here
Organiser's Report

Steady rain and low cloud was the fare for the 19th running of the Manor Water Hill Race, and 90 hardy runners turned up to find the field was too wet for car parking. The first half mile of the course was muddy and slow but the rest of the course is remarkably resilient to rain as evidenced by the impressive winning time of 19 year old newcomer James Waldie (Carnethy). Even more impressive was his almost 5 minute winning margin over Colin Donnelly (Lochaber) who was also first M50 and Brian Marshall (HELP) who was also the first M40. First woman was Jacqui Higginbottom (Carnethy) running in the W40 class, second woman was Eilidh Wardlaw (HBT). First W50 was Jean Bowman (Lomond). First M60 was Douglas Milligan (Solway). There were 8 runners in the Younger Junior Men class, won by Jacob Adkin (Moorfoots).
Thanks to our sponsors Broughton Ales, Young & Co (Footwear) Peebles and for their help on the day: Jim Barton, Sue Nash, Roger Edward, Graham & Miriam Adcock, Dave & Ailsa Peck, Ros Pyatt, Ruth & Chris Godfree and to the British Red Cross. Alastair Mowat of Broughton Ales started the race and presented the prizes.

Graham Pyatt (Organiser)


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