|Jasmin Paris - Queen
|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 top and 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, though this
didn't seem to hamper the real hill runners.
The bottle of beer at the finish was VERY
welcome, as were the hot showers and lashings
of tea, sandwiches & cakes!
Results & more
photos (taken by Tom, son of Fife AC's Mark Harris)
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
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
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
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
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