Alternative Carnethy 5 - 2012
details & maps 2012
We saw a good turnout for the "Alternative Carnethy
5" presentation last night at the KB Union Bar
in spite of the presenter being an out-and-out brummie
from south of the border. On a purely time basis our
two team captains, Andy Fallas and Helen Bonsor, were
victorious by handsome margins. No reasonable magic "formula" could
be devised such that these two didn't win! Not being
one to give up easily, I took the tough decision to
disqualify the two of them on the basis that they used
6 days to do the events and not 5! Harsh but fair so
all runners should take note for next year. To soften
the blow I asked Andy and Helen to nominate a male
and female runner who embodied the true spirit of the
competition. Andy nominated Nigel Fawthrop and Helen
nominated Karen Meikle. Nigel and Karen were presented
with a large tin of chocolates each.
The new trophy for the "Alternative Carnethy 5" or
simply the "AC5" was decided on a rigorous
(I wish) formula that was devised with care and great
attention to detail (ditto). The pure-time results
were modified by taking only 33% of the Culter Fell
times and then making time deductions based on age
and gender. For the men a time deduction of age-squared-over-60
(to the nearest minute) was applied so that a man of
60 has an hour removed from his total time and a man
of 20 has only 7 minutes deducted. The female times
were "caressed" with a time deduction of
age-squared-over-30 such that a woman of 60 has 2hrs
removed from her total and a woman of 20 has only 14
minutes removed. This "formula" was devised
so that the overall honours could be taken by either
sex and young upstarts wouldn't have much of a chance!!
The top three were Bill Gould in 3rd; Digby Maass in
2nd and Neil "Harry"
Gilmore in 1st overall. Harry is shown receiving
the auspicious new trophy. Organisers wish to thanks
all runners for taking part and hope that more
members decide to take up the challenge next year.
Also a big thanks to Nigel Fawthrop for donating
an awesome cow bell for the trophy.
Well done to all
Over 50 runners turned
out once again for the 11th Caerketton Doonhiller.
Conditions were favourably bright & cool,
with a following wind.
Run of the night went to Charlotte Morgan (Carnethy)
who broke her own women’s course record, running a
storming 5.45. She was followed home by Neah Evan (Shettleton)
and previous course record holder Eilidh Warlaw (HBT),
who jump ahead of Jasmin Paris in to 2nd and 3rd on
the all-time list. The only other record breaker on
the night was Bob Waterhouse (Carnethy) who reduced
his own vet 60 record to an impressive 6.38.
Coll Williamson (Edinburgh Uni H&H) took 24 seconds
off his time from last year, posting 5.22, the quickest
time of the night. Mark Harris was close behind in
5.24, missing out on a new MV40 record by one second!
The other category winners were Iain Gilmore (Carnethy)
MJ, Senga Plain (Carnethy) FV40, Jean Bowman (Lomond)
FV50, Robin Orr (Bellahouston Road Runners) MV50 and
Bill Gauld (Carnethy) MV70.
Before any of the seniors arrived, the junior race
was run down the bottom half of the course. They apparently
took a new interesting winding route through the gorse
but eventually popped out with smiles on their faces,
led home by seven year old Ellie Dunn.
The night was rounded off by the lucky draw prize giving,
Best matched prize went to John Denovan, recently 2nd
in the tough man ‘Spartan Race’, who won the Marigold
washing up gloves to go with his Westies vest.
Many thanks must go to the race helpers Ian, Anne,
Bob, Nicola, Sandy, Cali, Gordon, Bruce, Alex and Simon
who helped the race go relatively smoothly.
It was the first year I haven’t taken part in the race
due to injury so Scott Cameron (Carnethy) is now the
only runner to have competed in all eleven events.
And he’s still a junior! (U20). Hopefully I’ll be back
next year to start with you all atop the summit cairn.
55 runners in this years race on a breezy fine evening.
Bruce held on to his MV40 record by 1 second and won
a magnificent melon from the characteristically eclectic
range of prizes, awarded by lucky dip. Charlotte won
1st lady in 5:45, knocking 14 seconds off her own course
record and still the only female to get under 6 mins.
Her efforts were rewarded with a splendid bag of crisps.
With the works going on up the hill the incontinent
dog owners club have evidently relocated to this location,
and it is not certain that Bob W was to be allowed
back into the car after stepping up and in to collect
his prize for an incredibly speedy win in the MV60
category. As is traditional Fraser pipped Willy to
Babysitting the main event Mary ran the race on her
own afterwards as the first leg of the Alternative
Carnethy 5, and got lost, which is remarkable though
not unheard of on the knoll. But plenty of time to
have another go!
More photos here.
Alan's photoset here.
The weather was nowhere
near as nice as yesterday as I gathered in
front of an excited crowd. Well OK some cows.
Upward progress was hampered by a howling wind
that forced a crab like approach to the summit.
I'll use that a the excuse for a slow time.
The forecast for the mass start at 6.30pm promises
even higher wind!
a dozen hardy Carnethies turned up for the "mass
start" of the Turnhouse uphill race earlier
tonight. Tough course designed by Konrad Rawlik
was basically UP and then UP some more. The
two dogs, Cody and Roly, coped with the windy
conditions best but of the two-legged runners
Andy Fallas posted a blistering 13:08 from
the wooden footbridge to the summit. Cody didn't
get his leg over (the fence of course) and
Roly didn't chase the sheep or cattle.
the race proper on Wednesday, I teamed up with
Mary to do the doonhiller on Thursday night
after the Turnhouse uphill. Mary was well prepared by doing
a recce of alternative routes down Caerketton
on the Wednesday night, so she was ready to reduce
her PB by a good margin. Unfortunately,
by the time we'd completed the uphill, descended
back to Flotterston, drove to Hillend and ascended
Caerketton, it was half an hour after sunset
so the course was in complete darkness. Also,
Mary could not actually stand on the summit to
start the race because the wind kept blowing
her over. Perfect running conditions! No
PB for me, but I think Mary lopped a couple of
minutes off hers. It was actually a really
enjoyable run, if a little ridiculous.
|Braids Trail race
Another blustery night
saw approximately 10 runners make the mass start
of the Braids Trail Race. A great course was
set by Helen Bonsor so many thanks for this.
One or two runners had navigational issues and
three were spotted running vaguely on the right
path but 180-degrees out. The field has expanded
considerably since last night and we now have
15 members submitting times. Looks like there
will be prizes for 4 out of 5 events so stick
to it (easy for me to say since I'm not running
at all). Looking forward to see runners on Culter
Fell - I'll take food and drink up for all Alternative
C5 competitors. Just a reminder for all runners
to submit their age as well as times. There's
an age-adjusted classification so you'd better
knobble Bill Gould 'cause he'll get 79 minutes
knocked off his overall time. Well done to all...
The big one. A bit of
a shock to the legs after the other races (and
after a long time on holiday). Hills that just
go on forever, and then some (to Helen's delight).
The field spread out considerably as the fast
runners, Stuart Whitlie, Andy Fallas, Helen Bonsor
etc left the much slower AltC5ers plodding away,
so the prize giving was a bit empty as many of
the early finishers had to return to Edinburgh.
Sorry Matt! But full marks to all the participants,
including a late starting Willy (well you can
run the AltC5 events at your leisure), especially
those tackling a big race for the first time.
A welcome sight in a particularly remote spot
was Bob J bearing jelly babies and dried apple.
The finish was marked by the even more wonderful
sight of a proffered bottle of Crook Inn ale
by Broughton Brewery and a memento Crook Inn
glass (the race was partially a benefit for the
the Crook Inn' campaign, as well as being
a trial for the British Champs next year), with
the added content of a top notch goretex beanie
hat. It took an almighty effort of will not to
quaff the beer straight away, but wait and go
for the gallons of brilliant soup and cakes at
the village hall. The course was particularly
well marked and marshalled. Congratulation to
Matt Davis for the excellent organisation.
22 Carnethies ran.
More photos here.
Ian Nimmo's photoset here.
Alistair Cox from Tinto Hill Runners photoset here
Must try to keep
my language suitable for such a fine website
as this BUT today's Culter Fell race looked
very "demanding" to
say the absolute minimum! The ground was tough
as the route used lots of natural terrain and
very few paths. I found it hard going in hiking
boots and I was only walking and supporting.
My dog "Roly" has been fast asleep
since we got in with her legs going through
the crazy motions in a horizontal plane. It
was brilliant to see so many Carnethy vests
out today. Indeed, where I was with about 6k
to go, the first 4 were Carnethies; Stewart
Whitlie and Andy Fallas in a dice for the lead,
Tim "Slim" Darlow in third followed
by Iain Gilmore. All were offered food and water
in equal measures. Helen Bonsor looked in great
form in about 7th and first lady. Full results
will follow no doubt and Ian Nimmo has provided
some excellent photos.
Late news - Willy's delayed
start resulted in this route mess! Definitely
a wooden spoon effort.
As we gathered on the
breezy prom each thought the other might know
where the turn point was on the beach race. Oh
we'll ask Chris, the routesetter… but
he's not coming! So we all assumed that there
would be some obvious big steps up at the Cat & Dog
home for the return leg, or some other feature.
Matt and Gordon steadily built up an invincible
lead and apparently decided to go to the very
end of the beach before turning. Willy, in a
return to good route finding form, hollered and
bellowed us to turn much earlier, which suddenly
improved my race position dramatically. We decided
that the routesetter hadn't actually reccied
it, and hadn't turned up so as to avoid abuse!
For those running later today we started on the top
step of the rotunda and turned about where the prom
ascends to meet the road. You can gain the prom after
a short distance returning, where the curled top changes
to the blue railings.
I am reading the excellent and exciting updates
for the aC5 when low and behold, harsh words
accusing me of not reccieing the race route
yesterday!! A full description of the route
was added to the Google map a full week ago,
so pay more attention I say! Perhaps I'll get
a prize for the worst organised race??!?
Doesn't match the
map & description on the AltC5 page! - Ed