11th February 2012
Fast times and record
field at 42nd 'Tiso' Carnethy 5
Just some of the Carnethy runners
massive field of 523 runners (including 83
Carnethy members) finished today's Carnethy
5, the first
time there has been more than 500 finishers.
Although a cold day for standing around, it
was a great day for running, cool and a firm
ground, if a bit icy in places.
Mountain Running Internationalist Orlando Edwards,
from Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers, running for
his Scottish club HBT, pulled away from a strong
chasing pack early on, to take a superb win
in the 5th fastest time ever with Prasad Prasad
(Squadra Porcini) taking the runner up spot
half a minute down, not far in front of five
times winner Rob Jebb (Bingley). Prasad was
the only Scot in the top 5 as brothers Tom
and Mark Addison (both GB International runners)
from Helm Hill took 4th and 5th place.
The winning men L-R: Prasad, wearing
a hat knitted
by Angela Mudge! (2), Orlando (1)
and Rob (3)
The winning ladies team: Angela Mudge, Jasmin
(also sporting an Angela creation!) & Charlotte
women, Angela Mudge, wearing her usual number
13, easily won in a very fast 56 mins to record
her 13th victory - who says 13 is unlucky!
It was quite close for the runner up positions,
but Sarah McCormack (Moorfoots) kept in front
of Jasmin Paris and Catriona Buchanan (Ochil)
to claim 2nd. The first 4 women were all under
the hour, easily the most female sub hour runs
in the race.
Once again Lochaber's Jimmy Jardine (race number 42)
finished to complete his 42nd
race! Even first Over 40, Kenny Richmond (Shettleston),
wasn't born when Jimmy ran this race for the first
time. However Kenny had a great run to retain his Over
40 title, while Duncan Ball (Penicuik) narrowly took
the Over 50 from Adam Ward.
Jame Waldie had another great run in 11th place to
get not only 1st Junior, but also first student in
a close battle with Douglas Tullie.
After 4 years of Carnethy winning the Claymore, Shettleston
finally claimed it with Carnethy taking second place.
It was only the second time Shettleston had won the
team prize, the last time being
1997 (nice to give them their occasional moment
of glory so they don't get despondent !). However,
the Carnethy team of Angela, Jasmin and Charlotte Morgan
won the women's team from HBT, with Carnethy taking
it for the third year in a row.
from the field
was my second Carnethy 5 race, previous race
was under Portobello colours. We arrived in
plenty of time as I was kindly allowed to hand
out my leaflets about my run at registration.
During registration and preparation at the
school, I had to be chasing Greg (son) as he
almost did a demolition job of the Run4it stall,
Monika laughed and said at least your warming
up. We met up with the usual lot from Carnethy,
Portobello etc, the usual banter was there
as well. We boarded the bus which reminded
of some old soviet bus as it made some interesting
noises during our short journey.
We got to
the start, Greg had the freedom of the bog/field
which he loved. I warmed up and we met up with
fellow Carnethies, for Monika it was the first
time she attended a race where theres so many
of us. I introduced her to many fellow members
as she and Greg are social members. Then it
was the quick team photo before the start.
So the start gun went of, the first climb I thought
I take it slightly easy as I knew what will come, maybe
I was bit cautious? So Skald law over and done with,
great just the little ones before the big one Carnethy
itself. After Skald law I began to push it and felt
It was so good to see
all the support for this great race, it really
reminded me of the Tour De France crowds.
the last climb - Carnethy, just when approaching
it I saw my mate Roly and he gave me hell of
shout to go for it. I noticed on my Garmin
that I'm on course for a good time, so I gave
my all on the climb.
I suddenley see Bob Waterhouse,
we together went up and pulled eachover along,
the descent was interesting I fell few times
but otherwise it was a smooth way down. When
getting to the gate, one member of the crowd
shouted sprint like Bolt to the finish line,
so why not? I sprinted like some wild animal.
I cross the line and checked my Garmin - PB by 7 minutes!!
I was so pleased!! What a race!!
This is a great race run by a great club which takes
alot of effort to organise. Monika really felt welcomed
by fellow members and is looking forward to seeing
A huge thanks go to Olly for organising this great
race and letting me do a short speech about my run
in the end.
excellent story from Nigel Rose will appear in
the next Carnethy journal
Dominate Carnethy Hill Race and Tea Tent
the race about to start there were still
far too many punters in the tent, and wishing
I had a bell, a yell "Time ladies and
gentleman, drink up please" doing the
We managed to catch the start of the race and the first
finisher, whose glorious brown vest reminded us to
get the teas poured. During the race, we off-loaded
more tea and biscuits to the forgotten refugees left
with bags and children while their dafter halves ran.
Despite best efforts, children these days are far too
sensible and refused to get up to mischief.
Back at the tea tent, tip top organisation, hours of
time and motion analysis and the latest hi-tech management
approach (put the women in charge and do as your told)
meant the post race rush was barely noticeable. We
even got away with serving some tea that looked more
like dishwater and were still thanked. At some point
the coffee ran out but none of could be bother to chase
it. (If there are two jars of coffee next year it means
someone actually read this drivel).
Niamh provided a tea tray service to the finish line
officials and to those sensible ladies who made the
most of their entry by staying on course for longer.
You can't rush a good hill race.
With not a Carnethy member in sight, Trotter
stalwarts cleared the kit over to the road
before retiring to the Allan Ramsay Pub for
a panic pint before the Prize giving. There,
a sign said "Many have eaten here,
few have died!" which would go we'll in
the tea tent.
The above bears no resemblance to truth. Real credit
goes to Fiona (Jane's work colleague), Joanne Thin
and my daughter Niamh. Special credit goes to Jamie
Thin for almost causing a domestic when emptying old
tea bags too close to Joanne!
*VDT = valuable drinking time
Carnethy Race Organiser Olly Stephenson
had a problem, nobody could help, so he
called in the HB Tea Tent Team (cue signature
theme from Saturday night action series
of the 1980s).
Not being a Carnethy member, you
must forgive me for not beginning "I
was born at an early age…. then listing
my 3742 favourite hill running routes
in chronological order".
Instead, arriving at the scene
reminiscent of the Marie Celeste, the
Tea Tent was there, in the paddy field
below the eponymous hill looking exactly
like, well a big tent used for scouts
or village fairs. It had weathered the
winter well since the previous year's
race, and just needed a few Tibetan flags
on the guy ropes in funereal black to
set the scene and honour those garrotted
by said guys in previous years. Amidst
the mist rising from the field up popped
Andy to check whether we possessed the
correct credentials. Reassured by our
Trotter patter, he was able to depart
happy, presumably to help by banging sticks
into the ground or some other such marshallish
Lighting the burners was a thing
requiring a safe pair of hands, the sort
of hands that would not lacerate small
children's legs at a school fair with
tandem terror rides. Being Trotters though,
the job was given over to Jamie Thin…
Ollie not being around!
The only guidance given for the
tea tent was to ensure the First Aiders
did not scoff all the biscuits. After
a tentative foray, they scuttled off with
their bandages between their legs… great
bit of deterrent although you may need
to source some different first aiders
next year. (To be fair, they had their
revenge, holding a Trotter Damsel hostage
later in the day and only after a visit
by a delegation of YP, Nixon and Big Dick
was the hostage released).
The arrival of the first bus of
runners brought our first customers. Despite
our best efforts to offload the whole
lot of biscuits and tea before the race
so we could make best use of VDT* post-race
we still had plenty left. Quite a few
offered to pay for their tea. Knowing
Carnethy was footing the bill we would
have none of it! Given our tea making
skills I was surprised we did not have
to pay them to drink it.
I did a final run round the course on Tuesday it was still frozen and icy
and it took me nearly two hours to get round.
Temperatures warmed up, most of
the ice turned to mud but I could still feel
underlying frozen ground, especially on the descents,
so automatically I took caution. Others did not
seem to notice but perhaps they had not been
round the course under ice or
fallen off bicycles going to work.
Getting past through the trees after the start
was as congested as ever. Having a gate at Charlie's
loup just meant the congestion at the gate
went up onto the path. There was some relief
for me being able to pass others till the narrow
path higher up. From the top of Scald Law I seem
to be passing and repassing others till the
ascent of Carnethy where I gained ground
and was relieved to pass over-60s rival Martin
After the congestion
I felt I had a lot left. But then I just could
not slide through the heather on the descent
and Martin caught me.
Statistics showed I was
three seconds faster than last year but twenty
places lower and one vet 60 place lower.
last year's vet 60 winner, Tom Scott was not
in the race as he now has heart problems. So
Jack Holt was first vet 60 but he was five minutes
ahead of Martin and me.
Frustrated with the race
I did a run up Caeketton and Allermuir from
home on Sunday morning before Church and then
a 30 mile bike ride to Gladhouse Reservoir
in the afternoon.