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- The Club Championship 2012
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|11th February 2012 -
organiser Olly Stephenson
Fast times and record
field at 42nd 'Tiso' Carnethy 5
A 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.
GB 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.
For the 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.
More photos on Carnethy
Picasaweb album. Robby MacBeath's video here.
Full report here
Results here and Full
Team Results here. Scald Law Junior Race Results (race
|9th April 2012 - organiser
Clachnaben hill race
The forests at the foot
of Clach na Beinn are unusually pleasant, open
mature woodland. The Beinn itself is a dramatic
granite tor rising in convoluted folds upon the
top of the hill. In between lies a morass of
peat and heather suiting those who like hard
wet going, mixed with forest trails and stepped
stone ascent. The stream crossing soon after
the start was not actually waist deep (oh you
jesters!) and there was a bridge to keep your
feet dry though having dry feet didn't last long.
The reward for the large field finishing was
a large spread of cake, and a very tasty barrel
of Deeside 'Macbeth' ale. As usual for a Carnethy
and Scottish Championship race the turnout was
high. The prizegiving saw Carnethy men's team
take the prize, and Stuart Whitlie 2nd male vet.
That's all I can remember until the results come
out, apart from some of the more unusual prizes
- the dirtiest finisher, who won a towel; the
most Scottish name - won by Murdo Macleod; spot
prizes for the easter chicks to be found round
the course; and the 1st over 60 female prize
briefly held by our own Jean Jumelle, in an unfortunate
misinterpretation of french language gender rules.
The route was changed from previous years two weeks
before the race to make the race "more runnable".
It was shorter and with less climb. It can be debated
whither championship races should be more runnable
and whither a race selected with a known course should
remain a championship race with a changed route. In
the old days 30 years ago a race could not be used
as a championship race unless the route had been run
before. So the route did not suit me, struggling to
pass runners in the heather after the fast start and
then losing out on the bouldery snowy descent
and fast run down the forest roads. I seem to be ahead
of none over 60 rivals but do not know if I was ever
near the over 60 winner. Jean Jumelle was awarded the
over 60 Ladies price till it was pointed out he was
a French man. I travelled with Jean and Gordon but
it seemed otherwise to be no coordination of lifts
and carbon points. Nevertheless a selection of fast
Carnethy faster men appeared and won the men's team
prize. Jacquie Higgingbottom won the first vet Lady.
More photos on Carnethy
|9th June 2012 - organiser
Traprain Law race
We were spared a repeat
of last years deluge but the recent rain led
to the iconic river wade being ruled out and
a detour via the bridge added 0.6m to the distance.
Lots of Carnethy vests though the large turnout
was not really reflected in the results. Leading
lady Charlotte tumbled on the descent and badly
bruised her knee, giving herself a dead leg that
forced her retirement and gave the win to HBT.
Adam and John R withdrew, we know not why. I
fell over as usual. Gordon clinched a prize as
did Bob W, and Michael's wee boy got to sit in
a fire engine as East Linton celebrated the annual
gala of which this race forms a part. Results -
the turnout of 93 runners was the largest for
many years, possibly ever! More photos here
After last year’s
deluge we enjoyed an excellent brief weather
window this time with warm sunshine. However,
the previous night’s rain on the hills
had created a characteristic River Tyne surge
overnight of over a half metre’s depth
increase on the previous afternoon’s already
high level. The murky brown torrent at
the early morning pitch inspection led to a reluctant
decision to abort the river crossing. It was
even too deep to immerse the old and well-used
race depth gauge (KB).
A record 93 starters made for congested progress along
the raging brown torrent. Beyond the normal river
entry point, the dunk diversion took runners to the
Hailes footbridge and a backtrack along the road to
re-join the steep climb to Kippielaw. From Kippielaw,
the field margins to the quarry were heavy going through
the long grass. The rock outcrops on the east
ridge seem to get longer each year due to soil erosion. Here,
the restored rustic municipal gas-pipe fence protecting
the quarry edge did little to enhance the otherwise
imposing east ridge.
This year, Exmoor ponies replaced sheep on the Law,
with copious piles of steaming Exmoor excrement along
the race line. Was this the reason for the unusually
luxuriant vegetation? There was one heavy tumble
on the descent (an over-exuberant overtaking move?)
- but no serious damage. One clearly delirious
competitor ignored three large arrows on the ground
marking TURN RIGHT and turned left for Haddington.
The family Gala Day operations on the field were well
attended compared with last year’s rain washout. Thanks
to all our helpers, without whom the race would not
happen: Fiona, Anne, Jane, Therese, Barbel, Barry,
Jon, Nick, Chris, Stuart, plus our community coppers
Gavin and Kevin on their assault mountain bikes.
More excellent race photos
from Bob Marshal here and
from Sandy Wallace here. Thanks
|16th June 2012 - organiser
Durisdeer hill race
The omens were not
good as the Pentlands were covered in mist
down to the road but fortunately at Durisdeer
the tops were clear and the torrential rain
held off until the race had finished. I
soon gave up chasing JBF and concentrated
on not plunging headlong into various ravines.
The ascents are reasonable but the descents
and some of the traverses are vertiginous
on the course which covers some 9.39 miles
and 3,600ft of ascent. As the race was a Carnethy
and Scottish championship there was a large
turnout (and not just of midges), sadly
not including Andy Lennie who arrived 10mins
after the start and settled for driving to
all the road crossings and cheering us on.
Still he was probably more fortunate than
the 3 runners who headed off towards Selkirk
at some point and were being retrieved by
mountain rescue as we tucked into the feast
of cake. Prasad Prasad was the overall winner;
Stuart Whitlie won the M50 and for the ladies
Jasmin was in 3rd place. The usual wonky photos here,
full report including organiser's report,
2012 - organiser Arrochar Alps Hill race
Jasmin breaks record at
Another great day
out at the Arrochar Alps hill race on Saturday.
Leaving a water-logged Edinburgh on Saturday
morning, there was feeling of trepidation
in the car. However, things started to clear
up on route through and Ben Lomond was clear
as we headed up Loch Lomond to the race.
The rain stopped on arrival at the car-park,
and with all 4 tops clear it was pretty much
perfect running conditions for the race.
A good Carnethy contingent out for the race. Jasmin
Paris had another superb run to take nearly 17mins
off her course record from last year to win the ladies.
Paul Faulkner had another great run to finish first
Carnethy in 3-26 which was good enough for 16th place
overall. He would have finished a few places higher
and a couple of mins quicker but missed the left turn
on the tarmac about ½ mile from the finish.
A quick river crossing saw him coming across the finish
line in the wrong direction :-). Myself and Andy Fallas
finished 18th and 19th in 3-27 and 3-28. I managed
to sneak past Andy coming off Ben Narnain having followed
one of a number of Borrowdale runners who seem to have
found a quicker route off the last hill!
Back to the village hall afterwards for what is probably
one of the best post race spreads on the hill running
calendar. Thanks to the organisers and marshals for
putting on another great race. Results
P.S. Ben Bardsley
(Borrowdale), who won the race, broke Billy
Bland's 1987 record by 20 seconds!
2012 - organiser Nick MacDonald
Rigby record broken at 25th David Shepherd Memorial
Glamaig Hill race
In good running conditions, Finlay Wild (Lochaber)
dominated the 25th Glamaig Race with a superb run to
Rigby's 1997 record by 14 seconds. He reached the
summit in just over 32 minutes, 3 mins in front of
a chasing group led by Carnethy's Paul Faulkner, and
flew down the hill to win by a staggering 6 minutes.
Finishing in second place after another fast descent
was Brian Marshall - the winner of the previous
9 races (!). Brian missed his 10th consecutive
win but had the consolation of breaking the Over 40s
record. The race for first woman was much closer than
the men's with Charlotte Morgan, who was 3rd to the
top, taking the lead on the steep descent only for
Catriona Buchanan to get past on the flatter ground
towards the end. Catriona and Charlotte ran the 2nd
and 3rd fastest women's times ever ! The 194 finishers
was yet another record, by a long way.
Photos and results from
2012 - organiser Newtonmore Highland Games
Superb win for James at
Creag Dubh Race - Sat 4th August
The second short race in the SHR Scottish Champs on
a hot day at the Newtonmore Highland games saw a quality
field of 135 and at £2 entry fee; every finisher getting
a minature of Dalwhinnie with full bottles going to
James Waldie 1st, Paul Faulkner 3rd, and Stewart Whitlie
5th (and 1st V50) along with good money prizes. Charlotte
Morgan finished 2nd to lead the ladies team home as
well. Obstacle course consisting of a lap of the packed
arena followed by barrier leap, rough field dodging
cars, fences, river crossing, steep bank climb to road
crossing and then track to the hill with flagged short
cuts on the ascent which were not marked for the descent!
Return was the same route. Great day in dry conditions
and the was whisky flowing - £2 for an engraved glass
with 3 nips !! - unfortunately Bob had to drive! Results
2012 - organiser Stewart Whitlie
Caerketton Hill race
Fine evening for first
outing on new extended Caerketton race route
this year. Paul Faulkner (Carnethy) had an excellent
run to win ahead of the HBT duo, Dan Gay & Don
Naylor. Paul had a great climb and was well clear
at the top and did enough to stay ahead of a
fast finishing Dan. Paul’s winning time was approx.
5mins slower than typical winning times on previous
course. Charlotte Morgan had another great run
to make it double for Carnethy and had a comfortable
winning margin over Eilis McKechanie (HBT) and
Neah Evans (Shettleston). Old git male prizes
went to Carnethy members: Steve Fallon (next
V40, 5th place), Stewart Whitlie (1st V50, 4th
place) and Bob Waterhouse (1st V60, 38th place).
Carnethy ladies picked up 1st V40 (Nicolla Dunn)
and 1st V50 (Cali Ingham) with Shiela Strain
picking up first lady over 60 prize.
Junior race was won by Iain Innes ahead of Fergus Campbell
who I’m sure will be giving his dad a run for his money
in a few years time. Iain had a great run and this
was on the back of 2 ½ hours ski training earlier in
the afternoon. 1st girl home was Katie Ross (in 3rd
place overall) just ahead of her sister Jessica. Good
turnout in both races with 75 runners taking part in
the senior race and 10 in the junior race. Thanks to
all for coming along and to those who helped out with
marshalling, time keeping activities.
Some photos of both races here
2012 - organiser Willie Gibson
The Devil's Beeftub Hill
As we left a sunny
Edinburgh and drove down towards the race
we saw a few cars with full headlights on
coming our way! Would the mist be down? As
we crossed the col of the Beeftub the swirls
of mist looked like steam billowing out of
the Devil's Cauldron, and then it was clear.
The mist had lifted from the summits by the time we
got to Corehead, and a couple of cars were already
waiting. Soon a steady stream of cars were arriving
and with a couple of runners running off the Hill from
the Beeftub Road we ended up with 36 starters.
The weather was warm and still in the bowl of the Beeftub
as the 36 headed round the route. We were spotting
runners on the skyline and seeing a few red vests at
As the leaders descended Paul Faulkner was in the lead
by about 30 metres from Alan Cherry (Ayr Seaforth)
but Alan took the more direct line through the bracken
and caught Paul. About the same time Paul heard a crunch
in his knee and he limped home in second place with
Stewart Whitlie in 3rd (1st M50).
Mike Robinson (Dark Peak) was 4th (1st V40) and Bob
Waterhouse was 1st V60 in 12th place.
The Ladies were led home by Neah Evans in 11th place,
Shirley Singh (Hardrock Hoodlums) 2nd (1st F40), and
Julia Conner (Moorfoots) 3rd. Jean Robson (Annan) was
Thanks to Nick Macdonald for marshalling the last hill
(and providing most of the race kit), and Cail Ingham
for registration and especially the Saddleworth Supporters
for helping with the finish timing (letting Cali run
the race) and all the Carnethy bods that carrried the
kit to and from the start. More photos here,
including some taken by Peter Hutchison (Chairman Dumfries
2012 - organiser Mark Johnston
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
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
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
the finish. 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! Thanks to Mark Johnston for a successful
and fun event, and to all the helpers. More photos here.
Alan's photoset here. Results
Carnethy Win at Manor Water
Andy Fallas won today's
Manor water race and Jasmin Paris was first lady
with Jill Mykura 2nd and Helen Bonsor 3rd.
There were 66 finishers.
Results and Summary
2012 - organiser Shane Bouchier
Record field for Pentland Skyline race
The race was framed this
year by moving tributes to the fallen runner
in the Ian Hodgson mountain relay. JBF called
for a minute's silence and Jasmin, who was personally
involved, described the care by fellow runners
which sadly was ultimately unsuccesful; and
expressed the hope that fell running would always
take place in a spirit of companionship and
generosity. There is an article here in
the Westmoreland Gazette.
There was a very large number (267) starting
the race as it was a Scottish Championship counter
as well as a Carnethy Championship race. Hector Haines of HBT pulled steadily pulled away to win in a fast 2:27 for the conditions with Andy Fallas 2nd, a superb run considering he had won Manor Water the previous day. Jasmin Paris went one better as she won the Skyline having also won the day before.
numbers caused a bit of a crisis at the drinks
stations as the water ran out for the last runners,
and a numbers of cyclists generously donated
theirs at the third station - thanks guys! The
mist wreathing the hill cleared to warm sunshine,
though it wasn't too long before a sleety shower
rolled in, which saw many layers being added.
250 completed the gruelling course, including
46 Carnethies, as the sunshine returned - easily
a record number, the previous
being 186 last
and list of prize-winners here.
21 runners completed the tough MANor MOUSE challenge this year, i.e. the Manor Water/Pentlands Skyline double.
The MAN was Andy Fallas in
a new record of 3:42:11 with Mark Harris of Fife next in a fast 3:53:49. The next 3 runners were all Carnethy women:
Jasmin Paris, Jill Mykyura and Helen Bonsor . The Mouse was John Telfer
of Northumberland in 5:51:59.
2012 - organiser Cameron Scott
The "Run and Become" Tinto
A massive field of 259
finished this year's race held in very heavy
underfoot conditions, i.e. plenty of mud! Andy
Fallas was first to the top, but Shettleston's
Matt Sulllivan had a great descent to take
the win with Andy coming in 2nd. Angela Mudge
was first woman in an amazing 7th place; she
was also the first Over 40 runner to finish
from either sex! There were Carnethy club vests
in abundance as it was the last of the Carnethy
Championship races for this year. Charlotte
Morgan, by finishing 2nd woman (and more importantly
first senior woman), just took the championship.
There was also a very large number of Lomond
Hill Runners as they were celebrating their
25th anniversary at this race.
results are a bit compromised this year
due to actions of some runners. At least
2 and possibly 3 ran the route unofficially
and a few left the finish funnel by stepping
over the tape rather than wait in line to
have their number properly recorded. Not
only does this cause errors in the results,
it is potentially dangerous as it causes
problems with the race safety system. Also
please note that next year the pre-entry
and waiting list system will be strictly
With the heavy conditions, there was no change
to the All
Time List but Andy Fallas's run was 8th
on the Carnethy
all time list and Angela's 9th on the Female
all time list (and not even a female
A big thanks to Adrian at Run and Become,
all the marshals and helpers (from Carnethy
and elsewhere) and the staff at Symington
for helping to make this another enjoyable
more photos here and
Kevin Ramage's Flickr album here.