place. Team 10
Leg 1 - Stewart
This was one of my first
hill races after joining Carnethy (Jan 99,
leg 3 chaperoned round by Brian Waldie) and
the only race I’ve done every
year since. Normally great fun and great company
and this year was no exception running with
Paul on leg 1.
The Shettleston and Corstorphine team set a
pretty fast pace on the road section at the
start but Paul and I managed to reach the first
set of steps in 3rd place. They opened up a
bit of a gap on the forest track but we started
pegging them back as things started to get
a bit steeper and we were first “team” to the top of East Lomond. Shortly
before the top, I almost lost our control card when it flew off as I
was carefully trying open my bum bag! Thankfully Matt very kindly managed
to stamp on it with his foot allowing me to retrieve it. Thanks Matt.
Good to see there are good sports still out there (Des Crowe would never
have done such a thing J). After hurtling down East Lomond and through
the gates, I got to the Lime Kilns with a slight gap on the other runners
and was met with a few path choices. It was a few years since I’d
done leg 1 and couldn’t quite remember which way to go as I’m
sure last time I’d run this leg I had jumped the fence which I
knew was a no-no! Oh f**k! Waited for the next runner to arrive, one
of the Corstorphine chaps, he didn’t have a clue either and ground
to a halt behind me. Matt then arrived and in same boat. As Paul and
the other front runners appeared, I just decided to head off on the left
path, which took us over a few board walks and a loop round the left.
An unnecessary extra loop (confirmed on the run back to the start) but
at least most of the front teams went the same way! After the excitement
of the lime kilns we charged over the fields and on to the next check
point. I climbed the fence and then realised the punch was a bit further
down the road back on the other side of the fence! Managed to get the
card punched and back off up the road after shouting back Paul, who was
all set to carry on running down the road in the opposite direction J
. Paul and I managed to hold the 2 teams off until the run alongside
the reservoir when the Cortstorphine boys came past. However, we managed
to get back in front against on the next small incline and then we pretty
much all charged down through the forest track as a tightly packed bunch
of 6 runners. The other 2 teams managed to pull away slightly when we
hit the road but we hadn’t lost too much
time and handed over to young Ally. After a
bit of a chat with other runners we had an
enjoyable jog back to start where the wonderful
Thai soup was awaiting!
really well organised event and great to meet
up with people you haven’t
seen for a while. Thanks to Fife AC for putting on the race again. Great
to be part of the “youthful Carnethy team” (as
described on SHR site). Will wait and see if I’m
fit enough to get in the youngsters team next
Leg 2 -
Leg 3 - Sam
can wait until the Shettleston runner comes
in, I reckon we will have a couple of minutes
after that to get ready"
Famous last words.
Ali came charging in. John and I were caught off guard
but wasted no time, game on.
We charged up the hill as a four, with Jethro and Tom,
who steadily pulled away throughout. Apparently another pair had left
before us but
no recollection of us passing them on leg three. A lack of speed work
left me flailing on the flatter sections, where John took over and
set the pace, but fortunately the hill climbing appears to have been
unaffected by four months of building work.
And what an event. Everyone
has a word, and time, for everyone else. It captures the spirit of
the hill running community perfectly, the
semi-organised-logistical-chaos at the start through to the soup fuelled
banter flowing with tales of route finding and ding-dongs with other
Many thanks to Olly for the lift there, John for his route finding,
Fife AC for the event and Moira for the lift home.
Already looking forward
Leg 4 -
1 - Olly's got to get a mention in the MV40s for leaving the
stamp sheet in his car and only noticing after he'd started the race!
Leg 2 -
Leg 3 -
Leg 4 -
Simon at the finish
Leg 1 - James
This was the first time
I've ever ran with Matt, and it was a great experience.
At the start we both had a similar approach to
team tactics - try and offload the punch card
to the other guy. I won, and Matt was stuck with
it for the kickoff. We started well through
Falkland, managing to hold a steady pace through
the winding streets and into the forest trails.
Matt was a few metres back, but as the incline
increased he reeled me back in. Soon we were out
of the forest and onto the exposed hillside, still
doing well and occasionally grabbing places here
and there, then over our shoulders appeared Olly
and Mick - our dance partners for the rest of
this leg. Matt caught up, and just when I thought
he was about to pass me, he said "here",
and thrust the punch card into my hand. Olly and
I switched places all the way to the top....and
it was around this point that I forgot that there
were other teams in the race.
I hit the checkpoint on the summit, then Matt took a turn to surge
ahead by throwing himself downhill. I caught him on the entry to the
lime kilns and moved slightly ahead, only to take a wrong turn and run
straight into some gorse. I recovered and caught up with Matt, Olly
and Mick just in time for the second checkpoint. There was a bit of
a delay here, Mick seemed to take a while (later I found out they were
using a piece of map as the punch card...for reasons that will surely
be a contender for the 2012 Wooden Spoon Trophy :-) ).
of us continually exchanged places through checkpoint three, and towards
the firebreak in the forest. Just as I thought we were
going to come in as a group, Matt burst past Olly and Mick and we
started flying down the boggy descent and over the slippy wooden bridges.
Finally we'd managed to put some distance between our two teams. The
fast descent made the tarmac incline to the changeover feel particularly
hard, but we held-on, crossed the line together and passed the baton
to young Andrew.
I was absolutely wasted, but Matt recovered quickly
and decided to jog the rest of the race route. I mustered enough energy
I was considering joining him, bur kidding nobody, and just decided
to take a shorter route back. A great day out! As ever, the soup was
fantastic - the minted pea and spinach was my favourite, but a special
mention goes out to the Thai Lentil. Fantastic!
Leg 2 -
Leg 3 -
Leg 4 -
All credit to Bob
on the first leg whose encouragement dragged me
up East Lomond - we managed to split the ladies
team but Helen beat me to thesummit. Then it was
hell for leather as we descended and took the best
route from the lime kilns down to the road
where the HBTladies passed us and we tailed
them to the finish where Andy took over. Good
to see we beat the first ladies overall by
an immense 2 seconds.
Leg 2 - Andy
Bob and Gordon handed over to me in a good position. Kept a good steady pace all the way on the climb, which is quite a grind as not steep anywhere, and gradually caught and passed people (and no-one caught me). It felt much tougher than last year when I also ran this leg as this year was into a strong headwind all the way. Great to win - thanks to all my teammates!
Leg 3 -
Leg 4 -
Kim at the finish
Leg 1- Helen
Jacqui and I enjoyed
a good race out on Leg 1. Some healthy competition with Bob and
Gordon on the mens V50 on the way up, spurred
us on with keeping the gap to the leading HBT
ladies team as small as possible. It was
fantastic to see so many Carnethy ladies out
racing and enjoying the day – a great
start to 2012.
Leg 2 -
Leg 3 - Jasmin
Devils Burdens relays are always a lovely day out, and this year was particularly
enjoyable on account
of the sheer number of Carnethies involved. Having run very little for 2
months due to a knee injury, running leg 3 with Angela was somewhat of a
challenge, but the intermittent oxygen deficit was more than compensated
by her patience on the uphills and the fantastic views we had on our way
round. Whatsmore, I had the privelidge of running in one of the unique home-knitted
dog-themed carnethy-coloured woolly hats, knitted by Angela for the ladies
team. A great day out and highly recommended to all.
Leg 4 - Kim
I only stepped
in on Wednesday night to do this race but it
is one I have wanted to do for a while so I
am glad I did it. I really enjoyed
leg 4 and always seem to run better on undulating
multi terrain races - would like to do the whole
route as a training run at some point too! Thanks
to Helen for sorting everyone out...
Andy & Michael
Leg 1 - Michael
My first hill race for the club and first Devils
Burden race. I really enjoyed the day although
legs were knackered from my runs during the week.
Great to be part of such a friendly club. Well
done Team Carnethy.
Leg 2 -
Leg 3 -
Leg 4 - Mike
2 minutes quicker than
last year, which was nice. Blustery at the transition
and a couple of fallen trees to contend with. Great
Such is the
spirit of competition I was trying to beat
my partner Bob. Given the rule that we had
to finish together I reckoned on having a
fighting chance. I had the edge on the ascent
but he's a zippy doonhiller, and in spite
of cunningly getting him to do the checkins
and so nipping past, the final mild incline
saw Bob running slowly backwards as I laboured
to the handover. Margaret's sun soaked photos
of Leg 1 finishers show a lot of happy runners,
and we were!
Leg 2 -
Leg 3 - Willie
the festive belly at it's worst for years I had some trepidation about
doing leg 3.
The race was great fun though. Paul ran in
and we were a little late noticing him (he
hs still to buy a Carnethy vest), but a quick
shout and Buffalo throw and we were off.
JBF led the way and I held on to his coat tails up the hill. The old
legs were a bit sore by the time we got to the level(ish) track and
we settled in to a fair pace. John was great support and with the wind
a bit behind us we soon were heading up the last climb.
The terrain was dryer than I expected on the descent of West Lomond
and the contour round to the forest track was the only time I got in
front of John.
The run in has gained some tarmac since I
last did it, but as we handed over to Brian
and Moira handed me a beer the world was suddenly
a wonderful place.
A Great Race good running partner and fantastic Carnethy turnout!
Leg 3 - John
Unlike the last two years
there was no ice to contend with but strong winds especially over West
Lomond. Hazards of negotiating
single track roads going to and from changeovers were increased by a
closed road after an accident in Leslie. Parking offered at a building
site at Portmoak helped me to find a parking space at the leg 3 changeover
but this was not enough to keep everyone happy. Perhaps we will be using
the British Relay course next year.
Leg 4 - Brian
The Devil's Burden Relay
is a unique race. Half the fun is getting there or at least the logistics
of the getting
the runners to the changeovers.
JBF and Paul did a grand job. I had a minor
panic in the morning thinking I'd got the rendezvous
time wrong, but it was fine. Pre-race nerves
at my age!
The 4th leg is a long wait. I decided to jog from Falkland to the changeover.
At least I managed to have some soup first.
The jog over was into the teeth
of a gale, but I eventually got there in time to see the race leaders. It
was a long wait for John and Willie
in squally cold conditions - this is one of the problems of Leg 4 since
you don't have a clue what will happen on Leg 3 .
I set off stiff with
cold and not another runner in sight, up the
muddy field. At least the sun was out but
there was a stiff head wind. I was catching
runners but unsure whether they were part
of the early start or just those jogging back.
After the control at the turn I was feeling
good and starting to get warm. A look at my watch, which I'd set at
race time, suggested I could
get the team in under 3-30, so I used that as motivation.
The run down
the track was uneventful and lonely. I had to steeplechase a couple
of trees that had come down in the wind and passed a couple of
jogging runners at the metal arch. I know how far the finish is from
there and put the foot down more. I was outsprinted by a very fast runner
at the finish, but made it in by 3-28.
A good exciting day out. Just
as well I had soup before the run as understandably
the queue was long and they'd run out.
Hilary finishing fast
1 - Kate
Joan and I were paired again, great I thought as we had such a brilliant
race together at the FRAs in the Lomonds last year. We drove through in
plenty of time and there was the usual buzz of activity in and out the
hall. 0930 we were off....it was a beautiful run, bit windy on top of
East Lomond but the views were worth it. We finished our leg in 52:46
and after a bit of chat jogged back to Falkland, cheering on other runners
who had started at 1030. Delicious soup as always - well done again Fife
Leg 2 -
Leg 3 - Joanne
The Burdens are
always a great way to start the year, the banter
at the changeover and the "how are we going
to get to the start of our
leg" question in the hall before the race
starts. Lorna Ascroft came
storming into the changeover handing over to
Jane Jackson and myself.
As we headed up towards the first check Alan
Smith provided words of
encouragment "do you call that hill running?!".
There was a bit of a
breeze occasionally knocking you sideways as
I nearly went crashing
into another lady coming down the hill at the
end of her leg 2. From
the first top all the way across to West Lomond
gives the opportunity
for a nice run, before the stretch up the top.
The wind never
really got behind us until we came off West
Lomond and headed down
towards the forest. Jane pulled me along the
final stretch until we
headed down the field to handover to Hilary.
As Jane commented at the
finish, leg 3 really is a lovely run and we
managed to get in before
the first team from the 10.30am start (not that
I am competitive..)
Thanks to all those involved in the organising.
Leg 4 -
Leg 1 -
Leg 2 - Moira Fantastic to see so many Carnethies at this event.
Leg 2 harder than expected into the strong wind. Should have cut the
at the end a bit tighter as just got pipped in the last few strides.
Leg 3 - Mandy
I loved today. Feel all happy and buzzy just now. Not sure if that's
due to the Fizz I am drinking,
the prospect of fish n chips or completion of a v v windy 'notorious
Patricia and I ran in the Ladies 'C' team and, all in all, was a fab run.
Bit of excess wind, bit of heather and bog and a few kamakazee descents.
Surely we are 'proper' hill runners now...?
p.s. Thanks to Bill for a cheery face at the top of West Lomond and
amazing fruit cake at the end!
Leg 3 - Patricia
I have no photos of me sporting a hood minus the associated
coat. It may have looked ridiculous, but it was perfect head
and ear protection on such a day. My all singing all dancing
thinks that I expended 530 calories by running leg 3- I beg
to differ, it felt like 3 times that.
Leg 4 - Kirsty
was wonderful and inspiring to get back
running again, gee whiz I had threatened
to walk up
the muddy field, perhaps if I had wouldnt
have lost my legs on the rest of the
hill. I finally got the circulation in
my feet back at the one and only checkpoint
on the bend. I enjoyed the run, confess
stopped a minute or two to take off my
jacket, hat and gloves as did get hot
so next time will be more in the swing
with racing, cos yes there will be a
next time...steady as she goes.
from previous years with leg start times and
diy predictor spreadsheet
(download) or view as pdf