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7th September 2013
The John Blair-Fish Memorial Devil's Beeftub Hill Race

Just 3 Days ago, 4th September 2013, we heard the dreadful news that our friend and clubmate John Blair-Fish had died at age 62 while out on a cycle ride with his friends from the CTC.
John was a legend in the Hill Running Community and a formidable competitor. Back in 1992 he suggested that The Devil's Beeftub would be an ideal venue for a Hill Race.
That year he organised the first race and completed it in 22:30, the next year he was faster in 22:26 (a time that would been 2nd equal today!), this year is the 21st running of the race.
His friends in Carnethy felt that to hold this race in John's Memory would be a fitting tribute.

John Blair-Fish an Obituary

Phil's bum Slide Charlotte Morgan
More of Alan Gebbie's Photos
37 runners gathered for the race, with many friends travelling from far a field, and after a few words about John and a minute silence the race was started.
The route to the monument is straight up, but 9 runners took the left hand line following the edge of bracken and giving a gentler slope, although there was no obvious advantage. Soon the runners disappeared from view and some 15 minutes later a few figures appeared from Great Hill.
Phil Davies of Borrowdale was leading the descent, being chased by Duncan Birtwhistle of Harrogate and Jamie Parkinson of Dartmoor Runners. These young lads (Under 23) were attending some orienteering training at Aviemore where last years winner Alan Cherry had suggested calling in at the race on the way home. They could not catch the veteran Phil Davies who showed some classic bum sliding on the way down and managed to hold off Jamie by 1 second..
Charlotte Morgan was first Lady in 8th place, Dave Cowan of Fife AC was first MV50 (and is owed a bottle of beer), Bob Waterhouse was first MV60, Keith Burns first MV70, Joanne Anderson first FV40 and Cali Ingham first FV50.



A great turnout. Results


Willie Gibson
 

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