|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.
Blair-Fish an Obituary
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
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
A great turnout. Results
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