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The John Blair-Fish Memorial Devil's Beeftub Hill Race
3rd September 2016
enter on the day at Corehead from 10:30am

John Blair-Fish, the instigator of this race, died on Wednesday 4th September 2013.
He was out on a CTC ride and collapsed and died near West Linton.
This will be the 21st running of the race (first held in 1992) and from now on this race will be dedicated to his memory and called
" The John Blair-Fish Memorial Devil's Beeftub Hill Race".
Black ribbons will be provided for runners to wear this Saturday.
At 62 his life was relatively short but consider the width and depth of that life!
He will be sadly missed and our thoughts go out to his family and friends.

New Beeftub trophies

Saturday 3rd Sept 2016
12:00 noon start
2 miles, 750 feet
Check-in at Corehead Farm (MR073125)
NB. 15 min walk to start.

race history

Course records:
Morgan Donnelly 19:45 (2011)
Women:Jill Mykura 24:06 (2005)

Summary of Beeftub races

Beeftub Results

This race is organised by Carnethy Hill Running Club, contact: Willie Gibson
John Blair-Fish writes:
Driving to many races over the period of 15 years I never failed to be impressed by the view of the Devil's Beef Tub and the possibility of a race round it. The photo opportunity seemed endless as well as the sponsorship possibilities e.g. the Bovril Beef Tub race. Roger Blamire had also been considering the possibility and had a route in mind starting near Core Head Farm and ascending to the Eric Stone War memorial, round the Beeftub over Annanhead Hill and Great Hill before descending to the start. In 1992 we talked to the farmers at Eric Stone Farm and Gore Head farm and went ahead.
The race was set at the end of August at the farmers' request and we held it in the morning so runners could compete in the Roan Fell Race at Newcastleton in the afternoon. There was a price for best performance over the two races. The race never drew many runners. Several races in the Borders have become extinct or threatened with extinction. "Real runners do not eat quiche or race in the Borders." On one occasion only 6 runners competed the official race as one noted member of Carnethy put two incorrect start times in two calendars. In 1997 I passed the race over to Ian Nimmo who included a fun relay. The race was not held in 2001 due to the foot and mouth outbreak and it was taken over by Willie Gibson in 2002.
All Carnethy organised races (unless stated otherwise) will adhere to the Scottish Hill Runners safety rules. Full details on the Hill Racing Safety page
Carnethy Hill Running Club is a company limited by guarantee incorporated in Scotland with registered number SC492072 and having its registered office at 25a Stafford Street, Edinburgh, EH3 7BJ

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