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The John Blair-Fish Memorial Devil's Beeftub Hill
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 "
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.
race is organised by Carnethy Hill
Running Club, contact: Willie
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
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
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