Welcome to two new runners, Angus and Katie (their actual time is their handicap).
Good run from Eddie today, although he appeared to be pipped to the post because Neil misread his start time and started a minute early (Tut, tut!).
Conditions were muddy and windy, but mild.
Nice weather on Monday, but a bit slippy underfoot. The path to the scree is now getting very tricky, with Colin taking a bit of a tumble into the gorse. Fortunately no serious injury.
An impressive win for Digby. [My leg must be recovering. Suppose I won't have such a generous handicap now! - D]
And a new course record from Paul Faulkner … well done.
Smaller number of runners than usual. But great performance, with all but one beating their handicap.
Although Chloe and Eddie were 1st/2nd back, due to some late starters, the official results are above.
Lovely conditions underfoot, although it was a tad windy.
Good turnout, with 14 runners.
My first handicap for 4 months, and I was first back, beating my handicap by almost 4 mins.
More than half the field broke their handicaps, well done.
Thanks also to those that helped clear some of the overgrown paths over the last month.
NB. Handicap Rules:
· As not all watches are synchronized and folk can be late starting due to meetings, etc. Official results are based on expected start time and actual run time. Hence, first back is not always the official winner.
· A runners handicap is a the mean of his last three runs UNLESS he is the winner. The winners time, becomes his new handicap.
· And most importantly; the handicapper’s decision is final!
Lovely day for the handicap. Unfortunately the route is getting excessively overgrown. In fact considering the state of the trail up to Whinny, and the snarl of bramble and gorse in the Gutted Haddie, it was impressive for have the field to beat their handicap.
Well done to Colin, his first win, I think.
A much smaller field than usual, what with summer holidays and the like.
A couple of newbies from HBT joined the crew. Ivor Normand and Dave Ward. Unfortunately I don’t have Dave’s times.
Main comments from the runners, were regarding the over-grown state of the route. Secateurs may be a required part of your running kit.
First win for Chris … Well Done!
With good conditions underfoot and cooling cloud cover and breeze, there were some excellent times.
However some of the paths are getting a bit overgrown and condition of the scree descent off Whinny is deteriorating.
Never mind. Adds to the fun of hill running.
Great turnout for a bank holiday, with great weather and conditions too. Only problem was dodging all the tourists on the paths.
Good times, with most of us beating our handicaps.
Tom romped home as the official winner, over 4 mins under his handicap.
Eddie beat Tom to the finish line, but that was because he started a couple of minutes early, by mistake. Never the less, a good run clinches second place for him.
Close call for Rab who managed to trip and head-butt the bank of the burn, below Haggis Knowe. Going to have a few bruises, by the look of it, but survived to tell the tale.
Great weather at last for the reversicap. The reverse running is fertile ground for debate on the best route. From the top of Arthur's seat Gordon went right, down the usual up route, and hindered only by tourists proved that though longer, it is speedy, and came out ahead of Russell who went left and down the steps (though not taking the daredevil option of the steep grassy shortcut). Not convinced by a previous descent of the Gutted Haddie I had another go, followed by Chris who had the misfortune to be both unsure of the routes and behind me. I am now convinced. It's not a very good idea.
Not there myself, but a good turnout, with quite a few handicaps beaten. Pretty good for the reverse route as it tends to be slower.
Comments from some of the runners (won't say who):
"GOOD DRY CONDITIONS
good turn out -10/12 ?
a couple got lost !
one guy ended up in the gorse - lots of blood ! "
"If I hadn't opted to follow Digby down the gutted haddie I could have been somewhat quicker! Still, a bloody hip and knee as spoils for my tumble on the dash off the top of the Crags makes it all worthwhile!"
"Good conditions out there but still don’t think I’ll descend by the haddie next time! "
Well done guys and see you for the May one, if not before
Mad March Handicap
Congratulations to Tom McN who is this months winner.
Great turnout and conditions were excellent underfoot, resulting in almost everyone beating their handicap. Close times too, with almost half the field finishing within a minute of each other.
PBs for Neil, Chris, Tom E, Mike R and Stewart. Mike was especially chuffed he pipped Stewart to the post, by 2 seconds, both having started at exactly the same time.
Newbie Ray, ran a wee while later, due to an inconvenient meeting. As this was his first handicap his start time has been reset to match it.
A window in the weather allowed a dry but windy race. And no sooner had we all finished than the hail shower from hell peppered us.
Great turnout with 16 runners, of which 10 beat their handicap. Well done under the conditions.
We had a couple of newbies (Stephen H and Tom E), and Andy S returning for the first time in a while. Also a brave attempt from Gordon, his first run since injuring his knee.
New year's handicap - old year's weather
Happy new handicapping year.
Anyone hoping the new year would herald a change in the weather would have been brought back to earth with a bump yesterday (in my case literally). The rain that dogged most of 2012 made an unwelcome return just in time for the January handicap making the surfaces squidgy, slippy and in many cases both. Conditions that, in theory at least should have resulted in slower times than normal.
If it had been a flat out race then we would have had our first ever dead heat with Rab and Mike both proving to have survived the Christmas break in fine form, running identical sub 30 minute times. They were only 2 of the 6 runners who (despite the conditions) managed to better their handicap, with first home honours going to Chloe. Despite running for the winning East district team at the cross country at the weekend she managed to take a couple of wrong turns and still come home first. Neil and Rab were next home, Neil in fact would have won if he had started on time so the spreadsheet will take that into account for next month ;>). Andy, with a time of 31:31 came closest to his pb (remarkably only 30s slower). Rab is still running off a generous handicap and next month should see another close race between him and Chloe (who's handicap also remains generous), scratch times will no doubt be pushed faster if the like of Stewart, Paul and Iain turn up too.
Starting in mid-pack myself I at least had the opportunity of watching several runners as they went past me, last months win has whacked my handicap so it was a case of watching things unfold from a distance.
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