Running is, of course, what the CHRC is all about. Despite diversions into cycling and convivialities it always comes back to running. The club organises many races for the wider hill racing world, as well as smaller club races for members. There isn’t much distinction drawn between social running, training and racing – as long as its enjoyable (though that might only be in hindsight). Having said that, here’s an attempt to categorise what we do into some kind of order.
Best six results from fifteen designated races.
A series of handicapped races from April through to September.
Lots of relay races throughout the year, often with a large Carnethy presence, like The Devil’s Burdens in January. See reports and diary.
‘Proper’ training sessions, often lead by a more experienced club member. These vary from sociable to painful.
Social runs of about an hour.
The kids are horribly fast and seem to enjoy it even more than the adults
Some Carnethies just don’t know when to stop. Technically anything over a marathon distance or 42km, ultras are a bit woolier in the hill running world where the terrain can make for long days. If you’re tempted by the ultra world, there is a lot of experience in the club with members having done everything from ‘mere’ 50km races to the West Highland Way, Tour de Mont Blanc, multi day stage ultras, relays etc. We have our own social ultra series too.
OK, cycling isn’t running, unless its a multisport event and there are plenty of Carnethy members who take part in triathlons and duathlons, on and off road. But as you can imagine, many Carnethys cycle, indeed some through choice and sometimes injury are probably more cyclist than runner.