Junior runs take place on Saturdays from 10-11am, usually somewhere around Holyrood Park. It’s suitable for all ages, but is more for fun than tough training! We aim to get out most weeks, but life sometimes gets in the way. We will send an email out to confirm.
Contact – Mary and Matt – firstname.lastname@example.org (check your spam folder for the auto-reply!)
View the archive page of exploits here. More recent ones below.
• Best Junior Racer: most races completed
• Junior Club Champion: based on a selection of junior races, scoring 8 points as first Carnethy home, 5 points for 2nd, 3 points for 3rd, 2 points for 4th, 1 point for 5th and 1 point for 6th.
• Junior Mountain Marathoner
• Best Junior Contributor to the Club: such as supporting and/or marshaling at races, writing reports for the website/journal, helping with younger kids at the junior runs etc.
Please keep me posted on all your efforts – don’t be shy!
WINNERS FOR 2016:
Junior Mountain Marathoner
Euan Burns for completing the RAB mountain marathon (with his dad, Paul. No prize for Paul, sorry).
Junior Club Champion
Charlie Burnett for being fastest Carnethy in the Manor Water and Scald Law junior races.
Finlay Hartree For helping with the ALT C5, and encouraging many in his rugby club to come along.
Rosie, Ronnie and Solly Jones. Combined. For all the racing they’ve done this year.
Allermuir Junior Trophy
Charlie Burnett specifically beating his dad in the Caerketton Doonhiller. The AGM agree that this is probably the start of many wins against his dad, and also a sign of great things to come.
WINNERS FOR 2015
New year fun club race for juniors (and seniors)
The Junior/Senior relay is held in early January. See page here
Other races for juniors
The Scottish Hill Runners site has a lot of information for juniors including links to race calendars.
Quite a few Carnethy races have junior options too, including:
Scald Law Junior Race (at the Carnethy 5. Two options – race and fun run)
Alternative Carnethy 5 (includes all ages)
Manor Water (2 age options and fun run)
The ‘Run & Become’ Tinto Hill Race (two junior options – race and fun run)
The fun runs are suitable for tinies accompanied by adults
Half Conga- No takers
|Name||Time||Club||Change since 2015||Age|
|Charlie Burnett||7.50||Carnethy||First timer||14|
|James Burnett||8.44||Carnethy||63 seconds faster||10|
|Sam Kitchin||9.35||–||61 seconds faster||11|
|Bethan Kitchin||10.04||–||(Half Conga in 2015)||9|
A profoundly disappointing turn out. However, the four takers all showed talent and enthusiasm. It is reported that more than half the field in the Chapelgill race were over 50. We have to ask ourselves what could we be doing to encourage youngsters to enjoy the sport of hill running.
As usual, we are grateful to Edel, Val and Mark for vital help in course marking, marshalling, time keeping etc. Thanks also to Kate Kitchin (Muddy Patch Judge) and Neil Burnett (International Smile Judge).
Martin Hyman, the 83 year old disorganiser, would like to know whether folk think it is worth continuing to organise the race in future.
“Everyone’s youth is a dream, a form of chemical madness” wrote F. Scott Fitzgerald and on what was recognized as being some of the worst conditions ever in the 47 years of the Senior Race, 9 courageous youngsters set out in the same conditions on a reduced junior course (for safety reasons) due to the chemistry of the kids, the event, and the conditions and had a ball! All safely out and back, cold but satisfied.
Well done to all who competed and completed and to those who made it happen and who marshalled on the day in appalling conditions.
|1||Charlie Burnett||Carnethy HRC||16:00||1st overall plus 1st MU14|
|2||Struan Bennet||Fife AC||16:40||2nd overall plus 2nd MU14|
|3||Ritchie Gardner||Edinburgh 3Tri||17:22||3rd overall plus 3rd MU14|
|4||James Burnett||Carnethy HRC||19:03||4th overall plus 1st M8-11|
|5||Max Bloor||Interlopers OC||19:56||5th overall plus 1st MU18|
|6||Colin Riley||Haddington||20:45||6th overall plus 2nd M8-11|
|7||Ailsa Bennet||Fife AC||21:08||7th overall plus 1st FU14|
|8||Alistair Street||Nth Ayrshire||27:47||8th overall plus 3rd M8-11|
|9||Adele Street||Nth Ayrshire||27:47||9th overall plus 1st F8-11|
With the Burns Clan and the Hubert Gang away I was unsure how many people we would have for todays relay, I had an email telling me the Gardiners were coming so at least there would be one team.
The mild weather and lack of rain was a good start as Helen and I walked the course and put out the markers and as we got back to the Ranger Centre an enthusiastic Jenna arrived. The Gardiners followed then the Burnetts and the Joneses. so we had four teams and no difficult sorting out, Hooray. Unaccompanied adults Alan Hogg and Helen Wise were added to prop up the long legs of the McGowan and Jones teams and we were off.
James Burnett showed the benefit of Christmas Mudclaws to come back in first with Angus Gardiner 3 minutes behind, Jenna was 3rd and the Joneses brought up the rear.
Charlie Burnett was the first middle leg runner back closely followed by Ritchie Gardiner.
The long leg runners followed the same order with Neil ahead of Douglas.
With Burnetts all 1st and Gardiners all 2nd there was not any adding up required to sort out the winners
Well done to all the juniors and it is great to see the Middle leg being run by Juniors too, Well done Charlie, Ritchie and Ronnie.
Thanks to Nick MacDonald for being the race Marshal and pointing the juniors in the right direction.
|1||Team Burnett||Leg||Total Time|
|3||Call me Al|
|4||Keep up with the Joneses|
|Solly, Rosie and Matt Jones||24:08||Short|
|Mary and Ronnie Jones||45:59||Medium|
The weather was cloudy and sunny. First we ran along a pavement and through a park. Then we went into a freezing river except my sister Darcy who got carried by our mum. Then everybody got muddy because we went into a muddy bog but after that it was pavement for a bit. We ran up a grassy hill and back down to the finish line.
I loved the race even though it nearly killed me. But we all got prizes, so I am glad I did the race.
Euan Burns:12.24 (3rd)
Emily Burns: 19.30
Sophie Burns: 25.25
Darcy Burns: 27.10
|Kai Wheeler||7.44||– 77sec||Calderglen||9|
|Ronnie Jones||9.41||– 66||Carnethy||10|
|Solly Jones||10.43||– 437||Carnethy|
|Rosie Jones||12.25||+ 0.25||Carnethy||11|
All of the youngsters took part in a good spirit and with obvious enjoyment. The weather, which was far kinder than forecast, was a big help.
Three of the four runners who had competed last year were a lot faster. See minus sign in “change” column above.
Many thanks to Val for running the show and marshalling and Mark for marshalling and course clearing. Also to Andrea – International Smile and Muddy Patch Judge. Jane – finish recorder and Julia – helper.
Next Fun Runs in the series:-
Cockleroy Chaser (At Beecraigs Festive Handicap.) Monday, December 26th.
Congrie Conga (At Chapelgill Hill Race.) Saturday March 18th 2017.
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The aim was to get Archie under 23 minutes, but without my Garmin (which I’d left at the FRA Relays), pacing was a bit off-the-cuff, but we managed it, through some gentle cajoling and a carrot of £20 (the boy is a born capitalist). His time of 22.53 placed him 30th overall and 1st JM10. A really nice course with a couple of gentle climbs and a fast finish.
Results here: http://www.parkrun.org. uk/kirkcaldy/results/ latestresults/
|1||11||Charlie Burnett||Carnethy HRC||M14||00:54:55|
|1||1||Rosie Knox||Anster Haddies||F17||01:02:15|
Much to Dad’s delight, there was a pub ½ a kilometre from the camp! I’m not sure if the pub was prepared for an influx of sweaty runners all with plastic bags on their feet. We saw some little tables in the pub with ‘Reserved’ signs on them – I hope they weren’t for people looking for a quiet romantic meal!
The hardest part of the whole weekend was trying to sleep. The weather was really windy and rainy and I was worried the tent would fall down. It didn’t, and after an early breakfast of noodles and cup-a-soup, we were ‘running’ again at 7:30. The second day was a lot shorter than the first (15km vs 21km), with less climbing (600m vs 900m), and we were finished by 11:50 – finishing 13th in our class.
Overall, we really enjoyed the weekend, but I wouldn’t have said that at 2am on Sunday morning! We’ll try it (or the Saunders) again next year and try and finish up the finishing order.
The only other Carnethies we met were Alex McVey and John Ryan. They were lying 4th in the long score class at half way, but did even better on the Sunday to make it up to second place (only missing out on first by 14 points!). Well done.
This was Solly’s first attempt at the race, and he managed the 1.5km in good cheer (and plenty of congenital Lye flail) despite his trousers repeatedly falling down. Juice and chocolate after the race, plus cooing at the baby coos made for a great afternoon.
There’s been a long hiatus in Carnethy Junior runs due to Extremely Complex Technical Issues with my phone (I couldn’t transfer the photos onto my computer). However, I asked my Systems Administrator (Matt), and by deploying the latest technology (a USB cable), I am now back in the web report hot seat. You may breathe a collective sigh of relief, my pretties.
We’ve had a good turn out at Juniors most weeks for the last few months, and have enjoyed mostly decent weather.
It’s been blowy on Crow(y) Hill
We’ve crushed the Congrie Conga (belated thanks to Martin Hyman for being a superlatively awesome organiser).
We had an eggcellent Easter Hunt.
And we…ah…um…I’ve run out of lame puns. This is us on Arthur’s Seat.
This morning we had a pre-run excursion to the Secret Herb Garden with Al and his clan, where we were given a talk about wild plants that have medicinal properties. Did you know that plantain leaves can be used to soothe sore feet? And yarrow can help staunch wounds? Sadly we couldn’t stay for the nettle tea, as we had a rendezvous at Hillend for Juniors proper.
We blasted up Caerketton (no performance enhancing herbs were used) to play heathery tig. I amused myself with slow-mo-ing the tiggers. Please imagine your own David Attenborough commentaries.
So called because it doesn’t contain an actual Kilomathon! Just a half (13.1km), quarter (6.55km) and Junior (2.62km).
Archie (aged 9) placed 3rd male in the Junior event (and 4th overall) in 10 m 29s (sub 6.30 pace from the lad!) behind Gregor Collins (aged 11) of Gala Harriers in 9m 15s and Arran Robertson (aged 13) in 9m 23s. First female was Katie Johnson (aged 12) of Edinburgh AC/Team East Lothin in 9m 39s.
There were no doubt some Carnethies among the 2 senior events, but as no clubs were listed I’m not sure. Apologies. David Limmer of Portobello won the 13.1km in 44m 27s, and the 6.55km was won by Iain Craven in 26m 39s. https://www.kilomathon.com/results/
On the subject of juniors, in addition to the calendar of events within SHR for juniors (see http://www.scottishhillrunners.uk/Juniors.aspx), older juniors can also participate in the Scottish Athletics Junior Hill Running League for 2016 under categories of U20, U17 and U15.
The 8 counting races are:
26 Mar – Alex Brett Cioch Mor Junior, Dingwall
24 Apr – Lomonds Junior Races, Falkland
7 May – Ben Lomond Junior, Rowardennan
5 Jun – Saugh Hill, Girvan
5 Jun – Scolty, Banchory
25 Jun – Falkland Hill Race, Falkland
13 Aug – Cademuir Rollercoaster, Peebles
28 Aug – Aberfoyle (JHI Trials), Aberfoyle
You wait ages for a hill race and then three come along at once with the Scald Law Hill Race, Scald Law Fun Race and the Carnethy 5 all taking place on the same day and sharing part of the race route, facilities, marshals and equipment and the same level of enthusiasm and excitement in all three races.
Its a Carnethy showcase requiring a huge turnout of marshals but providing an occasion where the whole spectrum of runners take part. Despite blizzard conditions on the start line and white out conditions on the tops 12 juniors arrived on the start line with an amazing 8 of those runners being under 12.
Conditions led me to apply the foul weather route whereby all juniors run to the col between Carnethy and Scald Law then return rather than have the under 18s to under 14s run to Scald Law Summit which is actually higher than Carnethy.
Having delayed the start of the senior race to ensure that the last bus had arrived and all those competing in the senior race had made it to the start field, I started the junior races after the senior race to avoid any conflict on the initial ascent. Whilst adults shivered and shuddered in the driving cold and snow and no doubt berated me for the necessary late start, the juniors had snowball fights and built snowmen! Tough or what?
At 13 minutes past the hour Barry Craighead and I started the senior race and it was a seemingly long four minutes wait before we set off the juniors but the right decision as the way the juniors tore off across the bog they would have easily caught the senior tail enders before Charlie’s Loup and the first ascent.
Visibilty was so poor that beyond the Loup all competitors disappeared in the the wall of white and so it wasn’t until the first junior appeared zig-zagging through the gorse on the approach to the bog that the start/finish marshals felt more relaxed. Someone once said that “youth is the pollen which blows through the sky and doesn’t ask why” and they certainly blew through the extreme wind and weather and our partially reduced course and none of them seemed to ask why, it was more why not? First over the line a joyous Joshua some 10 seconds under 14 minutes and first female an annointed Anna only 8 minutes later. With the whole junior field back in around 26 minutes the finish team were greatly impressed. Tremendous running in challenging conditions but everyone of the juniors rose to the challenge… And enjoyed it.
So the results thing…
The main result is that 12 youths dared to turn up and run and revelled in it.
In finishing order they were:
|12||Kai||Wheeler||Calder Glen Harriers||26:22||MU12|
The weather at 10 am , as Nick Mac and I walked up the hill, was not too bad. The odd bit sleety snow, but not much wind. We put out the markers and wandered back to the Ranger Station. Mary and Matt arrived and Matt was put in charge of the teams.
We had 5 teams in the end, and here they are in finish order with total times – leg details below:
1 “The Burnettes”, with James, Charlie and Neil 1:18:19
2 “The Best”, with Andrew Nash, Graham Nash, and Digby and Keith Burns 1:29:35
3 “The Tie Fighters” with Ronnie Jones, Ina Donat and Gordon Cameron 1:37:24
4 “The Burns Unit”, with Emily, Euan and Paul 1:39:42
5 “No Passport Required” with Solly Jones(plus Matt), Kirsty Cameron and Mary Lye 1:45:31
We wandered up to the start and as it was rather cold everone set off fairly quickly. Nick was rushing to try to get to his, Point The Kids The Right Way Back, position.
Then there was Manus, who arrived late and tried to catch up with Mum in hot pursuit.
Andrew ran well to be first back in 15:57, with James a minute behind in 16:56, Ronnie was third in 22:10, Solly was 24:42 and Emily came in at 26:05. Well done to all the kids. The weather had deteriorated somewhat so the kids evacuated back to the ranger cantre.
Charlie was first back on the medium leg in 27:39, with Graham second in 30:54 and Euan third in 32:23 (he took a circuitous route to the biscuit van). Ina and Kirsty came in close together in 35 minutes.
Neil was first of the long leggers back in 33:44 to give his team the win. Gordon was second in 40:14 with Digby next in 40:19. Paul was fourth in 41:14 then Mark and Keith last in 45:49.
We were all a little warmer by the time we held the prize giving where juice, sweets and flashing bouncy balls were handed out along with the precious cups to the winning team.
Well done to all that took part and coped with the challenging conditions. Special thanks to all the child free adults that gave up their time.
There was an age spread of 65 years between the youngest and the oldest. That is what the Junior Senior Relay is all about.
Well I didn’t think the weather would be as bad as last year but by the time the ‘long leg’ runners got to the top of Turnhouse the wind was so strong it made forward progress quite difficult, with the added pain of gale force snow flakes in the eyes. The junior (Andrew Nash) in our team was faster than all of us (Graham having done 30miles yesterday) and dived off at the first leg turn having failed to drag any of us up the hill (protest from Keith). Paul of the “Burns Unit” skipped gamely past after the top and promptly set off the wrong way from the col, dropping down too far, which pleased me enormously as I contoured round on the high path. Gordon half followed Paul so I gained time as the wind blew us back to the finish.
However the ground underfoot made up for the lack of rain, as apart from the river crossing at the start (n.b. do not take part if you are not a proficient swimmer), the majority of both ascent and descent could be accurately described as a ‘mudslide’.
After that it was a short tarmac slope down to the finish line outside the Broughton village hall. Euan managed to scare the spectators with his unnoticed nosebleed looking like an extra from a Hannibal Lecter film. Inside we were greeted very warmly with soup and tea and biscuits, and of course prizes! All the juniors racing received posh notebooks and pencils, as well as chocolate and a couple of bottles of Broughton’s Greenmantle Ale!.
I must say, my dad was particularly pleased about the last part We told him next time he has to run faster to get any himself!
When dulled and jaded by the excesses of Christmas Day, what better way to enliven the soul than a bracing jaunt up a hill? Well that’s what I thought, although the Jones youngers begged to differ as they fell asleep and/or felt sick on the way to Beecraigs Country Park for the Cockleroy Chaser. Organised by the inimitable Martin Hyman, this fun run is a brisk 1km dash, firstly through woodland, then up to the Bronze age hill fort at the summit of Cockleroy Hill. And obviously back down again for juice and sweeties (and extras for muddy patches). Matt and I were too lazy/disorganised to sign up to the concurrent Festive Handicap, but it looked ace. Maybe next year!
The going was very wet and slippery but mercifully the forecast gales and torrential rain stayed away and we were very impressed to see everyone running well and finishing with a smile.
Archie Lynch finished first once more, but was not quite as fast as last year. Some others who had run before made big improvements, notably Ronnie Jones and James Burnett who were 2 minutes and 43 seconds faster and James was 1 minute and 39 seconds faster .
Many thanks to Val and Mark for marshalling. Also to Angela & Elaine, International Smile and Muddy Patch Judges.
Edel was my carer, course marker and recorder, assisted by Aiden.
Next Fun Runs in the series:-
Cockleroy Chaser (At Beecraigs Festive Handicap.) Thursday, December 26th.
Congrie Conga (At Chapelgill Hill Race.) Saturday March 19th 2016.
Ben Lomond Fun Run (At Ben Lomond Races) Saturday May 7th 2016 (t.b.c.).
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|Archie Lynch||8.26||+ 0.17||Carnethy||9|
|James Burnett||9.01||– 1.39||Carnethy||8|
|Adele Street||9.58||–||North Ayrshire||9|
|Ronnie Jones||10.47||– 2.43||Carnethy||9|
|Rosie Jones||12.00||+ 0.06||Carnethy||10|
|Solomon Jones||19.00||+ 4.41||Carnethy||6|
Archie limbered up for his defence of the Tinto Tiptoe by setting a new PB of 24.29 for the Cramond Parkrun 5K. He moves up a few places in the Carnethy pecking order in the process. See here: http://www.parkrun.org.uk/edinburgh/results/clubhistory/?clubNum=2228
He currently sits above old dad ‘Michael Lynch’ who set a frankly abysmal 28.00 post-knee surgery in 2010, but new dad ‘Mike Lynch’ has improved on that somewhat. New member Jonny Muir set a new PB last weekend of 17.02, to move into 5th place, with Mark Johnston still leading way on a very swift 16.05, which he set in 2010.