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
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.
I was sweeping at the back of the fun run with the youngest ones, but was really impressed with the effort all the juniors were putting in. Ronnie and Rachel came flying past with Emily hot on their tails, while Solly and Sophie were pushing their way up to the stile (quite a long way for little legs!). Ewan and Andrew must have had an exciting finish in the “middle” juniors race as they switched positions during the final stretch, coming in within seconds of each other. Thanks to Chris for organising, and for the plentiful stash of chocolate buttons.
At the start of the race when we set off I felt the warmth of the people around me because I was in the middle of the crowd. It was pretty funny when we were in the middle of the two gates. It ponged so much. It was tuff when we were on the very steep bit. It was very fun up hill and down hill.
At the start I thought it was the senior race, then I asked my mum if I was getting set off. My mum said yes. I got ready to start my watch Ready Steady GO! The race started. Seniors and juniors were overtaking me on the way up. The bit before the road was the worst part for me. The best bit was the downhill (not the bit after the road).on the way down I was neck and neck with Rachel we overtook a lot of people. The end it was slightly me then slightly her then slightly me then slightly her then just before the finish line I just very slightly overtook her and FINISH!
|2||12||Liam Clark||Aberdeen AAC||M15||00:24:08|
|3||11||Andrew Nash||Carnethy HRC||M12||00:29:14|
|4||14||Ewan Burns||Carnethy HRC||M14||00:29:19|
|1||20||Rory Heppenstall||Fettes C||M17||00:45:27|
|2||11||Callum Campbell||Corstorphine RC||M16||00:48:38|
|3||16||Marcel Lasnet||Fettes C||M17||00:50:10|
|4||12||Felix Kehral||Fettes C||M16||00:55:53|
|5||18||Scott Noblett||Fettes C||M17||00:57:14|
|6||19||Evelyn Watson||Fettes C||F17||00:57:50|
|7||13||Grigorii Timofeev||Fettes C||M17||01:00:36|
|8||17||Stuart Milne||Fettes C||M17||01:01:30|
|9||15||Emily Cheadle||Fettes C||F16||01:01:36|
|DNF||1||Ema Kosova||Fettes C||F16|
|DNF||14||Victoria Fraser-Leonhardt||Fettes C||F16|
The small but mighty juniors powered their way up to the top of Arthur’s Seat, and back down to hang around on Dunsapie Hill for the demolition of Cockenzie Power Station. Now you see the chimneys, now you don’t… Hey Gordon, you’re looking the wrong way!
The Cademuir rollercoaster junior race was a 3km race with 140 m climbing and took about 20 minutes. I was almost too late to compete in it as we only got to the start line about two minutes before the race started. There were not many racers, however the majority of the children there were from Moorfoot. The race was not in fact was not too difficult, but it was very boggy as there had been rain in the morning. In the end, I came last, but it was still a good race, as I got a good time for it. Results here
|3||73||Euan Hughes||Calderdale Valley||B10||12.31|
I went to the Lochcarron Highland Games and I ran in the 100 metres boys and the 600 metres boys. First was the 100 metres, ready steady GO, we where off it was a short race and I won it. I got a slip and I had to go to a tent and collect a Gold Medal and £7. Next was the 600, we got called up at 1:30 and got ready to go, we lined up on the start line for 3 laps around the 200 metre track. There was only 1 other person in my race. 3,2,1 Go, me and the other boy where neck and neck for the whole race until the end. In the last 30 meters I sprinted and just won the boys 600 metres. I got a token and, the prize was another medal and £7.
Andrew Nash, Age 11
We had booked a week’s holiday at a cottage on the Attadale Estate, and as luck would have it the Lochcarron Highland Games were on the Saturday, almost in our back garden. As Highland Games go, Lochcarron is relatively young, 2015 being the 37th year. The Macpherson family, who own Attadale Estate, host the events in their grounds. Entry to the games includes free entry to the spectacular Attadale Gardens – well worth a visit if in the area.
The Friday night was a stormy one with gale force winds and heavy rain, which didn’t seem to let up on the Saturday. The Games, however, still went ahead, although the field was a quagmire at the end of the day.
The games are small and friendly, and include the usual heavy events, track events, highland dancing, pipe band and an assortment of stalls plus the food tent and beer tent (standing room only).
The Hill Race was limited to 60 on safety grounds – and was split into Open, Veteran, Ladies and Juniors with cash prizes for each category, although we all started at the same time. There were a few club vests from Westies, Highland Runners and Skye/Lochalsh plus a half naked, bare footed competitor from The Shire.
The start was fast and furious on the grass running track, and I soon ended up mid field, however once we were on the track section I found myself in third place. The hill climb was sodden and heavy going and the descent slippery. I was caught at the foot of the hill, but soon regained my place on the track back to the field with huge applause from the waiting crowd. Third overall and second in my veteran category.
A fun day out.
Results here: http://www.lochcarrongames.org.uk/2015-hill-race/
I ran the Lomonds Junior Hill Race on the 26 of April. The route was up East Lomond Hill. We set off through the heather and up onto the hill path. Then when we hit the fence we went down along until we met another path and then up the extremely steep path to the top of the hill. It was then back down the main path to the finish. I finished 2nd out of 13 in the U 13 category.
We went to Fife on Saturday. Emily was very excited as she thought the race was named after her! The weather was really warm and sunny and I regretted wearing my tracksters. The race started in a field near some noisy cows, and was flat, although very lumpy, before heading up hill. I got a stitch on the way down, but still managed to overtake some people to finish 5th. At the finish, we got some sweets and very welcome juice. Sophie and Emily really enjoyed it. Darcy was last, but that’s OK because she’s only 3.
The Burns juniors joined us for some speedy games around the lower nooks and crannies of Arthur’s Seat, during a lucky window of sunshine on an otherwise rather wet and blowy Saturday morning. It was lovely to see and smell gorse blooms. Spring really is here!
Couldn’t have been better conditions for a truly fun run before the not-so-fun Chapelgill Hill Race. James Burnett and the Joneses made up a large part of the field, and ate a correspondingly large part of the sweeties.
It was very sunny and I loved it. I think it’s the best race I’ve had this year. I decided that I wouldn’t do the full Conga because I was very sleepy. I had been sleeping in the car. Martin said that it is a fun race and we have to smile at the end and I had a very cheesy grin when I finished.
i loved the race even tho i was second last place i still enjoyed it.i usually do the half conga but this time i did the full congrie conga.I was pretty slow going up hill but i ‘m VERY fast down hill.
A stellar Saturday after a cosmic Friday, saw the Lye/Joneses limbering up by St Margaret’s Loch at the earlier-than-usual time of 11am (to allow for the afternoon’s fun run at Chapelgill). We kept it simple this week: running interspersed with Haribo Giant Strawbs (vegetarian! <joy>). Our very enjoyable route incorporated flat running, a good scrambling section, and lovely smooth downhill sections.
We’d like to make junior runs weekly, and reschedule them for 10am on Saturdays. Please email Mary at joneslye @ gmail.com if you have any objections/suggestions/thoughts about this. Thanks!
We received the following message from Pentland Triathletes, and thought it might be of interest:
Kids Splash and Dash
Pentland Triathletes invite you to join us for our Youth Aquathlon on Sunday 7th of June at Forrester High School in Edinburgh. This fun swim-run event is suitable for both experienced junior triathletes or those just wanting to try out a multi sport event for the first time. The event, which is part of Triathlon Scotland’s Legends Ranking Series, is for children aged 8 to 16 and all abilities are welcome. To find out more and to enter please visit www.entrycentral.com/PentlandTriKidsDuathlon.
I ran the Bishop Hill race on the 1st March. Everyone started at the same time. 1 2 3 and we were off. Sprinting the ditch and up onto the path. We ran along the flat for a wee while and then the up hill kicked in and we were all slowly making progress up the hill. The path went in a zig zag and then disappeared to a trod up the hill. We ran on until the gate where the juniors turned and I turned around and sprinted back down. We found the path and then cut off again and came down the near vertical trod. We then picked up the path, then through the ditch and across the line.
By Andrew age 11
[Senior race report here]
|Col Fun Run|
|1||Matthew Ross||Interlopers OC||11||119||17.44|
|2||Andrew Nash||Carnethy HRC||10||113||20.26|
|3||James Burnett||Carnethy HRC||8||121||19.50|
|4||Anna Burnett||Carnethy HRC||10||122||20.26|
|6||Kai Wheeler||Calder Glen||8||124||23.42|
|7||Rachael Nash||Carnethy HRC||9||114||25.04|
|8||Peigidh Lyons||Carnethy HRC||10||117||25.36|
|Caitidh Lyons||Carnethy HRC||11||DNF|
|Scald Law Race|
|1||Chris Richards||Helm Hill Runners||16||290||21.21|
|2||Elliott Matier||Carlisle Aspatria||15||292||22.03|
|3||Matthew Senior||Helm Hill Runners||17||291||22.31|
|4||Liam Clark||Aberdeen AAC||14||289||26.47|
|5||Euan Burns||Carnethy HRC||13||288||34.50|
We started in a field and a man in white trousers with a gun sent us off. When I went through the muddy bit I got very muddy. Then I reached the gate and people were saying well done and kept on running. We were soon running on the track up the hill. When I looked over my shoulder I could see the adults running up the hill and it looked like a rainbow. It got steeper and steeper and finally I got to the marshal and he/she turned me round. I ran back as fast as I could but when I got to the muddy bit the adults had made it even muddier. When I went though the finish line my brother was there to cheer me on. I think my place was either 5th or 6th. When we got back to the school my mum and dad had to help out at the kitchen so me and Andrew sat down quietly. Then finally it was prize giving and me and my brother both won a packet of HEROS.
By Rachael Nash age 9
We lined up on the start line and got ready to go. The starter fired his blank gun and we were off. We sprinted across the the bog and through the bracken and onto the gate. Then it was the heather and across a stream. The hill we ran up next was not easy at all. Then we had the final push up the hill to reach our turning point and we sprinted back down the hill skidding and sliding all the way. Through the heather and past the gate and through the field for the last time and across the line.
There were runners from all over the country and even England at the start of the race, and as then gun went off, around 10 runners sped off to the top of Scald Law.
The first 5 to 10 minutes of the path were very simple, and, except for a small bog at the start, were easy to traverse and cross. However, soon after, the climbs began, and they were extremely steep. Even the fun run to the col was a difficult climb. But after that, it got even worse, with a misty climb full of blind summits to the top. But once I turned around, it was a massive relief. The ground turned to a blur as I sped down the mountain, desperately trying to catch up with someone, anyone, trying not to be last, but to no avail, as the others had legs long enough to be my dad’s! I then realised, as Willie also said later, that the handicap for racing should perhaps not be based on age, but instead leg length!
But even after a last place finish, I felt proud that I had taken part, and completed the largest hill race in Scotland. The only other races I had competed in were the Tinto Hill race, and the Greenmantle dash, so this was a massive step up. However, it was still a happy ending, as I won the prize for under 14’s and for being last, so I was given a bum bag and a box of Heroes to ‘share’ with my family. Overall, it was a great race, and I would definitely recommend it to any aspiring or experienced hill runners, as it is a great run and good way to get involved with the many different races in Scotland.