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
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.
Bit chilly today, so we sought relative shelter in the bowl of the Dry Dam. It made for an excellent roller-coastery tussock tig arena, and provided a good long uphill handicap route (see pic). We will be revisiting this excellent venue.
An abbreviated Juniors yesterday saw the Lynch-Burnett collective do some timed hill runs on frosty East and west Craiglockhart hills, with the finale being the ceremonial burying of a Carnethy mug for future juniors to find. Coordinates in the album!
Here’s where we ran: https://www.strava.com/activities/242192920
Full album here: https://plus.google.com/photos/103192130211278661786/albums/6105305266501195025
West Craiglockhart, tree to trip point
Charlie 2mins 17s, Anna 2mins 35s, James 2mins 45s, Archie 2mins 46s
East Craiglockhart, bottom of steps to bench
Charlie 3mins 20s, Anna 3mins 56s, James 4mins 02s, Archie 4mins 05s
|Position||Short||Short||Short Time||Medium||Medium Time||Long||Long Time||Total Time|
|1||Anna Burnett||James Burnett||00:20:41||Charlie Burnett||00:31:34||Neil Burnett||00:36:35||01:28:50|
|2||Isobel Hubert||Jason Hubert||00:26:13||Alan Hogg||00:37:21||Andy Spenceley||00:39:30||01:43:04|
|3||Ronnie Jones||00:26:27||Helen Wise||00:34:12||Digby Maass||00:43:51||01:44:30|
|4||Rosie Jones||:1:14||Fred Yong||00:44:13||Joel Sylvester||00:40:52||01:53:19|
|5||Sam Hubert||Madeline Hubert||00:21:12||Karen Meikle||00:21:12||Mark Hartree||00:50:51||01:33:15|
|5||Solomon Jones||Amy Sylvester||:1:52||Jonathan Hogg||00:39:40||Matt Jones||00:43:40||01:57:12|
|6||Jonnie Dunn||Pauline||00:12:28||Archie Lynch and Michael W||00:14:55||Nicky Dunn||00:50:53||01:18:16|
|7||Sophie Burns||00:30:35||Holly Burns||00:41:20||Paul Burns||n/a||n/a|
|8||Jenna McGowan||00:32:40||Al McGowan||n/a||Mike Lynch||00:40:52||n/a|
With the weather forecast from hell on Friday night, I was a little worried. It didn’t improve so as sleety snow was falling in Roslin at 10:15 Helen, Nick and I left for Flotty. We were first there and sat in the car wondering if any one would turn up. By this time the hint of snow had changed into heavy rain. But Carnethies are a hardy lot and as cars and kids appeared in their droves Mary took control(?) of the clip board and started trying to sort out the teams.
Luckily the Ranger Centre was open and we moved inside. After 15 minutes or so most people seemed to know what team they were in so we all headed for the hill.
The group were getting seriously chilled as I shouted them off. As they climbed the hill the start marshals were freezing so I got the Carnethy bivvy out. Kirsti and Mary became a 2 headed alien blancmange (3 minutes into the Youtube clip).
I headed up the hill to see the first ones coming back, as I climbed a few of the wee ones were being brought back, cold but still happy. Having given it a go it was just too bad.
Four Juniors managed the whole course (three teams) but all of them beat the weather. Some of the medium runners had a hard job finding the biscuit van but well done to all braving the cutting wind on the col.
The longer runners don’t all seem to have done the full course either, but having crawled over the summit in the wind, well done to all of them.
Team Burnett won the race, the other positions are a bit arbitrary but I put the teams that did most of the route higher in the order.
Thanks to all the helpers and marshals (Moira, Cali, Bob, Nick, Gilly, Kirsti and Mary); I hope I remembered them all. Also thanks to those that turned up without children to support the event. Thanks to Big Al for sweeping the medium course and bringing the bivvy bag.
The prize giving back at the ranger centre showed the ability of children to make sweets disappear! Congratulations to all that took part, it was a hard day on the hill. I reckon that experiencing these conditions in a controlled environment is a really good lesson for when you might be caught out in bad weather on the hill.
Carnethy Kids are tough!
Here are a few quotes
Sam (aged 5) says: “It was really, really good. The best bit was starting the race. I want to do it again next year because I will be faster and will do the full circuit”.
Bel (aged 8) says: ” it was FUN, and the best bit was finishing!”.
Madeleine (aged 10) says: “It was cold and wet but FUN!”.
Jonny “it was good fun because it was really funny to get wet but the negative was too much ice”.
Archie “it was reallly really fun but soooo cold , really really cold. (watch the video on the Carnethy facebook group page)
A gloriously sunny afternoon on Arthur’s Seat, marred only by me kicking Rosie in the head during a tussock tig tussle. Lovely to have Jenna and Al’s running company and fossil expertise!
A small contingent of Carnethies at the New Years Day Triathlon. This event has been running for about 25 years, with a hiatus a few years ago for the refurbishment of the Commonwealth Pool. It’s a popular event, often one of the biggest triathlons in Scotland of the year with 400+ starters, and usually for about a third of competitors it’s their first triathlon. I think it was Mike Lynch’s second. I’ve done more triathlons than hill races, but I’d not competed in the NYD Tri since 2005. The race is a 400m swim in the Commie, followed by three laps of Arthur’s Seat on bike, then a final (on road) lap on foot.
As anyone who was about on the 1st will have noticed, the weather was less than ideal. But that’s part of the challenge of doing an event invented in sunny California in the middle of a Scottish winter. Fortunately the temperature was fairly mild, but the strong winds caused lots of problems on the bike where staying upright had to take priority over putting the hammer down. It was really very wet.
Mike finished in 1:21:23. I finished in 1:26:07, only about 4 minutes slower than ten years ago which I think is good going. Mike would make a pretty good triathlete if he could learn to swim and sorted his transitions out. He certainly is overachieving at getting his excuses in early. Mr “I’ve got a calf problem” Lynch still smoked me on the run and I’ve got no injuries at all at the moment! Mind you (and I’ll get this in before the Presidential Ego demands it) one Willie Gibson did a 1:14 back in 2001. I think that was a shorter course.
Meanwhile, Charlie and Anna Burnett were performing well in the kids bike/run duathlon with Charlie getting 3rd place. Neil and kids did a great job of cheering me on as a waited for my start. Seona Burnett finished the triathlon in 1:28:16 for Pentland Triathletes.
A quiet junior run today, possibly due to our late notification of the temporary change of day. Apologies for that! Lacking both company and a plan, we footled around St Anthony’s chapel, the shady dry dam, and over to the little crags above hunters bog, before finally coming to rest at haggis knowe. We rested lizard-like on the rocks there for a while, before heading to the Commie pool for a swim. Back again on the 6th December.