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 – email@example.com (check your spam folder for the auto-reply!)
View the archive page of exploits here. More recent ones below.
Carnethy Races for juniors
The Junior/Senior fun relay is held in early January. See page here
Quite a few Carnethy races have junior options:
Scald Law Junior Race (at the Carnethy 5. Two options – race and fun run)
Alternative Carnethy 5 (includes all ages – juniors may need to be accompanied)
Manor Water (2 age options and fun run)
The ‘Run & Become’ Tinto Hill Race (two junior options – race and fun run)
- The Tinto fun run is not a Carnethy organised race, it is one of a series of junior fun runs aimed at under 12s organised by Martin Hyman
The Scottish Hill Runners site has a lot of information for juniors including links to race calendars.
• 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!
2017 – Allermuir Junior Trophy: Andrew Nash – for winning the Club Handicap Series and for completing the Alt C5 Series. See Trophy winners page
No other awards for 2017
WINNERS FOR 2016:
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:
Best Junior Racer:
Andrew Nash with 10 races under his belt
Junior Club Champion:
Euan Burns and Andrew Nash were joint champions with 24 points, based on the following races:
Caerketton Downhill, Carnethy 5 Scald Law / Col Fun Run, Chapelgill’s Congrie Conga and Half Conga, Junior Tinto Race and the Tinto Tiptoe, Lomonds of Fife Junior Races.
Junior Mountain Marathoner:
Euan Burns for completing the Edinamble and Saunders Mountain Marathons (with his Dad, Paul).
Junior Contributors to the Club
Ellie and Jonnie Dunn for supporting at races and excellent baking.
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.
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.