Junior/Senior relay – a club race for juniors (and seniors!)
The Junior/Senior relay is held in early January – for older race reports see the Reports page
Next race 8th January 11am at the Ranger Centre, Flotterstone
Races since 2014
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 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.
|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 great turnout for todays relay with lots of smiley faces throughout.
A fast run by Charlie Burnett (Junior Record), helped his team to a comfortable win. The Dunn/Nash team had a good run to finish second and Team Hartree were third, with Finlay the fastest Junior on the medium leg.
Thanks to Nick Macdonald for Marshaling on the hill
|Posn||Short Leg||Medium Leg||Long Leg||Total|
|1||Charlie Burnett||13:17||Neil Burnett||24:46||Joel Sylvester||29:42||67:45|
|19:04||Nicola Dunn||28:50||Graham Nash||30:35||78:32|
|3||Lauryn Hartree||18:42||Finlay Hartree (J)||29:06||Mark Hartree||33:32||81;20|
|4||Rosie Jones||20:21||Ellie Young (J)||32:09||Phil Young||33:50||86:20|
|26:30||Neil Campbell||33:23||Matt Jones||33:59||93:52|
|7||Jenna McGowan||24:20||Michael Wilkinson||33:59||Al McGowan||40:55||99:34|