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With Carnethy Burns Night one week late
I thought that on our Bards true Date
A bit of haggis should be ate
So on that night on top of Braids
With plastic spoons, our eating aids
It was still warm and tasted great
And one week Later we had the real event so with the Selkirk Grace (Shane Bouchier), My self doing The Haggis, Helen Wise with a fabulous Immortal Memory, Mike Lynch toasting "The Lassies", Jasmin doing "The Reply" and a lot of Carnethy talent on show, we all had a great night. The tale of Violins from Bill Gauld was a highlight. thanks to Lisa for pullling it all together and to the Burnett's for Hosting.
Well, that event of the hill running year swung round again – the Carnethy Christmas Party and awards ceremony. Hostess for the evening, Lisa Boyd, put on a great evening, with a run to start, a bar to retire to after a shower, and finally some food to keep the hungry crowd at bay. Also, thanks to Willie Gibson, for presenting the trophies, and for not trying to kiss any of the winners.
So, to the awards themselves...
The first set of trophies went to the juniors. Last year we upped our number of junior trophies in a bid to ensure that they were well rewarded for their year of effort. A reminder that the trophies were all based on reports sent to the site, so….make sure you keep sending in reports!
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.
The senior trophies were mainly voted for at the AGM. The exceptions are the Club Championship (earned), the Handicap Trophy (earned/swindled), The Radical Runner Trophy (Secretary's choice, and very much earned), and the Wooden Spoon Trophy (definitely earned!). It’s been a great year with some outstanding successes, so it even being nominated should be considered a great success! Well, unless somebody suggested “Jim Hardie”, as that was clearly out of pity, and that pity didn’t actually extend to voting for him. Anyway…
Burns Scott Trophy
Margaret Forrest – for her fantastic editing of the Carnethy Journal!
Scald Law Trophy
Jasmin Paris - For being Jasmin, mainly. Secondly, for running the Bob Graham, Ramsay and Paddy Buckley rounds, setting records as she goes. Also, UTMB. And baking cakes.
JBF Trophy for Best Overseas Performance
The “Petite Trotte à Léon” team of Olly Stephenson, Jason Hubert and Graham Nash -
For running the Petite Trotte à Léon race. Additionally overcoming problems such as: breaking their spine (Olly), falling off a mountain beforehand (Jason) and being very hairy (Graham).
Carnethy Radical Runner Trophy
Special mention to Olly Stephenson for recovering from a broken back to run the PTL (only 9 weeks to recover!).
Special mention to Graham Nash for his winter(y) Ramsay, PTL and various other achievements such as 7 Hills and Beers record.
Special mention to Jasmin for her numerous runs, records, and races over the past year.
The winner this year, I think defines the award itself. He didn’t challenge a race, he didn’t challenge a defined route, he done something different - he devised his own round. He plotted a running route round the top ten highest mountains in the UK, planned with very little support, he set himself a challenge a completed it with great success over several days. Yes, RUNNING, the whole way!
So, the winner is obviously
(many thanks to Phil Young for organising the Handicaps this year!)
The Wooden Spoon Trophy
Konrad Rawlik – Well…I’m not here to spread tittle-tattle, if you want to know why somebody got the Wooden Spoon award, you’ll just have to turn up at the next Carnethy Christmas Party!
Many thanks to Bob Waterhouse for collating all the stories of mishaps and misadventures and presenting them to the crowd!
I think I've used as much bold and italic formatting I can find, so I'll stop typing now. Merry Christmas!!
At the Christmas party our President-elect once again set out how he intends to make Carnethy great again, to whoops and hollers from the gathered crowd. The wall around Hunter's Bog will go ahead, although it may be a fence for some sections. There will also be a "complete shutdown of runners joining Carnethy from other clubs until our club's representatives can figure out what the hell is going on".
Over on the other side of the room there were still discussions about Carnexit, and what that means other than Carnexit. Jasmin is pushing for a Hard Carnexit, but has concerns Konrad may only be able to deliver a Soft Carnexit. She went on to say that the club wants a "red and yellow Carnexit". Whatever all of it means, I for one am looking forward to the extra 350 beers a week that are going to be delivered to training sessions!
Thanks to Lisa for organising an excellent party at the new venue - Boroughmuir Rugby Club - with great food and bar.
Until the full report comes out try your hand at one of the competitions - The Alternative Alternative Carnethy 5, or How Well do you Know Your Pentlands?
6 hills (well it's alternative, and nothing to do with the AltC5) with all names expunged. Answers on the Christmas Party page. It was won last night by Dorothy Elliott, just pipping Andy Spenceley after 2 tie break questions.
The other competition was Guess the Feet of the Committee - you are probably glad that I don't have the photographs.
On Wednesday night a merry band of Carnethys gathered at the Burnett residence to celebrate Burns Night. The food was excellent with massive vats of neeps, tatties and haggis (both meaty and veggie) and heaps of homemade puddings. The traditional Burns supper speeches (given by Al, Gordon, Mark, Iain and Nikki [I know I am forgetting someone in here and I apologize]) were all present and accounted for. Unfortunately as a Canadian attending his first Burns supper I can't recall exactly what they called but they were all very well done. After the official proceedings were done various people presented music: flute by Margaret and glockenspiel by Mike, songs: by Moira, Gio, Moira and Willie, and poetry: by Alistair, Hilary, Willie and Me. And finally the group song: adapted by Nick and accompanied on guitar by Mike [apologies for any missed or incorrect names]. All of it organized by Lisa and Euan [at least he looked like he was helping]. I'll re-iterate what Lisa said in her email about the night: "The puddings were plentiful, thanks to the Burnetts for letting us take over their home for the night and MASSIVE thankyou to ALL those who stuck their necks out and performed. We are a very lucky (and unbelieveably talented!) bunch."
Congratulations to Euan and Lisa Boyd
On 19th September a group of Friends and Relatives of Euan Boyd and Lisa Gamble gathered in front of the Jura Hotel to watch them tie the knot.
The day before the bride and groom (to be) set off with a group of pals to run the Paps by the SIPR route. On a glorious day with fantastic views we trudged, ran and toiled to the last Pap where we had a bottle of Fizz before descending to the Three Arch Bridge. A truly memorable day which ended greeting the latest Carnethy arrivals off the ferry in the bar at the hotel in the evening.
The next morning there were multiple tours of the distillery before we all got our glad rags on and sat in the marque to watch the wedding with the backdrop of Craighouse Bay. After drinks on the lawn there was a wedding meal in the village hall and then a wild and wonderful Ceilidh.
In the alcohol haze of the next morning there were multiple meetings for coffee and chat about the fun of the previous night.
After some other outings on tandems or the Jura Bus we all headed home to reality. The trip on the ribs back to Tayvallich was great fun with the boats bounding over each others wakes and Moira, Lauren and Rachel getting a good soaking.
What a great wedding.
Burns night? Another cracker! The Burnett family kindly offered to host this year, at their lovely home down near Bennetts Bar (all my directions and geography relate to pubs, I’m afraid). It was 6:45 when I arrived, and some were already in a local tavern drinking some dutch courage as I unloaded the last of the goodies from the car. By 7pm the house was still quiet, but outside the streets of Morningside were awash with Carnethies, trying to find Neil’s house with a pudding in one hand, a carry out under their arm, and trying to load google maps on their phone. Bill Gauld was the first to arrive – proper old school: on time and without the need for internet. Good man! 15 minutes later we were all inside, the house warming nicely, puddings aplenty, jackets hanging from every corner, cycles stashed in the garage, drinks being poured and a mild panic setting amongst the speakers for the evening. But first the food!
Arriving bang on time, Zea provided the main meal for the evening. Our MC, Gordon, took to the stage to introduce Willie, who performed the Addressing of the Haggis. I’ve never understood it myself, it sounds a little like Klingon to me, but kudos to the president for performing with flair and without the need for written notes! Britton then said the Selkirk Grace, again without notes (!), and we all sat down for dinner. Puddings were supplied by the great cooks of Carnethy: Cheesecakes, trifles, brownies, eton mess, pineapple upside down cake, chocolate cake... the list goes on, and it was all gobbled up. Special mention of Shane’s crème brulee, it’s rare that I need to ask the host if he has a blowtorch!
Subdued with food, the Carnethy crowd slumped into their seats for the entertainment for the evening. However, despite sending an email round looking for volunteers to toast the lassies, there was no response! It seems the Carnethy Men were struck with stage fright, unwilling or unable to rise to the occasion, so the task fell on poor Fiona to take matters into her own hands. No loss though, she toasted the lassies with good grace (insider knowledge perhaps?), and was even kind to those fellas who she replaced. Cat responded in kind, toasting the laddies, even though they clearly don’t deserve it, with fun and good humour. Jamie Thin gave a great Immortal Memory, specifically referring to the conditions of the time and the toil that Burns endured, reminding us all how easy we have it today.
Thankfully, we’re not short of talented people in Carnethy, and the music flowed from then on. Richard and Margaret led with flute and guitar, Mark James sang, as did Moira and also Gio. Willie took to the stage to accompany Moira for a song. Jane and Mike gave us some great tunes on the guitar and mandolin, and I believe Sinead Thin sang Caledonia. All impressive stuff! For a finale we played an original composition by Nick McDonald, called Carnethy Desire, with Jane on mandolin, Mike on the chanter and guitar, and Cat on the ukulele. Apologies if I have missed any acts! Unfortunately I missed many acts as I was in the kitchen sorting the dishes and drinking whisky, with little and great success respectively. Once the last song was sung, we all thanked the performers and pudding makers, and then we all drifted off into the night.
Some made it to Bennetts for a night cap... and less remember making it to Bennetts for a night cap. Oh dear.
Many thanks to the host, the MC, the gracer, the addresser, the pudding makers, the toaster, the replier, the memory man, the singers, the players, and to all the music makers. And a special thanks to the attendees! Cheers!
I’m not sure it’s my place to write a ’news’ item from last Thurs since I was one the speakers (!), but the good news is we raised £207 for http://www.shelterbox.org/, the charity nominated by the main speaker James Hall. Thanks to all the speakers and everyone that turned up for a fun and inspiring night, and hope to see you all for the next one on Feb 10th.
Charlie Ramsay Round Film at KB (Pi in the Sky) Wednesday 30th April @ 8.45pm
Charlie has managed to get access to the Canadian film (programme 3 of season 2 of the Boundless TV series) that was made last year about the 2 Canadian ultra athletes, Simon Donato and Paul "Turbo" Trebilcock, who attempted Ramsay's Round. The film is 45 minutes and I have booked the Pi in the Sky room for next Wednesday (30th April) for an exclusive, one off screening opportunity. We will kick off at 8.45pm straight after the usual training run with an intro from Charlie Ramsay and then a showing of the film.
This film has only just been shown in Canada and there are no plans for it be shown in UK/Europe due to broadcast rights etc. This is a one off opportunity to see. Free event, friends/non members welcome. Bar will be open at KB.
Sneak preview here.
How did they get on? You'll need to come to KB next Wednesday to find out...
Secretary, Carnethy HRC
A wonderful of evening of Burns, beer, haggis, music, poems and pudding! I’m always astounded by the depth of talents that our members have, and last night was a fine showcase of their gifts. From music to cooking, through drinking and eating, it seems we have quite a skilled membership!
Some introductory music from Richard and Margaret kicked-off the night, and then our Master Of Ceremonies, Gordon, led us through the rest of the evening. Matt Jones piped-in the haggis for the address. I’ve always felt that the haggis has been sold-short with just one address, but thankfully Jane Robertson added a west-coast address, and then Willie followed with the classic address. Cat pitched-in with the Selkirk Grace and then we got stuck into the food! Haggis (meat and veggy) was in abundance, we had enough haggis, neeps and tatties for second helpings. Kindly pudding makers made the dessert, and what a selection we had!
Shane started the speeches with an excellent Immortal Memory, featuring a pop quiz at the end. Matt Davis toasted the lassies, with a theme likening Rabbie Burns to AC/DC, specifically where their interests cross – women! Lisa Gamble then replied to the toast, with a list of all the qualities shown by Carnethy men (the list wasn’t as damning as I initially thought, she’s obviously a new member).
Music followed, with Nigel Rose, Bill Gauld and Paul Ritchie. Graham Nash delivered a Burns poem, with actions, light kissing, moderate touching and…em…props! Andy Barnes was forced to follow, being told he had to deliver a poem for asking to come along to the supper 25mins before the start. Back to the music, an up and coming band called The New Sneakers (Bob and Fiona Mc). Jane and Mike played guitar and mandolin. Then the headline band, Fleetfoot Mac, sang us out with a couple of home-brewed, sing-along songs. Unfortunately, the band have split due to artistic differences, so look out for solo albums from Mary, Nick, Cat, Jane, Mike, and….cough…the rogue mandolin mime, Jim.
Many thanks to Nigel and Rachel for hosting! Thanks to everyone that came along and made it such a great night!