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  • Carnethy 5

    Last week four HHRs journeyed south to the Carnethy 5 hill race. Arriving at Beeslack high school we registered in the main hall and then stressed for a while wondering if we had the right kit but a trip outside to the great Pete Bland sports stall took care off this.

    Now that was sorted we all piled onto buses and were transported round to the start which is only about a ten minute journey.

    Trying to keep warm was now the main focus and when the race started everyone was glad to just be moving. Due to a high turnout off runners( 498 in total) the start was a real battle trying to get a good pace going but you soon hit the first climb and everyone soon spreads out well.To the top off the first hill there was no problem underfoot but heading over the second and third conditions became tricky. Alot of snow and slush being churned up by hundreds of pairs of mudclaws made it slow going at times. The long descent from the fourth hill was a case off finding a good trod out the snow, not easy butwe were soon down and ready for the long and unforgiving climb up to the final summit. This is where you find out if youve overcooked it early on and I felt ok but there was some pretty sore looking figures all around. After the welcome sight of the cairn its a brilliant descent off the hill then across a cracking bog which definitely claimed a few runners then thats you done.

    A great race but conditions were just against everyone.

    The race was fought extremely hard at the front and was won by Orlando Edwards in a time of 51.27, he was chased hard by the always strong Finlay Wild who took second in 51.41 and exactly a minute later came 2011 winnier Tom Owens 52.41.

    The womens race was won in a very impressive time of 1.00.43 by Moorfoots Sarah McCormack, second place went to Charlotte Morgan in a time off 1.01.03 and Scout Adkin took third place in 1.03.30

    Highland times were Ross Bannerman first home in 1.04.57, Eilidh Raistrick 1.06.49 , Stuart Forrest 1.11.52 and super ultra runner John Moffat 1.17.42.

    A good day out and a life saving meal at the end.


    Report by Stuart Forrest

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