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Hartley Relays 2019

Well done to our 8 teams taking part in the Hartley Relays in Crieff. This was the biggest contingent from one club on the day. We were fortunate to enjoy fantastic weather, and the course was good, with a mix of grass and path.
 
All of the runners did brilliantly, and we came home with two team prizes, with one of the male teams coming second (Matt Buck, Malcolm McConnell, Marcus Sheridan, Robbie Dunlop and Andrew Thomas) and one of the ladies’ teams winning and taking home the trophy for the 5th year running (Lucia Tisnes, Alison McNeilly, Rachel Callaghan, Fíona Ní Cheannabháin and Jo Clancy)
 
Above all, Hartleys is about having fun. It is an amazing day out, with the inter-club competition adding something special, and giving everyone a chance to run as part of a team. There is a huge range of abilities at the Relays, it is an event for everyone. Next year’s Relays will be hosted by Perth Roadrunners, and hopefully we can have a great number of us taking part then.

Grand Prix 2020

As Elaine mentioned in her Newsletter yesterday, the 2020 Grand Prix starts with the Strathearn Trail Festival in Crieff on 1/2 February. Including a number of different distances, this event looks like it will be great fun and provide something for everyone.

At the moment the organisers are still to publicise more detail regarding the times of the various events over the 2 days, but for now I have included a link to their website so that you can have a look yourselves.

Here's hoping for another fabulous competition in 2020!

Templeton 10 2019 Prize Winners

Well done again to everyone who ran in yesterday's Templeton 10 Road Race, lots of brilliant performances. Here is a list of the prize winners from the event:-

Male Results:

1st Russell Hall Fife AC 59.39

2nd Donald Gavine Costorphine AAC 1.00.51

3rd (1st V40) Robert Harrison Unattached – 1.01.12

3rd Rupert Williams Unattached 1.02.57

MV40

2nd Scott Strachan Kinross Road Runners

3rd Marr Newton Kinross Road Runners

MV50 Gordon Simpson Dundee Hawkhill Harriers

MV60 Jeremy Tomlinson Fife AC

MV70 Eddie Saunders Fife AC

Teams:

1st Fife AC

Russell Hall

Jeremy Tomlinson

Jonny Logan

2nd Dundee Hawkhill Harriers

Gary Bruce

Gordon Simpson

Steve Matthews

3rd Kinross Road Runners

Scott Strachan

Matt Newton

Frazer Munro

Women’s Results:

1st Janet Dickson Unattached 1.08.05

2nd (1st FV40) Jennifer Learmonth Dundee Hawkhill Harriers 1.08.58

2nd Sarah Attwood Skye & Lochalsh 1.09.24

3rd Niamh Ryan Unattached 1.12.31

FV40

2nd Hazell Wyness Metro Aberdeen Running Club

3rd Maria Sheean Forfar Road Runners

FV50 Margaret Gamble Dundee Roadrunners

FV60 Margaret Martin Fife AC

FV70 Morag Ellery St Cyrus Solos

Teams:

1st Dundee Hawkhill Harriers

Jennifer Leamonth

Gemma Dolan

Catherine Matthews

2nd Portobello Running Club

Jennifer Holden

Sarah Saunders

Aileen Ross

3rd Forfar Road Runners

Maria Sheehan

Lucy Grewar

Fiona Allan

1st Male Dundee Roadrunner Graeme Christie

1st Female Dundee Roadrunner Margaret Gamble

Glencoe (Mamores) Half Marathon Race Report

Glencoe (Mamores) Half Marathon Sunday 8 September 2019 Race Report

Well, what can I say except that this was an absolutely amazing event. I’ll apologise now for the length of this report, but it was so much fun.

The initial thinking was to run the full marathon, but an injury in May and a general feeling that that was beyond me meant that I decided to try the Half. Even then, I have been fairly nervous about doing this, as I haven’t run a lot of hills and trails in the past. I might grind to a halt on those elevations!

Travelling up the night before, the weather in Fort William was fabulous, and today promised to be a great day for running. Although today was slightly more cloudy and cooler, that made for perfect running conditions.

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The Half starts in Kinlochleven, and the start seemed very organised. We met Sarah Petrie before the start, which was a nice surprise and before we knew it the officials called the runners together, starting in waves 5 minutes apart. I went in the second wave.

We had the slightly unusual experience of cheering some runners through the start before we set off - the Half start is the halfway point of the full marathon, with both sets of runners then following the same route. 4 or 5 marathon runners went past before the Half started, the full having set off 2 hours earlier.

The route starts fairly flat until turning off onto track and up a steep route. The second km had an elevation of 140m (329m over the first 6km) but after that it undulated for most of the central section until a fabulous downhill at the end (222m over the last 5km).

The route follows a chunk of the West Highland Way, it was mixed terrain although many sections were slightly stony so you had to keep your wits about you. I saw quite a few people at the end with scrapes and grazes from tripping, thankfully I survived without a fall.

It follows the south west of the Mamores Mountains, until descending into Glen Nevis.

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There were lots of walkers on the route, which I thought might be problematic but quite the contrary. Most of them were conscious of the runners, made way, held gates and best of all shouted encouragement which was really nice.

There was a food station around the halfway mark, which was very well stocked with drinks, food, sweets, etc. How they got all that stuff up there is anyone’s guess. It even had port and cheese which I had forgotten about! Just as well, a port with 8k to run may not have had a good outcome!

I had the strange experience at that point of bumping into a neighbour who was walking WHW with her family.

Being my first race of this nature, I really didn’t know what to expect, but it was lovely not to feel the pressure of pace like you often do in a road race, and whilst I didn’t necessarily hold back, I wasn’t concerned at walking the most hilly bits, taking some photos, and I had a couple of short chats with other runners which was nice.

I had no idea how I would fare in this race, and so had got into my head, based upon training runs, that I would be 2:30 or so. Add to that the fact that I have had a cold this week, I was far from confident beforehand, and indeed more nervous than I would normally be.

Ironically, a break from running this week seems to have meant that my legs were fairly fresh. Once the first, hilly 10k was over, I realised that my time prediction was a pessimistic one, and that I would be a bit below that, which gave me a real boost. Official time still awaited, but it’s likely to be around 2:07/08, which I was delighted with.

The finish is at Glen Nevis Visitor Centre under the shadow of Ben Nevis. The finish area was really good, with food & drink available, some stalls, massage & you could even get a pint (tempting!).

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Overall, I would thoroughly recommend this race. The organisation was in the main really good, and the whole event felt very friendly. The scenery was fabulous, although admittedly the weather has a huge impact on the experience. Whilst the elevation scared me beforehand, it really wasn’t too difficult, and certainly manageable for most.

You never know, you might be reading my Glencoe Marathon report in a year’s time.

Michael Royden

 

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