Harmeny Pentland Runners
Several interesting reports this month despite July being a quiet race month so happy reading.
request from the runners council about swapping race numbers
A request from the runners council about swapping race numbers
From Ian May: A number of club members have asked how the handicap system works so I will try explain.
The system is intended to allow all members of the club to compete in a selection of races on an equal footing no pun intended! At the start of the year a number of races are chosen as club handicap races, for example the Scottish Gas 10k and 5k races last weekend are two of the races chosen. Every club member has a handicap time which is meant to reflect their likely times for either race. When the results are available I compare the times achieved by those members who have entered with their handicap time and the male and female members who have beaten their handicap by the most are the winners and receive a rather nice trophy to keep. I then adjust all the handicap times of those entered in the race to better reflect the current form of individual runners. Handicap times usually fall more rapidly than they go up! I only use the nominated handicap races to adjust times.
See below for Gails bit about the Club Water of Leith run in August: Your handicap time is used in order that your start time is such that everyone should finish at the same time! The first to the finish is the winner in this race but again everyone stands an equal chance if I have got the handicap times correct!
So how do you get your first handicap time? Usually you let me have a race time any race will do the more recent the better or if you havent entered a race give me some idea of who you run with and Ill try to estimate a time. I can be contacted at email@example.com.
Finally I have a number of trophies to present for the handicap events run this year. We intend to present them at 7:00 on Wednesday 5th August so if you have won one try to attend.
WOL club handicap run- organised by Gail Crosbie
WOL club handicap run- organised by Gail Crosbie
Well I know youve all been excited to see this pop
up in the newsletter and the discussion board and here it is. Water of
Well I know youve all been excited to see this pop
up in the newsletter and the discussion board and here it is. Water of
What would be very helpful at this stage if everyone can update Ian May ( firstname.lastname@example.org) and Gail Crosbie (email@example.com) by no later than 16th August of both their intention to enter and a current 10k race time (although if you appear on the handicap list you can turn up on the day). Friends and family who are entering should let us know prior to the event. As you can imagine it gets a little hectic on the day and whilst morning entries are fine if you know youre hoping to make the race then please let us know.
To allow all Harmeny members to compete, the race will be dutifully staffed by non Harmeny bodies roped in by myself. Many of them are non athletes and whilst wonderfully efficient anything to make things a little easier on the race morning would be great. If you dont have a time please chat with Bob or Anne Douglas /Ian May and an appropriate time will be allocated.
After the race we are also suggesting that we have an informal gathering to which all family/friends are invited. We thought if the weather was nice it would be an opportunity to chat, hang out and munch whatever everyone would like to snack on after the race. Anyone who needs me to transport their food can put it in my boot and ill take it to the finish line for them to have after the race. If it turns out to be a little wet and miserable it really wont matter and we can all wander home instead.
At the moment im welcoming all help offered but in particular im hoping for a volunteer to cycle in with the last runner and perhaps someone willing to jog in from the 5k mark to allow any new people to join in on the day if theyre not quite able to manage the 10k distance yet. Also anyone who is injured but feels up to volunteering for either of these roles please just let me know. Thanks Gail.
I think Gavin might be organising some rounders/softball
from near and far (and short and long)
Reports from near and far (and short and long)
Houston reports from the US-
Paul Houston reports from the US-
with the Devil 10K
27 June 2009
2 Paul Houston 39:19
This race seemed like a good idea when I entered it online on a freezing December Edinburgh day. I began to question my judgment when I got to
It was already 28c when I woke up at 5am. By the time I'd made it out to
The ultra runners started first. It was amazing to watch the truly mad set off in their all white gear, with at least 6-8 hours of 100F+ temperatures to look forward to. The 10K runners (around 80) started 5 minutes later. I stood out like a pasty-white sore thumb amongst all of the deeply tanned athletes who had obviously had the chance to train extensively in that climate. The closest I got to training in the heat came at the Edinburgh Marathon!
Rather stupidly, I started off at my normal 10K pace. The heat, coupled with a not-too-restful (or sober) night in
But my early pace had me in second place and I gave it everything I had. Luckily there were water stops at every 1.5 miles, and I had to stop for at least 10-20 seconds at each stop to take on enough water.
With half a mile to go, I was still in 2nd and went all out to maintain my position and finish in 39:19. The winner (34:06) looked like he had hardly even broken sweat, whereas I literally collapsed over the line in a gasping, bright red, heap, much to the bemusement of the spectators!
Still, looking back now, it was loads of fun! Afterwards, I drove along the 50 mile route and took some pictures of the proper, hardcore runners. I've posted some of the pics here:
Gheral Brownlow 10K
4th July 2009
91 Paul Houston 64:09
Again, not the best of race preparations, consisting of a long night in an Irish Bar in
The organisers had, however, thankfully arranged for a timing chip and mat to be used. So I decided to be cheeky and even do a few strides before starting the race almost 25 minutes after everyone else!
By comparison to the
The course reminded me of all of those tough cross country days in Broxburn, Livingston and kirkcaldy, only with a lot nicer temperatures! I crossed the line in 40:33 (watch time) which was the second fastest time overall on the day. Unfortunately, I failed to notice that the timing mat was only at the end, so everyone's start time was taken as the gun time. So my official time was 64:09, and 91st place out of 156.
On the plus side, it cleared my hangover just in time for 4th July celebrations!
Price on two half in the west-
Alan Price on two half in the west-
Stranraer Half So it's October right? Leave
100/192 Howard Okely 1h 49:13 (and first in category)
113/192 Allan Price 1h 52:12
64/109 Howard Okely 1h 50:25
75/109 Allan Price 1h 54:37
107/109 Caroline Delahoyde 2h 25:40 - first half marathon and probably couldn't have chosen a tougher one to start with: all the rest will be much easier.
And our ultra distance man Iain Morrice-
Lairig Ghru Ultra Marathon
A wee update from my 28 mile run in the Cairgorm Mouintains.
The race is organised by the Deesde Hill Runners, a smashing wee club which is very friendly. The route of this race takes you from Braemar to Aviemore via the
The conditions were good on the day, not too sunny and some rain at the start although strong sun was forecast for later in the day. We assembled at the old police station for the start of the race and I have to admit I was feeling a wee bit nervous. Had I done enough training, would my offroad shoes be good, did I have enough water, did I have the correct food etc etc.
The race started at 10am and I did something I have not done before and that is to start last at the back of the field of 72 runners.I wanted to make sure that my legs etc were nice and warmed up before hitting the trails and the boulder fields as I had heard it was pretty tough. I stayed at the back for the first couple of miles and I then managed to pass about 20 runners within the next 4 miles so things were going good. I teamed up with a guy from the Carnegie club and we ran for miles together which helped us both.
The mountains and views were out of this world, you were running through the very heart of
The route is as follows, Braemar to Linn o
Once you get to the large boulder fields at the head of the pass you then start to run on flatish stoney trails which lead to good tracks through the forest at Rothiemurchus and then onto tarmac for the final 3 miles to Aviemore.
Many of the runners had done the event before and some were first timers like me, some of the experienced guys did`nt even carry water, they carried plastic cups which they used to take water from the burns and streams on the route. I got a bit worried when I was running with 2 guys from Croatia who were wearing long protection socks upto their knees!!!, worrying.
I have done longer ultras before but this was I feel the toughest so far mainly due to the underfoot conditions.
I managed to finish in 4hours 31mins which placed me 30th out of 72 runners so I was really pleased with that. What was more pleasing was the fact that all my training had come good and that included the hydration and food part which was spot on. The finish is great as you run up the main street in Aviemore and get loads of smiley faces and cheers form all the tourists and locals.
This race is a good one but not one for the faint hearted, there were a lot of injuries and lots of blood cover legs at the end and obviously a lot of sweat.
Honestly this race is well worth doing if you fancy doing an ultra
Musselburgh 10k Ann Laidlaw gets her pb and beats the 1 hour mark
It was very much a last minute decision to enter the Musselburgh 10K, the day before to be exact. Norma very kindly offered to give me a lift into the race, so I had no excuse for not going. We arrived about 45 minutes before the start and collected our numbers, and headed off for a comfort stop.
We managed to catch up with a few of the other Harmeny runners taking part, before taking up our starting position near the rear of the field. I like to start quite far back so that I avoid being in the way of faster runners.
As usual I made a slow start, and saw the majority of runners disappearing off into the distance, well round the playing fields at least. Im not a big fan of running on grass, so when we got off the grass and onto the path, I felt more comfortable.
Just after the 2K mark, I spotted Gail Crosbie way out in the distance. I thought that if I could keep her in sight, Id be doing OK. After heading along by the seafront we turned right along a track, then right again and back onto the dreaded grass. As we ran along beside the race track, I slowed down a little, and lost sight of Gail.
On leaving the racecourse it was back onto the road, and my pace quickened again. As I neared the bridge I spotted Gail again. She was over the other side of the river Esk. I felt not too bad at this point, but was not looking forward to the final burst on the grass. A short run along by the river then around the wall outside the playing fields, back onto the grass and doubling back along the wall this time inside it. Along by the trees and around the little hill then the finish line was in sight. I was greeted by Gail standing by the finish yelling encouragement at me.
Go, Go, Go! and Come On! and something about picking my legs up too, I think. I spotted the clock and saw that it was under the hour, and with Gail still shouting encouragement I put on my first ever sprint finish. It was incredible, for the first time in a race I found a little extra something.
I crossed the line in 59 minutes and 43 seconds, a new PB and my first sub hour 10K. I was immediately greeted by Nicky and Gail who both congratulated me.
We watched the final runners coming home, before Norma, Gail and I headed back to the car to head home, via Lucas for a well deserved Ice Cream.
The Event itself was well organised and marshalled. The course took us over a mixture of roads and short grass, and was very flat. There was a pleasant cool breeze off the sea.
finally Allan Kerr on the Hawick triathlon
And finally Allan Kerr on the Hawick triathlon
Hawick Sprint 5th July 2009: Driving down to
Hawick for my first triathlon in almost a year. I was looking forward to a 'real'
race as there was a danger I was becoming just a runner!! (Only joking for all you serious
runners out there.)
Got off to a bad start, last out of the water, in my slowest swim time ever (12mins 36 secs). However, made up a few places with a fast 17 second transition. During the cycle I managed to pass 14 cyclists and I was surprised to see a rival in transition 2.
Out on the run and my rival is only 50m ahead of me and I catch him after about 400m. I don't see anyone else on the run until some young whipper snapper beats me to the finish line. As it turns out he started 5 secs before me, so I easily beat him with 4 secs to spare - that'll teach him!!
I get a pleasant surprise when the results arrive - 10th overall and 1st Supervet.
Looking forward to the Scottish Championships in 2 weeks time.
(kindly typed up by his daughter Laurie!)
Club Juniors: By Bob: As most members will know,
the core activity of the club since being formed over thirty years ago has been providing
training and competitive opportunities in athletics for children (and adults). After our
summer break we resume on Mon 24 / Wed 26 August. As ever we are desperate to
unearth additional volunteers with the commitment to become an active, regular part of the
coaching set-up. Its tough & time-demanding but instead of thinking about only
. you could be helping a new sporting generation.
Club Juniors: By Bob: As most members will know, the core activity of the club since being formed over thirty years ago has been providing training and competitive opportunities in athletics for children (and adults). After our summer break we resume on Mon 24 / Wed 26 August. As ever we are desperate to unearth additional volunteers with the commitment to become an active, regular part of the coaching set-up. Its tough & time-demanding but instead of thinking about only one person . you could be helping a new sporting generation.
Ill be waiting with baited breath .
AC 5 Mile 10 June 09 119
93 Alan Greirson 38.45
94 Nicola Nash 39.15
102 Nicola Freedman 40.43
Half 13 June 09
126 Nicola Nash 1.47.11
10k 14 June 09
85 Lorna Broadhurst 47.51
86 Nia Ball 47.59
95 Bev Dodgosn 48.26
96 Howard Okely 48.26
136 Ian McBride 55.26
4 Mile 18 June 09
50 Ian Smith 27.37
70 Lorna Broadhurst 30.31
99 Gail Crosbie 35.45
104 Angela Nicholson 40.55
Ghru Hill Race 20 June 09
30 Iain Morrice 4.31.14
Hills Race 21 June 09
69 Caroline Dunn 2.17.29
134 Ian May 2.54.17
137 Johnathon Carpenter 3.08.15
41 Howard Okely 2.33.38
51 Frank Tooley 2.37.47
99 Chris Morgan 2.53.44
100 Ian Smith 2.53.47
120 Karin McKendrick 2.59.55
121 Bill McKendrick 2.59.57
Moss Revolution 24 June 09
34 Paul Thompson 44.50
43 Gavin Orr 46.25
59 Caroline Dunn 48.50
67 Ian Smith 50.20
71 Tim May 51.00
76 Kenny Tindall 52.00
85 Frank Tooley 54.00
94 Lorna Broadhurst 56.10
104 Nicola Freedman 1.01.25
109 Ann Laidlaw 1.17.38
10k 28 June 09
23 Gavin Orr 39.42
41 Tom White 20.53
98 Alan Greirson 22.50
113 Howard Okely 22.53
155 Alan Price 24.02
158 Bev Dodgson 24.20
430 Jane Mole 29.37
686 Pauline White 41.07
20 Paul Thompson 19.02
52 Ian Smith 20.41
63 Margie Leitch 21.01
102 Bob Douglas 22.21
158 Chris Morgan 23.34
171 Fiona Donaldson 23.52
334 Morag Tweddle 27.42
Bash 5 1 July 09
74 Kirsty Stoddart 41.43
127 Karen May 2.13.09
64 Howard Okely 1.50.25
75 Alan Price 1.54.37
107 Caroline Delahoyde 2.25.40
10k 11 July 09
6 Tom White 46.39
25 Pauline White 1.00.23
10k 12 July 09
125 Gail Crosbie 1.01.41
15k 14 July 09
137 Willie Cummings 1.18.16
10k 25 July 09
110 Tom White 43.52
148 Bill McKendrick 46.17
223 Nicola Torkington 50.03
226 Karin McKendrick 50.12
232 Kirsty Stoddart 50.47
303 Gail Crosbie 57.34
313 Ann Laidlaw 59.43
328 Norma Bone 66.39
330 Pauline White 67.01
Current handicaps are on the web-site. Club handicap races below.
August 23 Club Handicap down WOL
in connection with the Men's Health magazine an
event is being organised called Survial of the
Fittest. This will happen in 3 different cities one being
Race Dates but check SAL website for complete listings
Sat 8 Aug Haddington Half
Sun 9th Aug Helensburgh Half Marathon - scenic route down Gareloch!
Sun 23 Aug Club 10k-&-a-bit pursuit handicap race.
Sun 6 Sep Great Scottish Run / Glasgow half & 10k
Sun 13 Sep Linlithgow 10k
4 Oct Loch Ness
Sun 18 Oct Aviemore Half marathon
Sat 14 Nov Glen Clova Half marathon
See the club website for more local races coming up this year. http://www.harmenyac.org.uk/prunners/events.htm
The full Scottish Athletics fixture list for the season is at http://www.scottishathletics.org.uk