Thursday, September 17, 2015
The club hosted another successful Simon Wake Comrie Hills Relay, with teams from all over Scotland competing for the title. The race was won by a very strong team from Carnethy Hill Running Club, successfully defending their 2014 title. Carnethy are one of Scotland’s leading hill-running clubs with some very fine athletes. They took the race in a time of 3 hours 12 minutes and 13 seconds, beating their time from last year by 6 minutes. They also set the fastest leg times for Leg 1 (Laggan Park to Shaky Bridge via Braefordie) and Leg 2 (a demanding route from Shaky Bridge over Crappich Hill, with a difficult descent to Ballindalloch and a sprint along the road to Invergeldie). In second place was the Ochils team in 3.15.19, and setting the fastest time on Leg 3 (Invergeldie up to the Ben Chonzie ridge, down to Carroglen and finishing at Funtulich. In third place, one place down form their position last year, was Westerlands AC, in 3.26.51, who also set the fastest time for leg 4 (Funtulich back to Laggan Park via the Melville Monument and the Maam Road).
Strathearn Harriers Mens A team were on course for a top five finish until a navigation mishap on Leg 4 cost vital minutes and saw them slip to 7th position. Strathearn Harriers Mens B team put on a strong showing, with race debuts for Aaron Dawson and Colin Lamont, to finish in 11th position. For the first time, the club was able to put out three men’s teams, and the Harriers Mens C team finished in a creditable 20th position.
The women’s race was won by a very strong team from HBT, finishing in 4.08.50, just 3 minutes ahead of the Ochil Bauchles who won the Female Vet prize. Strathearn Ladies took the 3rd position in the women’s race. An unfortunate injury on Leg 2 put paid to the hopes of the Carnethy Ladies team, who leg times on the other three legs would have put them on the podium. The Strathearn Harriers Mixed team finished just 5 minutes ahead of the Ladies team, with solid race debuts for Rowan Dillon and Arianne Newlands.
As always, the club is very grateful to everyone who helps with the event, from the pre-race organisation, race marshalling and time-keeping, organisation of results and post-race refreshments, all under the successful stewardship of Kerry.