Strathearn Harriers - New Year's Day Run 2014

Devil's Burdens hill relay

Monday, January 28, 2019

Despite assorted illnesses and injuries, we had a good turnout at the Devil’s Burdens, with a few folk making their DB debuts and a few who took themselves a bit outside their comfort zones, and those who stood in at the last minute. It’s great that even with the last-minute call-offs we were still able to put out four teams.


Team of the day was the Ladies team of Nicola Watson, Emily Greaves and Rhian Evans, Maddy Watson and Lucy Cameron, and Sonja McFadden, finishing as 8th women’s team, up against some seriously strong opposition. Making her Devil’s Burdens debut, Nicola ran a stormer on Leg 1, with Emily and Rhian doing their usual strong thing on the challenging Leg 2 (8th fastest Leg 2 women’s pair), Lucy and Maddy putting together a great new double act on Leg 3 (7th fastest Leg 3 women’s pair) and Sonja finishing it off on the glory leg to bring the team home in a fine time of 4.02.39.


The Men’s A team (Douglas Simpson, Nick Gough and Roger Goddard, Andy Aitken and Andy Gallagher, and Levi Sweeney) struggled a bit with injury, illness and late withdrawals, but finished in a creditable 25th position overall in a time of 3.32.47.


The two mixed teams put in terrific efforts, with the Mixed 40+ team (Mark Dillon, Iain Thomson and Jim McConnell, Julia Greenlees and debutant Janette Clark, and Gordon Morrison finishing in 102nd position in a time of 4.17.51, and the Mixed Senior team (Nathan Crighton, Gary Brock and Andrew Stewart, debutant pairing Josie Goodfellow and Stuart Macaviney, and Rowan Mestecky finishing not far behind in 120nd position in 4.27.07.


Teams results were:

Men’s A team: 25th position: 3.32.47
Women’s A team 70th position, 9th women’s team: 4.02.39
V50 105th position, 5th MV50: 4.17.51
Senior Mixed team: 123rd position: 4.27.07

Comparison with previous years is difficult due to the changes in a couple of legs, but this is a very decent set of results. Special thanks to Nicola Watson for the unenviable task of arranging the teams and organising the substitutes.

The race was won by a very strong team from Carnethy in a time of 2.44.18, and the women's race was won by Westerlands in 3.38.20

Full results are here.