Tuesday, 3 March 2009

Bishop Hill Race, 1 Mar'09

Having missed the Carnethy 5, this was my first proper hillrace of the year. Fine conditions tempted around 100 runners to Portmoak at the foot of the Fife's Lomond Hills. The start is covered in leaves hiding holes and lumps in the ground and upon leaving the startline, it's actually downhill - ok, only for a couple of feet, but disconcerting nonetheless. It's a short race, with the record at 17mins and 29secs set by Jethro Lennox last year. Young Robbie Simpson from Deeside blasted off, leaving everyone trailing. I thought he might burn himself out, but that's hardly likely in a 20 minute race - no, he extended his lead and finished over a minute clear of his nearest rival Brian Marshall and just 16 seconds short of the record. I had a decent race, jostling with 3 Carnegie runners on the uphill, leaving them trailing on the descent to finish 5th overall and first vet (over 40). Our club, Carnethy, fielded a handful of runners, in which there were some brilliant performances : Jacqui Higgingbottom came second lady and first over 40, Trevor Wilkinson, now 16, did his first senior race and Colin Wilson put in the downhill performance of his life to take 2 minutes out of his previous personal-best. In the prizegiving Carnethy were about to be awarded the team prize, but actually "Carnegie" had been misread as "Carnethy" and it was Ochils that won the team prize ! More info and results on the Scottish Hillrunners website.