We set off early. Coach Dave had asked me to take the afternoon off so that we could make the journey to our modest accommodation in Nairn in day light. We picked up Gordon and Keith on the way and managed to get to Aviemore just after sunset and just before it started snowing.... After some essential carbo loading we continued on to Nairn. It turned out that although our accommodation was modestly priced it was far from modest! Great find Coach! We found we were not the only ones who had made the journey early as Graham was sitting in the lounge sipping a latte.
Sunday 28th August, 12pm Now in it's 5th year and still only £5 entry!
Introduction As I enjoy running in the hills so much I thought I'd organise a hill race so I could share this with others! And what better way to do so than a CAAC race in my local hills, the Pentlands.
The Pentlands, being such a great place for running, already has it's fair share of races, from the famously long Pentland Skyline and extremely popular Carnethy 5 to several mid-week Bog and Burn series races; but I wanted something a little different, covering new ground, so I have created a route in the much less trodden and remoter western end of the hill range.
While training for the LAMM a couple of years ago I regularly ran round the hills above Baddinsgill reservoir, and have grown to know and love these hills really well. Far fewer people venture out here, and it's common to not see another soul all day while out running over the tops. However access is easy from both West Linton and Little Vantage and there are reasonable hill tracks over almost all the hills making for decent running. The views, both north and east to the people studded main Pentland ridges, and to the south and west across Midlothian to the Borders and the Southern Uplands are excellent.
You can read reviews/reports of the 2015 race, 2014 race, 2013 race and 2012 race.
This year the race is race 8 of 10 in the inaugural Scottish Borders Hill Race Series! Your best 5 races count towards a series position, and entry to the series is free.
The National Champs are at Falkirk again on Saturday, 27th February for age groups U13 and upwards. As usual let your coach know if you want to run or reply here. Names needed by Thursday, 4th February.
Mud, mud glorius mud !!!!. Yep it was tough going for team CAAC at Paxton house yesterday for the penultimate race of the Border Cross country series. This was a short course (3.7 miles), but very challenging with leg sapping mud, wire fence crossing and a pretty big burn to wade through. Loved it though !!! We were back out in numbers again and extra well done to Kirsty and DJ for racing after there efforts in the Inter districts the day before.