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2010 : A small review of the year.

2010, has been and well is all but gone. There have been quite a few notable performances and quite a few interesting statistics. CAACthletes competed 1796 times this year*. The most popular event was the 5Km, which is no surprise given the arrival of the highly successful Edinburgh Park Run and of course the summers Self Transcendence Meadows series. The field event of choice was the Long Jump, and Ciaran Johnston leapt out to a massive 5.91m in May at Dumfries.

Mike Anderson toed the line a remarkable 55 times, this was including a period of injury! A very well earned bi-product of all the racing and training was taking almost a minute from his 2009 5Km PB reducing the mark from 18:30 to 17:38. 

Mike wasn&;t the only athlete to show that a bit of hard work doesn&;t go amiss and waterless Northern Irishman Dave Simpson in his first full year as a CAACthlete took a chunk out of the clubs 10Km and Marathon records in late Autumn recording times of 31:37 to win at East Neuk and 2:26:15 to finish 3rd at Inverness. Not to be outdone by his island neighbour Irishman Dermot Cummins reduced the 5Km club record to a solid but agonising 15:00 dead. Englishwoman Jo Kirby struggled with a few injuries this year but her training efforts were evident as she reduced the womens 5Km record to 18:58 in late September. Much further a field and completing our league of home nations the aptly named Welshwoman Corrie Roberts recorded a club record at  the Cader Idris Fell Race

The last result shows a increasing trend rising in CAAC with Hill Running becoming a more widely participated venture. There were 170 hill races completed this year 24%  up from 130 in 2009, and ~100 in 2007/8. Road Running continued to boom and there was a 12% increase in participation, there was a some cost though despite holding onto its top billing at 769 participants the Track turnout was down on last year by 10%. Overall 2010 has seen a slight decrease, but i think this has a lot to do with the two cold snaps in February and December which seen many races cancelled. 

Its been a good year and one that ive thoroughly enjoyed pulling on the CAAC vest in fun, swear and anger. Favourite race of the year for me is a tie, the first ToF race the Teddy Bear Race and the UKA Fell Relays, the latter for the long descent and the former as it was one of those races that just went right. 

How does your year compare? Your highlights?

*where recorded in TPOC.
DavidS's picture

Thanks for all the bottles of

Thanks for all the bottles of water, I personally didn&;t need it, but I am sure that those that did are very appreciative.
This year started with injury and the first three months were a bit frustrating with my knee and then my achilles slowing me down, but then thankfully it picked up.
I only pulled on my CAAC vest 12 times and the highlights were team victories at the Rigg Race, Penicuik and the 7 Hills and wins on Arran and Cumbrae and at Gartmorn and East Neuk.  Amazingly everytime I finished 2nd we got the winning team, except in the Forth Road Bridge 10k when we were 2nd.
My club records and new marathon numbers are special to me but are there to be bettered. 
Next year my ambition is to run faster for longer
(and higher)

DavidS's picture

Okay, so nobody seems to be

Okay, so nobody seems to be playing this game, just you and me COB.  So I would like to share another couple of my highlights of 2010.  The first one was a young lad having a superb run at the CAAC 5 and showing the rest of &;Moray&;s Elite&; a clean pair of heals.  The second was a slightly older member of the club showing me his Scotland International vest with great pride in the Corstorphine Inn from a fell race somewhere in Eastern Europe.  Opposite ends of the spectrum,  but both made me smile.  

Go on, I think the club had a very good year, there must be more stories out there...

What&;s the difference between a tyre and 365 runs?
One&;s a goodyear, the other is a very good year

Christopher's picture

Good times indeed, i reckon

Good times indeed, i reckon young Christy and Mr Hulme will do a lot more of the same this year ;]
Martin H's picture

Bliadna mhath ur everyone!

Bliadna mhath ur everyone!
As my lifetime Rock and Roll hero Keith Richards once remarked  "Good to be here, good to be anywhere!" Seeing as COB has given a wee prompt, perhaps I should add a word or two as self appointed spokesperson for the senior (or is it senile) citizen branch of CAAC. I have competed in 22 hill running events in 2010 (completing a hat trick of LAMMS with my well appreciated and tolerant partner Graeme Fletcher, whose even temperament never ceases to amaze me, compared to my occasional volatile one). As always, I particularly enjoyed the camaraderie of the relay events, participating in the Devil&;s Burden, the Comrie relays and the FRAs annual shindig which was in the Lomond Hills this year.

In my first full year as a hyper(ventilating) Veteran I was delighted to come second to my old friend Tom Scott from Fife in the SHR Championships (by one point) although I missed the last two races due to my Alps trip. Tom more or less broke his nose in the Glenshee 9 final race, but showed such true grit and carried on to claim the points, so I guess he really deserved it! I however was well pleased to claim the category win for the Long Classics, doing Slioch, Glen Rosa, Arrochar Alps, Two Breweries and Pentland Skyline. There is an extra race for 2011, the Two Inns in Glencoe, so lets see a few of you try and complete this (5/11 to count)? It is a significantly harder challenge than the Bog and Burn, but all the more rewarding for that.

Finally I should mention the world Vets in southern Poland in late August, where having won a Scottish vest earlier in the Glas Tulaichean uphill race in June, it was great to race the gnarled oldies from Continental Europe and represent Scotland, despite the inclement weather and the rather shambolic local organisation. The event for 2011 is in Italy, but negotiations are in place to change the current course route which has very little ascent. Don&;t forget the &;Worlds&; is an open event, so anyone over the ripe old age of 35 qualifies to run in a 5 year category.
Dean Carr's picture

Not been a great year for

Not been a great year for myself, Achilles tendonitis pretty much ruled me out of the second half of the year which has been to say the least very frustrating

However a big highlight for myself was completing the Highland Cross.  A great event through some spectacular Scottish hills.  I really enjoyed the cycling and hope to do it again on a more appropriate bike.

A great team effort by both teams (2 Daves and Derek) and (Myself, Gillian and Jan).  Great team spirit.

Hopefully we will find out if we have more team places soon