Monday, 20 April 2009

Heaven & Hell Half Marathon 5th April 2009

7 Harriers decided it would be a good idea to do the Heaven and Hell half-marathon in Perth this year, as no one had done it before.

After entering, "Runners World" magazine published an article on the hardest road hill races in Britain and this half marathon came 5th and was billed as the hardest in Scotland. Upon further investigation we thought that this might well be the case.

We set off on a sunny but windy day to Perth. Upon arrival we went to registration where we found out more about the two climbs that make this a special half.

Having made our way to the start we were ready for the off, the sun was still shining but the wind was brisk. The first couple off miles were undulating but not to bad then you turned and started the first climb of the race, it was a 400ft climb that was long and steep but when you reached the top "half way" the view over to Dundee and the Tay bridge were worth it. Then it was down hill, a steep run down hill, then once you reach the bottom it flattens for a bit then the second climb which starts at the 8 mile mark. At the bottom of the second climb was a sign with a devil hanging over it "welcome to hell" . To get to heaven at the top there was an 800ft climb which finished at the 10 mile mark. At the top was another sign "hallelujah" and you just couldn't argue with that. Then the last three miles were down hill to a flat but windy finish.
This was one of the best and hardest half marathons anyone of us had done.

Our finishing times:
Barry Patterson 1.27.51
Colin Thomson 1.35.42
Mark Dunnachie 1.41.04
Lorna Dewar 1.43.24
David Bunyan 1.51.29
Christine Edie 1.57.46
Elaine Thomson 2.00.15

Lorna picked up a prize for second finisher in her age group. Well done to Lorna.
Apologies to Christine for not having a photo of her at the finish but the phone rang as she passed and we missed her !

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Wednesday, 1 April 2009

4th Jim Dingwall/43rd Round the Houses Road Races

Race Report:

On a glorious day for running, the annual road race series were once again well supported with 756 runners (an increase of 77 runners from 2008) completing the 10k race, 132 runners finishing the 5k and 141 in the 2k.

Thanks to sponsors ASDA, Run 4 It, McDonald’s Restaurants, Nairn’s Oatcakes, SUMO and Macdonald Inchyra Grange Hotel.

In the 10k race Eritrean runners Tegezeab Woldemichael and Tewelderberhan Mengisteab both running for their Scottish club Shettleston Harriers came in 1st and 2nd in times of 30min 40 sec and 31min 31 sec
In a close race for 3rd place David Simpson:Carnegie Harriers finished in a time of 31min 43 sec. just in front of 4th place far travelled Ben Hukins: Aberdeen AAC in a time of 31min 44 sec.

Local runner Mathew Gillespie 5th in a time of 31 min 47 sec running for Glasgow University was a comfortable winner of the Scottish Universities Championship, which was incorporated in the race.

Top Falkirk Victoria Harrier home was Mike McQuaid who was 24th overall and 2nd M45 in a time of 34min 25sec.For other FVH runners see here : RTH10K2009.pdf

In the Ladies race Toni McIntosh running for Stirling University won in a time of 35min 19sec with Lindsay MacNeill of Victoria Park in 2nd place in a time of 36 min 43 sec closely followed by Collette Fagan of Glasgow University 3rd in 36min 49 sec.