Monthly Archives: August 2009

SHR Long Classics

Long Classics Series standings available from SHR here.

Currently Elaine is the only Cosmic who has done 5 races and is placed 18th so far, but Simon and Colin L are not far behind on 4 each and there are several more on 3. Two races left – the Two Breweries and the Pentland Skyline – so more Cosmics could place yet.

Ochil 2000s

Cosmic results from Ochil 2000s

34 Colin Larmour 03:37:00
41 Sean O’Sullivan 03:40:06
43 Richard Masson 03:40:37
61 Gary Gutteridge 03:58:07
88 Elaine Stewart 04:31:25

Full results from SHR here

Aboyne Games results

Full results now available on the Aboyne Games website here.

Winning time Oleg Chepelin 44.22
1st lady Ruth MacKenzie 54.26

Cosmic perfomances

15 Chris Tomlin 52.36
16 Sean O’Sullivan 52.59
17 Matt Brettle 53.15
24 Kevin Bruce 55.34
31 Murray Bryce 57.30
66 Alfred McKay 71.53
68 Sarah O’Sullivan 73.03
69 Jane Russell 73.18

Cosmic Club Championships

After a good result at Tap o Noth, Colin Larmour has taken the lead in the Open category and of course retains top spot in Male Vets. But he is also the only one to have done all five races so far. Jason is now 2nd, Ritchie also had a good run at Rhynie and has moved up to 3rd place, just 1 point in front of Matt! These 3 are are all on 4 races so far. Anita and Gillian are only ahead of Veronique at the moment because they’ve done one more race – this will soon be remedied, I’m sure..

See the Champs page here for latest rankings.

Next championship race is Morven on Saturday 19th September, 1300, from Groddie near Dinnet. 8.0K, 640m climb see

Tap O Noth

A surprise at Tap O Noth, as a visiting Welshman sprinted off up the hill leaving last year’s winner Graeme Bartlett in his wake.

Veronique held her 1st lady title from last year.

1 36.21 Joe Charles Clwydian Range Runners S
2 37.28 Graeme Bartlett Forres V
3 41.00 Gerald Angus Keith & District V

6 41.17 Colin Larmour Cosmics V
7 41.58 Veronique Oldham Cosmics FV
9 43.28 Richard Masson Cosmics S
10 44.10 Sean O’Sullivan Cosmics S
11 44.16 Ashley Jermieson Cosmics SV
12 44.36 Stuart Hunter Cosmics V
15 45.50 Matt Brettle Cosmics S
17 46.52 Kevin Bruce Cosmics V
19 47.41 Anita Hamilton Cosmics FV
22 49.01 Colin Taylor Cosmics V
23 50.37 Liz Delaney Cosmics F
24 50.41 Murray Bryce Cosmics V
26 51.43 Marjon Van Der Pol Cosmics F
27 51.52 Colin Reid Cosmics V
28 52.27 Elaine Stewart Cosmics FV
32 54.59 Mona Petrie Cosmics F
34 56.23 Anne Smith Cosmics FV
35 56.26 Chris Croly Cosmics S
39 59.47 Gillian Clunas Cosmics FV
40 64.44 Sarah O’Sullivan Cosmics F

Fishie Tower 10K

No results on line yet, but rumour has it that while some Cosmics were slogging round 9 Munros at Glenshee last Sunday, another was picking up the trophies at the Fishie Tower 10K at Fetterangus – well done Pauline – great run!

Cosmic Championships and Glenshee9

The Glenshee9 was the 4th counter for this year’s championship. A good Cosmic turnout of 8 (out of 69 runners) set off from the ski car park. Conditions were good – sunny and clear with a bit of a breeze so not too hot and really amazingly dry underfoot. The field soon spread out and the last you saw of the faster crowd was when they were returning along the ridge from the first top, Craig Leacach.

The first 5 hills were OK, but Gary and I found it a bit of a slog on sore feet back to Cairn an Tuirc then we managed to take a not ideal route on the descent, involving lots of steep rocks and heather before finding the path. We arrived at the cut off check point at Seann Spittal road crossing literally with seconds to spare. The steep climb up Cairn Aosda looked (and was) daunting and about halfway up I realised I was failing badly – guess a combination of not eating and drinking enough and not enough (not any!) long training runs was the cause. Had to watch Gary pull away and sheer bloodymindedness and stupidity led me to actually complete the course – which includes the long trek along the ridge to Carn a Gheoidh (2nd to last hill) and back, when you can just see the last see and the last descent to the cafe just there.

Tom Owens won in a new record time of 3.20.16. Jason ran well to be first Cosmic in 12th place, Matt and Sean both had good runs finishing within a couple of minutes of each other in 25th and 26th place respectively, about 10 minutes behind them were Colin and Ritchie also only a couple of minutes apart in 33rd and 36th places respectively, then Gary in 59th and myself in 61st, a resounding last place (by 20 mins). Thank you to Sean, Colin and Gary for kindly looking after me when I finally made it the finish. Some people were timed out and some including Rob retired – why wasn’t I as sensible? The race was very well organised, a marshal at every checkpoint, all very friendly and helpful – even for the last straggler who was keeping them out on the hill. It’s a great course (apart perhaps from the sadistic inclusion of Carn a Gheoidh) but in poor visibility the navigation would be interesting to say the least and I guess rather more people would be timed out.

So what I want to know guys is – what was the result of the great nipple trial? Were the corn plasters as distributed by Colin (£1.99) as effective as nipple protectors (£4.99 I think)??

Results are here and photos here

See here for updated scores in the Cosmic Championship. Jason still leads from Colin, but Matt has moved up to 3rd place and Ritchie to 4th. I feel almost embarrassed at claiming the female points for my performance…

The next championship race is Tap of Noth next Saturday 15th August, 14.00, from Rhynie Gala, 7.6K and 370m climb. This is always a nice friendly event (and mercifully short), best to get there early if you want any cakes etc from the WI stall – or Colin will already have bought them all!



Also this weekend (busy Cosmics) was the Aboyne Games featuring the Fungle Hill race. Several Cosmics turned out for this one, which is run on the forest tracks rather than the hill itself and possibly better known by mountain biking Cosmics. The race was won by Oleg Chepelin, a sometime Krunce runner formerly of Gramp, now with Shettleston.

Creag Dubh

Again spotted by the eagle eyed Bob, a second generation Cosmic, Rachel Armitage, was 3rd lady in the Creag Dubh race at the Newtonmore Highland Games.

Photos from SHR flickr here

Y Garn

As spotted and reported on the email by Bob, Claire Whitehead finished first lady in the British Champs race on Y Garn in Snowdonia. Dan was also competing and finished seventh man.

Further pics and results can be found on the Welsh Fell Runners Association (Cymdeithas Rhedwyr Mynydd Cymru for the bilingual) website here.