Thursday, January 14, 2010

Rules of the Highland Fling

Aboot i'runnin' aboot:

Fit ye're tryin' ti dae:

Ti ging roon on 53 mile “Fling” roadie alang i' Southern pairt o' the West Highland Way fae somewye ca'd Milngavie ti Tyndrum afore yir time runs oot. An' it's nae jist i' folk running themsels, there's i' club competitions an' a', an' a special een far ye hae four folk, een aifter the ither. Now a'body's got ti be ower 21, nae swikin'. I' “Fling” is mint ti' be deen athoot only help at a'. The folk that's pit a' this the gither'll drap aff buggies that you've made earlier, as lang as ye mind ti pit on yir proper race number, a' the wye alang the roadie at the checkpoints. Kitbags wi' little ticketies on'll be teen ti' the end o' the roadie at Tyndrum near 'at afa fine Green Welly Stop, an' bussies, thit ye've got ti' hae said yer gahn on (and pit yer haun in yer pooch) afore the day'll tak ye a; back to Milngavie far ye can get the trainnie. Course, if ye wint ti hae yir ain folk helpin' ye, that's yir ain look oot.

Club Competition

Ur's nae end ti the number o' chiels ye can hae in yer clique. Fooiver lang it taks fur the first three (M or F) gahn by themsels fae each club'll be added igither on a bittie paper ti gie i' club’s time, so ere's nae need for folk runnin' ti dae onything ither than pit their ain name doon, as lang as ye pit doon fa' ye're wi. If yi wint ti be richt clivver an'pit in mair than wun (M or F) team it's nae skin aff oor nose, jist mak sure we ken a' aboot it and fa' yir spikkin' aboot.

Fae Born2Run Click fae english

Friday, January 08, 2010

Aberdeenshire 101 - A Cosmic Challenge

Dear Cosmics,

It is a new decade and it is time to lay down a new Cosmic challenge. This is unlike any other challenge in that there is no trophy, T-shirt, medal* or entry fee. If you decide to take the challenge, it will take more than a couple of hours or a weekend to complete. Indeed I expect it to take months, years or in some cases a whole lifetime**. It is more achievable than the Bob Graham, less likely to wreck your marriage than the Munros, and certainly less anorak than the Corbetts.

In this Brave New Decade I have selected 101 hills in lower Aberdeenshire (east of the Glen Muick, Glen Gairn and the Lecht) that are more than 500m in altitude***. The winner of the challenge is the person who summits all 101 hills first. We spend much time going to the same races, hills and events - but we don't push the frontiers within the 'shire. Hopefully this will bring this to balance.

The rules are:

- You have to hill-run (or at least use your legs, but not a bike) to summit each hill on the list

- Provide some sort of proof that you summited the hill (I'll leave you to come up with a solution of how to do that)

- Once back home, send an email to telling 'Big Bertie' the hills you have climbed, the date they were summited and your proof. (This is critical, else Norris McWhirter can't verify the record and Roy Castle will be very upset).

- If the hill is part of a race - then yes it counts!

- The challenge starts on 8th January 2010. No hills can be counted if done before that date.

- You have to carry the now familar minimal safety requirements (full-body cover, map, compass, emergency food, whistle (phone recommended)).

- I am not responsible for injuries or death. You do it at your own risk.

To help you out:

- An excel file with Hill Names, Altitude, NGR, Lat/Long, Ranking and an overview map has been sent to the Cosmic mailing list.

- For those of you not on the list, please be patient - a web page will appear.

Anyhow - good luck, and good hill-running

Big Bertie

* Not yet anyhow
** Unless you want to run them all in one go - good luck to you - but you have to be billy no-mates.
*** This a county sub-division I have just made up. There are more hills than this greater than 500m, but I am chosing them - not you.