20 of us raced up cp70 last night before the AGM. Results:
Dave H – 25:31
Steph – 25:33
Dirk – 25:34
Jamie – 25:36
Dave C – 26:19
Andy – 26:20
Miles – 28:28
Trevor – 29:23
Sam – 29:28
Katie – 30:18
Warren – 31:07
Amandine – 31:43
Dave O – 33:53
Patrick – 34:47
Clare – 35:12
Jeff – 36:04
Joe – 37:11
Kathy – 38:45
Duncan – no time because he went off to the boardwalk before the start. Derek – marshall.
Set off on the bike from Strathdon and on the main road to Corgarff where I took the Old Military road up to the main road dropping down to Gairnshiel and then onto the track alongside the Gairn. Dumping the bike at appropriate spots and putting on the running shoes I went up Cnoc Chalmac and the Foxs Cairn before jumping back on the bike to Loch Builig – following the Builig Burn into Glen Avon before coming back round and out at Corgarff.
Good bike, great scenery and avoided the rain !
Peter, Dave Croll, Marie and I had a pleasant jog up here last night. Too misty to see any sign of the aurora or anything else much. Went up the usual way from the top of the Fungle, but Peter showed us a rather better route off to the north west. There’s a path almost all the way down, only the last bit between the two paths is heathery. Took 1 hour 13 according to Strava.
Thursday evening, football on TV in a couple of hours and a beer in the fridge so I thought it proper to knock off a couple of quick checkpoints before I settle down in front of the TV.The route is easy as it is a mix of a couple of the marked Tarland Walks so from Tarland through the woods, which at the moment are being developed for the MTB trails and making your way up to Knockagety – I’ve been up plenty of times and never seen the Roman Fort they outline on OS Maps. Then a quick loop at the top to retrace your steps back to the woods then divert off across the main road to Tomnaverie before heading back to watch football – pity I fell asleep before half time and missed the second half !
An early start from Tarland and up through the beeches making a quick detour up Pittenderich where it started to snow. Carrying on up to Pressendye I was surprised to find a “radio ham” stood with a transmitter trying to reach Moscow. It turns out his radio club have 88 checkpoints across Deeside – to tick off the checkpoint you need to make four contacts by radio. I didn’t hang about to see how he got on but carried on towards Broom Hill where a mountain hare, still in winter whites, led the way. Suffice to say I got left behind !The run down to Lazy Well is good going and then heading back to Tarland through the Davochs – I briefly turned to see Pressendye decked in sun and blue sky all around !!
Geallaig hill is a nice climb, well unless you have to race up it in the dark and cold whilst being chased by people with headtorches on and sporting slightly questionable fashion sense (me included!).
The climb starts on the track opposite Braenaloin and goes up for 1.8 miles and 1,144 feet (12% grade).
We all set off at various times, worked out by Dave Hirst, he seems to work some magic every month for the handicap which ensures that we all get to the finish roughly together.
We all survived the climb, Tilly was first up and Steph was fastest and I managed to get up without being sick due to all the birthday cake I consumed at work beforehand.
Once we all jogged down it was time to adjourn to Chez Mardall for pasta, lovely bread and extremely rich and very tasty chocolate birthday cake baked by Steph.
Hope you all don’t mind me tagging you for the CP, I couldn’t remember the dogs’ names but they certainly beat me to the top and deserve a tag as well.
Thanks to Lina and Nick for their hospitality, to the boys for their entertaining menagerie and Steph for baking a great cake.
All in all a great way to spend my birthday.
>> Continuation of Thursday night’s run. From the board walk we headed round the east side of Loch davan towards the cp. The outlet burn looked a bit big to cross (with hindsight, it would have been worth trying) so headed east to the road (along terrible ground) and back to the Loch past the earthworks. From cp we continued west round the Loch and back to the burn o’vat (via bogingore, to pick up Sam’s gloves). > Total run was 2hrs and just under 10 miles.
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