Carnethy Hill Race

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Top hill runner Angela Mudge won her 12th Tiso Carnethy 5 Hill Race on Saturday.

In perfect running conditions, the 40-year-old Carnethy Hill Running Club athlete crossed the finish line in 57 minutes 25 secs - three minutes outside her course record set in 2002.

The first male to cross the line was Shettleston Harrier Tom Owens (29), who sprinted ahead of Robbie Simpson (Deeside Runners), to finish in 50 mins 31 secs.

Simpson was second in 50:45 and in third place was Peter Devensport (Bellahouston Road Runner) in 52:29. There was only one second separating the first home runners to finish - Andrew Fallas and John Mitchell (both Carnethy HRC) clocked in at 55:25 and 55:25 respectively.

After his win Tom told the Advertiser: “I am chuffed to bits. The last two years I entered but was injured, so it is just great to be racing here.”

Tom, who took part in his first Carnethy 5 three years ago, added: “The conditions were good. There was no snow. There was a wind pushing us up Carnethy. It was perfect conditions.”

Angela, who missed last year’s hill race as she was in South America, was a comfortable three minutes ahead of the second placed woman Clare Whitehead (Deeside Runners) who finished in 60:05. In third place was Catriona Buchanan (Ochil HR) in 60:12.

Despite her success in the Carnethy 5, Angela admitted winning “still feels good”.

“I want to do well in this race. It is my club race and everyone expects you to do well.”

Although conditions were wet and boggy in parts, Angela said the temperature and wind were perfect for the race.

“You couldn’t have asked for a nice day and a bit of mud makes it more interesting.”

Starter Barry Craighead got the field of 480 runners under orders at 2pm. The low-lying cloud from Friday had lifted, leaving bright, sunny conditions with a brisk breeze.

After encoutering a boggy patch in the field, the pack made its way to Charlie’s Loup and then followed the new route, the path between Scald Law and Carnethy.

The leading athletes had reached the top of Scald Law within 10 minutes and were then lost from view as they tackled South Black Hill, East Kip and West Kip before the final ascent, Carnethy Hill.

In total 473 runners completed the six-mile race with Carnethy HRC picking up the honour for the team title. Lochaber veteran Jimmy Jardine, who has competed in all 41 Carnethy races, finished in 1:33:39

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