The Campsie Canter
26th March 2011
After the interminable stream of organising emails the Campsie Canter got off to a flying start at just after 7am on a cold but dry Saturday morning.
There was much excitement as the first runners warmed up and the teams made the final adjustments to their race plans, then they were off. John, Helen and Muffy, on the first leg.
And after 9.5 hours, 88 km and 2900 meters of ascent we were all back again after a fun-filled and exciting day.
Some of the high points were the changeover at the Spout of Ballochleam, where everyone had a pleasant walk up the hill to watch Team 1 snatch defeat from the jaws of victory with an unusual tactical route choice in the last 500 metres to the handover. We also had fun at Craignivan where young Beatrice joined in the fun and ran relays with her Dad and made us all feel very old.
With such good clear weather navigation was not an issue, at least on the hill legs. The same cannot be said for some of the shorter legs, and the watching crowds at the leg 6/7 handover were surprised to see all 3 runners come in from behind them, as they had got lost in the Mines of Moria ... at least that was their story and they are sticking to it.
At times the competition got quite intense, so much so that when Paula was up to her waist in a bottomless swamp near Meikle Bin, she was left to her fate as the others sped on their way saying they never saw a thing....
The rumour is that the race was won by Team 3 or at least by their baton which was carried on every leg.
After the race, the eating and drinking continued well into the night and nobody was too worried about losing an hour's sleep.
So thanks to all the runners and supporters who took part in a wonderful spirit of hard working fun, and charitably handling the glitches that the organisers were not able to prevent.
Full teams below.
1 David Riach
2 Ellie Homewood
3 Johannes Courtial
4 Gibby Fleming
5 Sheila Fleming
6 Helen Macpherson
7 Ana Talbot
1 Chris Upson
2 Steffen Gorgas
3 Peter Grassl
4 Catriona Miller
5 Keith Adams / Pauline McAdam
6 Muffy Calder
7 Fiona Hutchinson, Elizabeth Adams
1 Niall McAlinden
2 John Donnelly
3 Paula Cowan
4 Christine Menhennet
5 Colin Porteous
6 John Hutchinson
7 Pat McLaughlin
Supporters and drivers were Graeme, Drew and Margaret, Neil and of course Beatrice.
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