A Day Out at Tinto Hill Race 2011
The race is superbly organised by the specialist hill running club Carnethy Hill Runners, under the co-ordination of Cameron Scott.. It takes place up and down the highest peak in Lanarkshire near the village of Biggar in the Scottish Borders. At 711 metres and approx 4.5 miles it is a good short test for the seasoned hill runner and also an event that is a perfect introduction to hill running for those looking for a fresh challenge from the regular round of 5k and 10k events. As we take a small stall to the event, it has become a tradition to make an early start and have our own wee run up the hill before heading to the local Symington community centre, the race HQ, to set up.
Heading down the A702 by the Pentland Hills there was a short heavy shower but by the time we reached the small car park at the foot of the hill, all was well with a marvelous blue sky, a few wispy clouds, a wonderful autumnal nip in the air and hardly a hint of a breeze. 266 runners completed the race and then enjoyed the usual soup and blether back at the sport centre. This year's event was won by Prasad Prasad in a time of 30 min 51 sec by almost a minute from Al Anthony (Ochil). The ladies winner was Charlotte Morgan in 38.51 from Shona Robertson (39.26).
Over 50 folk had ticked the box when entering to say it was their first hill race and the fastest male and female novices also received a prize. An encouraging sign for the future.
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