In a closely fought contest, James Espie from Deeside Runners, came in front man at the 28th Ben Sheann Hill Race with a time of 26:46, Sam Alexander from Westerlands came in 2nd (27:02), just squeezing in ahead of local man Stephen Rawlinson from Lochtayside (27:09).
For the females, Jill Stephen, Hunters Bog Trotters, came in 1st on 33:11, Sarah MacKenzie, Lochaber, 39:58, and Shelie Mathieson, (unattached) came in 3rd on 45:07
Category results as follows (full results below)
|15th June 2016|
|1||167||James Espie||Deeside Runners||00:26:46|
|1||173||Jill Stephen||Hunters Bog Trotters||00:33:11|
|2||156||Sarah MacKenzie||Lochaber AC||00:39:58|
|MALE VET 40+|
|1||154||Colin MacDougall||Tinto Hill Runners||00:32:43|
|FEMALE VET 40+|
|2||166||Denise Burns||Lomond Hill Runners||00:44:11|
|MALE VET 50+|
|1||174||Alan Smith||Deeside Runners||00:29:55|
|FEMALE VET 50+|
|2||185||Michelle Hetherington||Helensburgh AAC||00:38:39|
|MALE VET 60+|
|1||183||David Scott||Ochil Hill Runners||00:35:50|
|3||198||Robert Pugh||Kilmarnock Harriers||00:39:18|
|1||168||Calum Kitching||Deeside Runners||00:30:51|
A light drizzle just before the race and wet conditions over the previous days made the going a bit slippery underfoot, but there were no injuries and the finishing time was just outside the course record of 26:32.
|1||167||00:26:46||James Espie||Deeside Runners||M|
|4||174||00:29:55||Alan Smith||Deeside Runners||MV50|
|6||168||00:30:51||Calum Kitching||Deeside Runners||MJ|
|7||195||00:31:44||Chris Walsh||Dundee Hawkhill Harriers||M|
|9||194||00:31:57||Munro Stewart||Dundee Hawkhill Harriers||M|
|11||154||00:32:43||Colin MacDougall||Tinto Hill Runners||MV40|
|14||173||00:33:11||Jill Stephen||Hunters Bog Trotters||F|
|16||192||00:33:48||Billy Gibson||Dundee Hawkhill Harriers||MV40|
|20||169||00:34:48||Richard Coombs||Central AC||MV40|
|21||197||00:35:00||Scott Strachan||Kinross Road Runners||MV40|
|22||193||00:35:07||Stuart Brodie||Ochil Hill Runners||M|
|25||183||00:35:50||David Scott||Ochil Hill Runners||MV60|
|32||185||00:38:39||Michelle Hetherington||Helensburgh AAC||FV50|
|33||198||00:39:18||Robert Pugh||Kilmarnock Harriers||MV60|
|34||156||00:39:58||Sarah MacKenzie||Lochaber AC||F|
|35||182||00:39:58||Pat Fitzpatrick||Ochil Hill Runners||MV60|
|40||165||00:44:10||Iain Beedie||Lomond Hill Runners||MV40|
|41||166||00:44:11||Denise Burns||Lomond Hill Runners||FV40|
|45||179||00:46:42||David Sinclair||Perth Road Runners||M|
|47||153||00:52:07||Alan Vigrow||Dundee Hawkhill Harriers||MV50|
Many thanks to all our marshals, supporters, helpers and sponsors for your support this year, and the Inn at Strathyre for their support in all our events.
Beinn Sheann, Ben Shian, Beinh an t-Sidhein, however you spell it, there's a race up it on Wednesday 15th June. Gaelic for 'Mountain of the Fairies', you still have to be tough to run it - this is the stocky little brother of the Stuc a' Chroin 5000.
What better way to spend an hour than a trip up Ben Sheann on a beautiful summers evening in June. You can do a full days work, drive to Strathyre, see some mates, run up Ben Sheann and down again, pick up your prize, sup a well deserved ale or vino, and head home. And ... it's still light, so if these light summers evenings are keeping you awake, this is the perfect antedote.
Registration is from 18:00 at the Inn and Bistro Strathyre till 19:15, then a wander up to the starting line a short walk away. The klaxon, starting pistol or whatever we're using this year will signal the start of the race at 19:30.
Entry forms will be available at Registration, or you can save some hassle by downloading from here (doc) (pdf) and filling it in before you get to Registration. Great value at £5 for over 18s, and £1 for under 18s. Over 90s can go free.
Described by Scottish Hill Racing as "A micro classic. A small race with a big feel", this year's race will follow the same route as last year. The route is as follows -
Leave from No 2 Keip Road, turn up above "Mary's garage" and go up old landrover track to 1st forestry road. Turn left along road approx 60m, turn right up in forest ride. Traverse up hill and exit forest south of timber operations and follow route on map to summit. Loop round hill top and pick up same route to return to bottom. The race is to be held on Wednesday the 17th of June, 2015 at 7:30pm, registration will be on the day at The Inn from 6:00pm. The race start is a short distance from the registration point so registration will close at 7:15pm to ensure everyone is at the start in plenty of time.
Scottish Athletics Race Permit can be viewed here ...
The race has public liability insurance and can be viewed here ...
Course Map here ...
Thanks to Chris Upson http://chrisupson.blogspot.com/2010/06/ben-sheann-hill-race.html and his Garmin for this contribution which shows the route and some stats for the race. Click here for the Garmin info
was how you could describe the weather Friday and Saturday on a clear day with good but snowy conditions, in between the abysmal conditions on Thursday and Sunday.
Understandably, conditions underfoot, (sometimes well underfoot) led to a slower finish, but still a massive effort for Finlay Wild (Lochaber) to finish in 2:25:24, Alisdair Anthony (Ochil) 2:31:21 and Andrew Gilmour (Carnethy) 2:34:45 came 2nd and 3rd. Congratulations to all our prizewinners.
For the females, Charlotte Watson, right (Edin Uni H & H) came in 1st on 3:00:14, just pipping Jill Stephen (Hunters Bog Trotters 3:00:32 & Anwen Darlington (Dundee Road Runners) 3:04:06 came 3rd. Great going again this year for all those 169 runners who set off yesterday at 13:00
Results below and Full results below (Click here for the race survey - all comments appreciated)
On a largely sunny day, although still cold and barely above freezing at the summits, many runners commented on a great run with the course quite wet in places and some snow cover up top.
|1||38||Finlay Wild||Lochaber AC||02:25:24|
|2||40||Alasdair Anthony||Ochil Hill Runners||02:31:21|
|1||59||Charlotte Watson||Edinburgh Uni Hare & Hounds||03:00:14|
|2||69||Jill Stephen||Hunters Bog Trotters||03:00:32|
|3||45||Anwen Darlington||Dundee Road Runners||03:04:06|
|MALE VET 40+|
|1||26||Mark Harris||Anster Haddies||02:41:24|
|2||115||Donald Naylor||Hunters Bog Trotters||02:42:11|
|3||164||Stuart Malcolm||Highland Hill Runners||02:48:19|
|FEMALE VET 40+|
|1||75||Kirsty Bryan-Jones||Dark Peak Fell Runners||03:31:05|
|3||126||Katy Baxter||Ochil Hill Runners||03:53:38|
|MALE VET 50+|
|2||107||Will Manners||Strathearn Harriers||02:44:48|
|3||130||Jonny Knox||Anster Haddies||02:50:16|
|FEMALE VET 50+|
|1||125||Andrea Prestley||Ochil Hill Runners||03:05:58|
|2||140||Joan Wilson||Lomond Hill Runners||04:04:41|
|MALE VET 60+|
|1||44||Richard Toller||Dundee Road Runners||04:10:47|
|FEMALE VET 60+ N/A|
|1||78||Gareth Bryan-Jones||Ochil Hill Runners||04:07:57|
|1||40||Alasdair Anthony||Ochil Hill Runners||02:31:21|
|2||54||David Cope||Ochil Hill Runners||02:40:53|
|3||135||David Wallace||Ochil Hill Runners||02:49:13|
|4||127||Grant Baxter||Ochil Hill Runners||02:56:33|
Quite a few photos were taken by Jason Allardyce, Archie Scott, Tommy Anderson and others, Jason will coordinate and I'll post a shortcut when they're available. It's also worth noting that Greg Boswell, he of grizzly bear attack fame, had a small camera crew filming him on the road back to fitness. Nice one Greg and hope full fitness returns soon!
Many thanks to so many people who contributed this year and every year - Glen Ample Estate for letting us run on their land, Mike Holliday for getting a lot of water around the mountain, arranging access, ferrying people around and generally watching over us, Forestry Commission for letting us run on their land, Inn at Strathyre for their great contribution on all the events leading up throughout the year, hosting the marshal meetings and providing soup and sustenance for the runners and marshals and revellers.
Thomas Allan & Son (Plumbers), Kingshouse Travel, Sula Furnishings, The Inn & Bistro Strathyre. Stirling Stoves. Immervoulin Caravan Park. Strathyre Cleansing. Village Shop Strathyre. Airlie House B&B, M&M Timber, Aitchison Enterprises, The Braes Farming Co. KPs DIY. Lochside Cottages. Ian Brydie Building Services. Heroncraft Scotland, RTA Doune, S Carmichael & Sons (Comrie), Roll On Flooring, Crystal Tea room (Crieff), The Therapy Room without whose support we could not do without. Thanks also to Pete Bland Sports for their support over the years and help recently despite their devastation in the floods in Cumbria last year.
Of course, eternally grateful to the infamous marshals and supporters who dish out water, jelly babies, encouragement and humour to the runners, registration, race finish, soup dispensers and massagers (Jim and Janette at the Therapy Room, Callander) at the race finish.
Finally, thanks to all the runners for turning up, of all ages and degrees of fitness, without whom there would not be a race to run.
We hope to see you next year
PS Remember our next race (Ben Sheann) Wed, June 15 for a quick midweek jaunt.
|1||38||02:25:24||Finlay Wild||Lochaber AC||M|
|2||40||02:31:21||Alasdair Anthony||Ochil Hill Runners||M|
|4||63||02:40:48||Callum Smith||Edinburgh Uni Hare & Hounds||M|
|5||54||02:40:53||David Cope||Ochil Hill Runners||M|
|6||26||02:41:24||Mark Harris||Anster Haddies||MV40|
|7||115||02:42:11||Donald Naylor||Hunters Bog Trotters||MV40|
|10||107||02:44:48||Will Manners||Strathearn Harriers||MV50|
|12||7||02:47:27||Grant Rozga||Jura AC||M|
|14||164||02:48:19||Stuart Malcolm||Highland Hill Runners||MV40|
|16||135||02:49:13||David Wallace||Ochil Hill Runners||M|
|17||43||02:49:29||Stephen Winter||Shettleston Harriers||MV40|
|18||130||02:50:16||Jonny Knox||Anster Haddies||MV50|
|19||53||02:50:20||Fraser Drummond||Edinburgh Uni Hare & Hounds||M|
|20||132||02:51:08||Andrew MacRae||Inverness Harriers||MV40|
|21||37||02:51:53||Jon Gay||Lochaber AC||MV40|
|22||80||02:52:23||Donald MacKenzie||Lomond Hill Runners||MV40|
|23||141||02:53:04||Michael O'Donnell||Inverness Harriers||M|
|25||127||02:56:33||Grant Baxter||Ochil Hill Runners||MV40|
|26||58||02:57:35||Alex Luetchford||Edinburgh Uni Hare & Hounds||M|
|27||158||02:57:41||Julian Warman||Hunters Bog Trotters||MV40|
|29||59||03:00:14||Charlotte Watson||Edinburgh Uni Hare & Hounds||F|
|30||138||03:00:15||Joe Donnelly||Carnegie Harriers||M|
|31||136||03:00:29||Stewart Wilson||Inverness Harriers||MV40|
|32||69||03:00:32||Jill Stephen||Hunters Bog Trotters||F|
|33||42||03:01:22||Gavin MacMillan||Lochaber AC||M|
|34||45||03:04:06||Anwen Darlington||Dundee Road Runners||F|
|35||125||03:05:58||Andrea Prestley||Ochil Hill Runners||FV50|
|36||133||03:06:28||Stuart Sanderson||Penicuik Harriers||MV50|
|39||70||03:10:30||Duncan Ball||Penicuik Harriers||MV50|
|40||49||03:10:49||Georgia Cottle||Edinburgh Uni Hare & Hounds||F|
|41||31||03:10:53||Stewart Barrie||Hunters Bog Trotters||MV40|
|42||30||03:11:05||Neil Waslidge||Lochaber AC||MV40|
|43||145||03:11:34||Damon Rodwell||Border Search & Rescue Unit||MV40|
|45||131||03:13:55||Thomas Knox||Anster Haddies||M|
|46||12||03:14:02||Alastair Ewen||Bellahouston Road Runners||MV40|
|47||52||03:14:13||Kath Reynolds||Edinburgh Uni Hare & Hounds||F|
|48||20||03:14:17||Mike Stewart||Keith & District||MV50|
|50||28||03:15:02||Graham Kirby||Fife AC||MV40|
|51||162||03:15:10||Niall Till||Skye & Lochalsh RC||M|
|52||103||03:15:46||Hugh O'Donnell||Eryri Harriers||M|
|53||105||03:16:10||Skylar Lobdell||St Andrews Uni Cross C.||M|
|58||46||03:21:31||D Walsh||Dunoon Hill Runners||MV40|
|59||122||03:21:49||David Scott||Ochil Hill Runners||MV50|
|60||92||03:21:52||Rob Wilson||Penicuik Harriers||MV40|
|61||36||03:21:59||Graham Briffett||Highland Hill Runners||MV40|
|62||151||03:22:13||Michael Haywood||Gala Harriers||M|
|63||83||03:22:41||Robert MacLean||Lochaber AC||MV40|
|64||14||03:23:00||Steve Archer||Ochil Hill Runners||MV40|
|68||32||03:25:47||Briory Curtis||Hunters Bog Trotters||F|
|72||76||03:27:35||Nigel Fowler||Fife AC||MV40|
|73||9||03:27:43||Alasdair Macinnes||Jura AC||M|
|74||67||03:28:51||Colin MacDougal||Tinto Hill Runners||MV40|
|75||86||03:28:58||Clive Roberts||Fife AC||MV50|
|77||23||03:30:58||Christopher Hill||British Military Fitness||MV50|
|78||75||03:31:05||Kirsty Bryan-Jones||Dark Peak Fell Runners||FV40|
|86||148||03:35:57||Andrew Howett||Fife AC||M|
|87||143||03:37:06||Dave Turner||Lomond Hill Runners||MV40|
|88||50||03:37:13||Eddie Balfour||Moorfoot Runners||MV50|
|89||117||03:37:14||Alex McMaster||St Andrews Uni Cross C.||M|
|90||81||03:37:26||Mike Brooks||Penicuik Harriers||MV50|
|91||128||03:37:46||Raeanne Miller||Oban Mountain Goats||F|
|94||24||03:39:29||James Ashworth||Ochil Hill Runners||MV40|
|95||25||03:39:29||Peter Buchanan||Ochil Hill Runners||MV50|
|97||85||03:45:03||Ian Hawkins||Fife AC||MV50|
|101||19||03:47:38||Gerald Angus||Keith & District||MV50|
|102||66||03:47:40||Ian Poolman||Glenrothes Tri||MV40|
|105||8||03:48:52||Craig Rozga||Jura AC||M|
|107||139||03:50:03||Colin Wilson||Lomond Hill Runners||MV50|
|108||82||03:52:26||Graham Brown||Macclesfield Harriers||MV40|
|111||16||03:52:59||Oliver Eatough||Metro Aberdeen||M|
|112||129||03:53:02||Sam Jones||Oban Mountain Goats||M|
|113||94||03:53:31||Stewart Ward||Tinto Hill Runners||MV40|
|114||126||03:53:38||Katy Baxter||Ochil Hill Runners||FV40|
|116||73||03:55:13||Angus Bowman||Lomond Hill Runners||MV50|
|117||144||03:57:16||Iain Beedie||Lomond Hill Runners||MV40|
|118||77||03:59:20||Julie Spenceley||Forth Valley Orienteers||FV40|
|119||119||03:59:21||Allan Ferguson||Forfar Road Runners||M|
|120||116||04:00:35||Kate Darlow||Gala Harriers||F|
|121||68||04:02:56||Tim Doyle||Penicuik Harriers||MV50|
|124||134||04:04:22||Eva Groeneveld||Fife AC||F|
|125||140||04:04:41||Joan Wilson||Lomond Hill Runners||FV50|
|131||78||04:07:57||Gareth Bryan-Jones||Ochil Hill Runners||V70|
|132||142||04:07:58||Denise Burns||Lomond Hill Runners||FV40|
|133||163||04:08:44||Dave Till||Skye & Lochalsh RC||MV50|
|136||44||04:10:47||Richard Toller||Dundee Road Runners||MV60|
|138||137||04:11:54||Lizzie Knox||Anster Haddies||F|
|139||99||04:12:12||Chris Huntley||Tinto Hill Runners||MV50|
|141||150||04:17:57||Luis Molero||Lauderdale Limpers||M|
|142||161||04:17:57||Alan Elder||Moorfoot Runners||MV50|
|144||41||04:18:38||Iain Ferguson||Ayrodynamic Triathlon Club||MV40|
|148||61||04:28:14||Berit Inkster||Edinburgh AC||F|
|149||166||04:28:55||Kevin Smith||Lomond Hill Runners||MV40|
|150||93||04:28:55||Andrea Wilson||Penicuik Harriers||FV40|
|151||113||04:32:30||Daniel Lynch||St Andrews Uni Cross C.||M|
|152||22||04:33:26||Michael Galloway||Dundee Hawkhill Harriers||MV50|
|154||74||04:33:38||Jean Bowman||Lomond Hill Runners||FV50|
|162||1||05:01:29||Neil Smith||Kenilworth Runners||MV50|
|165||60||DNF||Mitchell Fraser||Edinburgh AC||MV40|
|167||108||DNF||Isabella Scott||St Andrews Uni Cross C.||F|
|TOTAL MALE RUNNERS||137|
|TOTAL FEMALE RUNNERS||30|
|All VET 70+||2|
|TOTAL FIELD (M+F+70)||169|
Committee Members From left
Graeme Courtney (Chairman), Steve Respinger (Secretary), Catriona MacGeoch, Jim Heron, Davey Allan (Treasurer), Dougie Aitchison, Wullie Dalziel, Ian Brydie
The race is run annually on the Saturday before May Day Bank Holiday Monday. This year, it falls on April 30th, 2016.
Called the Stuc a' Chroin 5000 because of its previously approximate total climb (in feet!), the race up until this year was 22k long and the course record is 1:59:22 for the males, and 2:22:47 for the females. The Stuc a' Chroin race has had to undergo a route change because of building development work. These records will now stand as the permanent records due to the change in the course. New records were set last year and stand at (Male) Hector Hains (HBT) 2:08:33, and (Female) Jasmine Paris (Carnethy) 2:40:43. Against our predictions, the new course came in faster than we thought, and the lure of the sub 2 hour record still excites.
Many people have helped with the new sections and we're indebted to all who've sponsored and helped in whatever way they could. It's work in progress at the moment but we hope you like it.
The new course is approximately a 5,000 feet ascent, or 1500 metres, and 20 km long. The changes are only to the start / finish location as well as the initial and last section of the race.
Organised under British Athletic Rules and classed as a Category A Long Hill race, in its 21st Anniversary, it was a British Championship event with over 300 runners and in 2013, hosted one of the Scottish Athletics Championships Long Hill races.
You can see some pictures of the work, some of the people, the old path and the new route here.
Usually blessed with good weather, its timing at the beginning of May does mean that there may be a variety of conditions - consult the forecast before your journey ... and don't forget the midge repellant as well as your mandatory equipment. There will be an up-to-date forecast of local conditions right up to the start on this web site in the Stop Press section opposite.
You can download and complete a registration form from here from the end of April, although you will still have to register in the Inn at Strathyre Hotel at the South end of the village from 10:30am - 12:30pm, admission fee is £8. Mandatory equipment will be checked at Registration. The race is well marked all the way to the top; (note that there may be a limited number of maps available); stewards and water stations are aplenty and well supported by the local community. Renowned for its plentiful supply of water, jelly babies and chocolate all along its 22k, rumours that some runners actually put on weight during the race are to be treated with caution!
Some of the runners comments from the last couple of years
".. privilege of enjoying a well-supported hill race in stunning scenery and immaculate weather ... Many thanks to the organisers of this epic hill run which was well-organised and well-supported. We will definitely be back next year."
"Brilliant views and perfect weather conditions for this (my favourite) hill race."
"Stuc is a great race and is really well supported, I think I managed to eat about a full bag of Jelly Babies and half a bag of Fruit Pastilles dished out by the numerous marshalls."
"Thanks for a great race , the marshalling and organisation was first class as usual and along with the weather made it a great day !"
"despite the torture of running this course again it's still one of my favourite events on the hill race calendar."
"the best organised and marshaled race I've been to" (we did check, they had been on more than one)
Note that this year (2016), the prizegiving will take place on the field. In case of inclement weather we are setting up an extra Marquee
There is The Village Shop where sandwiches and groceries can be bought. The Broch cafe and the Inn both serve good food.
One word of warning though - traffic through this popular tourist area, and especially Callander (A84 Stirling - Strathyre ) can be very busy on Bank Holidays so please allow an extra 30 - 60 minutes to pass through. Other routes to Strathyre are available.
The race starts at 1300 hrs.
We look forward to seeing you this year.
9/6 Davey and Dougie did some clearing and remedial works last weekend so the course is looking good. Weather outlook for he next few days is mixed, but nothing untoward at this point.
Please consult the Mountain Forecast and this website for any updates.
You'll be a fool to miss it.
Our fundraiser Race Night at the Inn takes place on Saturday 2nd April 2016 in the Inn at Strathyre. It's always a great night folks. Don't be filly, come along and support us.
Competitors are reminded that the race is a category AL race and as such, the organisers expect all mandatory equipment to be carried. Competitors will be required to show mandatory equipment at registration, and checks will be made prior to the race. Non-compliant competitors will be invited to withdraw from the race. (See Race Admin)
The beautiful villages of Strathyre, Balquhidder and Lochearnhead have a variety of accommodation including Guest Houses, Inns and Hotels, Chalets, Bed & Breakfasts and Caravan Sites. Click here (opens in new tab) for the RobRoyCountry web site containing request for info for local accommodation enquiry.