The Ben Sheann Hill Race Wednesday 15th June 2016

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.

Registration Form can be downloaded here - pdf or Word ...

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

Results : The Ben Sheann Hill Race Wednesday 15th June 2016

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)

             
Beinn Sheann    
 15th June 2016    
PRIZE WINNERS    
             
POS. No.   Name Club Time  
             
  MALE          
1 167   James Espie Deeside Runners 00:26:46  
2 177   Sam Alexander Westerlands 00:27:02  
3 161   Stephen Rawlinson Lochtayside 00:27:09  
             
  FEMALE        
1 173   Jill Stephen Hunters Bog Trotters 00:33:11  
2 156   Sarah MacKenzie Lochaber AC 00:39:58  
3 180   Shelley Mathieson Unattached 00:45:07  
             
  MALE VET 40+        
1 154   Colin MacDougall Tinto Hill Runners 00:32:43  
2 172   George MacMillan Unattached 00:32:52  
3 151   Jason Williamson Cosmics 00:33:38  
             
  FEMALE VET 40+        
1 159   Julia Connor Unattached 00:41:49  
2 166   Denise Burns Lomond Hill Runners 00:44:11  
3 191   Kathryn Cooper Unattached 01:12:05  
             
  MALE VET 50+        
1 174   Alan Smith Deeside Runners 00:29:55  
2 150   Steven Fallon Carnethy 00:30:25  
3 163   Damien Theaker Unattached 00:33:53  
             
  FEMALE VET 50+        
1 175   Val Houston Westies 00:35:51  
2 185   Michelle Hetherington Helensburgh AAC 00:38:39  
3 184   Jo Polak Unattached 00:45:59  
             
  MALE VET 60+        
1 183   David Scott Ochil Hill Runners 00:35:50  
2 152   Gordon McCaffrey Westerlands 00:37:43  
3 198   Robert Pugh Kilmarnock Harriers 00:39:18  
             
  MALE JUNIOR        
1 168   Calum Kitching Deeside Runners 00:30:51  
             
  LOCAL          
1 161   Stephen Rawlinson Lochtayside 00:27:09  
             

 

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.

Place Race #  Time  Name Club Category Local
1 167 00:26:46 James Espie Deeside Runners M  
2 177 00:27:02 Sam Alexander Westerlands M  
3 161 00:27:09 Stephen Rawlinson Lochtayside M Y
4 174 00:29:55 Alan Smith Deeside Runners MV50  
5 150 00:30:25 Steven Fallon Carnethy MV50  
6 168 00:30:51 Calum Kitching Deeside Runners MJ  
7 195 00:31:44 Chris Walsh Dundee Hawkhill Harriers M  
8 190 00:31:49 Dan Hesp Unattached MJ Y
9 194 00:31:57 Munro Stewart Dundee Hawkhill Harriers M  
10 155 00:32:08 Alasdair MacInnes Westerlands M  
11 154 00:32:43 Colin MacDougall Tinto Hill Runners MV40  
12 172 00:32:52 George MacMillan Unattached MV40  
13 188 00:33:08 Craig Freshwater Westerlands M  
14 173 00:33:11 Jill Stephen Hunters Bog Trotters F  
15 151 00:33:38 Jason Williamson Cosmics MV40  
16 192 00:33:48 Billy Gibson Dundee Hawkhill Harriers MV40  
17 163 00:33:53 Damien Theaker Unattached MV50  
18 171 00:33:54 Kristaps Kravcovs Unattached M  
19 170 00:33:54 Robert Kravcovs Unattached M  
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  
23 158 00:35:20 Dan Watson Lochtayside MV40 Y
24 157 00:35:38 Tom Meikle Unattached M Y
25 183 00:35:50 David Scott Ochil Hill Runners MV60  
26 160 00:35:51 Trevor Shaw Lochtayside MV50 Y
27 175 00:35:51 Val Houston Westies FV50  
28 187 00:36:32 Hamish Frost Unattached M  
29 189 00:36:59 Start Lampard Unattached MV50  
30 152 00:37:43 Gordon McCaffrey Westerlands MV60  
31 162 00:38:34 Don Reid Westerlands MV50  
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  
36 176 00:40:52 Brian Brennan Westies MV60  
37 159 00:41:49 Julia Connor Unattached FV40  
38 178 00:43:32 Alistair Boyer Westerlands M  
39 199 00:44:01 Peter McMaster Unattached M  
40 165 00:44:10 Iain Beedie Lomond Hill Runners MV40  
41 166 00:44:11 Denise Burns Lomond Hill Runners FV40  
42 186 00:44:52 Peter Midgley Westerlands MV50  
43 180 00:45:07 Shelley Mathieson Unattached F  
44 184 00:45:59 Jo Polak Unattached FV50  
45 179 00:46:42 David Sinclair Perth Road Runners M  
46 181 00:47:17 Chris Brotherston Unattached MV40  
47 153 00:52:07 Alan Vigrow Dundee Hawkhill Harriers MV50  
48 196 00:53:11 Robert Mellish Westerlands MV50  
49 191 01:12:05 Kathryn Cooper Unattached FV40  
50 164 DNF Herbie McLean Lochtayside MV60 Y

 

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.

The 2015 Ben Sheann Hill Race Wednesday 17th June

On a windy evening 68 runners completed the race on Wednesday, the winning time posted being 26:37 by Stephen Rawlinson, 2nd being Iain Stewart (27:44) and 3rd Alan Smith (28:01) (& 1st Male Vet 50+). First female and FV 40+ was Val Houston (35:16) , 2nd Sarah Adams (35:34), and 3rd place (& 2nd FV40+) Karen Kealey 40:00. Full results can be found here

Rest as follows

MV40+ Alan Gilkison (29:58)

FV 40+ Val Houston (35:16)

MV 50+ Alan Smith (28:01)

FV 50+ Hilary Ritchie (41:26)

MV 60+ Pat Fitzpatrick (36:29)

MV 70+ Charlie Love (48:17)

There were no retirees this year so congratulations to all the runners who can add 'completer / finisher' to their personality profile!

Many thanks from our community to all the runners who supported us this year for both our races, and we look forward to seeing you back next year.

 

The 2013 Ben Sheann Hill Race Wednesday 12th June

The 2013 Ben Sheann race kicks off next Wednesday at 19:30. Early indications are that there will be a stiff breeze, possibly gales up top, showers and sunny periods but obviously check the mountain conditions before you get here. Will almost definitely be a midge free zone I think.

 

The Ben Sheann Hill Race

Wednesday 12th June 2013

Ben 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

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 12th of June, 2013 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.

Registration Form can be downloaded here - pdf or Word ...

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

Race report n/a for 2012 but here's what happened 2 years ago ...

June 15th 2011 The Ben Sheann Hill Race

Although Garry Rankin matched last year's winning time exactly, it wasn't enough to beat Alasdair Anthony running out the winner in 27 mins 17 secs in his first Ben Sheann race (we think). Stephen Rawlinson came 3rd with a time of 28:29. Christina Rankin came first for the female (32:13) and giving 2 places in the top 3 (M & F) for Kilbarchan. Eilidh Wadlaw giving Hunters Bogtrotters a 2nd place in 36:02. Julia Conner (Moorcroft) came 3rd in 39:07

The full breakdown can be found here but here's a summary :

John Stevenson - Male Vet 40+

Susan Lindsay - Female Vet 40+

John Stevenson - Male Vet 50+

Christopher Ryan - Male Junior

Bill Duff - Male Vet 60+

Steve Rawlinson - Local Prize

56 runners started, and 54 finished the race..

 

Here's what happened in 2010 ...

Wednesday 16th June 2010 Ben Sheann Hill Race

Good weather for the 22nd Ben Sheann Hill Race encouraged a turnout of 68 runners, all of whom completed the course, some just to get away from the midges! It was an excellent race, just 33 seconds separating the first 2. 24 clubs were represented, along with 9 unaffiliated runners and 7 locals.

The course was changed to accommodate the Forestry works in the area but most runners appreciated the new course and some preferred it to the old one.

Adam Gatens (Westerlands) finished first, posting a time of 0:27:48 closely followed by Steven Fallon (Carnethy) 00:28:21, and in 3rd place Alan Smith, (Deeside) 00:29:00. First for the Females were Catriona Buchanan (Ochil) 00:31:57, 2nd was Emma O'Shea (Deeside) 00:32:01, and 3rd was Judith Turner (Carnegie) 00:35:47.

The full breakdown can be found here but here's a summary :

Steven Fallon - Male Vet 40+

Fiona Dunlop - Female Vet 40+

Alan Smith - Male Vet 50+

Adam Gatens - Male Junior

Eddie Dealtry - Male Vet 60+

Richard Coombs - Local Prize

Thanks to everyone who helped create the alternate course, those who helped marshall the course tonight, (despite the midgies), and of course to Tony and all the staff at the Munro.

 

 

 

2013 Registration Form

... is now available for download in either pdf format or Word ...

Route Map find it here ...

Race Permit can be viewed here

 

STOP PRESS 14/6/11

2011 Ben Sheann Race Results and details

2011 Prize Winners List

2011 Full finishing times

2011 Race Stats