Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Junior Awards for 16-17

The annual junior awards were announced at the club BBQ on Sunday and celebrated again at training on Tuesday evening when those recipients who missed the BBQ got their much-prized Moorfoot Runners Award Winners sports bottle.

There are four categories of award for girls and boys looking back on the 2016-17 winter season and the summer season thus far. After careful deliberation the winners were:

Most Promising Newcomer (recognising promise in both training and competition) - Jess Colledge and Thomas Hilton
Best Trainer (recognising good listening, learning, attendance and effort at training) - Ailsa Innes and Danny Lancaster
Most Improved Performer (recognising training improvement as well as competition) - Charlotte Morrison and Patrick Cannon

Best Performance (best single performance, not overall performer) - Ailsa Innes (SSAA Champs Group A 800m 4th missing bronze by the narrowest of margins and running a 2 second PB) and Ethan Elder (SSAA Champs Group C 1500m silver, bouncing back from illness and injury.)

Well done all.

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Cademuir Rollercoaster 'on the ropes'

Alan Elder's report:

I ran the diluted version of the 'now with added lumps' rollercoaster last year  - but this year -  the rolliness of the coaster has been amplified with the painful initial climb up along Cademuir Plantation. This certainly took a few bites out of my calves. 

At the top of the first climb, there is a good run off from the Red Well Spring, down around the Whaum to the midpoint of the hellish hill. Ascending the slope to the hill fort, time one and time two - in full grunting-knee-pumping mode, I become aware of a major downfall with a local race. When you know the marshals - there is nowhere to hide - Iona M at the bottom and Brian H at the top - stopping would be a scoffable offence.

This 'inconvenience' takes its toll by lap two and the level of huffing is significant. I manage to draw back some air for the Cademuir step and even manage to pass a runner on the last climb.

A few sharp intakes of breath and I am reeling down the final slope before the traverse and final dash to the line. It has been a busy week - so though a little slower than I would have hoped - not unexpected!

Looking forward to the next one!

Cademuir Rollercoaster - "inside the ropes"

Kenny's report -
The new 8km course  was always going to be a 'toughie', and it only got tougher once I found out about the correct outward routing (doh!) on the Friday night.

Plan was therefore to start 'sensibly' on the first long climb - easier said than done - keep it 'very sensible' on the two ascents of Cademuir Hill at the far end of the course - and then see what was left for the final ascent of the 'Cademuir Step' on the way back before the long fast descent to the finish line....

The start saw two distinct packs form before the first gate - U20 and Vet+. A bit of reshuffling up the first climb and along the top section, but I was down to basically a Carnethy on my tail and a Gala Harrier as a target man.
The two ascents of Cademuir (Gregor's Half Hell Rep) were brutal, the descents also tough when you are racing - you don't really get a full recovery. No changes of position from earlier at this point...

Up the final climb (the Cademuir Step) and Gala Harrier was still reachable, and Carnethy was out of ear shot behind. Made my move on the final contouring section and got past Gala Harrier and finished strongly...

Strava stuff here....

Perversely, actually enjoyed this version of the course better than I of my better race plan executions too (there are not many of them !)
Well done to all Moorfoots who managed, supported and ran on the day....a great wee event !

Monday, 14 August 2017

Rollercoaster Report

The 8K "Women's" prize-giving!
A total of sixty-nine runners finished the three races which incorporated the Scotland Trial races for hill running’s Junior Home International, with the first two finishers in each age category being certain of being offered selection for Scotland. The International will be held on the same courses on Saturday 16 September with two additional athletes selected to make up each Scotland team of four for U17 Women, U17 Men, U20 Women and U20 Men.

Race 1 was over 3.8km with a climb of 176m and incorporated the U17W Scotland trial race. Seventh overall and first home in that age-group was regular Scotland internationalist Lynn McKenna (Giffnock North) in a time of 18.10. But hats off to Scottish U13 Cross-Country Champion, now first-year U15, Anna Hedley (Fife AC) who stunned everyone by romping home to be first female in 16.54. Anna put the cat amongst the pigeons for the selectors by finishing third overall in the race, just twelve seconds off the winner and was only narrowly beaten home by two U15 boys. James Connelly (Garscube) gained two places on the final descent, including passing Anna, to take the win in 16.42, and Ben Cameron, who had made the long journey south from Forres, was second in 16.46. Our own Beth Hobbs had a strong run to finish twelfth overall and fifth in the U17 trial race in 20.00, a few seconds ahead of Scotland internationalist Zoe Nicholson (no relation). With one of the U17W who finished ahead of Beth twisting an ankle on the home run, Beth will have at least put herself in the minds of the selectors. In any case, she has another year in that age-group. Eilidh Mooney won her own "race within the race" to finish 16th overall and fifth U15G.

Race 2 was over 5.8k/321m race and incorporated both the U20W and U17M Scotland trial races. First overall and U17M trial winner was Robert Sparks (Fife AC) in 27.58. Elliot Duff (Garscube) took second in 28.18 with Yousuf Khursheed (Gala) third in 28.54. Next to finish in this race in fourth overall in 29.24 was the U20W trial winner Lauren Dickson (Lasswade) in what was just her second ever hill race. You couldn’t get any more local than veteran Sue Ridley (EAC) - well not until that McKean woman gets herself entered - "next year", so she promised. Sue was racing just over her back wall, and she showed she is still in good form by finishing eighth overall, second female and first female veteran in 32.19.  Moorfoot and Scotland Internationalist Mairi Wallace made a late call to race having only just returned to full training after injury and finished in good shape in twelfth overall and third U20 in 35.33. With a couple of the top U20W missing the trial it remains to be seen whether Mairi might sneak selection for the JHI. She has another two years in the U20 age-group.

The final race of the day incorporated the U20M trial and took in the steep climb to the Cademuir summit twice for 8k/433m. This, as well as the start-line explanation that this year's route went straight on over the first hill, elicited a few groans at the start. This start line explanation was also to make sure that Kenny Davidson knew where he was going, having not done his homework on the change of route before leading others astray on his pre-race recce! 

Gavin Bryson (EAC) showed a return to form to run out a convincing winner in 36.07 and seal his Scotland selection. Clubmate Freddie Carcas chased him home for the other guaranteed international selection in 37.09. Fourth overall and third home in the U20M category was Faisal Khursheed (Gala) in 39.23. He was preceded by the evergreen fifty-something and Hawick resident Colin Donnelly (Cambuslang). Unusually, this race turned out to be an all male affair so with the Race 2 female winner being under-age, the women’s 8k prize of a Franco’s meal voucher and bottle of top-notch prosecco was gratefully received by "Mrs" Donnelly.

Kenny found his way round to come home 12th overall and third vet in 44.45 with Alan Elder 22nd and 12th vet in 53.52. (Both invited to blog from the runner's point of view.)

The final word goes to the final finisher in the 8k, Frank Birch from Teviotdale Harriers who was applauded home in 71.18, a shade less than double the winner’s time. “Thanks for such a brilliant race. It was a comprehensively organised, marshalled and signposted event. It was tough going on occasions, but I enjoyed the challenge!”

Under-age Lauren, so no prosecco sorry

Cademuir Rollercoaster Results and Photos

Report to follow but here's the info from this years Cademuir Rollercoaster

Race 1 - 3.8km results and photos

Race 2 - 5.8km results and photos

Race 3 - 8km results and photos

More photos from Keith Renton on Facebook here

A selection of photos of Moorfoots in action

Friday, 11 August 2017

Caerketton Hill Race 2017

If a weekend race isn't enough and you are looking to give your legs a sound midweek thrashing - I would recommend looking out for a Wednesday night race (should you decide to take leave of your common sense!).

Caerketton is on my way home from work so I thought I would join in. Probably not the best idea after running Philiphaugh on Sunday - a 6 mile 'recovery run' around Cademuir on Monday and a Tuesday night beasting (courtesy of Colin and Ruth) at training.

But was only 3 quid to enter!

As I arrive , the junior race is just coming to an end and I spot some junior Moorfoot vests speeding down the final stretch to the finish line.

Angus Carlyle dashes down in a fantastic 2nd place - soon followed by brother, Cameron in a very creditable 5th and  Danny Lancaster puts in a great effort for 8th. Good show from the juniors - 3 in the top 10!

The adult race is soon underway and it feels like a vertical kilometer to reach the top - in fact it probably is?  It's a hot night and a tough climb to get around the second cairn. 

The middle section on the way up (courtesy Carnethy dot com)

My legs are suffering from the past three day's activity but once around the top cairn, I know it is all down hill. Time to enjoy....

From rounding the cairn, I managed to make up 12 places before the finish line. Some Moorfoot support from the Carlyle's on the final corner probably accounted for half of the places!

I had an outside time of 28 minutes in mind - so not too disappointed with 27.20.

A new record of 17.51 was set by Jonathan Crickmore of Dark Peak and Charlotte Morgan of Carnethy set a new female record of 20.23 - beating her previous by 28 seconds.

108 entered - the highest number in the last 12 years!

Results Here

Philiphaugh & Caerketton reports

Philiphaugh Hill Races were held on Sunday 6 August consisting of a 4mile and 7 mile race.
71 ran on the 4 mile course. Esme Minto was first female (and first Junior Female), with a great 4th position overall in 32.41. Well done. Results here

The 7 mile race was won by Colin Donnelly (Cambuslang) in 48:17 with the following Moorfoots:
Darin Dougal 5th, 1st M40 49:55
Mike McGovern 6th and 2nd M40 51:56
Alan Elder 35th and 7th M50 1:03:13
Full results

You cannot be serious!! the ball was out
The races helped the organisers raise £1113.65 for the Selkirk play park project

Alan Elder and Dave Gaffney completed Caerketton Hill Race on a spectacular Wednesday evening. Results here

Some very scenic pics from the top thanks to Steven Fallon