Monday, 29 May 2017

Scott is 1st Vet 50 at Edinburgh Half Marathon

Scott MacDonald continued his 100% winning streak as a Vet 50 making it 2 from 2 by winning the age group category at the Edinburgh Half Marathon on Sunday morning clocking the highly respectable time of 1:21:56, 87th overall. Scott was in great form prior to his pneumonia in his left lung that hit him on his birthday and made his loose 2 weeks of training in the month before this event, and Scott went off like a man on a mission going through 10km at 37:20, unfortunately his missed training caught up with him in the last 5km otherwise he would have surely been sub 80 mins.

Glentress 11km trail race report from Friday evening

Report from Alex:
No one could have predicted the soaring temperatures of the very first Tweedlove 11km trail race. As I left my car at 17..45pm the barometer shouted 28 degrees at me, yes that's 28 degrees in the late afternoon in the Scottish Borders, aka Costa Del Peebles.
Scorcio - Andy, Darin, Mike and Ruth line up at the front

The premier GT 11 was a well organised, friendly event, well attended with 128 racers and friendly marshals and much needed water stops on the climb up to the top.

It was great night for The Moorfoots who turned up and supported the local event with both enthusiasm and determination despite the unprecedented warmth. Andrew Cox stormed home second overall (50.07) with a super speedy effort on a course which encompassed a 375m climb up the beautiful trails of Glentress and back down some of the more technical rooty shared trails. The canopy from the trees was all the more inviting on Friday night as it provided some much needed shade for the 200 or so runners braving sub tropical temperatures Peebles had to offer, humidity being the most vivid memory most will be left with from the race (if not a touch of sunburn). Darin Douglas was second Moorfoot home (5th, 2nd MV) followed closely by Michael McGovern (6th, 3rd MV) and Iain Roberts put in a sterling effort and continued to improve with a solid 28th place.

The fabulous Ruth McKean ran brilliantly retaining her recent streak as First Lady overall and First female Moorfoot over the line and Alex Nisbet (me) came in 3rd Female Senior which I am delighted with as I am not ashamed to say that I struggled in the heat!

Pos No. Name Club Category Time Behind
2nd 30 Andrew Cox   M 00:50:07 +00:01:12
5th 36 Darin Dougal   M40 00:50:57 +00:02:02
6th 95 Michael McGovern   M40 00:51:21 +00:02:26
8th 96 Ruth McKean   F40 00:54:08 +00:05:13
28th 125 Iain Roberts   M 01:04:43 +00:15:48
30th 110 Alexandra Nisbet   F 01:05:08 +00:16:13

Full Race Results can be found here:

Monday, 22 May 2017

Magnus and Paul do the first Stirling Marathon

Magnus Skea and Paul Nichol took part in the inaugural Stirling Marathon. The course is a bit undulating so not exactly a PB course. Magnus clocked 3.19.20 and less than a minute behind Double Commonwealth gold medal winner and running legends Liz McColgan (OK she's getting on a bit now but sounds good!). It’s fair to say Magnus hadn’t exactly done the amount of training you would expect in a typical marathon training programme so he was delighted with the time which wasn’t far off his PB set last year.

Moorfoot marathon fan Paul ran his second marathon in month having raced London last month and set a time of 4.00.39, just outside the 4hr barrier and unsurprisingly slower than his London time.

Congratulations both of you
Paul looking far too happy for a someone running a marathon!!
Magnus looking rather happy after the marathon with his Stirling gin!

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Gypsy Glen Hill Race 2017 report

The race was a success and described in nut shell by Mike Pearson as:
Nice evening, good run, great atmosphere, everybody happy!
Many thanks for Mike Pearson as race organiser again, and Peebles Community Council providing marshals and registration, and the other Moorfoots helping with the event - Alan MacDonald, Eddie Balfour, Lucy Colquhoun, Ruth McKean, Kenny Davidson, Colin Williams as course setters and start and finish line crew.

Mhairi, Alex, Pete, Alan and Donald after the finish

The 2017 Gypsy Glen Hill Race had an outstanding entry of 73 runners and was won by Tom Martyn of Edinburgh based Hunter's Bog Trotters who broke the course record, set only last year, going under the 31 minute barrier for the first time ever to clock 30:46. First woman home was Peebles' own Susan Ridley, Edinburgh Athletic Club, winning the woman's overall title for the 5th time in 9 years, as well as being the first female veteran. Lots of clubs represented with the largest contingents from Portobello, Moorfoot Runners, Pencuik Harriers and HBT.  Full results here

Out of the Moorfoots in action this year, Mike led the way and was first home closely followed by Darin (3rd and 4th Vet respectively). Dave Gaffney had his first outing as a Moorfoot with a solid performance and Mairi Wallace placed as first female senior (3rd Female overall) with the stand out Moorfoot performance in her first race on the course. Alan, Pete, Donald and Alex were all very close with the order changing depending on the part of the course they were on (up vs down vs trail vs road) with Alex placing as third F Senior so great result for the first time at the race. Mairi Davidson did very well on only her second hill race ever so congratulations.

Place Runner Category Cat Place Time
7 Mike McGovern MV 3 35 : 36
8 Darin Dougal MV 4 35 : 53
20 David Gaffney M 9 39 : 7
32 Mairi Wallace F 1 41 : 29
39 Alan Elder MV 22 42 : 56
41 Peter Hall MV 24 43 : 18
42 Donald Mitchell MV 25 43 : 31
43 Alexandra Nisbet F 3 43 : 42
72 Mairi Davidson F 9 54 : 13

Lots of pictures from Colin here:
and on the Moorfoot Facebook Group page:

Mike and Darin leading the charge

Dave Gaffney - so quick he's blurred

Finish line crew prep huddle!
Lovely evening for a lung buster - the view from the top 

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Gypsy Glen Hill Race Tomorrow Wednesday Night - see you there?

Moorfoot organised annual hill race in Peebles through the Gypsy Glen and up and round Craig Head.
Race Date  Wednesday, 17 May 2017
Registration in Gytes Leisure Centre EH45 8GL from 6pm.
Start Time  7:00pm
Race start and finish south of the Tweed in Victoria Park.
£5 Enter on the day
Distance  8 km
Climb  305 m

Monday, 15 May 2017

Loch Leven Half Marathon report - Carol Moss breaks age-group course record

Also this weekend Carol Moss and Ian Munro took part in the Loch Leven half on Saturday. Carol had a record-breaking performance claiming the W50 record that had stood for 20 years - massive congratulations.

Here's Ian's report:
A near perfect day for running - bit gloomy with no direct sun, almost no wind and a slight hint of rain. Superb event organisation.

 Some great running - producing quite pedestrian times - won in 1:14, only 6 folk broke 1:20, only 36 broke 1:30 - out of 500 odd finishers. First woman was 1:26.

Great running by Carol to claim 1st V50 lady and 7th woman overall in 1:33 - breaking the V50 record for the course - which had stood since 1997. Ground out a 1:38 (involving an 11th mile of abject misery!!).

 This was a really tough road run on all sorts of counts - it's a lousy course in a beautiful setting.
 Plenty of apparent interest - quiet roads, lots of variation and challenge but that's where the good bits stop! Any idea that it's around a loch (which it is!!) is lost - the loch is never nearer than a full field away and mostly out of sight. The course is full of very long boring straights. Almost one at every corner.

 Really attritional running - thus the times - the hills are all long and slow and just wear you down (well, me any way).

Full results at:

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Weekend Round up - Penicuik 10k, Broughton Hill Race inc UK Inter-Counties & Selkirk 'Ultra' & Half Ultra

While the juniors were competing and winning medals at the East District Track Champs at Grangemouth it was again another weekend where keen Moorfoots were spoilt for choice for races.

Penicuik 10k
Three Moorfoot runners took part in Saturday's Penicuik Harriers 10k race. The field was strong once again, with several young runners taking top places; the overall winning time was 34:46. Finishing in 38:08, Scott McDonald he raced for the first time since turning 50 (having spent his birthday in A&E with a infection) and duly won the male master 50+ category, coming 16th overall. Darin Dougal was not far behind with a time of 38:23 and 18th place (3rd M40). Robert Wilson ran a strong 48:20. The challenging undulating route was not made any easier by the windy conditions, but overall the weather wasn't too bad. The race was once again very friendly, with lots of support enroute, and plenty of delicious refreshments afterwards.

Broughton Heights Hill Race
At the snappily titled "Broughton Heights Hill Race - Incorporating UK Inter-Counties Senior Fell/Hill Running Championship" three Moorfoots were in action - Scout Adkin, the reigning Scottish Hill Champ, Lucas Cheskin, who had gained selection for the East Scotland District as the U23 pick, and Andy Cox racing as a Moorfoot as the race was also open to all.

The race was 9.6km, 600m (6 miles, 2000ft) and was won by Scottish and GB senior hill international Andy Douglas in 40:24 running for East Scotland.
Scout was in the mix with the top women but unfortunately had to pull out with the flair up of chest pains - a result of an old injury when we fell badly in a championship race.
Lucas was 41st and 9th U23, and beating Last year's SHR U23 champion in the process clocking a time of 47:00. Andy Cox was 56th overall in 49:30 and took the scalps of many of the county vests in the process.  Some  very steep climbs and descents by Andy's strava. Results here:

Selkirk "Ultra" and "Half Ultra"
Alan Elder and Lucy Colquhoun were in very impressive action in a new event from the organisers of the Selkirk MTB Marathon. These were tough routes from Bowhill and up onto the SUW with lots of climb. The use of term "Ultra" was rather liberally used as the long course was bang on the marathon distance of 26.2 miles although with 4,312 feet of climb.
Alan excelled only a week after Stuc a Chroin and was 11th and 2nd Male Super Vet (M50) in a time of 4:25:37.
In the half course (14.4 miles, 2,000 feet) Lucy again showing no signs of fatigue from her Kintyre Way Ultra win was 1st Female, 1st F Vet and 5th overall in 2:05:12. Details here: