Monday, 11 December 2017

Moorfoot Club Hoodies - XMAS SPECIAL PRICE !!! ORDER NOW

Dear Members,
I am taking orders for Moorfoot club hoodies. These are priced at £10 for junior members (U18) and £15 for Senior members. This is subsidised by the club. It is a Russell 50/50 polycotton hoodie in red with MOORFOOT in blue on the back. It is exactly the same as the Team Borders hoodie for those juniors who already have one of them. They are reported to be popular, good quality and wash/wear well. There is the option to have your initials on the left breast if you want.
If you would like to buy a Hoodie please could you email me at with your size (9-10, 11-12, XS, S, M, L, XL) and the initials to go on the garment (if any) and I will place the order with Prestons (Peebles). 
For payment please could you put the correct money in an envelope with your name and order details (or alternatively you could write a cheque made out to “Fingerprint Xpress” for the correct amount) and pop it through my letterbox. I am based at:
This is within the Peebles Gait development at the end of Rosetta Road (opposite the caravan park). When you turn into the estate take the first left and follow the road all the way up. No.15 is the pink house at the end.
Preston’s won’t carry a large stock so to avoid a delivery charge, we need to order in batches of six (this could mean a slight delay for any late requests.) Orders placed with Prestons by Friday 15th should be in before Christmas (but this can’t be guaranteed 100%). When the orders are ready I will email members who have placed an order and you can collect the hoodies directly from:
Please note that club hoodies are only available to members at the present time.
Best Regards,
Alex Nisbet

East Silver for U17 Girls at Livvie

With the Moorfoot U17 girls having sneaked team silver at the National Short Course Champs at Kirkcaldy in November by just the one single point from Edinburgh AC, it looked on the form book to be a straight contest between the two teams again for the East District team title at a frosty Dechmont Law, Livingston on Saturday. It was three to count and with Moorfoot relying on only the three entrants against Edinburgh's seven, which included the odds-on favourite for the individual title, there was little room for slip-ups, injury or illness.

As expected, Edinburgh's Eloise Walker took individual gold with some highly impressive running, completing the undulating 5.1km course in 17.16 minutes for a resounding win, well ahead of all the U20 women who raced at the same time. First Moorfoot back was Beth Hobbs who continued her good winter form with an excellent 7th place in 19.34, just being run out of 6th in the final sprint for the line. Edinburgh's second counter was 9th and Mairi Wallace battled for 12th in 20.20.

So with two runners home each, it was sitting Edinburgh 10 points, Moorfoot 19 points, but with Charlotte Clare in sight on the home stretch just a couple of places behind Mairi. Charlotte has been our top counter so far this winter ahead of Beth and Mairi, but had been plagued by a sore throat going into the race and despite a cautious start, by the half-way point she was struggling with her breathing in the freezing air. To finish where she did in 14th in 20.36, not far behind Mairi, is testament to her courage and loyalty to her team. Could she complete nine places ahead of Edinburgh's next finisher? Unfortunately, although she finished over forty seconds ahead, only 26 of the 39 entrants ran on the day, meaning that the field had thinned out such that Edinburgh's third counter was home five places back in 19th. That was enough for Edinburgh to seal team gold by four points with the Moorfoot girls taking another silver, still an excellent result.

Earlier in the day the U13 Girls team of Esme Minto, Madeline Collins and Holly Hobbs all ran well over their 3.2km course to take 20th, 28th and 37th respectively in a field of 57, finishing 7th of the eleven complete teams. The U13 Boys team, racing over the same distance, managed 6th courtesy of Patrick Cannon (20th), Ben Allan (23rd) and Angus Carlyle (33rd). Jake Lockyer also finished fast for 42nd of the 65-strong field.

The U15 girls raced over 3.9km and Eilidh Mooney produced her best form of the winter to finish in 25th in 17.00, one place and seven seconds ahead of Charlotte Morrison. Megan Hobbs completed the team in 40th for 7th team overall.

Racing in the U17 Men's race over 6.4km Craig Angus found the effects of a recent head cold to be against him but battled to finish 28th of 42 in 24.36.

Running for Lasswade, Moorfoot trained Euan Hood was 20th in 23.42 to contribute to team silver as did Ailsa Innes and Niamh Shaw for Lasswade's U20 Women's team with their 11th and 13th place finishes in 19.48 and 20.44 respectively.

Well done all in fronting up to the challenge of Championship cross-country racing and putting your best foot forward. "Now for the indoors" I hear a few of you say!

Friday, 8 December 2017

Boxing Day Runs

The annual Moorfoot Boxing Day Runs are coming up.

Our three course Menu offers....

Run to the Mast
Seven and a bit-ish hill run up to Dunslair Heights at a sociable pace (90mins-ish) - regular stops to regroup - and back to the Glentress Peel Café for coffee/cake/a blether

Meet at Gytes Leisure Centre Peebles 9:45am for a sharp 10.00 start.
Dress accordingly for a slowish run with stops - it is often snowing on the tops - December in the hills - all runners being suitably dressed for running in the hills in winter; full body cover (inc hat and gloves) and backup warm fleece/insulated jacket in a bum bag or small back pack - you have been warned...
Should be back down at the Peel café for 11.30ish...

Handicap Fun Run
While the seniors slog up to the mast on Boxing Day, all juniors (under 9s accompanied), plus Mums and Dads looking to run off some over-indulgence, or anyone too late/not up for the mast run, are all invited to take part in a c.2mile handicap fun run on the foot/cycle/horse path Peebles to Glentress where we will meet up with the seniors in the Peel café for coffee/juice and cake(s) at about 11.30am.

Meet at the entrance to the old Hydro stables at the foot of Janet’s Brae ready for an 11am start, setting off at intervals, slowest first, fastest last. The finish is just before the main road opposite Glentress (with a couple of adults there to help with crossing the road.) The route can be found here
Rule No.1 - Handicapper Gregor has the final say. Rule No.2 - Handicapper Gregor has the final say. Rule No.3 - don’t forget to turn left for the finishing stretch towards Glentress, otherwise you will end up in Cardrona. Rule No.4 - Organise your lift back (or you may be running back on your own). Rule No.5 - Handicapper Gregor has the final say.
Much sought after prizes on offer! Spare clothing etc can be left in Gregor’s car to be transported to the finish.
Pure Banter
For those who don't fancy the 'run' bit, just meet up at the Peel café for 1130 and join in the blethering bit...all welcome...

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Christmas meal and awards

The Moorfoot Runners Christmas meal was held at the County Inn in Peebles on Tuesday evening, after the regular weekly training session. It was well attended with 20 people attending.
There were presentations for the Senior Club members in various categories:
Improver Award - Magnus Skea breaking his half marathon personal best on three times in succession in 2017 including breaking 1hr30mins for the first time,  recording 1.29.34 at Alloa, 1.28.52 at the Great North Run, and 1.27.25 at the Great Scottish Run.

Perseverance award - Paul Nichol as he's still running loads of marathons (inc London and Stirling) and recording impressive times as an older Vet 50.

The Mike McGovern Tribute Award for getting lost / TV star Award  - Lucy Colquhoun for a 7 mile detour in a race in the northern Pennines, losing her dogs for the night before a race at Cape Wrath (and missing the race) and being the star of the BB2’s Adventure Show on the 35 mile Kintyre Way Ultra Marathon winning the woman's prize and finished second overall!

Worst Preparation before a completely brutal race Award goes to Alan Elder – please read his report on August’s Glencoe Ultra Marathon but in summary it’s not that surprising that if you enter a 45 mile, 7,300 feet of climb race, and your first ever ultra marathon, 36 hours before that you may encounter some challenges, largely involving having a terrible night before being eaten by blood thirsty midgies while trying to wild camp, missing dinner and ending sleeping in the car (or trying to).

Moorfoot Runners Trophy for Outstanding Performance, had a number of notable mentions -

Kenny Davidson for setting a personal best at London Marathon for 3hr 03mins and going fastest as a 50 year old than he ever had before,

Ruth McKean winning all local trail 10kms  - trail running dominance in the valley!

Andy Cox for hill running prowess – including his 3rd place for King of the Mountains for his combined time for the Snowdon, Ben Nevis and Scafell Pike races.

Andrew Dancer – eats marathons for breakfast, ultras for tea. He recorded some amazing long distance achievements this year: Bamburgh marathon, 2nd place, sub 3hrs; Loch Ness 2hr 53; 3rd in the Dundee Running Adventure Marathon in 3.02; Glentress Trail Marathon, 3rdplace; winner of the Dark Skies Kielder Run – 26.5 miles - in new course record 3.07; Tweed Valley Ultra (40miles), 4th less than a minute off podium; followed up two weeks later (last Saturday) with the 5th place in a class field at the Cheviot Goat Ultra (55 miles, in snow at times) taking 12 ½ hrs;

But the trophy winner for 2017 went to Scott McDonald who won the 5,000m Scottish Championships for 50 + (in a time of 17 mins 10 seconds), and was also fastest M50 at Great North Run, the biggest half marathon in the world, in a time of 1hr 18 mins 11secs. Fantastic performances.

2017 Award winners and mentionees, with Colin and Alan Mac as Club Secretary and President (Andy C & Ruth absent) 

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Ian Munro's Summary from Borders XC Round 2 - Dunbar

Another chapter of the 2017 borders cross country series ticked past today. In fabulous cold winter sunshine Dunbar hosted the 2nd race of the season on the beautiful white sands at Dunbar. Run on sands and the grassed over dunes this is virtually a weather proof course. The only extra challenge today was the head wind on the return leg of the 1 lap course. 220 cold, sun-tanned heros started a course made for sustained pace - unlike Lauder, there is plenty of room on the course to pass folks. The senior race was again dominated by Eion Lennon of Carnethy - but here only 8s in front of Tom Martin of the HBT. Darin Dougal was the 1st home for the Moorfoots. The junior race was equally well supported with 112 under 16's running. A very similar set of runners brought the field home, again dominated by a 16 year old youth, chased home by a 15 year old.

Sunday, 26 November 2017

London Marathon - One Guaranteed Place to be allocated by 1 December

The London Marathon is probably the premier mass participation running event in Britain and a real experience for anyone who has taken part.
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As a British Athletics affiliated cub Moorfoot Runners get one guaranteed entry to the London Marathon each year. The cub has a policy for the fair allocation of the place as explained in a blog post in May
The following factors are considered:
> Have they been a member for more than 12 months
> Have they been not been awarded the club place in the previous 2 years
> Have they unsuccessfully tried to enter via the ballot and were not eligible for a ‘good for age’ place when that entry was open.
Club secretaries must submit an application for the London Marathon place by Friday 8 December so if you would like to be considered for the Moorfoot entry please email me by end of Friday 1 December  to allow time for entrant to be selected.

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Glentress Races round up including the Tweed Valley Ultra

Lucas & Scott starting the 50km ultra
A gaggle / lots of Moorfoots were involved in the different distance trail races at Glentress over the weekend. First off at 10am on the Saturday were the 235 taking part in the trail half marathon, actually a mile short at 12.1 miles but went all the way up to the mast with 2000 feet of climb and included some technical single track too. The race was won in a time five minutes faster than last year by Stephen Feltbower 1:25:44, and he pushed all the way by ex-Moorfoot James Britton who used to live in Cardrona. Colin Williams was the first Moorfoot in 1.39:33 in seventh – a place higher than last year but a minute slower – also second M40. Tuesday night trainer Amy Alcorn had a cracking run to finish as 4th woman in 1.58.57 and only passed by third place in the descent near the end. Full results here
Nice pic of James Britton leading the climb in the half marathon
 Next up was the 10k Night Run which started at 5.30pm just as the Scotland Rugby team was getting stuck into the All Blacks at Murrayfield.
Some really good performances here with Darin Dougal taking third overall and first M40 (43:31), Mike McGovern 5th (3rd M40 – 45:10) and Dave Gaffney 18th (49:08) out of the 215 taking part. Full results here
Darin and Mike tucked in behind the leader of the night 10km
Sunday morning saw the start of the inaugural Tweed Valley Ultras with a sub zero 7.30am start for the 65km/40.5 mile version, with 1574m/ 5164 feet ascent with Alan Elder and Andrew Dancer in action. Again with some stellar performances. Andrew Dancer finished 4th overall (5:53:15 – a very impressive average pace 8:38 min / mile if you consider the distance, terrain and hills!) less than 15 mins behind the winner and only 40 seconds off the podium. Alan Elder earned a very creditable 25th place (7:13:53) and 5th M50, out of the field of 87 finishers. Tweed Valley Ultra 65k Results
Alan in ninja costume going well on the last stretch
The 50km (30 miles) version set off half an hour later at 8am with Lucas Cheskin and Scott MacDonald in action. Both of them set off very fast with the leader and eventual winner Ben Hamilton clocking 6.30 min/mile pace along the flat bike path miles out to Cardrona once the Glentress loop had been negotiated. They were still close together with the leader at Traquair leading up the Southern Upland Way on the Minchmoor climb when Lucas started to cramp and dropped back starting to feel the lack of miles training that injury in the preceding months had restricted. The leader then started to stretch his lead and eventually won the race in a phenomenal 3:46:36. Behind him Scott then started to feel the early fast pace and was increasingly suffering in the flat bike path return stretch from Innerleithen back to Janet’s Brae and had to walk for longer and longer periods to stop cramp. Having been in a very clear second place he was caught with less than 2.5 miles to go and then was passed by another 7 runners as he stumbled along before finishing in 4:47:22 in 9th less than ten minutes behind 2nd place, and was almost caught by Lucas who finished in 4:49:16 (11th). The silver lining was Scott picked up the M50 prize (by virtue of the first M50 getting the 2nd overall prize) and Lucas now has his first ultra under his belt and knows what to expect next time. Tweed Valley Ultra 50k Results
Lucas and Scott glad to be finished!
The early leading group with Lucas and Scott trailing eventual winner

Colin keeping Scott company along the bikepath at Cardrona

Scott skirting Inners

Crossing the bridge