Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Scotland Thumbs Up for Mairi

Scottish Athletics selection announcement here

Coach's sigh of relief heard all the way to Blyth Bridge!

Monday, 29 August 2016

Anxious wait for Mairi for possible Scotland call

Mairi Wallace, Beth Hobbs and Corran Carrick Anderson made the trip to the slopes of Colsnaur in the Ochil Hills above Menstrie on Sunday for the final round of the Scottish Athletics Junior Hill Running League which doubled as the U17 and U20 Scotland trials for the Junior Home International in September.

In what proved to be a select and hotly contested Under 17 trial race, on a hill significantly less steep than the forthcoming International venue, Mairi found herself a bit tapped for toe over the 3.1km/300m uphill only course by recent converts to the hill running scene the McKenna twins from the endurance breeding ground that is the Giffnock North club.

Scottish cross-country runner-up Lynn McKenna (hidden above) was first to cross the line in 16 minutes 54 seconds with twin sister Charlotte (also tucked in at the back above) only six seconds behind. Scottish hill running champion Grace Whelan from Moray was third in 17.15 just getting the better of Mairi who was a close 4th in 17.21. It was then a 44 second gap back to her nearest challengers, Scottish Schools champion Nuala McCheyne from Inverclyde and Scottish steeplechase bronze medallist Zoe Nicholson from Pitreavie, both of whom Mairi had vied with at the Cademuir Rollercoaster when Zoe prevailed on the downhill finish.

With the McKenna girls securing the two automatic selections for the Scotland U17 team for the Junior Home International, it's an anxious wait for Mairi to see if she is selected for one of the two remaining places in the team of four. Hopefully she will gain her third Scotland vest in the Junior Home International which takes place on 17 September on the slopes of Skiddaw near Keswick in the Lake District.

Gregor says "It's been a bit of a risk to prepare Mairi for Skiddaw's  average 20% gradient rather than specifically for the trial (10% gradient) and fingers crossed clear 4th will be good enough for her to gain selection for what would be her third Scotland vest. Otherwise I might be getting the boot."

Beth and Corran were racing in the Under 15 hill league (non-trial) and both ran very well for second place in their respective races. That was enough to secure the Under 15 Girls league title for Beth to go along with her Scottish Championship win back in May. Corran was having his first race of the summer following a busy and successful season on the bike, demonstrating a good cross-over between mountain biking and hill running. Both were delighted with their prize of a chocolate orange!

Sunday, 28 August 2016

Weekend round-up: Barry Buddon Half Marathon, Teviotdale 5k & 10k, Baddinsgill Round Hill Race & Ochils 2000s

Lots of members in action this weekend.
Scott Macdonald and Colin Williams headed to the Barry Buddon Half Marathon (inc East District Champs) by Carnoustie on Sunday. Scott was 19th in 1:20:30 in his fastest time in 15 years with Colin 30secs behind in 1:21:00 for a personal best with his last mile as the fastest one in 5.56 so both very happy. They were 5th and 6th in MV40 category. Full results here

Andy Cox was in action at the Baddinsgill Round Hill Race with another strong run and a very creditable 9th place in an event where the first three broke the course record and Andy's time itself was over 5 minutes faster than last years winning time such was the quality of the field.
Results here

Darin Dougal and Mike McGovern raced at the Teviotdale Harriers 10k in Hawick putting in good performances. Darin was 9th in 37:28 and won the MV45 category with Mike in 39:21 and 3rd MV45. Results here

Ethan Elder was also in action in the 5k finishing 3rd overall in the quick time of 18:00, taking the U16 prize (at the age of 13 - not bad!). Results here

Alan Elder tackled the very challenging Ochils 2000s race by Stirling on Saturday - almost 20 miles and 4,000 feet of climb with Alan completing in the course in a very creditable 4:52 in 46th place and 6th M50. Alan reports he paced it well and managed to move up 9 places through the checkpoints across the run – 4th best gain overall but was  "Shattered with the final climb of Dumyat to go!"
Results here

Monday, 22 August 2016

Junior Awards 15-16

It was the junior awards presentation at the club summer gathering at the Traquair Arms yesterday. Looking back over the last twelve months, a period which has been hugely successful for our junior athletes, there were four categories of awards for girls and boys - Most Promising Newcomer, Best Trainer, Most Improved Performer and Best Performance. The winners were:
Most Promising Newcomers - Esme Minto and James Clare
Best Trainer - Charlotte Clare and Angus Carlyle
Most Improved Performer - Holly Hobbs and Ethan Elder
Best Performance - Mairi Wallace and Michael Girdler.
Each received their much sought-after Moorfoot Runners Award Winner's water bottle.

Mairi Wallace and Lucas Cheskin were also recognised by the club for gaining their first Scotland representative vests, both at the Junior Hill Running Home International last September, and were each presented with an engraved paperweight.

LtoR: Lucas, Holly, Mairi, Esme, Charlotte, James, Ethan, Angus (Michael wisnae there)

Fantastic 800m bronze for Charlotte at Scottish Champs

Top notch performance from Charlotte Clare yesterday at Grangemouth in the Scottish Champs U15 Girls 800m, taking a well deserved bronze medal. She won her heat comfortably, then in the final she sat off the early pace, as planned, and as the pace steadied she moved through the field down the home straight to challenge for the lead at the bell. She was widest of three abreast going round that bend, but down the back she edged marginally ahead 250m out and with a 10m gap back to 4th I thought blinkin’ heck she could win this. But the other two responded to hold Charlotte out wide and off the final bend they had gained 3 metres on her. It was now a fight for the bronze with two East Kilbride runners closing in ominously. But Charlotte repelled their challenge with a really gutsy run down the home straight to cross the line clear third in 2.23.45. No photo finishes needed this time. She was beaming afterwards - a delight to see.

Ethan Elder ran a great race in the U15 Boys 1500. Well positioned in a steadily run race, he went with the top three who made a fast break  with 500m to go. He committed to chasing a medal but then had nothing left with 150m to go and faded to finish 7th. It was exactly the same sort of race Laura Muir ran. He could have sat in and raced for a safe and fairly distant 4th, but he really went for it and has another year in that age-group. Craig Angus ran a 3-second PB in his heat, an excellent effort on a breezy day, but it wasn't quite enough to get to the final. Rumour has it he wants to try the steeplechase - but has anyone told him you have to go over the barriers? :-)

Michael Girdler is another who is still in the same age-group next year and he gave a good account of himself in the U15 Boys 300m final coming 5th (1st U14) in 38.71, just outside his PB on what by then was a pretty windy day. 

Kobe Stevens had been laid low with sickness during the week and was a tad off his usual form which on any other day would have seen him through to the U20 Men's 800m final

Thursday, 18 August 2016

Moorfoot Runners Summer Gathering

The 2016 Moorfoot Runners Summer Gathering is this Sunday!  21st August - 6:30 at the Traquair Arms Hotel, Innerleithen

Please note that due to a lack of interested runners for the handicapped races, we have decided to cancel both runs.

This means that food will go ahead as planned at 6.30 with Gregor's presentations taking place around 7.00p.m.

Still time to put your name on the doodle poll for food - 47 signed up so far! 

Monday, 15 August 2016

Moorfoot Gathering

The 2016 Moorfoot Runners Summer Gathering is rapidly approaching! 
Sunday 21st August - 5:30 at the Traquair Arms Hotel, Innerleithen
This is a family event which is open to both members and non-members.
As part of the gathering, a 5K handicap event will be held for Moorfoot adults and a 2.5k handicap event will be held for Moorfoot  juniors. For the adults, a shiny club trophy is up for grabs and for the juniors, a crispy £20 prize -Sponsored by Mike McGovern. Please note that the handicap events are for Moorfoot senior and junior members only.
Start time for handicap races will be: 5.30
To avoid congestion, adults will head off first, followed by the juniors
Food ( lasagnas - both vegetarian and non-vegetarian available, salad, garlic bread) at around 6.30, followed by Gregor's presentation of the annual award to the juniors.

If you are intending to come, could you please sign up on the doodle poll below – this will help us plan the catering!
Also - please tick appropriate box, with name if you/your child plan on running.
Club members and immediate family (even if non-members) - £4 per adult , £2 per child under 12 years old
Non-club members - £9 and £7 (cost price)

Payment will be collected on arrival.