Monday, 19 March 2018

Seniors Members Races Round up early March

Ruth McKean was racing at the Gartmorn 6 miler on Sunday 11th March. The race is mostly a trail race round the Gartmorn Dam, next to Alloa and Sauchie in Clackmannanshire.
Ruth was 1st female (and 1st female vet), 7th overall out of a field of almost 200, again another great result from Ruth - she consistently performs at this high standard that we are in danger of being blasé about her winning!!
Full results:

Sam MacNeil was racing on Saturday, 10th March at the Heriot-Watt Round the Grounds 5km. Sam has recently started training again and joined Strava and has been smashing segment Course Records all over Peebles. He enjoyed the race:
“First race back in over a year out! Loved being back 🏃 12th place wasn’t too shabby”
Full results:

Andrew Dancer was racing in Northumberland on Saturday night, 17th March, in the High Fells of Thrunton Night Trail Race (9 miles and 1,600 feet of climb). He described the conditions as:  “Snow and minus 9 wind chill. Bogs, ice and blizzards.” Despite this he won, by loads! Top performance Andrew!
According to the organiser’s report on Facebook “Andrew Dancer clearly smashed it out of the park with a massive 9 minute margin. Hats off!” well there’s no arguing with that.
Full results:

Andy Cox finished in a fantastic second place at Criffel Hill race (11km, 550m climb) on Sunday 18 March. The race was won by Matthew Sullivan of Shettleston Harriers. Full results:
Apparently the area south of Moffat was spared the snow. Superb first race of the year for Andy.

Alan Elder was in action at Chapelgill on Saturday, usually a race that attracts a small ‘select’ field (40 ran in 2017) but this year it was the first race in the SHR championship so there was a high quality field with 130 racing despite the bitter cold and bracing wind - lucky it was the before the dump of snow that came later that day or undoubtedly it would have had to have been called off. Alan ran in his first 'post virus run' - he was bedded for 3 days up to the Thursday before the race and it was a case of 'let's just do it' and was glad to manage it given the circumstances.
Full results:

Scott, Kenny and Colin had to been due to race at Alloa half marathon although that was cancelled due to bad weather.
Last and not least Magnus turned 40 and although the celebrations meant that he wasn’t going to be racing he did have a brilliant cake with a figure of Magnus in his Moorfoot vest and his ever decreasing PBs in icing!! Happy birthday Magnus (and thanks to Caroline for the cake).
Magnus with wains hanging onto his ankles!

Monday, 5 March 2018

Annual General Meeting + Franco's meal - FRI 23rd MARCH

Moorfoot Runners AGM + Franco’s meal   - 23rd March – 7pm County Inn

The Annual General Meeting of the Moorfoot Runners is being held on Fri 23rd March at the County Inn, Peebles  at 7pm .
By popular request we are also booking a table at Franco’s restaurant afterwards for 8:30pm.
This ensures the formal proceedings wont drag on too long  !!

Membership numbers this year are at record levels (over 100 in total) and we can now claim to have both an active senior and junior section.

We would really encourage everyone to attend , we are looking for some fresh faces to join the committee ( in any capacity) and would welcome input into how the club is run. 

To help track numbers for both the AGM and the Franco’s meal could you sign up on the attached doodle poll link:-

If you could tick the appropriate boxes – eg: if planning to come to both AGM and Meal then click  the 7pm and 8:30pm boxes , if AGM only then just the 7pm box.


Eddie Balfour

Club Treasurer

Thursday, 1 March 2018

Glentress Trail Races Report - 24th & 25th February

Paul Nichol report from Facebook for the Saturday Races (Half Marathon & 10km)
Thought I'd put a wee word down about the Glentress Half (12.6 miles?) on Saturday where we had 3 Moorfoots representing, Alexandra Nisbet, Colin Williams and me. We were able to get a photo at the start and then Colin was off like a rat up a drainpipe. I managed to run some of the way with Alex which was nice. I thought I would be smart and try and reccy the course on the previous Wednesday but clearly my map reading skills are still rubbish as most of the route up to the Buzzards nest was a surprise. After that was better although there was a lot of climb and we hit the snow line close to the mast where the descent begun properly. Although there were a few surprise climbs thrown in by the course. Good to hit the downhill from the buzzards nest and hit the finish in 2.05. Looking at the results Alex was 14th F in 2.06 and Colin was 10th and 1st MV40 in 1.40. I was 6th MV 50 which is some kind of PB for me. All in all a good day for the club with Ruth McKean coming in as 1st F in the 10K.

Colin adds:
These races are proving very popular with almost 1,000 racing the three events over the weekend!

Ruth McKean excelled again winning the 10km in 44:58 - 1st woman, 3rd overall according to the results, but awarded 1st prize overall as first to finish the course properly. The two in front did a detour.

Also racing on the Sunday in his first race as a Moorfoot was Simon Hammond racing the two lap marathon, finishing in a very credible 15th place in a time 4:16:07.  The second lap is the killer - I did it in 2016 so can testify. Well done!

Full results:
Half Marathon, (2,500ft, 750m ascent) 478 ran

10km, (1,000 ft, 330m ascent) 285 ran

Marathon, (5,000ft, 1,500m ascent - OUCH!) 170 finishers + 13 DNF,

Photos can be found via the race organisers Facebook page

Alex, Colin & Paul before the start
Colin & Ruth at the finish
Marathoners at the summit on the Sunday - Could be Simon, who knows?

Monday, 26 February 2018

Eildon 3 peaks 10 Miler - 2018

Sunday morning, saw a glorious day in Melrose, for this year’s Eildon 10 Miler.

A sharp blast up Eildon North, to Mid, to Easter – then down to Bowden and on to St Cuthbert’s way – cutting though Newtown St Boswells and north along the banks of the Tweed, crossing the A68 and back along the old railway line to the Rhymer’s Stone and a fast blast down to the original start point – opposite Priorswalk. 


Well - not quite…

A band of 118 set off on the initial climb up past Oakendean House, where, a short distance ahead, a right hand turn is taken at the first treeline to take runners up onto Eildon North.

However, the front half of the pack ran past this, seemingly unmarshalled turn, and headed out on what would be the route for ‘The Melrose Christmas Pudding Race’.

I am confused at this point – we are 300 meters past the turn, heading over the top of the hill. I know it is wrong but follow the pack. I begin to imagine that they have altered the course and perhaps I had been in the loo when some major change had been announced. I am the only one who didn’t get the message? I panic - thinking I have signed up for a different race or somehow I have missed the last 10 months. I panic again. Not because it is a different race but because I haven't yet  bought any Christmas presents!

A marshal then shouts from lower down the hill. The front end turns back and we all head down hill – hard work. Even harder for the group that were leading.

There is then some very difficult bottlenecking due to all the ‘faster’ runners now trying to pass - as the runners who were taking things at a more leisurely pace - are now at the front. (They got the message to divert up the first treeline)  Those who were in the lead are still passing others, half way up the first Eildon.

It’s a slippery slog to the top but a good blast down to Eildon two and then a ride down the scree and up to hill three. Not feeling too bad at this point and have a good run down to Bowden – picking off 10 or so runners.

I pass my mate Luis from Lauderdale Limpers as he stops for a drink at Bowden. He calls me something like ’a squeaky custard’ but, the wind was blowing and perhaps I misheard him? He then gives chase.

Me and the Mr Molero (Pic courtesy of Rachel M)

The St Cuthbert’s Way section is a good chance to stretch out a bit and I manage to pass another couple of runners by St Boswells. I reccied the course the week before and found a few ‘drier’ lines along the waterside - which prove beneficial and I manage to make up another two places.

A tough final slog from the golf course over the A68 and up to the Rhymer’s Stone. I know I am close to my previous time and thrash down the final road section passing another 3 runners – checking my watch as I go.

I don’t get a good look at my watch as cross the line as my body has other priorities – I thought I had dipped under by 3 or 4 seconds but the time given shows me 7 seconds over last years’ time.

And – 33rd – same as last year!

However, with the ‘additional section’ – this probably equates to a 3 minute or more PB!

A good day out! 

Sunday, 25 February 2018

Lurgy/injury hit juniors at the Nationals

Despite both the Peebles lurgy and injury impacting on some performances, there were still some pretty decent showings from the Moorfoot juniors at the National XC Champs at Callendar Park, Falkirk on Saturday. Unlike recent years, it was perfect conditions, a dry week and marginally sub-zero overnight temperature combining to provide good running ground, and the slight breeze having little impact in the sunny conditions other than keeping things on the chilly side of mild.

With two lurgy related call-offs in the morning, three or four running who had suffered a lurgy interrupted prep over the last ten to fourteen days, at least one who ran a tad below par, quite possibly due to the impending onset of the lurgy, one running through a niggling injury, and an ankle twist causing one DNF, it wasn't a day when the Moorfoot heather was set alight, but hats off to all those who rose to the challenge of competing in the National Champs in muckle big fields on a muckle tough course.

Best finisher on the day was Beth Hobbs who ran strongly considering she was one of those only just recovered from the lurgy, finishing 14th of 44 in a time of 26.47 in the U17 Women's race over 6km. Beth is still in that same age-group next winter. A tad below par in that race, and complaining of feeling a bit off form, was Mairi Wallace who crossed the line 25th in 28.41. Judging by mum Angela's still evident nasty bout of the lurgy, it would be no surprise if Mairi is next in their household to succumb!

First race of the day was the U13 Girls race over 3.1km and unfortunately a technical problem with the chip timing means no results have been published yet. I'd guess the three Moorfoot finishers -Christina McGorum, Holly Hobbs and Maddie Collins (in that order) - were all inside the top half. Emily Carrick-Anderson was a lurgy hit non-runner and unfortunately Esme Minto twisted an ankle and was a DNF. She was hobbling manfully (sexist?) along on one good leg when passing yours truly with 1200m and the hill still to go, so the shepherd's crook was deployed to pull her out.

The U13 Boys were kept champing at the bit on the start line for a good 10 minutes while the technical problem was sorted, then were off at a rate of knots like pent up bullocks! In a field of 188 finishers Ben Allan was just inside the top half in 79th in 13.16. Angus Carlyle was racing on the back of limited training due to ongoing heel and knee pain and did well to finish, coming home 116th in 13.54 and Jake Lockyer had his usual spirited finish and was just ten places back in 14.10. Patrick Cannon was another lurgy hit non-runner.

The Under 15 Girls raced over 4.1km with Charlotte Morrison leading the Moorfoot trio home in 75th in 18.41. Eilidh Mooney was next home in 92nd in 19.10 and Megan Hobbs kept on well for 106th in 19.35.

Finally in the U17 Men's race over 6km Euan Hood (Lasswade vested) and Craig Angus both produced solid consistent runs after bouts of the lurgy, Euan finishing 37th in 23.47 and Craig 47th in 24.34.

Well done all.

Photo shows Ben, Jake and Angus on the start line, seemingly intrigued by the Gala pairs' pre-race Japanese meditation. Mind you it served them well - 167 floated to bronze and 169 zenned his way to 31st.

Monday, 19 February 2018

Strathaven Striders 'Run with the Wind' Half Marathon 2018

Results here...

Magnus and Kenny were through at Strathaven for this years Run with the Wind Half Marathon, a good checkpoint on how the training is progressing on the way to Spring Marathons.

Benign conditions this year, in what can sometimes be a windswept and snowy course climbing up to and passing the Whitelees Wind Farm, on the south edge of East Kilbride.
A tough course, with a couple of long draggy climbs, but enough downhills to recover on and get some faster splits back in the bag again.

Magnus - another HM PB, at 1:26:40 and 20th place; a strong, well paced run...

Kenny - possibly a PB (?) in 1:26:02, and chasing down the overall V50 winner at the finish, but coming up 5 secs short.

Definitely a recommended race, with good organisation and catering post race....

Gala XC - Borders Series Round 6

The latest instalment of the Borders Cross Country took part in Galashiels on Sunday.
Doddie Weir was there receiving a £2,500 cheque on behalf of his Motor Neuron Disease charity.
The race started by Doddie to the sound of bagpipes and a rendition of O' Flower of Scotland (both verses!).
Good showings from the juniors:
Category Category Placing Name Time
F8-9 6 Ava Mooney 14:25.4
F10-11 5 Sophie Logan 14:46.9
F12-13 5 Kate Harvie 14:11.4
M10-11 6 Ben Allan 12:10.9
M10-11 9 Danny Lancaster 12:22.6
M10-11 11 Joshua Duncan 12:23.9
M10-11 14 Kainui Keen 12:45.8
M10-11 15 Cameron Carlyle 12:46.4

In the senior race Mike McGovern was first club member home in 25:03(? one place ahead of Colin for overall 27th and age 8th but his number fell off so not in the results), Colin Williams (28th, 9th M40 25:20) and Mike Pearson (2nd M70).

Provisional results:

Radio Borders Video and interview with Doddie Weir