Monday, 18 June 2018

Robert Wilson reports at Kirkcudbright half and Stichill 10k

Robert Wilson has been in action in the last few weeks and putting in some solid performances. Here's his report:

On the last Saturday in May I took myself down to Kirkcudbright for their annual half marathon. Being the end of May it’s the peak of the Scottish summer and by the time the race starts at 1pm the tarmac has heated up nicely! Thankfully the new race organiser decided to move the start time to 11am this year which may have accounted for my improvement on last years’ time. Anyway, it’s a lovely course with a good downhill thrash between mile 10 and 11. It’s an affordable and well organised race with all funds going to Kirkcudbright High School. I finished in 1:47, five minutes better than last year so a good excuse for a coffee and cake in the many coffee shops near the harbour.
Results can be found here Kirkcudbright half marathon

Last Saturday it was off to Stichill near Kelso for their annual 10k race. A nice low key event, I think there were 80 runners, on a course that meandered around a series of country back roads. As its June and the Scottish summer is over, the weather was ideal for running with a light wind and a drizzle to help keep everyone cool. I finished in 46:45 and was pleased with that time and with a bit more training I could perhaps get back to going under 45 mins – who knows.
Results can be found here Stichill 10k

Both races proved to me, the benefits of a regular training session each week so a big thank you to those in the club who organise the Tuesday and Thursday training sessions.

Robert doesn't even look out of breath!

Tuesday, 5 June 2018

Yetholm Hill Race Report

Dave Gaffney raced well at Yethom this weekend after a considerable layoff with injury. Here's his account:

140 runners gathered at Halterburn, just outside Kirk Yetholm, for the latest race in the Scottish Hill Racing Championships. This one is a medium distance counter for the champs, packing 2,700 foot of ascent into its 7.5 miles.

The low-lying cloud hid much of what lay in store at registration, but the race organiser’s start line briefing gave a suitably detailed description of what we could expect.

“You go up this first hill, round the flag, then follow the dyke/fence line across quite a few more hills, turn left at that big cloud in the distance, then get back here as quick as you can. And I wouldn’t recommend going over the top of that hill there,” he said, pointing to a big lump rising above the Pennine Way to our left. “That’s definitely not the quickest line home.”

This news came as a fillip as it meant that, if nothing else, at least one of the many hills I could currently see wouldn’t have to be summited before I returned to this point.

Before I had too much time to enjoy that reprieve we were off, up and away on a farm track then onto steep open hillside, headed for the aforementioned flag at the top of Staerough Hill, the first of eight tops on the anti-clockwise round.
A quick chat with Craig Walling on the first hill revealed that he and Katie had spent a successful night with five-week-old baby Iona and two dogs in their camper van in the car park. Nothing like getting there early to avoid disappointment!
From the flag, it was straight down to the bealach between Staerough and Sunnyside hills, giving the first taste of what was to become a familiar experience over the next hour or so, i.e working hard to gain height only to plummet downwards again and forfeit all the altitude you’d sweated to achieve just moments before.

The toughest of those steep descent and steeper re-ascent combinations was hurtling down the south side of the 403m Latchly Hill, only to climb precipitously up the north side of The Curr, a 564m top featuring one of the two Trig points on the route (an added bonus for Trig-bagging geeks like me). 

We had now reached the point in the cloud where we were instructed to turn left, which we dutifully did, to pick up the Pennine Way path and thus slightly better running over Steer Rig and the last proper climb up White Law. At this point, I was still competitive in the women’s race, but was soon overtaken on White Law by second and third place in that category and watched them both stretch away, with my legs unable or unwilling to respond to my brain’s instructions to go with them.

From there it’s a good, fast, gravity-assisted run (if your legs are the obedient types) down the grassy track of the Pennine Way and a final splash through the burn into the car park and the finish line.

Every penny of the £5 entry fee was donated to the local mountain rescue team, whose members were out in force on the route, meaning it was exceedingly well marshalled. The team’s £700 windfall – welcomed by a generous round of applause from runners at the start line – was well earned and, as Norham Running Club’s race director explained before the race: “All the money is going to Borders Mountain Rescue, so don’t expect much in the way of prizes, especially if I decide just to keep some of the beers for myself.”
Nobody would have argued that he deserved it for a well-organised and very friendly race which I’ll definitely return to in the future, if only in the hope of experiencing some of the views we were denied by the stubborn clouds on Sunday.  

Shettleston Harriers’ Tom Owens finished at the front of a strong field, as you’d expect in a Scottish Champs race, in 1:03:45 with Eoin Lennon from Carnethy in second place and HBT’s Jonathan Crickmore third. Stephanie Provan held off a barnstorming finish from Heather Anderson of Fife AC to take the win in 1:22:29 and make her trip from Deeside well worthwhile. Claire Barry of HBT was third.

I was very happy to be first (ie only) Moorfoot and to just scrape a top 40 chart entry in 1:23:37.
Full results:

Monday, 28 May 2018

Reminder - Club Membership renewals.

Club Membership Renewals are now due for 2018/19
(Year runs 1st April 2018 to 31st March 2019).

We have kept to the same system of  renewal as last year with Entry Central. The costs are also  the same as previous years (Entry Central costs are being absorbed by the club)
Please click on the relevant link depending on your membership type:

Link for Individual Memberships (£15):

Link for Couple/Family Membership (£20;

Link for Junior Membership (U18) (£10):

There are a few members who have joined within the last few weeks and  I will email these members separately to clarify that they have already paid up for 2018/19

Many thanks
Eddie Balfour
Club Treasurer

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Gypsy Glen Hill Race Report 2018

The annual Gypsy Glen Hill Race took place in Peebles on Wednesday night 16th May, organised by the Moorfoot Runners in association with Peebles & District Community Council.

Many thanks to the main organiser Mike Pearson and the support from all those helping with registration, marshalling and setting the course, whose efforts allow this successful event to go ahead.
There was a good turn of 76 runners on a lovely warm evening. The race was won by James Dunn from the Hunters Bog Trotters who was completing a quick-fire Peebles double after winning the 3 Bridges handicap race on Sunday. He covered the 8km course which includes 300m climb and descent in 31:15. Jonny Lawson of Portobello was 2nd and first over 40. The first home from the host club was Andy Cox in 5th (34:40) closely followed by Darin Dougal in 6th (34:54) who was also the second veteran. Local runner Scott MacDonald was the third veteran in 8th place (36:18).

The female winner was Emily Nicholson from Pitreavie, a GB U20 in the hills in 2016 when only 17 but has been out for two years injured and this was her first competitive race back. Now 19, she is aiming for further GB Junior selection this summer.
It was a close race for the female veteran prize between three locals. Evergreen Susan Ridley (Edinburgh AC) won in 40:34, just ahead of Kate Jenkins (Gala Harriers) 40:49 and Lucy Colquhoun (Moorfoot Runners) 41:17.
The host Moorfoot Runners was also represented by Michael McGovern (12th, 36:42), Sam McNeil (13th, 36:47), Colin Williams (19th, 37:34), Craig Walling (23rd, 38:55), Kenneth Davidson (25th, 39:00), Alan Elder (45th, 43:41).

Full Results:
Photos of whole field (thanks to Frank Birch):

Moorfoot Runners photos: Thanks to Thomas Hilton Thanks to Dave Gaffney

Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Training update - New weekly sessions on Thursday 7pm & Tuesday extra pick up at 6.35pm at PHS

Starting on this Thursday 10th May there will another weekly training session for the senior membership.

Meeting Place Thursdays, 7pm, Kingsmeadows Car Park in Peebles

Activity – Warm up before and cool down after,  with an approx 20 -30 minute handicap, a continuous effort where the slower runners set off earlier and the faster runners later and hopefully everyone finishes at a similar time. The idea is it will be fun, while providing good training.
Every month the following routes will be used:

Run Leader (may change if people are unavailable)
1st Thurs
Glentress Green Route. 4km, 75m climb, 50m descent 
Amy Alcorn
2nd Thurs
Bikepath Eshiels > Cardrona (Nashy's Carpark) rtn. 6km, flat
Andrew Dancer
3rd Thurs
Cademuir Rollercoaster. 6km Route, 300m of climb (or simplified) or
Lucy Colqhoun / Craig or Katie Walling
4th Thurs
Tweedside 'Peebles XC' simplified route. 3.5km, 125m climb
Alan Elder / Paul Nichol
5th Thurs (when it happens)
Special Surprise
Dave Gaffney

The handicapping will be pretty basic where people tell the leader their 5km time and then sets off in that order and its all a bit of a guess, which will hopefully get more refined with time!
It will be low key and the run leader will not be responsible to keep any times so keep your own time if you want to record it - the run leader will be running it too.

The Thursday night session coordinator is Paul Nichol so please direct any queries directly to him
Tuesday Training – Peebles High School Sports Centre pick up 6.35pm

We are keen to encourage more members and parents to join in the Tuesday evening session with the seniors and to make it more inclusive for runners of all abilities, and hopefully less intimidating.
The seniors group will swing by PHS at 6.35pm each Tuesday so that any parents who have dropped off their off-spring for junior training can join in.

Colin ( is the main lead and assures you that they will cater for different abilities.  A typical session consists of 10-15mins warm up, then a set 3 to 5 intervals x 2-5 min intervals with rest in between of about half the effort time and regrouping after each one, followed by a decent warm down. The efforts will always be done on time, rather than distance, to accommodate all speeds and everyone gets equal rest. Whilst some will use this as a hard interval session, because it is based on timed intervals, you can choose to run at whatever pace or effort suits you, and to dip out or finish whenever.
Feel free to join in. Just be ready to run 6.35pm at the entrance to the new sports hall at PHS.

Peebles Gypsy Glen Hill Race details

Moorfoot Runners

in association with
present the annual

On Wednesday 16 May 2018 at 7pm.

Minimum age 16, cost £6, Enter on the Day.

Enter from 6.10pm @ Gytes Leisure Centre, Peebles, EH45 8GL
Race Start and Finish @ Victoria Park, south of the Tweed

Distance c8km; Climb c300m
Male Record 30:46 – Tom Martyn (2017)
Female Record 35:27 - Sarah McCormack (2011)

Route from Registration to Start in Red. Race starting loop in Turquoise.
Green Finish Return
Hill Route

Monday, 7 May 2018

Scout Conquers the Three Peaks

Good to see Scout Adkin's name in the results again, upping her distance a tad to 37km and 1,600m of climb in the Three Peaks race last weekend, finishing 17th female and 2nd U25. Results here

Here is her report.....
So I decided this year to try some longer races – and the iconic Yorkshire 3 Peaks Race seemed the best choice to tackle first. Training had been going well since the start of the year until I got injured (ITB syndrome and peroneal nerve impingement). I was not properly running for 6weeks prior to the race. Less than a week before the race I managed a slowly pain free run. I decided that I would still run but set myself the task of getting round with no further injury instead of chasing times and positions.

I felt good at the start on the lower slopes of Pen-y-gent but once the gradient started to increase my legs were already protesting, clearly unhappy after not running up hills for 6weeks. Once I reached the top a quick descent and onwards across the rolling country side for about 8miles to the first road crossing. I was feeling relatively good along this section, once my body had got over the shock of running again, and enjoyed a conversation with a fellow runner which passed the time.

The climb up Whernside was a lot steeper than I excepted and it really was a crawl at the top. Fighting off calf cramp and taking care of rocks on the fast descent I descended back into the valley reaching the second road crossing.

The last climb up Ingleborough was tough – fatigue was setting in and I debated if I maybe should have eaten a bit more earlier on in the race. Some veggie percy pig sweets helped get me up the last climb then it was just 5 very long miles back down to the finish. I seemed to have found a bust of energy at this point and started passing some tired looking runners. I managed a slow sprint into the finish, my competitive instincts hoping that my watch was wrong and I that I had made it under 4hours - not quite – 4hour 2minutes.

I definitely want to do it again, aiming for sub 4hours and improving on my position.

Next long race – Buttermere Horseshoe, after recceing it over 2days this weekend, this will definitely be a challenge!