Monday, 11 February 2019

Podium positions at Lilliesleaf 10k

Lillesleaf 10k was held on Sunday 10th Feb on trails around the picturesque Riddell Estate.
A friendly and low key event - enter on the day only- with over 100 runners.
Mike McGovern and Darin Dougal were flying the red and blue quartered flag and had excellent runs to finish 2nd and 3rd respectively, just behind winner (and Innerleithen local) Dean Whiteford who has been running very well over the Borders XC series.

Well done team Moorfoot!

Mike and Darin either side of Dean

Carnethy 5 report 2019

Dave Gaffney's Report from Carnethy 5 on Sat 9 Feb:

Colin told me to keep it brief, so here's my report from the Carnethy 5 in bullet point form.
  • It was windy. Really windy. Even at ground level. Alan Elder actually considered wearing a long-sleeved top. That's how bad it was.
  • Usually in the C5 you reach the top of Scald Law (1 of 5) and are grateful for the relief of a short downhill section before you turn towards South Black Hill (2 of 5).
  • This year, that short downhill stretch was almost as hard as the preceding 20-minute climb had been.
  • But into the teeth of the hurricane we stupidly went, like rag dolls somehow upsetting the odds to fight their way round the cairn and down to the foot of East Kip (3 of 5) and a brief respite from the wind. But no respite from the contour lines.
  • Summiting West Kip (4 of 5), the tantalising prospect of having that wind at my back suddenly presented itself.
  • In reality, though, it was just coming at you from a different side, and it didn't seem to aid progress on the descent to the Howe.  
  • Still, by this point it's four hills down and one measly mound to go, so it's pretty much job done, isn't it?
  • Well, not really. Not at all, in fact.
  • Because Carnethy (5 of 5) is a brute and a bully and a bloody big bothersome bugger. It can be broken down into three sections, each of them equally evil. The initial climb on the path. Then the really steep gully bit to the frustratingly false summit. Then a left turn for the final rocky path to the cairn.
  • After that, the bell rang for a final round showdown with the headwind, this time with a bit of heather and scree thrown in just for giggles.
  • Down to the gate and a lumpy, soggy, sapping run in to the finish line.
  • Next year is the 50th edition of the race. I can't recommend it highly enough. You'd love it.
  • Don't just take my word for it, though. There's a couple of good reports from Jonny Muir and Ross Brannigan below, if you want an alternative view...

Also racing was Jacob Adkin in Keswick AC colours for a stunning 5th place finish, and ex Moorfoot Sarah McCormack who only went and won it! Also running were regular Tuesday trainers Adam Hayward (not pushing child in buggy this time!) in Ochils colours and Katie Walling in the brown of HBT. Everyone acquitted themselves very well.

Full results:

I think that is Jacob in ninja mode
Alan the Bard's input: An 'observation' of Storm Erik's visit to Carnethy 5

Big Erik The Gale

Big Erik the Gale
From the west, did hail,
His planning, to prise us to pieces.
When lipping the Law, so ripping and raw,
Poor sheep, hang on to their fleeces

Big Erik the Gale,
No chance to exhale,
As forces, on faces, he funnels.
On Black Hill, South, he billows your mouth -
Your nostrils resemble two tunnels

Big Erik the Gale,
It’s time to hightail,
In terror, traversing typhoon,
While making the trip, to the easterly kip,
Avoiding a stop on the moon

Big Erik the Gale,
Should spend time in jail'
Assailer, attacker, a harmer!
West Kip to the Howe, I nosedive and plough,
A furrow befitting a farmer

Big Erik the Gale,
His final assail -
This bully is biting and breathy.
But try as he will, he can’t halt the thrill,
Of the final descent from Carnethy
(Alan Elder)

Tuesday, 22 January 2019

Moorfoots in action at the Feel the Burns

There was a good turnout of Moorfoots at 2019 edition of the 13mile (2,500 feet of ascent) Feel the Burns Hill Race in Selkirk with 8 running out of a record field of 243 taking part. The conditions this year were pretty much ideal for a hill race in January in Scotland – just above freezing so firm ground allowing for quick times, light wind and clear, apart a short section in low cloud at the highest point on the Southern Upland Way. The race has found a bit of a niche in the annual hill running calendar as it doesn’t clash and the haggis pies that are served after are surely a reason for its growing reputation.
Jonny Crickmore of  Hunter Bog Trotters, took an incredible six minutes off the course record clocking 1.27.52 to win from James Britton from Carnethy who was celebrating his 40th birthday (ex Moorfoot who used to live in Cardrona before moving to Edinburgh – clearly the years in the Tweed Valley set him up for this amazing run!). The standard was so high this year and conditions good that the first four were all inside the previous course record. Scout Adkin’s woman’s record set in 2014 wasn’t threatened - the super quick time of 1:43.30 is 13 minutes quicker than this year’s female winner.
There were some very solid performances – it was a new race for Simon Hammond and he was the first Moorfoot home in 1:47.41, and a special mention goes to Kenny who had a storming second half to catch Dave and close up on Colin and Andy and finished 4th M50, only 40 seconds off the 3rd place in a PB time. Alan managed to clock a PB on the course despite taking a decent chunk out of his knee as a result of a fall so we hope he heals quick. Paul also recorded his best time in five years.

Club results:
27th Simon Hammond 1:47.41
42nd Andy Cox 1.54.02
43rd Colin Williams 1:54.08
46th Kenny Davidson 1:54.34
50th Dave Gaffney 1:55.48
90th Alan Elder 2:07.35
118th Paul Nichol 2:12.17
133rd Pete Hall 2:17.07

Also running was Peebles resident and occasional Tuesday night trainer Craig Mattocks who stormed round in 15th place in 1:41.

Loads of pics on the organisers facebook page:

Monday, 7 January 2019

Race round up - first week of January: Kielder, Melrose, Promathon, Indoor 3000m, Inter XC

Andrew Dancer and Colin Williams travelled south across the border to the Kielder Winter 10 Mile Trail Race
The conditions were more autumnal than winter as it transpired at about 5 degrees and still but it proved to be a very fruitful expedition over the pretty but challenging course (9.6 miles, 1,200 feet ascent). Andrew dominated the race as was a clear winner in a 1:02:12 over three minutes clear of second place, with Colin repeating his 4th place from last year and also picking up the prize for fastest vet despite being 1:20 slower than last year in a time of 1:07:49.

Melrose "Run Off The Christmas Pudding" 8 mile /13.1 km
This friendly, well organised, and scenic race was a mixed trail and road course taking you through foothills of the Eildons and finished in the heart of Melrose at the Abbey. 

The overall winner was our own Scott McDonald who finished in a new course record of 52.36. It was also great to see Alan MacDonald back to racing after a long injury lay off in a very solid 12th and Lucy Oldham in 24th overall and very high up in the woman’s field. Also running Dean (5th overall) and Gillian Carr who join us for training sometimes and Gillian won the woman’s race. Many congratulations all! Results:

Scott McDonald had also ran in the Scottish 3000m Indoor Championships in Glasgow on Friday night in a race that Scott described as “my worst race in two years last night but an experience to race indoors” to clock a time of 10:09. Ex Moorfoot Lucas Cheskin ran a very competitive 9:04. Results:

Also after a fine run at the East District champs in Aberdeen in December Jacob Adkin was selected to represent the senior East District team at the Inter-District XC Champs will be held at Stirling this Saturday as part of the Great Stirling XC event. Well done!

Darin Dougal had a very good run on New Years Day at the Portobello Promathon to finish 31st on the four mile course. Results