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!

http://doodle.com/poll/c43yxdvctkqbvbkx 

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.

http://doodle.com/poll/c43yxdvctkqbvbkx
 
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. 

Sunday, 14 August 2016

Rollercoaster Report

Rollercoaster Prizes Head West
Saturday’s Cademuir Rollercoaster races over 6k and 3k saw three of the four race titles head west with Kirstin Maxwell from Gala Harriers holding the fort for the Borders as winner of the women’s 6k.

Despite recent drainage work on the worst of the boggy sections of the John Buchan Way, the wet week ahead of the race led to a soft and often slippery surface underfoot. And a with a stiff breeze into the runners’ faces on the outward journey, the four course records which were set in last year’s firm and fast conditions, were never really threatened.

Taking the honours in the 6k race was Iain Stewart from the Westerlands club who breezed home downhill and downwind on the closing stretch, crossing the line in 27minutes 53 seconds, nearly two minutes outside the record time. His reward was a bottle of prosecco and a meal voucher from race sponsor Franco’s. Andy Cox ran strongly for second place in 28.42 despite having to make a late dash to the start line after traffic problems, and a call ahead to make sure he could still register after the scheduled closing time for entries. Gala's Fergus Johnston was a further minute plus behind in third in 29.55 with Ben Hindley, in his Strathclyde Uni vest, 4th in 30.33. Kenny Davidson looked good in finishing 9th in 31.57 and Alan Elder stayed upright for 30th in 37.28, 40 seconds down on last year.

Andy power walks the final climb
Benefitting from a steady start, Gala Harrier Kirstin Maxwell went one better than last year in the women's race and was also rewarded with her Franco’s prosecco and voucher as first woman home (7th overall), in a time of 31.42. Again this was nearly two minutes outside the record, although she was only 18 seconds slower than her time last year. “I let the youngsters go in the early stages as I knew it would be hard into that wind and I was pleased to come home strongly to win” she said. Not far behind her were two Under17 athletes who yo-yoed throughout the race, Moorfoot Mairi Wallace gaining ground on the stiff climbs and Zoe Nicholson from Pitreavie speeding by on the descents. At the line it was Zoe who took second place in 32.10 with Mairi third, but over a minute faster than last year in 32.27. The evergreen Sue Ridley (EAC), who was racing just over the wall from her back garden, was another to improve on last year’s time, finishing just on the tail of the youngsters in 4th and first veteran in 32.35. Isabel McGorum, only recently back into running after cracked ribs, had an excellent run for 33rd overall (12th woman) in 38.30.

In the 3k race there was a double win for the Wright siblings who made the journey through from the Victoria Park club in Glasgow. Big brother Blayne, racing in the U15 category, was first across the line in 14minutes 13seconds, just over a minute outside the course record held by U14 Scottish Schools 1500m champion Ethan Elder from the host club.

Amazingly, only 16 seconds behind Blayne, first girl home and second finisher overall of the sixteen runners, was his younger sister Valencia who is still only 11 years old. Of all the four race winners, she came closest to the course record, being a mere 14 seconds shy of the mark set last year by Scottish Schools U15 800m champion Nuala McCheyne.

They're off in the 3k
First Moorfoot home was 10 year-old Angus Carlyle whose December birthday means he was only just old enough to compete. In what was his first ever hill race, Angus ran strongly for 5th overall and 2nd U13Boy in 15.41, just ahead of club-mates Elena McGorum and the fast finishing Beth Hobbs. Eilidh Mooney improved 25 seconds on her time from last year in finishing 9th. Well done too to other Moorfoot finishers Patrick Cannon (who we think took an Elderesque tumble), Holly and Megan Hobbs and Christina McGorum who all earned their jelly sweets at the end.

Cademuir Rollercoaster Results






6k winner Iain Stewart leads on the final climb
Report to follow. Meantime 6k Results

And 3k results
THE CADEMUIR ROLLERCOASTER 3K Sat 13 Aug 2016 sponsored by Franco's Ristorante, Peebles
Finish
Race
Time
Name
Surname
M/F
Club
Age
Gender
Age Cat
Place
No.
Cat
Position
Position
1
036
14.13
Blayne
Wright
M
Victoria Park COG
U15M
1
1
2
037
14.29
Valencia
Wright
F
Victoria Park COG
U13F
1
1
3
039
14.46
Struan
Bennet
M
Unattached
U13M
2
1
4
042
15.01
Josh
Law
M
Inverclyde AC
U15M
3
2
5
040
15.41
Angus
Carlyle
M
Moorfoot R
U13M
4
2
6
048
15.45
Elena
McGorum
F
Moorfoot R
U15F
2
1
7
045
15.50
Beth
Hobbs
F
Moorfoot R
U15F
3
2
8
034
16.08
Andrew
Winter
M
Inverclyde AC
U15M
5
3
9
046
16.16
Eilidh
Mooney
F
Moorfoot R
U15F
4
3
10
035
16.20
Craig
Winter
M
Inverclyde AC
VetM
6
1
11
033
16.50
Patrick
Cannon
M
Moorfoot R
U13M
7
3
12
041
16.51
Hannah
McGeehan
F
Inverclyde AC
U15F
5
4
13
044
17.09
Holly
Hobbs
F
Moorfoot R
U13F
6
2
14
047
17.45
Christina
McGorum
F
Moorfoot R
U13F
7
3
15
043
17.53
Megan
Hobbs
F
Moorfoot R
U15F
8
5
16
038
17.56
Ailsa
Bennet
F
Unattached
U15F
9
6




Thursday, 11 August 2016

Scottish Borders Hill Race Series latest after 6 Rounds (Philiphaugh)

Following the completion of Round 6, Philiphaugh the placing so far are found here.
4 runners have already completed the minimum 5 races however with 4 rounds to go starting with Cademuir Saturday 13 August it is theoretically possible that over 400 could complete a series placing if everyone who has done one round does all the remaining races!
Andrew Cox - sole completer of all initial 6 races