Sunday, 18 November 2018

Peebles XC Race - Sun 2nd Dec - HELPERS REQUIRED

Dear Club member

The PEEBLES leg of the Borders X Country Series is being held on SUN 2nd Dec
As host club, we require to mark out the course, provide the starters, time keepers and marshals for the race, so we are looking for some volunteers to spare a couple of hours on the Sunday at Hay Lodge Park.
  • 0900 Advance party marking out the park and checking the rest of the course beyond the park (set out previously on Sat PM)
  • 1100 Marshals and helpers meet at start area North of Fotheringham Bridge for marshals briefing and allocation of marshalling locations
  • 1130 Junior race starts - should be finished by ~1150; senior race marshals make their way to their locations
  • 1200 Senior race starts - last runner normally in by ~1250; marshals bring in course markings back to finish
  • 1300 Should be finished and you are relieved of your duties (if not finished earlier)
Please let Head Marshal Eddie Balfour know if you are available to help on race day either course marking 0900 to 1100 (under Gregor’s guidance) or to marshal/officiate between 1100 and 1300 by emailing

If we get enough helpers in advance, we can pre-allocate duties and marshalling locations which makes things easier for everyone on the day.

As ever, if you are planning to run as a Moorfoot club member, please can you provide substitute marshal/helper to assist with the host club duties.

Eddie Balfour
Club Treasurer

Saturday, 10 November 2018

Juniors in the Running at Lanark Racecourse

The Scottish National Short Course XC Champs took place at old Lanark Racecourse on Saturday and a few select juniors were in the starting stalls on what proved to be a perfect day for racing - mild, dry, only a slight breeze, and initially bright and sunny. The rain which was forecast for 2pm threatened to come early with some dark clouds gathering and a few spots causing the waterproofs to be looked out, but it came to nothing and at the end of the day the gazebo was thankfully packed away dry.

Pancake flat the course might have been but I have rarely seen so many breakfasts making a post-race re-appearance (thankfully none of our lot), I guess because no undulations meant no respite from the constant high tempo. It was just a relentless blast on a fast flat course which several Garmins showed to be a few hundred metres longer than advertised.

The Under15 Girls kicked things off over 2km withTilly Leathart, who is more accustomed to tetrathlons, the sole Moorfoot saddling up for this one. Given that the Scottish Equestrian Centre is located at the venue she must have felt very much at home thanks to the very horsey aroma which perfumed the air. Sensibly avoiding the cavalry charge from the gun and settling at the back of the 91-strong field, Tilly maintained a good steady pace and gradually improved her position, finishing strongly for 49th in a time of 7.38.

The Under17 Women raced over 3km and Charlotte Clare showed no signs of being bored to death by her coach's chat in the car on the way through and put in a sterling performance for 10th place in 11.50. She looked goosed in 12th with 400m to go but as ever, she still managed to dig deep to lift the pace and pick up another two places. Admirable indeed.

Beth Hobbs was a late call-off which pushed out the odds on the Moorfoot team being able to match last year's team silver, but Charlotte Morrison, 42nd in 13.32 and Eilidh Mooney 47th in 14.15, saw the Moorfoot girls finish fourth overall.

No more Moorfoot vests on show but Euan Hood raced for Lasswade in the combined Senior/U20 4km and had a very solid run to finish just outside the top 100 in a massive field of 470! A first-year U20, Euan's time of 13.28 ranked him 38th of the junior men.

Ahead of him in 71st was Lucas Cheskin in the Shettleston vest who I regret to admit sneaked past your writer unnoticed to finish in an excellent time of 12.54.

Ex-Moorfoot trained Ailsa Innes, who is now training in Glasgow with Laura Muir's coach Andy Young, had been floored with a bad cold in the lead up to the race and as a result hadn't trained for over a week, but she still ran very well to cross the line in 15.17 for 49th of 206, and 14th U20, just fading in the closing 400m as her illness took the edge off her finish.

Well done all.

Wednesday, 7 November 2018

Winter Handicap 2018 - Results

Results from our Tues night section 2018 Winter Handicap, run around the Glentress Green MTB Trail, under the cover of darkness obviously....

Well done to Katie, blasting round a whole minute faster than last year (the handicapper has taken note!), to take the win by the proverbial 'country mile'

Fastest scratch time was Simon, who would have had a close race with Andy Gibson, if Andy had not taken a wrong turning in the first 100m....the joys of running in the dark !

A big shout out to Vicki - her first night running with the Moorfoots - quite a baptism of fire !

Well done to all who took part...

Monday, 22 October 2018

Moorfoots experience Tunnel Run Success on home ground

There were excellent performance all round at this Saturday's Tunnel Run in Peebles. Well done to all who took part.

In the 4km race lots of juniors were in action with Ben Allan winning outright and Kate Harvie, Elena Lee picking up the two top female spots only seconds apart. Club results copied below and full results:

Overall Position Name Chiptime Category Category Position Gender Gender Position
1 Ben Allan 00:15:44 MU16 1 m 1
4 Jake Lockyer 00:17:01 MU16 4 m 4
5 Fionn hollingsbee 00:17:03 MU16 5 m 5
7 Joshua Duncan 00:17:52 MU16 7 m 7
11 Kai Keen 00:19:19 MU16 10 m 11
12 Kate Harvie 00:20:08 FU16 1 f 1
13 Elena Lee 00:20:21 FU16 2 f 2
28 Alex Cathcart 00:22:53 MU16 16 m 21
29 Lola Lockyer 00:22:54 FU16 6 f 8

Ben Allan
Kate Harvie
In the long course 20km the seniors were able to excel too with Andrew Dancer earning the overall win in a close contest, and Amy Alcorn was the first non Vet and 2nd woman overall, and Mike McGovern third M40 and 12th overall. Full results:

Andrew's comments:
I must admit when Mike McGovern said during the week before the tunnel run that I “should win it”, it’s the first time I’ve been in a position where I felt an anxiousness ahead of a race (cheers mike!) which resulted in some lovely pre-match stomach issues not to be mentioned here!
What a beautiful route in autumn the tunnel run is - really showcasing Peebles, the Tweed and all the stunning trails winding throughout it.  I heard many runners commenting on how stunning the 20km Route was. 
With a staggered start to the event, I chose to go out near the front and planned to run comfortably for the first half of the race and hope my strength would show on the hills in the second half.  I was caught up at the 6 mile point by a Jedburgh runner who had better pace on the downhills than me - we ended up running together until the second climb up the Sware when I was able to put 20 metres between us before the descent to the tunnel. 
Head up and run quick was my motto to the end, through the tunnel and over the finish line. I had to wait for other runners to finish before first place was confirmed by a 30 second margin.
Nice to win and a relief to prove Mr McGovern correct! Plus my first outing wearing the club vest!
What a super friendly and gorgeous event this is.  Made me proud to live in Peebles!

Andrew spent Sunday celebrating by doing a 18 mile run over the Eildons and beyond reccie-ing the middle part of the 37 mile Jedburgh 3 Peaks Ultra that he is doing on Saturday coming! Good luck there Andrew.

Amy's  comments:
I was delighted to be the first person to set off on the tunnel run this year and enjoyed the lead position for a short wee while. It wasn’t long before I was being overtaken under Neidpath Castle and saw the mighty Andrew Dancer speeding past.
The route was spectacularly beautiful with autumn colours and didn’t disappoint visually. However I found it brutally hard and significantly harder than year 1. Heading up into Cademuir I was fully expecting to turn left and head downhill, I nearly cried when I realised I had to continue the climb up on the rocky trail. All in all it was a brilliant race which I enjoyed, the marshals, signage and organisation was excellent too.


Sunday, 21 October 2018

Run Northumberland Castles Marathon - Scott Wins overall

Scott McDonald's report from another outstanding run:
Friday at 3:15 pm Maja, Katrin and I departed Peebles heading south to Bamburgh where we spent the late afternoon on the beach as well as Saturday morning then heading into Sea-houses for lunch.
Enjoyed a early evening meal at the Local hotel which was walking distance from the start.
Looking out the window Sunday morning I could see the wind had picked up a little but my main aim was to run under 2 :55 to qualify for Berlin marathon good for age.
A small field gathered for the marathon and started 5 min later followed by the Half marathon runners 10 min later. The first km a small group of three headed down from the centre of the Stunning Bamburgh Castle towards the town its self, soon found myself alone and time trailing along over a undulating route which really suited me in terms of my current fitness.
Coming through Half way ( 1h 24 30)  I was pleased to see Maja and Kartrin taking photos and giving great support with Maja wearing a new T shirt saying 'My Daddy is Faster than Yours' so the pressure was on.
My half way split was good but soon the wind had picked up a little more with a winning time of 2h 53: 36
A stunning marathon with great views and deserves to become a bigger event despite being held this time of the year and well
Details and results available here in due course:

Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Coxy claims 4th in the overall British Open Fell Runners Association series

British Open Fell Runners Association (BOFRA) organise a series of fell races and an annual championship. Most races are derived from the traditional 'guides' races and tend to be short, steep and challenging fell races to test your climbing and descending skills to the absolute limit. The series of 16 races are mostly in the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales and you need to complete a minimum of 8 to count for an overall championship place. If more than races are completed then the best 8 results are used. More info here:

Andy Cox took on the challenge this year.
The first race took place way back in May at Sedbergh, in the North Yorkshire Dales. In this beautiful setting for proper fell running, Andy placed high in the field to get the championship off to a flying start.
With the races coming thick and fast, July brought the Famous Alva Games race, the only Scottish race in the series, which is a lung bursting 1200ft of climbing packed into 1.6 miles.
It is a unique event with almost every inch of the race from starting pistol to finishing line being visible to the crowds in the arena below and has always captivated the runners and the audience alike. It is also titled the ‘British Championship Hill Race’ and was named in the era when there were separate races for amateurs and professionals (meaning you could win prize money or equivalent, which of course is common at the majority of races now in the ‘open’ era), and it was won by the Moorfoot’s own Michael McGovern in 1990 and 1993 (his PB is 20 mins 10 secs).
Being Andy’s favourite of the series, he ran a PB (22:41) finishing 6th in a quality field and was making steady but good progress in the overall points table.
Andy Cox at The Famous Alva Games Hill Race
Fast forward to October and Storm Callum certainly made his presence felt at Wasdale Head Show on Saturday past, being the last of the championship races.
With Andy having completed 7 races he had to put in a good performance to get his 8th counter to jump up the points table, especially with other runners having already completed all 15 races and having the benefits of selecting their 8 best scores.
The rain varied from heavy to torrential as the runners waited to take on the beast that is Kirk Fell. A decision was taken to shorten the course to the scree at Highnose Head which proved a sensible one as the visibility above this point was zero. Despite the shorter route it was still a tough ask, packing 1300ft of climbing into the 0.6 miles to the top, and then the descent. The start (in classic BOFRA fashion) was through a field, over a dyke, then straight up the hill, turning at the top and heading straight back down, trying to stay upright in the process! Easier said than done with the ground sodden which made for some interesting bum slides and positions being exchanged. The race was won by Simon Bailey (former British and English fell running champion) in 18:11. Andy came 4th in 20:45 managing to stay upright on the descent.

Andy also finished a superb 4th place overall in the BOFRA Championship series results, scoring 427 points (out of a possible 480) from his 8 selected races, a brilliant return for his efforts and commitment.

The overall series was won by Simon Bailey of Mercia with Ted Mason of Warfedale Harriers (last year's winner) taking 2nd place. Series results here:
Andy at Wasdale Head last year - in much better weather, and looking like he's having a nice day out!

Monday, 15 October 2018

London Marathon - One Guaranteed Place to be allocated by 5th Nov

The London Marathon is probably the premier mass participation running event in Britain and a real experience for anyone who has taken part.
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As a British Athletics affiliated club Moorfoot Runners get one guaranteed entry to the London Marathon each year. The club has a policy for the fair allocation of the place as explained in a blog post in May
The following factors are considered:
> Have they been a member for more than 12 months
> Have they been not been awarded the club place in the previous 2 years
> Have they unsuccessfully tried to enter via the ballot and were not eligible for a ‘good for age’ place when that entry was open.
Club secretaries must submit an application for the London Marathon place which opens on Mon 5th Nov so if you would like to be considered for the Moorfoot entry please email
 before 5th Nov