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 https://www.highterrainevents.co.uk/copy-of-kielder-10km-night-run
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: https://www.webscorer.com/race?pid=1&raceid=165651



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: https://www.thepowerof10.info/results/results.aspx?meetingid=268541

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 http://www.salroadrunningandcrosscountrymedalists.co.uk/Archive/Portobello/Results/2010s/Portobello%20Promathon%202019.pdf

Round up of senior Moorfoot socials over the festive period


A belated round up of the activities over the festive period.

Christmas food and drinks, Tues 4th Dec
There was a good turn out for the Christmas drinks and food on the first Tuesday in December.
The opportunity was also taken to award the club cup for the best performer of the year. There were lots of great performances this year which made it a hard choice but the award went to Amy Alcorn for a excellent debut time at Edinburgh Marathon of 3:36:33 and then at the Tunnel Run in October and winning the senior woman’s first prize. 


Innerleithen Festive Handicap  Sunday 23rd Dec
There was handicap held in the woods in Innerleithen for Moorfoots and friends. https://moorfootrunners.blogspot.com/2018/12/moorfoot-festive-handicap-innerleithen.html

There were 10 runners:
Finish Position
Name
Predicted Time (mins)
Start time
Finish Time
Scratch Time
Scratch Position
1
Benjamin Hindley
36
00:23:10
00:58:15
00:35:05
1
2
Colin Tweedie
45
00:14:10
00:58:25
00:44:15
6
3
Alan Elder
44.5
00:14:40
00:59:06
00:44:26
7
4
Simon Hammond
37
00:22:10
00:59:36
00:37:26
2
5
Lucy Colquhoun
42
00:17:10
00:59:44
00:42:34
5
6
Lucy Oldham
50.5
00:08:40
01:00:06
00:51:26
8
7
Colin Williams
38.5
00:20:40
01:00:37
00:39:57
3
8
Dave Gaffney
38.5
00:20:40
01:01:56
00:41:16
4
9
Vickie Morrison
50.5
00:08:40
01:02:20
00:53:40
9
10
Callum McBride
45
00:14:10
01:09:27
00:55:17
10

Benjamin Hindley was both the fastest on scratch and caught the field on the handicap. His time was the course record! Many thanks to Dave Gaffney who helped me course setting, Pete Hall (timing) and Andy Cox (marshalling / photos) and Austen Williams for being a very enthusiastic helper!
Also to Fi Williams for manning the fort for refreshments and treats (mince pies and mulled wine etc) afterwards and it was a good catch up afterwards for runners and family.
Lucy and Lucy
Benjamin scorching

Alan Elder
Dave Gaffney
Annual Boxing Day run to the mast at the top of Glentress

The annual run to the mast was very well attended with 15 runners burning off that turkey and then most headed to the Peel cafĂ© to meet with the juniors who had been taking part in Gregor’s handicap and ‘refuel’.



New Years Eve run through Bowbeat Windfarm

The weather was kind although very blowy (well it is a wind farm!) and the five runners (plus two dogs) taking part in the 13 mile run with 1,800 ft ofclimb were treated to some great views. You can see the route here: https://www.strava.com/activities/2046293497