Monday, 8 January 2018

Race Round-up : Portobello Promathon, Greenmantle Dash, Kielder 10 Mile Trail race

Darin Dougal was in impressive action on New Year’s Day at the 31st edition of the Portobello Promathon. 307 runners took part in the  race by the sea front was won by Dermot Cummins (Corstorphine AAC) in 19.11.
Darin clocked a quick 22.45 for the 4 mile course to finish 24th, and importantly 3rd M40 in a quality field. Full results here

Andy Cox, Colin Williams, Dave Gaffney and Russell Anderson were in action in the Greenmantle Dash at Broughton on 2nd Jan. It was great to see Russell racing as he's not been in action since the Borders XC series 2016/17.

The race in only 2 miles long (1 up, 1 down) but comes with about 600 feet of climb and descent. It is described on the Scottish Hill Racing website:

A race to blow away the Hogmanay hangover and see in the New Year. The event has a carnival atmosphere with fancy dress and junior races, and presents a surprising array of obstacles for such a short route.
The race starts with a mass sprint from the Broughton Brewery to hurdle a stonewall, across playing fields, hurdle fence, wade river, negotiate marsh, cross road. Breathe. Then up through turnip fields before hitting the base of the steepest hill. Struggle up this and turn with juddering legs to hurtle precariously back down, and wind up for the final dash along the road to the village hall. Then catch your breath again.

The results are still not out, but as they have a keg on tap giving out beers in the hall does it really matter? The Moorfoot finishing order was Andy, Colin, Dave, Russell and took about 20 mins. Some pics from previous years!

Magnus Skea, Mike McGovern, Colin Williams, Robert Wilson and Barry Hughes all made the trip south of the Border to race at the Kielder 10 mile trail race.
A pretty low key event from the same organisers as the Glentress Trail runs there were just over 200 runners in cold and frosty conditions, icy underfoot at times. The race was won in 1:01:54 with Colin 4th in 1:06:27 (2nd M40), closely followed by Mike (1:07:16, 5th and 3rd M40), then Magnus 15th, 1:12:39; Robert 1:30:37 with Barry snapping at his heals just behind 1:30:45 with top 10 finishes in the M50 categories. Full results here

Sunday, 7 January 2018

Heads up - Carnethy 5 and 3 Eildons 10 Mile Trail Race entries open

Two races you need to act quickly for if you want to take part as they are both very popular  -

The ballot for entry for the very popular Carnethy 5 Hill Race by Penicuik, Saturday 10th February 2018,  has just opened closes on the 13th Jan:

Also the entry opened today for the 3 Eildons 10 Mile Trail Race, Sunday 25th February
'10 undulating miles of trail running taking in some spectacular scenery from the top of the Eildon Hills in Melrose, Scottish Borders'

Unfortunately there is a clash with the Eildons Trail Race with Glentress Trail Marathon, and is also the day after the National XC and the Glentress Trail Half Marathon and Night 10km

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Social Runs over the festive period

Some nice pics from the Boxing Day run up to Glentress mast

And the New Years Eve run on the Glen Estate and Loch Eddy



Tuesday, 26 December 2017

Boxing Day Handicap Fun Run

Having checked with the Elf in Safety early in the morning, the handicap fun run was given the thumbs up by the man with the white beard and red hoodie, but with the caveat that diddy steps were taken on any slushy downhill sections and round the corners. This seemed to suit the wee guys who were off first with a second consecutive victory going the way of Mooney offspring, Ava taking the spoils this year. An excellent scratch time of 15.45 saw her home clear first and very deserving recipient of a box of chocs (as if she needed any more at this time of year) and much sought after Moorfoot Award Winner sports bottle. Ava very kindly shared her spoils around the runners in the Peel. Completing the podium were the McKean sisters Kate, who picked up six Elf slices for second, and Olivia who got the traditional tin of hot dog sausages for third, much to mum's nutritional delight!
Bobby Mooney had a ding-dong battle up the home straight with backmarker Euan Hood who just had the legs to gain fourth, with a very late sprint, Bobby's consolation being first senior finisher and the traditional reward of a bottle of scorching hot sauce.
A record turnout of twenty four finishers - well done all. Special mention for Kai Keen who was struck by a late sausage induced stitch but showed guts (thankfully not literally) to still finish.

Place Name H'cap Time Scratch Time Scratch Place
1 Ava Mooney 0.20 16.05 15.45 11
2 Kate McKean 0.00 16.35 16.35 19
3 Olivia McKean 0.10 17.36 17.26 20
4 Euan Hood 6.10 17.55 11.45 1
5 Bobby Mooney (Sen) 4.30 17.56 13.26 2
6 Fionn Hollingsbee 3.40 18.11 14.31 5
7 Danny Lancaster 3.40 18.33 14.53 7
8 Nathaniel Buckingham (Sen) 4.10 18.36 14.26 4
9 Holly Hobbs 2.50 18.38 15.48 13
10 Feargus Pearson 3.25 18.40 15.15 8
11 John Allan (Sen) 2.55 18.42 15.47 12
12 Beth Hobbs 4.30 18.52 14.22 3
13 Dave Hollingsbee (Sen) 2.55 18.54 15.59 14
14 Jake Lockyer 3.40 19.00 15.20 9
15 Madeline Collins 3.10 19.18 16.08 15
16 Eilidh Mooney 3.40 19.22 15.42 10
17 Lucie Allan (Sen) 3.10 19.28 16.18 16
18 Finlay Collins 5.00 19.34 14.34 6
19 Katie Buckingham (Sen) 3.10 19.43 16.33 17
20 Lindsay Pearson (Sen) 2.00 19.46 17.46 21
21 Megan Hobbs 3.25 19.59 16.34 18
22 Kai Keen 3.00 20.46 17.46 22
23 Sarah Keen (Sen) 2.00 20.47 18.47 24
24 Esme Minto 3.25 21.41 18.17 23

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

New Years Eve Club Run - Glen Estate and Loch Eddy from Innerleithen

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Glen House (drone shot)
Andy Cox and Colin are organising a run at 10am on the morning of New Years Eve (31st Dec in case you are not sure!) as it falls on a Sunday this year. The run will be followed by mince pies and refreshments at Andy's house.

The run will be a low level long run to Loch Eddy in Glen Estate. It's almost 13 miles exactly from the meeting point outside No.1 CafĂ©, on the Innerleithen High Street at the junction of Traquair Road.  

The run will be about 70% on roads, 20% on hard track with about a 1 mile section of on soft ground. You will be OK to use road shoes but don't wear your racing flats! We expect the run to take up to 2.5hrs so plan accordingly. Depending on the spread of runners we can let the group split into two so all paces can be accommodated.

Glen Estate is a bit of gem and largely over looked. Here are some pics to give you a flavour:

Loch Eddy

Here is a the route from a run Andy and I did at the beginning of the year. Please note it shows 14 miles as I ran from my home, which adds a mile to the planned run.

Please let Colin know on a few days before at latest if you intend to come so we can get enough supplies.

Monday, 11 December 2017

Moorfoot Club Hoodies - XMAS SPECIAL PRICE !!! ORDER NOW

Dear Members,
I am taking orders for Moorfoot club hoodies. These are priced at £10 for junior members (U18) and £15 for Senior members. This is subsidised by the club. It is a Russell 50/50 polycotton hoodie in red with MOORFOOT in blue on the back. It is exactly the same as the Team Borders hoodie for those juniors who already have one of them. They are reported to be popular, good quality and wash/wear well. There is the option to have your initials on the left breast if you want.
If you would like to buy a Hoodie please could you email me at with your size (9-10, 11-12, XS, S, M, L, XL) and the initials to go on the garment (if any) and I will place the order with Prestons (Peebles). 
For payment please could you put the correct money in an envelope with your name and order details (or alternatively you could write a cheque made out to “Fingerprint Xpress” for the correct amount) and pop it through my letterbox. I am based at:
This is within the Peebles Gait development at the end of Rosetta Road (opposite the caravan park). When you turn into the estate take the first left and follow the road all the way up. No.15 is the pink house at the end.
Preston’s won’t carry a large stock so to avoid a delivery charge, we need to order in batches of six (this could mean a slight delay for any late requests.) Orders placed with Prestons by Friday 15th should be in before Christmas (but this can’t be guaranteed 100%). When the orders are ready I will email members who have placed an order and you can collect the hoodies directly from:
Please note that club hoodies are only available to members at the present time.
Best Regards,
Alex Nisbet

East Silver for U17 Girls at Livvie

With the Moorfoot U17 girls having sneaked team silver at the National Short Course Champs at Kirkcaldy in November by just the one single point from Edinburgh AC, it looked on the form book to be a straight contest between the two teams again for the East District team title at a frosty Dechmont Law, Livingston on Saturday. It was three to count and with Moorfoot relying on only the three entrants against Edinburgh's seven, which included the odds-on favourite for the individual title, there was little room for slip-ups, injury or illness.

As expected, Edinburgh's Eloise Walker took individual gold with some highly impressive running, completing the undulating 5.1km course in 17.16 minutes for a resounding win, well ahead of all the U20 women who raced at the same time. First Moorfoot back was Beth Hobbs who continued her good winter form with an excellent 7th place in 19.34, just being run out of 6th in the final sprint for the line. Edinburgh's second counter was 9th and Mairi Wallace battled for 12th in 20.20.

So with two runners home each, it was sitting Edinburgh 10 points, Moorfoot 19 points, but with Charlotte Clare in sight on the home stretch just a couple of places behind Mairi. Charlotte has been our top counter so far this winter ahead of Beth and Mairi, but had been plagued by a sore throat going into the race and despite a cautious start, by the half-way point she was struggling with her breathing in the freezing air. To finish where she did in 14th in 20.36, not far behind Mairi, is testament to her courage and loyalty to her team. Could she complete nine places ahead of Edinburgh's next finisher? Unfortunately, although she finished over forty seconds ahead, only 26 of the 39 entrants ran on the day, meaning that the field had thinned out such that Edinburgh's third counter was home five places back in 19th. That was enough for Edinburgh to seal team gold by four points with the Moorfoot girls taking another silver, still an excellent result.

Earlier in the day the U13 Girls team of Esme Minto, Madeline Collins and Holly Hobbs all ran well over their 3.2km course to take 20th, 28th and 37th respectively in a field of 57, finishing 7th of the eleven complete teams. The U13 Boys team, racing over the same distance, managed 6th courtesy of Patrick Cannon (20th), Ben Allan (23rd) and Angus Carlyle (33rd). Jake Lockyer also finished fast for 42nd of the 65-strong field.

The U15 girls raced over 3.9km and Eilidh Mooney produced her best form of the winter to finish in 25th in 17.00, one place and seven seconds ahead of Charlotte Morrison. Megan Hobbs completed the team in 40th for 7th team overall.

Racing in the U17 Men's race over 6.4km Craig Angus found the effects of a recent head cold to be against him but battled to finish 28th of 42 in 24.36.

Running for Lasswade, Moorfoot trained Euan Hood was 20th in 23.42 to contribute to team silver as did Ailsa Innes and Niamh Shaw for Lasswade's U20 Women's team with their 11th and 13th place finishes in 19.48 and 20.44 respectively.

Well done all in fronting up to the challenge of Championship cross-country racing and putting your best foot forward. "Now for the indoors" I hear a few of you say!