Sunday, 9 February 2020

National Masters XC Champs - Carol wins Gold

Fantastic results from the National Masters Cross Country Championships in Johnstone with Carol Moss winning the W55 title and Mike Goodard finishing 7th in M70.

Amazing runs by both in an event which goes from strength to strength.
Here is Carol's husband Ian Munro's report:
1 week after running so well at the borders xc league at Hawick, Carol attended the Scottish national masters xc champs at Johnson, near Hamilton.
On a grassy, convoluted 4 mile (ish) grassy course (ie really boring but hideously fast!!) and in poor weather, Carol unleashed her best running for years. 14th overall (103 finishers), she was 1st over 55, only 6s behind Peebles Sue Ridley (1st over 50) and ca 2.5m behind the winner, Heather Anderson (won in 25:35) of FifeAC
Another great mark in her outstanding season off road.

Huge congratulations - photos of our stars in action taken last weekend at the Hawick leg of the Borders XC

Full results here:
Masters CC Champs 2020 Provisional Results

Thursday, 6 February 2020

Robert runs Foxtrail trail half marathon

A report from Robert Wilson from his run on 1st Feb :
On Saturday I headed over to Dunbar for the Foxtrail winter half marathon (Event details: The course was a mixture of woodland trails, farm paths and coastal paths. Overall the course was fairly flat which compensated for the howling gale that seemed to be in your face every time you turned a corner!  The final 3km stretch dropped down on to the sand at Tyninghame Beach where there was plenty of soft sand and a river crossing, this all helped to blow away the winter cobwebs.  I managed to finish in 1hr 51 mins which I was happy with considering the mix of terrain. Full results are here

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Random photo from the day

Friday, 31 January 2020

John Buchan Way - Club Run, Sunday 9th February

Our annual Club running of the John Buchan Way - Broughton to Peebles ~13 miles - on Sunday 9th February. Run Leader - Alan Elder
Route (but we do it from Broughton to Peebles)
Route here:

Meet at Gytes Leisure Centre Peebles at 10.00 for prompt departure
Divy up into cars and head up to Broughton Place for start of run (plan to be running by 10.30)
Run usually takes ~2 hrs (10 min mile pace inc stops) - we will try and run as a group, with regular regrouping at suitable landmarks.
Probably advise bringing a snack, it's a trail shoe footwear choice and full body cover - there will be stops, and particularly for faster runners, you will be running much below race pace, so don't get cold !

All going to plan, back in Peebles ~12.30, with the option of some food and refreshments at the Bridge Inn after.

Please fill in the doodle poll if you are planning to come:

We hope to have the support of a spouse/partner/friends to get us to Broughton - saves trying to return later for picking up cars. If you are able to offer a lift to other runners - please leave a message in the comment section on doodle or via the facebook post.
To get the ball rolling - Alan's wife has space for two other runners.

Anyone who fancies doing a half-Buchan (starting at Stobo and running back over the JBW), let Alan know and we can try to organise....

Photo from 2015 version

Monday, 20 January 2020

Feel the Burns Hill Race 2020 report

There was a good Moorfoot turn out for the eighth edition of the annual Feel The Burns hill race in Selkirk, covering a distance of 12.9 miles with 2,500 feet of climb (20.8 km / 760m), with everyone acquiting themselves well and appearing to enjoy themselves in the tough early season race. It attracts a large and very high quality field with 270 runners including Andy Douglas, the reigning World Mountain Running World Cup champion who won the race in a new course record in 1:25.03 (which is a decent time on a flat road half marathon!), Jill Stephen the reigning Scottish Hill Runners champion for the last two years, Colin Donnelly the reigning M60 world champion, Angela Mudge who was World Champion in 2000.

Moorfoot results:

Pos.   Runner Category Cat Pos Time
12 Andrew Dancer  M40 5 01:43:31
21 Colin Williams  M40 9 01:47:38
37 Martyn Davidson  M 16 01:50:59
103 Gillian Carr  F40 3 02:07:45
108 Richard Edge  M 37 02:09:09
116 Alex Campbell  F 16 02:09:15
124 Alan Elder  M50 16 02:12:15
136 Craig Henrys  M 41 02:13:33
138 Paul Nichol  M50 20 02:13:51

Full results:

Many thanks to Sheila Cochrane, who year after year, makes this race grow in popularity, coordinates a wonderful group of marshals and donates all profits to Tweed Mountain Rescue, as well as laying on the best post race haggis pies ever experienced!

Pete Hall was marshalling at the Feel the Burns as part of the Tweed Valley Mountain Rescue team and snapped a few photos of those in vests

Huge album from the organisers here

Sunday, 5 January 2020

Club socials over the Festive break

Great turnout for the 'Boxing Day Run to the Mast' with 15 doing the run

The Junior handicap was a success. Gregor's report:
11 at 11. That was eleven runners at 11 o'clock for the handicap fun run and we had two firsts. A first-time adult winner overall with Frank Clare, running off a handicap of 3.00 minutes, going eyeballs out in a sea of lactic over the final 100m to determinedly hold off his daughter Charlotte who was backmarker off a handicap of 4.30. Frank's winning time was 16.19 with CC one second behind in 16.20 and with the fastest scratch time of 11.50 for the 2-mile course. She'll be kicking herself for being one second outside Euan James Hood's fastest scratch time from 2016! So a Clare 1-2 but mum Sarah Clare was posted missing 🙁 despite the promise of a good handicap.
Frank took home the trad bottle of hot spicy sauce for first adult and in a new innovation, which was the second first, Mark Pyman got the booby prize - the Jam Tarts award for being bottom of the pile! By a long way!! 🤣 💚💚
Ta to Ruth McKean for sweeping.
Place Name H'cap Time Scratch Time Scratch Place
1 Frank Clare 3.00 - 16.19 - 13.19 - 4
2 Charlotte Clare 4.30 - 16.20 - 11.50 - 1
3 Kieran Fulton 4.00 - 16.32 - 12.32 - 2
4 Shaun Pyman 3.30 - 16.44 - 13.14 - 3
5 Ava Mooney 2.10 - 16.53 - 14.43 - 5
6 Carol Edwards 0.00 - 17.25 - 17.25 - 9
7 Kate McKean 1.30 - 17.34 - 16.04 - 7
8 Olivia McKean 1.30 - 18.39 - 17.09 - 8
9 Bobby Mooney 4.00 - 18.46 - 14.46 - 6
10 Ben McKean 0.50 - 19.19 - 18.29 - 10
11 Mark Pyman 1.30 - 20.13 - 18.43 - 11

 Also 5 made it to and back to the Three Brethren on Hogmanay

Run off the Christmas Pudding Race 2020

Again there was a good Moorfoot turnout in the 2020 edition of the Melrose Run off the Christmas Pudding Race.
The 13.1km/8 mile mixed terrain route follows an anti clockwise loop of the Eildon Hills on trail and road and includes almost 1,000 feet of climb and some very muddy tracks.
Great to see a big turnout with 7 Moorfoots out enjoying the challenge, including really good runs to start the year all round and included a 2nd place by Gillian Carr and a 3rd place by Colin Williams, but really an event where the emphasis was on the challenge. Proceeds going to local scouts and junior football club, and first time I’ve recieved a goodie bag including a toilet roll! Great spread in the club house later.
Many photos are available as photographers were on the course

Kielder Winter Run 2020 - 10 Mile trail race

There was a great Moorfoot showing at the Kielder Winter 10 mile Trail Race on Saturday 4th Jan
Having won the race last year Andrew Dancer placing third in a very tight race in the battle for the podium. Mike McGovern was first M50 in 6th, with Darin Dougal first M40 a place behind with Andy Cox making it four from the club in the top 10.
Full results here:

Photographers on course so there will be lots of photos to follow online if interested