Monday, 24 April 2017

Club Membership Renewals - 2017/18

Club Membership Renewals are now due for 2017/18
(Year runs 1st April 2017 to 31st March 2018).

We have moved our membership renewal to Entry Central. The costs are the same as previous years (Entry Central costs are being absorbed by the club)
Please click on the relevant link depending on your membership type:

Link for Individual Memberships (£15):

Link for Couple/Family Membership (£20):

Link for Junior Membership (U18) (£10):

I have a few membership forms which have arrived by post in the last few weeks and I will email these members separately to clarify that they have already paid up for 2017/18.

Many thanks
Eddie Balfour
Club Treasurer

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Kenny and Paul at London Marathon

Kenny Davidson and Paul Nichol completed London Marathon today. Kenny had a brilliant run and completed the course in 3:03:00, maintaining a very consistent pace throughout, having gone through halfway in 1:29:10. His time placing 2224 overall 134th in M50 - and surely very competitive in the Scottish Champs age group - we'll find out in the coming week. It was also a lifetime PB - extra impressive to setting one in your fifties.  Kenny's full splits here

Paul finished in 3:43:51, again very competitive with 289th in M55 category. Paul's splits here .Looks like the infamous wall reared it's head and perhaps made the last 5 miles a bit of a struggle?

I expect Kenny and Paul may want to expand on this short summary with some words of their own.
Kenny finish line pic borrowed from his facebook post:

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Scottish Athletics - Scottish Government and sportscotland Funding Cuts

I have just received the following email explaining that Scottish Athletics has received a cut from sportscotland of £140,000 means that in 2017/18 our budget investment from sportscotland has reduced from £1,030,000 (2016/17) to £890,000.
Funding for JogScotland in particular is being cut as explained in this BBC article which seems a bit short sighted considering the benefits it brings in get people active. However JogScotland is now seeking charitable status.

Scottish Athletic email in full:

Monday, 3 April 2017

Darin Dougal in Dunbar dash

Darin Dougal raced at the Dunbar 10k finishing 7th and 4th Vet in a very respectable time of 37.28 in a course that is well known as not a flat course with a substantial hill in the 3rd km.

Full results here

Sunday, 2 April 2017

Tom Scott - 10 Mile Scottish Champs at Strathclyde Park

Scott, Magnus and I (Colin) made the trip to Strathclyde Park by Motherwell to take part in the Tom Scott 10 Mile Race which is the Scottish Championship race over the distance. Scottish Athletics publicised it as the strongest field in years with Olympic Marathoner Derek Hawkins one of the leading runners taking part. Conditions were good, about 12 degrees and a gentle breeze for the course that loops Strathclyde Loch.

As it happened we weren't able to worry the front runners too much and the race was won by Shettleston's Wayney Ghebresilassie in 49:40. Full results here. Our results were:

Athlete Name
Chip Time
Colin Williams
Christopher Skea

Scott set off fastest and by about a mile Colin and Scott were running together, never getting much of gap until the final mile, but showing some good form with a very solid run.
Personally I am delighted to have dipped under the 1 hr mark by the smallest of margins. It was touch and go battling against tired limps in miles 8 and 9, and I had to dig really deep. I could see the clock counting up in the last 50m and was thrilled to get over the line in a sprint. I'd set the sub 60 as a goal for 2017 so it's nice when it comes off. It was also a blast from the past being at Strathclyde Park as I spend a huge amount of time on the water training and racing there two decades ago as part of the Edinburgh University rowing team - and they were there today as we racing around the outside.

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Moorfoot AGM report

The AGM took place on Friday night and here is a summary:
  • Special thanks given to Gregor Nicholson for his ongoing commitment and continued support as Junior Team Manager and Head Coach.
  • Alan McDonald gave the Presidents Report an overview of club activities for the year. Thanks for the efforts of members in supporting the club in the organising of the: Gypsy Glen Hill Race; Cademuir Roller Coaster; Peebles XC.
  • Many and varied achievements by club members over the year. Particular senior highlights of Andy Cox winning the Scottish Borders Hill Race Series,
  • Colin Williams drew attention to the stand out performances by Scout Adkin of being the Scottish Athletics Hill Running Champion 2016.
  • Online presence = New website, thanks Alan Elder, over 70,000 hits on the blogger, facebook and Strava groups set up.
  • Noticeable increase in regular senior Tuesday night trainers often hitting double figures
  • Eddie Balfour gave the Treasurers Report. The club has a healthy cash position. Membership was at an all time high of 108 = 67 Juniors + 41 Adults. The Junior membership has more than doubled over the last 6 years. 
  • The club will start using EntryCentral to manage our club membership payment process, with the fees the same as last year - £15 seniors / £10 juniors / £20 couple/families.
  • Full details on membership payment via EntryCentral to be circulated shortly.
  • Gregor gave a summary of the Junior section of the club which continues to grow in size and had some outstanding performances over the year. Lots of medals of all sorts! Special thanks to Brian Hood and other helpers for assistance. Can always use more assistance - Winter Tuesday group runs also c.40 regulars, sometimes over 50! Please contact Gregor if able to help.
The committee members were voted back into position.
• Alan McDonald (President)
• Eddie Balfour (Treasurer)
• Colin Williams (Secretary)
• Mike Pearson (Welfare Officer)
• Gregor Nicholson (Juniors / Coaching)
• Alan Elder – General Committee Member
 The Committee was delighted to welcome two new roles
• Alex Nisbet - Woman’s Captain - to help promote and represent female membership.
• Lucy Colquhoun - Social Secretary – to help us be more social
Followed by an nice meal in Franco's

Scout Adkin before winning the Scottish Athletics Hill Running Champion 2016 at the Eildons
with Lucas, Andy and Alan


Andrew Dancer wins Dark Skies Kielder Run – 26.5 miles - in new course record

Andrew Dancer raced at Kielder Dark Skies race on Saturday evening and continued his rich vein of form following his podium finish from the Glentress Trail Marathon in February with top spot, the outright win and a new course record over the 26.5 mile course. Fantastic run! Here's his report:

I have a bit of history with this race which is worth sharing first.  I entered this in its first year, 2 years ago and ended up “winning” the race only to be disqualified when it became apparent that I (along with c20 others out of a race of 100) had missed one of the checkpoints on the route.  A mixture of poor signage and judgement on my behalf caused me to have a short lived celebration.  I can cope with not winning but I don’t like not being recognised as finishing a race, so I had unfinished business with the race!

Fast forward a couple of years and I entered the Kielder Dark Skies again.  This time as part of my preparation for the Menorca Ultra Marathon held in May.  This was my second marathon distance of the year after Glentress last month and a good yardstick for judging my endurance.
Kielder Reservoir is the largest man-made lake in Northern Europe situated in Northumberland and also a designated dark skies area with a complete absence of artificial light giving fantastic views of the stars if clouds stay away.  The race follows a well-established track all the way around the reservoir, which I think people may assume equals a flat route.  However in total there is 2500 feet of ascent so it is best categorised undulating/hilly!  With 350 people entered this year (hitting the cap) this is definitely a route I’d thoroughly recommend if you get lucky as we did this year.  No clouds, no moon so the stars came out in en-mass with the race beginning at dusk.

I began running with a front group of 5 who went out very quickly in the early miles, too quickly I thought for the undulating terrain.  Sure enough by mile 6 we were down to 3 and by mile 12 it was just myself and one other who was very fast on the downhill but visibly slower on the inclines.

I bided my time till halfway and then overtook on a climb putting a couple of 6 minute-something miles in.  With my headtorch now on full beam the second half of the marathon was a case of managing my pace and being completely paranoid that at any moment I would be caught; keeping me on a decent clip.
I finished the race first in 03:07 which also meant a course record for the event.  Redemption for my mistakes two years ago and also chuffed to bits to register my first ever race victory at this distance. Event details here:

I’m back in Kielder in just over a week for a 50 mile ultra during the day time, but I’d much rather experience the dark skies once more!  I’d recommend pencilling this in as the have both a 14 miler and a 26.5 miler on the same weekend to choose from.