Thursday, 8 December 2016

Step-A-Head Photos

Ta to Terry O'Hare for these images.
A pensive Donald prepares

Charlotte Morrison's mum Morna took to the back of a lorry to show off her best moves

.....and everyone joined in so as not to embarrass her!

And they're off. Donald and main organiser Hazel lead the way - on a cold and frosty morning.

They're behind you! About 200 of them!! Prominent L to R are Sophie, fellow EU Harie James (boyfriend), Mairi, Ailsa, and Patrick

There was no age-limit.....

Donald was very grateful for his post-run rub down from Peebles Physiotherapy's masseuse Melanie

Sunday, 4 December 2016

Donald's Step Ahead Fun Run (3-52 Challenge)

Donald in action on the trail...
It was a cracking day for Donald Innes's Step Head Fun Run fund raiser for The Brain Tumour Charity, and the crisp winter sunshine brought out over 200 runners to participate over the 2k, 5k and 10k courses.

Well done to all the runners, organisers and the legions of helpers...a great time had by all, and importantly, more funds raised for The Brain Tumour Charity.

Read the full story of Donald's Challenge here....and take a moment to help Donald reach his fund raising target.

East District Champs Report

Balgownie playing fields in Aberdeen was the venue for the East District XC Champs on Saturday the 3rd but any thoughts of a pancake flat course simply looping round football and rugby pitches were soon dispelled on arrival. The tough undulating course mostly followed the extensive perimeter of the sizeable park but incorporated several twists and turns, a couple of long uphill drags, some short wooded sections and an area of scrubland.  It certainly provided a true cross-country test even if, for the old die-hards, there wasn't a section of plough or any burns to traverse.

Conditions were perfect - as long as you had on enough layers - with a little give in the ground and blue skies. Despite the single figure temperature, thankfully there was hardly even the lightest of breezes, thus negating any possible wind-chill on what was a pretty exposed location.

It was a good 3-hour drive to get there, which accounted for a few absentees, but a fair few of the Moorfoot contingent drove up the day before for various lodgings in Aberdeen. (And there was no evidence of any sore heads amongst the dads on Saturday morning!) Others broke the Saturday morning drive up with a stop at Peggy Scott's services at Finavon near Forfar for a braw braw breakfast. Bobby Mooney highly recommends the Big Jock giant breakfast!

Madeline Collins was the sole Moorfoot in the U13 girls race over 3.1km. She is a first-year in the age group and delivered a good well-paced effort for 30th of 46 finishers in 13.03.

There were no U13 Moorfoot boys so next up were the U15 girls racing over 4km. Charlotte Clare had a typically gutsy run for 10th in 15.49 which will surely be enough to gain her selection for the East team for the Inter-District Championships at Holyrood Park in January. (Top eight gained automatic selection with another seven to be selected at the selectors' discretion.) Eilidh Mooney finished well for 25th in 17.07 with Charlotte Morrison just two places and eight seconds behind. That placed the U15 girls team 6th overall. Both Eilidh and Charlotte M are still in this age-group next year.

Ethan Elder continued his comeback in the U15 boys' race over the same 4km course and whilst still a little shy of his best he had a good run for 21st in 14.56. Craig Angus continued his good form just behind Ethan in 23rd in 14.59

The U17 women raced alongside the U20 women which made for some difficulty in gauging who was where during the race but Mairi Wallace, had a strong run for 11th in the U17 category, coming home strongly in 18.53 for the 4.9km course, and Fiona Grant was 22nd in 20.40. There was also a storming run by Moorfoot trained Ailsa Innes in the Lasswade vest, finishing 13th in 19.09 which with a bit of luck might just sneak her into the Inter-District team along with Mairi. In the same race but in the U20 women's category, Niamh Shaw, another Moorfoot in a Lasswade vest, was 9th U20 in 19.07. Likewise, Euan Hood raced in the U17 Men's race in the Lasswade vest and had a solid run for 22nd in 23.45 over the 6.6km course.

The senior women raced the same 6.6km course and Edinburgh University student Sophie Collins continued her excellent form to finish 11th in 24.38.

And so to the final race of the day, the senior men's race over 9.7km in which Jacob Adkin continued his gradual comeback from shin splints to finish 25th in 32.54, two places and nine seconds ahead of ex-Moorfoot Mike Reid. Home in 159th of the 187 finishers was Franco's favourite runner Alan Elder. His time of 42.02 saw him 16th M50 by my reckoning. He will no doubt add his own more poetic report of his experience

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Alloa and Gala Cross Country Races Sat 19th & Sun 20th Nov

While some were racing this Glentress and others were racing at Alloa at the second East District Cross Country League race on Saturday. The juniors there were representing Team Borders with other clubs and recorded some good results. Photos here

In the seniors race there was good run by Lucas Cheskin finishing 26th in 33.38. Won in 30.07 with Lucas only 1 1/2 mins behind the highest borders places from Daryl Hastie (Gala) and Gavin Bryson (2016 Scottish U20 10,000m champ and GB Hill International). Brian Hood completed in 48.34. Full results here

Many Moorfoot junior juniors were in action at the Gala XC on Sunday recording some high finishes below. Full junior results here

Pos Number Time Forename Surname Gender Cat GenderPos CatPos
18 471 12:07 Ben Allan M M10-11 17 3
20 455 12:10 Angus Carlyle M M10-11 18 4
23 379 12:28 Corran Carrick-Anderson M M12-13 21 2
32 485 12:49 Thomas Hilton M M10-11 28 8
40 538 13:05 Alec Sellar M M10-11 34 10
41 405 13:05 Danny Lancaster M M10-11 35 11
44 447 13:13 Esme Minto F F10-11 8 2
51 456 13:31 Cameron Carlyle M M8-9 40 4
52 527 13:31 thomas glasgow M M8-9 41 5
87 456 15:27 Cameron Carlyle M M8-9 63 14

Photograph: Courtesy Mark Kinghorn

Photos here all courtesy Mark Kinghorn - thanks

Flying the flag in the senior race was Carol Moss finishing as first F50 and Kobe Stevens with a scorching third place overall out of the 254 racing while still a junior. Well done! Judging by the photos Kobe held something back in the initial mad stampede and worked his was through the field. It was also great to see Carol Moss and Russell Anderson racing so well after long periods out with injury.

Position Number Time  Forename Surname Gender Cat GenderPos CatPos
3 346 23:11 Kobe Stevens M MJ 3 2
58 350 27:15:00 Russell Anderson M M50+ 55 12
107 155 30:01:00 Carol Moss F F50+ 17 1
116 156 30:45:00 Ian Munro M M50+ 96 21
Full senior results

The start

Carol in the pack


Sophie proves that women CAN multi-task. Jacob eases back into racing.

Not only was she organising the Scottish Students XC Champs at Craigmillar Castle on Saturday on behalf of Edinburgh Uni but Sophie Collins still managed to get herself on the start line and then run the race of her life for 4th place in the 6.1km women's race, only 18secs off the medals. Some good scalps taken in the process.
An earlier success for Sophie at the 3 Bridges with some wee lads
And Jacob Adkin, still very gradually building things back up after recurrent shin splints, eased himself back into racing with a steady tempo effort for 16th in the men's 9.6km race.

EU Haries race report and full results

Sunday, 20 November 2016

Glentress Trail night 10k, Saturday and half marathon, Sunday

Some good performance this weekend at Glentress. On the Saturday night 10k Alex Nisbet was in action and finished as 6th woman, only a minute off 2nd place. Katy Carrick-Anderson also ran well to record 9th F40. Full results

In the daylight half marathon a number of Moorfoots were racing. First home was Darin Dougal running strongly (and in only a vest in minus 2 degrees) to finish in 1.35:17 and 4th overall (3rd M40), followed by Colin Williams 1.38.17 , 8th (5th M40), then Magnus Skea 1.45.45, 19th, Peter Hall 9th M40 in 1.49.14 27th, Paul Nichol 8th M50 in 2.10.30. Also running was 'temporary' Moorfoot until her placement finishes at Christmas, Rosie Watson in 1:55:03 and 4th Woman and 2nd Senior Woman. Full Results
Darin, Colin and Magnus warming up in the café.

Sprint finish by Paul

Check out the course here which took you all the way up to the mast. It included a challenging 700m (2,500 feet) of climbs and some sections of very technical MTB descents