Tuesday, 10 December 2019

Weekend Round up 7/8 Dec - Goat Ultra and Hermitage of Braid and Blackford Hill 10km

some excellent performances this weekend
Andrew Dancer was in the Cheviots for The Montane Cheviot Goat Winter Ultra on Saturday. This is what the wesbite says:
It will test even the most experienced ultra runner. 55 miles of the harshest winter trails, 9500 ft of lung-bursting ascent including the highest summit, The Cheviot, standing at 2,674 ft. Throw into the mix the unpredictable Northumberland weather that includes everything from deep snow, ice, gale force winds and torrential rain and you’ll be tested physically and mentally. Non-waymarked and unsupported with a start time of 6am in the Northumbrian village of Ingram, the Montane Cheviot Goat promises to be a challenge like no other. 

Andrew had a cracking run commenting:
9th place. So chuffed. Absolutely brutal conditions underfoot across bogs and moors. Great end to the year 

Results https://live.opentracking.co.uk/cheviotgoat19/

Meanwhile on Sunday Craig Henrys was at the Hermitage of Braid and Blackford Hill Trail 10km in Edinburgh http://scurryevents.co.uk/hermitage-of-braid-blackford-2019/

Craig said:
a good run. I finished 40th overall and did it in 55mins 55secs despite losing my shoe briefly in the mud. Would definitely like to do again in spring as it’s a lovely area
 Results here


Monday, 9 December 2019

Christmas meal and award for outstanding achievement

The Club Trophy is awarded each year for outstanding performance as judged by the Committee.
Reviewing the blog posts for year it soon become clear that members have had a really good year all round and lots of fun being for everyone.
The Trophy was awarded at the annual Christmas meal at the Glentress hotel on Tuesday night 
Award shortlist
Newby Notable mentions
Brian Smith 5th Muckletoon trail half
Pluggin’ away Award
Robert Wilson 1st Vet Arisaig Marathon 4hrs
Still got it Award
Paul Nichol 55-59 class – 3:28 Yorkshire Marathon 3:31:38 London Marathon, 1:30.39 Scottish Half
Humble Award
Lucy Colquhoun – female winner Tweed Valley Tunnel run & Howgill 26 – (6th overall), and probably many more besides I don’t know aas
Best blog write-up/ the getting lost in the mist detouring for miles and ending up in an OAPs croft and treated to tea and snack and a lift while others were getting rather worried Award
Alan Elder – for Trotternish and Carnethy 5 blog posts  (also continued improvement Alan took 54 mins off his Stuc a Chroin time from 2016)
So good they really don’t need another award Award
The champion Adkin siblings
Scared Kilian off Award
Oli Jepsen – amazing 9th at Glencoe Skyline
Backing it up Award
Last year’s winner Amy Alcorn - 1st Kelso 10km, 1st Castle and Falls Trail race Yorkshire 18 miles 4th Deerstalker (if not higher due to dodgy results) new PB 3h26 Edinburgh Marathon,
Hill Billy Award
Andy Cox - top ten Goatfell, Ben Lomond, 4th Eildons - PB placing, 2nd Philiphaugh, 4th KOMs (Snowdon, Ben Nevis and Scafell Pike races series)
Biggest Improver Award
Simon Hammond – first Moorfoot at Deerstalker (5th overall) and Tiree Ultra (5th overall), Two Breweries, and Feel the Burns, Glentress Trail half Feb
Dedicated trainer Award
Alex Campbell trains with Moorfoots and Gala Harriers in the same week! (also 2nd F at Devilsfoot Trail half marathon Lauder > Melrose)
Ultra +++ Award
Ross Grieve – 2nd M50 silver in the Highland Fling 53 mile Ultra Trail Marathon which doubles as the Scottish Ultra Trail Championship, 5th Hardmoors 110 mile Ultramarathon almost 26hrs (ending 6lbs lighter), CCC 100km Alps – top quarter of the field, 3rd M50 Jedburgh Three Peaks Ultra
Help an injured person and then get proper bashed up yourself and reunite in the Mountain Rescue Land Rover Award
Dave Gaffney at Goatfell
Generally all round impressive Award
Gillian Carr 1st Tiree half, 1st Wobbly Bridge,1st Moffat Gala run, 2nd F40 Gypsy Glen
Wheelchair to Ultra Award
Richard Edge completed his first ultra almost 12 years to the day since suffering a  haemorrhage (also solid 3:28 at London)
Night runner Award
Mike McGovern – for Glentress night 10k overall win as M50 (also Trimontium XI 3rd + 1st M40, 2nd Esk Scurry 10 mile, 3rd Oxton two pubs, 3rd Wobbly bridge)
The club cup for Outstanding Performance
Kenny Davidson for Kielder Night Marathon in March finished 6th overall clocking 3:24:32 for the 26.5 mile course with an elevation of 1,700ft and run at night on trails - Kenny won the M50 prize by a huge margin, and knocking the best part of half an hour off the M50 course record in the process (also M50 winner for Glentress Trail half Feb, 2nd M50 Lairig Ghru in June)

Kenny with his trophy along with some of the shortlist

Tuesday, 3 December 2019

Border XC Series - Peebles Leg Sunday 15-December

Course/route update 2019
Juniors 1130, Seniors 1200

Junior course (2 laps, suitable for spikes)
Peebles car parking for Borders XC

Monday, 2 December 2019

Borders XC 2019/20 Race 3 report - Berwick Spittal Beach

Dean Carr's report from round 3

Oh I do like to be beside the seaside !!!.

Although a lovely sunny day it was sub zero temps as the runners headed of across the frozen sands of Spittal beach on sunday.  It was a really gruelling first mile along the beach before a sharp climb up on onto the headland and more familiar cross country territory.  However the grass and mud were frozen hard on the out and back course.  The low sun in the eyes made it tricky going with lots of ice boulders and frozen water to avoid.  The final mile back along the beach was one of the toughest miles I can remember.  I dont think us hill runners like the sand and sea level running much !!!!.

It was a short race, but a beautiful day on the coast.  Great runs from Darin, Ian, Mike and Gillian who is still top of the FV40 standings.

Ian Munro
Mike Pearson
Gillian Carr

Dean Carr

Darin Dougal

Photos: https://www.facebook.com/neil.stalker1/media_set?set=a.10218992004243906&type=3

Tuesday, 19 November 2019

W'end Roundup - 16 & 17 Nov 2019 - Glentress Trail Races, Borders XC Gala, Wooler Trail Marathon

A busy weekend for the Moorfoots.

Glentress trail races took place on Saturday, which are getting more popular year on year.
First up was the Trail Half Marathon (actually 12.1 miles / 19.5 km; 2,200 feet / 675m ascent) with 6 Moorfoots taking the start line with a field of over 450 runners, with lots of competitive results and good showings all round
Colin Williams was 13th overall and 3rd M40 in 1:40:48; Brian Smith was 8th M40 (1:52:00); Kenny Davidson 8th M50 (1:53:02); Hayley Davidson 7th woman (1:58:37); Craig Henrys in a very solid showing 2:14:04. Simon Hammond was also running but unfortunately pulled out mid-race feeling terrible.
Full results: http://www.timingupnorthresults.co.uk/results.aspx?CId=16576&RId=3055
Heaps of photos here: https://www.granddayoutphotography.co.uk/portfolio502098.html

Mike McGovern and Vickie Morrison were racing that evening in the 10k Night Trail Race (5.8 miles / 9.4km; 915 feet / 280m ascent) with terrific results. Mike won the Night 10k outright (as well as being the fastest M50 too) in a brilliant run clocking 44:29. Almost as impressive was the fact that despite the thick fog Mike didn’t get lost! Vickie also had a very strong run to finish 10th woman in 59:10 and 48th in the top quarter of the big field of 209 finishers
Full results: http://www.timingupnorthresults.co.uk/results.aspx?CId=16576&RId=3055&EId=2
Photos https://www.granddayoutphotography.co.uk/portfolio502168.html

Borders XC round 2 Galashiels was on Sunday was some more very impressive performances.

Kieran Fulton
Gregor Wells
Elena Lee
Luke Grieve
Aaron Drake
Lola Lockyer

199 runners in total. Particular credit to Carol, Mike and Gillian for top age-group placings.
Darin Dougal
Gillian Carr
Carol Moss
Ian Munro
Mike Goddard
Lucy Oldham

Wooler Trail Marathon (25.2 miles 4,200 feet ascent) - Andrew Dancer was racing in the Cheviots - due to snow levels on the highest ground the course was changed to two laps of the half course. Andrew finished a brilliant 5th and 1stM40 (in his first race since joining the Vet club!) big congratulations. Full results 

Andrew commented: 
2 lap course as cheviot was a no go for safety concerns. Took it easy first lap and then felt fresh at end. Nice training for Goat challenge

The Goat is 55 miles ultra race in the Cheviot Hills of Northumberland in early December - good luck Andrew!