Monday, 23 April 2012

Moorfoots Race Updates

Criffel (11 March 2012)

Great 1hr hill race that is well organised and a good early challenge in the year. 75 brave souls lined up for this out and back course on a very warm afternoon in South Dumfries. However be warned if considering this in future years it is a knee deep bog trudge from the forest to the first summit, so if looking for fast running this is not the course but if building strength for later events then an excellent race.

Honours went to Stewart Whitlie and Sarah O'Neil, I took pleasure in the view and being the fastest Moorfoot helped by being the only Moorfoot.

Map of course and results

Exe to Ax (1 April 2012)
(bit far South for most but managed to escape while I was on a family holiday in Devon)

Devon is not a County normally associated with the fells of England but the Exe to Ax event was organised by Sidmouth Running Club and despite taking place on 1st April this truly was a fell race in name and in nature. The mileage was about 21miles and 4700ft of climb along the coast paths of some very scenic rolling hills. Great race and a enjoyable dayout with the highlight being a well deserved ice cream at the finish.

Results here and more on this race in Runners World which made it one of its top 10 UK races back in 2008

Hunter Bog Trot (21 April 2012)Usual warnings at the start about tussocks and a grand canyon to cross for health and safety purposes didn't put off a field of 115 including Sarah, Julia and I on a warm Saturday afternoon in Holyrood Park. Great race that was all flat out from the start with the hope of finishing before the engine blows up.

Sarah continued her recent good form with a win in the ladies race, Julia and I ensured we flew the Moorfoot flag once again. Results may follow but from memory Ray Ward won the men just from Andrew Wright. Definitely a race I would recommend to others as good runnable hill route, short distance of 4miles, lots of beer prizes and also it does a short kids race after the main race is in.

Hope all well with you all and everybody enjoyed the Easter break

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