Thursday, 7 August 2014

Moorfoots Take on the Law

No, it's not a legal challenge, nor a fight with the polis, it was the North Berwick Law Race on Wednesday night. Active East Lothian reports:
After a wet and windy day, summer returned for the start of the 2014 North Berwick Law Race.

The glorious evening saw a record 291 runners line up at the Harbour with the top of the Law in their sights.

Donald Naylor (HBT) was the first back in an impressive 19 mins 11secs, beating his 2012 time by over 2mins. Carnethy runners James Waldie and Andrew Gilmour came 2nd and 3rd respectively. Carnethy also triumphed to be the fastest team on the night.

HBT Ladies were on top form with Tessa Hill beating her 2012 time with a run of  21mins 56 secs. Penicuik's Sarah McKechnie took 2nd place and Rachel Grieve (Anster Haddies) taking 3rd (GN note: 12 year-old Moorfoot Beth Hobbs was actually 3rd "woman" home.)

The junior titles were taken by Gavin McWhinnnie (Fife) in 23mins 50secs and Beth Hobbs (Moorfoot) in 25 mins 16 secs.

Other award categories were the 1st Male Vet – Andrew Wright (Ochil Hill runners), 1st Lady Vet – Jakie Tout (UA) in 27.01. North Berwick Local, Marcus Lyall, was cheered home in 25mins 26secs.

A big thank you to Edinburgh Athletic for organising all the excellent volunteers who made the event possible. Another thank you to North Berwick Community Council for presenting the medals on the evening.

GN adds: Tom Hobbs was the first Moorfoot home in 22mins+, about 50m behind Tess Hill, complaining it was far too short for him. Next home in 24 mins+ and hand in hand for the last stretch in front of the cheering crowds reminiscent of Beardsley and Simonsen in the first London Marathon, were father and son duo Crawfie and Corran Carrick-Anderson. (I wiz jist aboot greetin' at that.) At just 11 years-old, Corran was second in the U15 Boys category and finished a bit fresher looking than his dad! Beth was a clear winner in the U15 Girls category, her huge effort telling at the end with a face whiter than my vanilla 99, and she was followed home by Mairi Wallace who found the fast pace a bit hot from the harbour before the steeper terrain kicked in.

A great festival atmosphere on a beautiful evening not even spoiled by having to share my well planned race-time fish'n'chips with Mrs C-A and Mrs H.

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