Monday, 27 February 2017

Moorfoots out in mass at Glentress Trail Races

While the juniors were excelling at Falkirk for the National Cross Country there were four separate trail races at Glentress over the weekend with Moorfoots featuring in all races.
There was the perfect start to the weekends racing on Friday with Mike McGovern registering the overall win at Glentress night 10k (and 1st vet). We’ll also claim the first women with Rosie Watson winning too (Rosie trained with the Moorfoots for the 4 months until Christmas as was on placemtn in Peebles although is now back in Cumbria). Alan Elder was 2nd Vet 50 and newcomer to Innerleithen and Tuesday night trainer David Gaffney from Carnethy was 5th overall so great results all round. Results here
Rosie & Mike - 1st Woman and 1st Man in Glentress Night 10k
Ruth McKean continued the streak on Saturday by not only winning the Women’s Vet category and winning the Women’s category outright, and secured second place overall 10k in 45:43, only 90 seconds off the win. All this achieved on only two sessions a week – an outstanding performance. Also running was Iain Roberts finishing in 15th place in 51:54 in his ‘comeback’ race it's been 7 years since Iain pinned a number on acquitting himself admirably.  
In the half marathon where the runners were exposed to long muddy and sodden sections of un-made ‘natural trail’ at the top of the forest, as well as 750m of climb.
The Moorfoots acquitted themselves well with Pete Hall was 5th Vet 50, (02:09:02); Alex Nisbet, 11th Senior Female, (2:15:26);  Fiona Williams, 7th F40 (2:17:45 – and her first race for 2 ½ years after struggling for a long period with post viral fatigue);  Lucy Husband 15th F40 (2:42:02).

In the biggy, which consisted of two full laps of the half marathon course, Andrew Dancer running for the Moorfoots for the first time since moving to Peebles last had a brilliant and well judged run, and made it on to the podium to finish in 3rd place. He looked remarkably relaxed and fresh when I saw him at the end of lap 1, but he was a long way off the podium at this point. His ultra running stamina obviously came to the fore and I’m guessing Andrew must have overtaken about 10 runners to record a negative split second lap and get on the podium in a time of 3:49:33. Who knows but if it had been three laps he probably would have come first!
Results for all three Saturday races here:






Fi sprinting

Andrew Dancer taking it easy apparently!

Loads of photos here:

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