While the juniors were competing and winning medals at the East District Track Champs at Grangemouth it was again another weekend where keen Moorfoots were spoilt for choice for races.
Three Moorfoot runners took part in Saturday's Penicuik Harriers 10k race. The field was strong once again, with several young runners taking top places; the overall winning time was 34:46. Finishing in 38:08, Scott McDonald he raced for the first time since turning 50 (having spent his birthday in A&E with a infection) and duly won the male master 50+ category, coming 16th overall. Darin Dougal was not far behind with a time of 38:23 and 18th place (3rd M40). Robert Wilson ran a strong 48:20. The challenging undulating route was not made any easier by the windy conditions, but overall the weather wasn't too bad. The race was once again very friendly, with lots of support enroute, and plenty of delicious refreshments afterwards.
Broughton Heights Hill Race
At the snappily titled "Broughton Heights Hill Race - Incorporating UK Inter-Counties Senior Fell/Hill Running Championship" three Moorfoots were in action - Scout Adkin, the reigning Scottish Hill Champ, Lucas Cheskin, who had gained selection for the East Scotland District as the U23 pick, and Andy Cox racing as a Moorfoot as the race was also open to all.
The race was 9.6km, 600m (6 miles, 2000ft) and was won by Scottish and GB senior hill international Andy Douglas in 40:24 running for East Scotland.
Scout was in the mix with the top women but unfortunately had to pull out with the flair up of chest pains - a result of an old injury when we fell badly in a championship race.
Lucas was 41st and 9th U23, and beating Last year's SHR U23 champion in the process clocking a time of 47:00. Andy Cox was 56th overall in 49:30 and took the scalps of many of the county vests in the process. Some very steep climbs and descents by Andy's strava. Results here:
Selkirk "Ultra" and "Half Ultra"
Alan Elder and Lucy Colquhoun were in very impressive action in a new event from the organisers of the Selkirk MTB Marathon. These were tough routes from Bowhill and up onto the SUW with lots of climb. The use of term "Ultra" was rather liberally used as the long course was bang on the marathon distance of 26.2 miles although with 4,312 feet of climb.
Alan excelled only a week after Stuc a Chroin and was 11th and 2nd Male Super Vet (M50) in a time of 4:25:37.
In the half course (14.4 miles, 2,000 feet) Lucy again showing no signs of fatigue from her Kintyre Way Ultra win was 1st Female, 1st F Vet and 5th overall in 2:05:12. Details here: http://www.selkirkultra.com/