Sunday, 16 July 2017

St Ronans Border Games 2017 including Lee Pen Hill Race

There was a good Moorfoot turnout at the Innerleithen's St Ronans Border Games.
In the track events the junior section had many good performances. Craig Angus won the youth 800m, and then followed it up with 3rd in 1600m later. In the Senior events Kobe Stevens won the Open 800m overtaking the whole field as he was back marker and he was also awarded the trophy for best performance of the day. As the Borders Athletics facebook page says: Fantastic run Kobe.
Euan Hood who trains with the Moorfoots had a great day too winning the Open 1600m and third in 800m behind Kobe earlier in the day.
The track results are here and if anyone wants to elaborate then go for it.

The games always start with the Lee Pen Hill Race which had a total of 30 entries this year.
It's 3 miles straight up with 1,200 feet of climb and then foot burning descent.
The stand out performance was Charlotte Morgan, Carnethy's Scottish and GB Hill International, broke the woman's record setting a new mark at 28:26, finishing sixth overall. The race was won outright by the fast time of 25:43 by Peter Hodkinson of Hunters Bog Trotters, with two veteran ex-champion hill runners in the mix with Colin Donnelly 2nd (British Champ 87-89) and 3rd Brian Marshall (Scottish Champ 2005 + 07).

Two Moorfoots were in action Dave Gaffney and Colin Williams vying for the prize for first local. As the race unfolded Dave and Colin were climbing together up the steep side of the Lee Pen ridge, however as they crested Dave got a gap and then continued to climb strongly on the rocky section up to the summit where the gap was about 20 seconds which was pretty much maintained to the finish on the rather damp descent. Well done Dave who picked up the first locals prize finishing 8th in 29:33 with Colin 9th in 29:55. Full results here.

Many thanks to the Moorfoots who helped setting the course and help marshalling, Mike McGovern, Craig Rendle, Benjamin Hindley, and Fiona Williams, along with the Games organisers and helpers.

Some great photos here courtesy of Lauren Corbs


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