Monday, 8 January 2018

Race Round-up : Portobello Promathon, Greenmantle Dash, Kielder 10 Mile Trail race

Darin Dougal was in impressive action on New Year’s Day at the 31st edition of the Portobello Promathon. 307 runners took part in the  race by the sea front was won by Dermot Cummins (Corstorphine AAC) in 19.11.
Darin clocked a quick 22.45 for the 4 mile course to finish 24th, and importantly 3rd M40 in a quality field. Full results here

Andy Cox, Colin Williams, Dave Gaffney and Russell Anderson were in action in the Greenmantle Dash at Broughton on 2nd Jan. It was great to see Russell racing as he's not been in action since the Borders XC series 2016/17.

The race in only 2 miles long (1 up, 1 down) but comes with about 600 feet of climb and descent. It is described on the Scottish Hill Racing website:

A race to blow away the Hogmanay hangover and see in the New Year. The event has a carnival atmosphere with fancy dress and junior races, and presents a surprising array of obstacles for such a short route.
The race starts with a mass sprint from the Broughton Brewery to hurdle a stonewall, across playing fields, hurdle fence, wade river, negotiate marsh, cross road. Breathe. Then up through turnip fields before hitting the base of the steepest hill. Struggle up this and turn with juddering legs to hurtle precariously back down, and wind up for the final dash along the road to the village hall. Then catch your breath again.

The results are still not out, but as they have a keg on tap giving out beers in the hall does it really matter? The Moorfoot finishing order was Andy, Colin, Dave, Russell and took about 20 mins. Some pics from previous years!

Magnus Skea, Mike McGovern, Colin Williams, Robert Wilson and Barry Hughes all made the trip south of the Border to race at the Kielder 10 mile trail race.
A pretty low key event from the same organisers as the Glentress Trail runs there were just over 200 runners in cold and frosty conditions, icy underfoot at times. The race was won in 1:01:54 with Colin 4th in 1:06:27 (2nd M40), closely followed by Mike (1:07:16, 5th and 3rd M40), then Magnus 15th, 1:12:39; Robert 1:30:37 with Barry snapping at his heals just behind 1:30:45 with top 10 finishes in the M50 categories. Full results here

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