Sunday, 8 July 2018

Blue sky for the ‘Black Hill’

Robert Wilson's report:
Tuesday night was the annual running of the Black Hill race at Earlston. The race started from the town square and is an 8.2km run with a 220m climb. Views from the top, like the weather, were magnificent and through the sweat you could see for miles. There was a total of 79 runners and the results are in the link below;
Black Hill results
There was the traditional Black Hill t-shirt given out – some might think that’s the only reason I run this race!

Robert's Black Hill T-shirt collection (great value race with entry less than a tenner!)

Tuesday, 3 July 2018

Weekend Round up - Alpine Jacob, Cumbrian Coxy, Scottish Sam, Coastal Colin, Alan in the Arrochars


Lots of Moorfoot action this weekend but it has to start with:

Jacob Adkin wins Mt Blanc Vertical Kilometre

Salomon sponsored Jacob Adkin, who has been spending the summer training in Chamonix and covering some major altitude going by his Strava feed tasted success at the Mont Blanc Marathon Festival. Jacob won the gruelling Vertical Kilometre in 34:46 – destroying the field and beating the second-placed runner by over 3 minutes!

To give you an indication of how fast Jacob went Gavin Bryson from Lauder recently finished third at the East District hill champs which were incorporated with the Eildon Hill Race in Melrose last weekend. Gavin was also out racing the Vertical Kilometre and finished 9.5 minutes behind Jacob! Results:

You know you are going well when Kilian Journet 'likes' your run

Back in Britain the weather was meaning it was hot work ~

Andy Cox continued with his goal of completing enough races in the British Open Fell Runners Association (BOFRA) series to get a ranking putting in a fine run to finish 5th Kirkby Gala Fell Race in Southern Cumbria

Sam MacNeil took part in the Scottish Summer 10k in Edinburgh finishing a very creditable 7th

Colin Williams raced at the spectacularly beautiful Northumberland Coastal Marathon starting in Alnmouth and along trails and beaches heading up past Dunstanburgh Castle to Beadnell Bay and back. Organised by the North East Marathon Club where the emphasis is on completing rather than competing Colin finished 3rd in 3:32 and was rather dried out by the end!

Alan Elder was at the formidable Arrochar Alps Hill Race (16.75 miles, 7,600 feet of climb!) and valiantly stopped to assist in an emergency to a walker on final descent. Respect to Alan.