Monday, 16 January 2023

Feel the Burns 2023 (by Kerry Law)

 The weather gods were kind to us again for Feel the Burns this year. It was a cold, clear day with a dusting of snow on the tops and eight Moorfoots headed to Selkirk for the race. 

 

The start was as tough as always, with the climbing beginning after the first mile, but it was nice to head up though the bracken and into the sun. After the lung-busting climb up to the Three Brethern the race follows the Southern Upland way along the tops on a lovely runnable track. There were a lot of muddy puddles, and some snow and ice to dodge, but the views of surrounding hills were beautiful. And helped distract from burning calves!

 

It was great to be cheered on by Dean and Gillian, who’d run up to the summit of Brown Knowe, and their vegan sweeties were much appreciated! The marshals all around the course were great too, always with a smile and offering encouragement as we ran past. 

 

There was a chance to enjoy the long descent to Broadmeadows Farm—lots more muddy puddles and far-reaching views—before steeling ourselves for the last steep climb up the aptly named Foulshiels Hill. 

 

Back at the rugby club we enjoyed the simple pleasures of dry socks and hot tea! The soup and haggis pies made for a good post-run feed too. 

 

The Selkirk Fund Runners managed to capture some great pictures of us all grimacing. I’m sure we were smiling on the inside!


And special mention to Diana who came 2nd in the W40 category. Well done! 

Full results are due soon here.  













Sunday, 8 January 2023

Kielder Winter Trail 10M (By Dorien Kimenai)

On 7th January, a few Moorfooters crossed the borders and headed off to England to run the Kielder Winter Trail 10M. The organization should be applauded for this race as the route was beautiful and the runners were smiling all the way despite the very heavy rain. With the endearing Kielder Castle in our back we started the race. The first 6 miles included some effort with a big ascent, but the downhill was superb, and the last 4 miles were Scottish flat. Team Moorfoot did great as we all ended up in the top 5 of our age category! A special mention to Martin who came 1st in his age category 5 years ago and did it again this year – well done!


Results: Kielder Winter 10 Miles Race (timingupnorthresults.co.uk

1st MV50 - Martin Holt

4th FV40 - Gillian Carr

4th FS - Kerry Law

5th MV60 - Tim Warner

2nd FS - Dorien Kimenai


We warmed up again in the car on our way back with dry socks, heated seats (sorry Kerry and Gillian, next time you can sit in the front!) and with the lovely Sun that came out. The Moorfoot team couldn’t resist a stop at the Three Hills in Selkirk for coffee and cake. It was another great day out and a race I would love to do again and definitely recommend!





Masters Cross Country Championships 2023

 Hi Everyone,


The Scottish Masters Cross Country Championships 2023 is on the Sunday 5th February at Tollcross Park in Glasgow.

If you are a Vet runner (40+) and fancy running have a look at :

https://scottishathletics.sportserve.net/pages/event/athletics/athleticsbookingdetails.aspx?id=12529

Its a great event and a chance to run at national level for your club against other clubs in Scotland.  

I think it would be good for the club profile and I'm looking to see if anyone is interested in completing.  To be eligible you must be a member of Scottish Athletics and the Moorfoot Runners must be your first claim club.

If you are not a member its easy to join and if you race in Scotland often its worthwhile as you get a discount on most race entries:

https://www.scottishathletics.org.uk/membership/


Entries must be declared by the 19th January.  If you are interested please get in touch with me (Dean) via Whatsapp, Facebook or by email deanocarr@aolDOTcom (replace DOT with . to avoid me getting spammed by Internet Bots) by Monday 16th January.


Many thanks


Dean

Wednesday, 4 January 2023

Greenmantle Dash 2023 (Gillian Carr)

 

A cracking start to the new year!

After a break of a few years the Greenmantle Dash was back with vengeance. Now hosted by the Penicuik Harriers the short dash up the front face of Trahenna on a glorious sunny day, drew over 100 runners from the south and beyond.




A few Moorfoot Runners made their way along to Broughton, including Heather & Dorien who cycled there, warming up on this frosty morning, and racking up a few extra miles for Doddie Aid.

The race is only 2 miles long, but full of challenges! Starting at Broughton Brewery, first you have to loup over a wall, wade across the river (which wasn’t as bad as a couple of days ago) but still knee deep! Plod through a muddy bog and then slog up to the top of the hill! Beautiful views and you were certainly warm by the time you got to the top! Then it was a case of trying to stay on your feet on the steep slippy down hill, back through the muddy field and then a flat sprint along the road to the village hall.

Everyone had well earned their soup & Broughton Ale!



 

A really friendly event, well organised by Penicuik Harriers, encouraging Marshalls and great kitchen helpers

Some great prizes as well - a box of organic veg & eggs for the winners from each age category!

A few Moorfoot prize winners -

3rd MV40 - Andy Cox

2nd FV40 - Gillian Carr

2nd MV70 - Mike Goddard

 

Results below enter details in search.

Results




Friday, 23 December 2022

Moorfoot Boxing Day Runs

The annual Moorfoot Boxing Day Runs will be on again this year (in the event of dodgy weather, check for updates on Boxing Day morning on the Moorfoot Facebook group)


Our three course Menu offers....

Run to the Mast
Seven and a bit-ish hill run up to Dunslair Heights at a sociable pace (90mins-ish) - regular stops to regroup - and back to the Glentress Peel Café for coffee/cake/a blether.


Meet at Gytes Leisure Centre Peebles 9:50am for a sharp 10.00 start. Leader Kenny Davidson
Dress accordingly for a slowish run with stops - it is often snowing on the tops - December in the hills - all runners being suitably dressed for running in the hills in winter; full body cover (inc hat and gloves) and backup warm fleece/insulated jacket in a bum bag or small back pack - you have been warned...
Should be back down at the Peel café for 11.30ish... see below

Handicap Fun Run
While the seniors slog up to the mast on Boxing Day, all juniors (under 9s accompanied), plus Mums and Dads looking to run off some over-indulgence, or anyone too late/not up for the mast run, are all invited to take part in a c.2mile handicap fun run on the foot/cycle/horse path Peebles to Glentress where we will meet up with the seniors in the Peel café for coffee/juice and cake(s) at about 11.30am - see below.

Meet at the entrance to the old Hydro stables at the foot of Janet’s Brae ready for an 11am start, setting off at intervals, slowest first, fastest last. The finish is just before the main road opposite Glentress (with a couple of adults there to help with crossing the road.) The approx 2 mile route can be found here http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=6766898
Contact Gregor if you want to take part so he can work out a handicap gjn7nil@gmail.com 

Rule No.1 - Handicapper Gregor has the final say. Rule No.2 - Handicapper Gregor has the final say. Rule No.3 - don’t forget to turn left for the finishing stretch towards Glentress, otherwise you will end up in Cardrona. Rule No.4 - Organise your lift back (or you may be running back on your own). Rule No.5 - Handicapper Gregor has the final say.
Much sought after prizes on offer! Spare clothing etc can be left in Gregor’s car to be transported to the finish.
 
Cafe afterwards
For those who don't fancy the 'run' bit, just meet up at the Peel café for 1130.

Monday, 19 December 2022

Christmas Pudding Race (By Peter Caddick)

 

On Sunday 18th December seven Moorfoots headed down through the snow to Melrose. The previous day some had also run in the club handicap with thank you's to Colin and Hamish. 

It had been a big week and a few were disappointed to miss out with COVID, coughs and the run up to Christmas. Prep was questionable following a highly enjoyable club Christmas dinner (Thank you Colin, Dean and Gillian) and a thirsty Thursday with Kerry’s mince pies. (Next year may see a club Great British Bake Off and Martin  has already started a showstopper designed as an ultra trail run in order to bag points early). 

Elves, Santa's and Christmas hats took part at Melrose as Carol lead the way with Sam, Martin and Ian not far behind. Dorien kindly waited for Pete C who again maintained he would have got her in a sprint off! Tim also finished two races in two days. 

Post-race everyone headed to Melrose rugby club for top notch refreshments of soup and home made baking. 

Stop-press there was also a protest against Martin’s fancy dress ringing bells disturbing other runners and clearly being a calculated use to his advantage! 

A thank you to the Wobbly bridge team who superbly organised the event with many encouraging marshal's really in the spirit of Christmas. 

Fully refueled the Moorfoots hit the road back home after a delightful day out.




Saturday, 17 December 2022

Innerleithen Festive Handicap 2022 Report

It was a balmy day for 2022 edition the Innerleithen Festive handicap, with the sun coming out and the temperature hitting the highs of 3 degrees! It was snowy underfoot, but it was quite grippy as it softened.

A hardy selection of runners took part after illness saw 8 late drop outs! The freezing weather from the week meant the planned post race refreshments in the golf course cafe were cancelled because of frozen pipes.  All the course details are shown here: http://moorfootrunners.blogspot.com/2022/11/moorfoot-festive-handicap-innerleithen.html

Many thanks to the marshalls Hamish, Dorien and Pete Caddick, and time keeper Fi Williams for helping make it happen.

As far as the running goes it was an enjoyable event and everyone had smiles once they got their breath back.

Impressive displays from Thomas Hilton who romped through the field as back marker to finish first - this is a course record, and big congratulations also to Sarah McKechnie who set a new woman's course record too. Fantastic running given the ground conditions.

Results:

Name

Estimated  Time (minutes)

Finish Time

Finishing Position

Scratch Time

Scratch Position

Thomas Hilton

00:31:30

00:47:40

1

00:30:10

1

Hayley Davidson

00:42:30

00:48:21

2

00:41:51

8

Tim Warner

00:49:00

00:49:35

3

00:49:35

11

James Moore

00:33:40

00:49:52

4

00:34:32

3

Luke Grieve

00:33:40

00:50:00

5

00:34:40

4

Chris Hilton

00:41:00

00:50:01

6

00:42:01

9

Sarah McKechnie

00:34:00

00:50:10

7

00:35:10

5

Colin Williams

00:32:30

00:50:54

8

00:34:24

2

Martin Quirke

00:34:30

00:52:00

9

00:37:30

6

Martin Holt

00:37:30

00:54:05

10

00:42:35

10

Elena Lee

00:35:30

00:54:16

11

00:40:46

7