Sunday 22 February 2009

New Club Shorts - Moorfoots go 'Matchy-Matchy'

They're here...!

The new Moorfoot Runner colour coordinated shorts. Cut a dash on the road running or hill running scene with the distinctive 'red and blue' (or is that 'blue and red ?) racer shorts - it's the 'new black'.

Available from club secretary Mike McGovern to club members for the very reasonable price of £10.

Looking for a 'catwalk' to strut them on..?

Lasswade 10 on Sunday 1-March - big Moorfoot contingent going - online entry only here

Pic - anonymous Moorfoot Runner member modelling the new shorts

Wednesday 18 February 2009

Marathon Man

Moorfoot Runner Colin Williams of Innerleithen is running this year's Edinburgh Marathon at the end of May. (Ed. - just over 100 days to go...!!!)

(also can't resist this one - check out the photo of Colin from this year's Peebles XC at Haylodge here)

As part of his build up and 'getting the miles' in, he is planning to do the following races...if you fancy joining Colin in any of these races, give him a shout and see if you can share a lift...

Kielder Borderer - Sunday March 8th 2009. 11:00 am from Kieder Castle, Kielder, Northumberland. Tea and cakes for finishers. 17 miles, 3000ft (BM). £5 on the day + £3 parking for each car

Perth Heaven & Hell 1/2 marathon on 5th April, £12

Edinburgh - North Berwick Road Race 22miles 2 May, £12

Edinburgh Marathon is on the 31 May.

Anniversary Waltz Fell Race - Lake District - 11th April

I'm going to do this Lakes fell race on April 11th. It's on the high fells above the southern end of Derwent Water (south of Keswick, on the "right" side of Cumbria for us). 11.5 miles and 1100m of climbing.Company will be more than welcome!

Johnny Hall (Cardrona)

Tuesday 17 February 2009

Mid-week Training Update

Training started and finished in (almost) daylight tonight - and we're only half way through February....

The plan for forthcoming weeks is to mix some shorter/sharper stuff on some of the Tuesday or Thursday at the Vale of Leithen football ground* (good firm grassy surface and one side cinder track), so bring your trail/fell shoes as well as your road shoes. We'll still be doing some longer runs and mile/half mile/3mins etc. reps out on the roads and hills too..

(* For those unfamiliar with the street layout of Innerleithen, the football ground is about 50m from Hall Street, down the track next to the Public Toilets, more or less opposite the fire station)

The football ground is used by the football team as well as the local sprinters, so we may need to be flexible to accommodate the multi-users of the facilities. If we can get started sharp at 5:00pm, we should be finished the reps by ~5:45pm ahead of the other users who normally appear around 6:00pm - it is probably therefore worth trying to get down a wee bit earlier if you can, if you want a decent warm up.
For more details contact Darren Dougal (Club Captain) or add a 'Comment' on the blog...

Sunday 15 February 2009

Borders XC Series - Moorfoot Team take 2008/09 Team Prize...

Moorfoot Runners took the Team prize for the third year running in the Borders XC series, following the final 2008/09 leg at Berwick.

With four from six team scores to count for the series, it looked unofficially like the team prize was staying at Moorfoot HQ again before the final race. But with some of the regular team runners unavailable for the final weekend due to participating at yesterdays Carnethy5 or otherwise engaged, it was down to the 'super subs' to fly the flag.

Conditions were benign - the tide being far enough out not to affect the route over the beach, but the wind did play it part as did the rather soft conditions up on the cliff top at the far end of the course.

First home was Steve Martin followed closely behind by Russell Anderson (obviously having left something in the tank from the Carnethy5 the day before) and (not so closely) by Kenny Davidson.

Ian Munro, Julia Conner and Alex Campbell were next home, with Dave Wardman making a return to the cross country after some back problems and the ever youthful Jock Douglas fighting it out in the age categories. Mike Pearson brought the team home for another successful Borders XC series.

Other Series successes for the Moorfoots were:

F 35 4th position Julia Conner

F Junior 2nd position Alex Campbell

MV65 2nd position Jock Douglas (same points as winner, but runner up on a count back)

Well done to all those who have participated in all of the six rounds.

Full Round 6 and Series results (full six rounds results now posted...) at the link below:

Saturday 14 February 2009

Carnethy5 - Moorfoot Results

Only two minutes between the four Moorfoot Runners in this year's Carnethy5....500 finishers

Mike McGovern 1:03:46 46th place
Wull Hynd 1:04:56 62th place
Mark McLeod 1:05:26 71st place 2nd Male Junior....
Russell Anderson 1:05:56 80th place

More details on the Carnethy website...

Monday 9 February 2009

Big Weekend Coming up...

Saturday sees the running of the Carnethy 5 and Sunday is the final race of the Borders XC Series at Berwick.

Carnethy 5
Rumour has it that the BBC 'Adventure Show' will be at the event to film the race for a forthcoming show. No BBC scheduling details yet but we'll keep our eyes and ears open.....
If you are running it, make sure you get the 'red and blue' Moorfoot colours to the fore.

Conditions under foot could be interesting....

Berwick BXC
Last in 2008/2009 series with the Moorfoot men's team in the lead (we think...) but a number of mathematical possibilities for other teams to bring in a team of 'ringers' and cause havoc with the 'four results from six to count' rule.

Wrap up warm.....

Tuesday 3 February 2009

Moorfoot Winner in Forfar Multi-Terrain Half Marathon

The intrepid James and Rachael have been on the road again flying the Moorfoot flag...

"As we were in Aberdeenshire at the weekend we (Rachael & James) decided to enter the Forfar Multi Terrain half marathon. The route starts off with a pleasant run around Forfar loch and then gets progressively less pleasant (flooded farm tracks, marshes, a mile long hill climb and finally ploughed farmers fields). James came in first in a time of 1:18:43, beating the second placed runner by just 6 seconds, Rachael finished 67th and 13th lady in 1:43:05".

Moorfoot runners who fancy a go at beating James' time on slightly easier terrain should pencil in the Alloa Half Marathon (Alloa Stirlingshire rather than Aloha Hawaii...!!) on 22-March. Online entry available and recommended (this can be a popular event for London Marathoners looking for a timed 'warm-up')