Monday 27 September 2010

Moorfoot 'Team Hobbs' Dominate at 'Gallop & Grind'

Well done to Moorfoot Jane Hobbs who had an oustanding race in picking up the Ladies' 'silver medal' at the 2010 'Gallop and Grind' charity duathlon in Glen Nevis, in a time of 1:28.

"This is the pinacle of my Duathlon career," said a triumphal Jane.

The post race celebrations went on long into the night apparently....

Husband Tom, also did OK in the less competative Male category, also winning a medal.

More Gallop and Grind details here....

Sunday 26 September 2010

Moorfoots at Norham 10K RR

Fellow Borders XC club, Norham Running Club host their local 10K, usually on the same weekend as the Breweries Hill Race, but this year, several Moorfoots made the journey 'o'er the border' to compete.

Full results to follow, but quick update...

Wull Hynd in 3rd place (35:40)....another very good result on the back of his Hawick Half Marathon win.
Mike McGovern recorded a low 38 min on  his first race back after an extended injury...Steve not far behind, in 39 mins...
And Mike Pearson making a rare appearance in  preparation for the forthcoming Borders XC series, came hoem in 67 mins...

Local runner Darin Dougal also ran strongly for a 5th place, not far behind Wul in 36:31.

Results now available here...

Moorfoots at the Two Breweries

Cold but clear conditions this year, with fantastic visibility from the tops in the northerly airstream sweeping over Scotland. This meant warm conditions on the southern lee slopes but chilly conditions on the tops and back down the north facing descents - pretty much an ideal hill running day.

James and Mike Reid, resplendent in his new Moorfoot vest, lead the Moorfoot charge - James picking up 10th place in 3hrs 13mins and good enough to be in amongst the 'beer' prizes; Mike, running his first Breweries, bagging a very creditable 3hrs 20mins (16th) - a time he will no doubt better now that he knows the course.

With a few of the Moorfoot Breweries regulars opting for the Norham 10K RR this year, the racing in the mid-pack runners was very competitive - Colin, Russell, Kenny and Julia all keeping visual contact for much of the race.
Kenny led at Birkscairn by a small margin, before Russell and Colin passed on the descent to Glensax. It was 'even-stevens' again at the top of Hundleshope, before some smart route finding gave Colin a lead over Stob Law pulling Russell with him. At Glenrath, Colin and Russell were out of sight, but Julia was still chasing hard keeping Kenny under pressure. At Stobo, Colin suddenly reappeared in the distance ahead on the long drag up to the base of Trahenna, and then at the very foot of Trahanna, Russell , Colin  and Kenny were reunited again (all very friendly...) and worked together up the wall-like (slight exaggeration there - ed.) slope. At the Trahenna top, Colin pulled away again, Russell stopped to do some contortions brought on by cramp and Kenny dug in deep. The gap closed again before on the final descent to Rachill Farm, Colin's free-fall descent opened up another 30 sec gap, which he held all the way along the final mile through the village to the finish (fighting cramp all the way !).

Colin 3hrs 35 mins (12 mins faster than 2009 !!)
Kenny 3hrs 35 mins and a wee bit (17mins faster than 2009 !!!)
Russell 3hrs 37 mins (5 mins faster than 2009 !!!) and age group 'beer' winner
Julia 3hrs 42 mins (some 25 mins faster than 2009 !!!!) and age group 'beer' winner

Final results here..
Loads of pics here...
Johnny's pics here....

Special thanks to the Moorfoot supporters en route - Jock at Howeford Farm; Johnny and Esme (start and finish); Kirsty, Eilidh and Mhairi (start and finish)

Also, another thank you to Pete and Elspeth Baxter and their team of marshalls and helpers, for what is one of the best hill races in the calendar, both en-race and apres-race.

Wednesday 22 September 2010

Tinto Hill Race 2010

Saturday 13-November (2:00pm) pre-entry ONLY this year....and likely to sell out based on the popularity of the last couple of years. You have been warned.....

Full details here...

Monday 20 September 2010

Scout wins U18 Junior Home International Hill Championships


News Flash from Ireland. Scout 1st in the U18 Junior Home International so British and Irish champion.


More to follow.......

Scottish Athletics report here...

Well done to Scout !! I also heard the news on Radio Borders this morning....!!!
Scotland win Team Gold medal for U18 Girls also...

Moorfoots at the Merrick

Russell and Julia on their hill running travels again  - this week at the Merrick (Galloway's highest hill) down at Glen Trool, near, well actually, not near anywhere big; quite close to Newton Stewart.

Russell picking up seventh spot (1hr 50 mins) and Julia twentieth overall and third Female in 2hrs and 12 mins).

Hope you've both left 'something in the tank' for next week's Breweries Race !

SHR results here...

Thursday 16 September 2010

Prestonpans 10K(with a difference...)


Run 10K at 10am


Sunday 10th October 2010.

Predict your finish time and win a prize.
Entry fee £10.

Payment to: Pacemaker Enterprises

45, Whitecraig Crescent, Whitecraig.
Musselburgh EH218NQ

e-mail for entry form:

telephone: 0131 653 2547. mobile:07960039136


Rod Rutherford Memorial Trail Race (Berwick)

Dear All,
I am contacting you with the attached flyer to let you know about an event that Berwick Harriers are organising in memory of Rod Rutherford,our former club secretary, who sadly passed away this year. Rod died from cancer, so all proceeds from the run will be donated to cancer research.

The date of the run is Sunday,October 10th (11am start) and is a multi-terrain event over 10k, starting and finishing at Spittal Point. Entry fee is £10.

If you require any further information, please reply to the above e-address or my mobile number is 07739 091324
Kind Regards

Dave Stewart

Moorfoots at the Beef Tub

Russell and Julia, possibly Moorfoot's most prolific hill runners of 2010, took on the Beef Tub hill race near Moffat last weekend.

More success, with Russel coming home in 24:58 for 8th and 2nd V50; Julia had some 'navigational issues' but still managed 2nd Female in 32:48, only some 14 secs behind the first lady....

SHR write up and results here....

Record Breaker...

Pic - Russell 'goes for it' at the start of the down hill time trial.

The Caerketton Doonhiller is a unique race in the Hill Running calendar, in that it is a down hill time trial.

On a night when records were tumbling all over the place, Moorfoot Russell Anderson become the first V50 to break the 6 min barrier on the 1.8Km 300mm descent course.

Full story and results here...

Wattie's Back !

Walter 'Wattie' Barrie, of the 'Ettrick Valley' Moorfoot chapter, has been back in action after a busy spring and summer on the farm...

"..just a short note to let you know I took part in the Hawick Half Marathon on Sunday 12th. Also there were Steve, Wull and Darren. Hawick is what is euphamistically known as an undulating course !!. I don't have the official results yet but Wull came in first in a time of 1 hr 19 mins followed by Darren [1:27] & Steve [1:33] with myself well back coming in at 1 hr 47.
My next race is the inaugural Kielder Marathon on the 17th October, they say its very scenic, maybe not if you are on your hands and knees !.

PS also did the Glasgow Half on the previous Sunday in a time of 1 hr 46. Bye for now !"

Well dome Wull on a Moorfoot win at Hawick, and good luck Wattie at Kielder !

Friday 10 September 2010

Moorfoot at Powerman Zofingen

Pic - Johnny Hall, the Moorfoot's tallest man, in action...

Hi. I'm back from Switzerland from the Powerman Zofingen Duathlon World Championships (similar to the concept of Baseball's World Series, I guess!).

I finished in 7:57 for the 10k/150k/30k race, 83rd of 274 and 19th of 44 in my age group. My target was to get as close to 8 hours as possible and under if I was having a good day. Turns out I had a good day.

My extended race report is here:

Complete with action photos. See you at the Breweries.


Wednesday 8 September 2010

Moorfoot at Blairgowrie Games Hill Race

She may still be a junior but Scout Adkin warmed up for further Scotland representative honours in the hill running Junior Home International next weekend with an excellent 3rd place overall and 1st female in the Blairgowrie Games Hill Race last Sunday.

The Home International takes place in Glendalough, Ireland on Sunday 19 September and doubles as the British and Irish Junior Championships. Scout finished just outside the medals in 5th last year in the U16 age-group but this will be her first foray into the U18 age-group at international level and she’ll face tough opposition from a strong England team and World U17 Mountain Running Champion Ffion Price.

Tuesday 7 September 2010

Moorfoot at Duathlon World Championships

Well done to Moorfoot Rhoda McPherson, who finished in 13th place in her age category at the Duathlon World Championships in Edinburgh, held on 5-September, representing GBR.

Rhoda's time for the 10Km run/42Km cycle/5Km run  course was of 2:40:54.

A week or so's well earned rest and then we'll see you back at training for more winter hill reps - OK !

The Elite woman's category was won by Scot Catriona Morrison in 2:02:47
(note - slightly shorter course than the age group ladies !!)

Moorfoot Runners Committee Meeting

The committe are meeting in The County Hotel, Peebles on Tuesday 14th September at 8:00pm to discuss what is happening for the club in the next few months - Borders XC series, Constitution and AGM, 10 year anniversary plans and ideas. All club members welcome!

Monday 6 September 2010

Upcoming Races

A selection of September and October race dates for your diary - Moorfoot planned participation in all of these I think...:

Devils Beef Tub Hill Race  Sat 11-Sept

Two Breweries Hill Race Sat 25-Sept

Norham 10K RR Sun 26-Sept

Manor Hill Race Sat 9-Oct

UKA British Fell & Hill Relay Champs Sun 17-Oct (team of six - in the Lomond Hills at Falkland)

Jedburgh 10K/Half Marathon RR Sun 31-Oct

Take your pick, and get training....

Glentress Duathlon Dates

For those who like the bike and run discipline, the dates for the 2010/2011 Glentress Duathlon series are now posted and online entry open.

Medium - Sunday 28th November 2010

Short - Sunday 16th January 2011

Long- Sunday 27th February 2011

Be aware that these dates can sometime clash with the Borders XC series dates, the 2010/2011 dates of which are still to be confirmed.

Weekend Roundup

It was the annual Ben Nevis Race at the weekend, and Russell was conquering the UK's highest hill race in  2:05 (wow !) and a comfortable top 100 placing (95th) in a field of over 400 runners. The high altitude training from his trekking holiday in India earlier in  the year, is obviously now paying dividends...

Elsewhere, Jock and Julia were participating in the Peebles Cycling Club 'Tour of Tweeddale' cycling sportif - Julia completing the 90 mile course in a shade over 6 hours (a very respectable average speed of ~15 mph); Jock was 'cycling below the radar' without a number, so no time recorded, but hopefully safely home !!

Paul Nichol was 'through West' at the Glasgow Great Scottish Run , completing the Half Marathon in 1:39 - very respectable !
And congratulations to Scout ,who has been selected again for the Scotland Team at the forthcoming Home Internationals in Ireland for the U19 girls cross country team.

Last, but by no means least, congratulations to Colin and Fi on the arrival of baby boy Austen Findlay Williams on the 5th September...!

Running elsewhere for the Moorfoots ? - let us know and we'll update the blogger...