Wednesday 26 December 2012

Boxing Day Run 2012

Nine runners for this year's Moorfoot Boxing Day Run up to the mast on Dunslair Heights, and good to welcome some new faces and some visitors.
The weather was as good as we could have expected - low cloud but technically not raining and there was next to no wind.
After making it to the mast, the run descended down to the Glentress Peel cafe where we met up with the Moorfoot Juniors who had been doing their own Boxing Day trail run.

Well done to all who made it out.....

Thursday 13 December 2012

Moorfoot Christmas Activities

Yes, December has arrived and the first early season snows. The Peebles leg of the Borders XC series is behind us, so time to have a quick think about Moorfoot activities over the Christmas period....

A Night in the Pub...
...well not actually all night, but various club members and associates meeting up in the Bridge Inn Peebles (aka 'the Trust') on Saturday 15-December at 8:00pm for a few beers and a blether, and possibly moving on to some other local hostelries over the course of the evening.
No lycra or singlets please....other than that no dress code....see you there.....

Boxing Day Runs....
Hopefully nothing to do with a dodgy turkey roast the day before....but the tradtional Moorfooters run up to the radio mast on Dunslair Heights. Approximately 7 miles and a big climb but run at a fairly slow speed and we will regroup at different points to keep everyone together, so dress for stop/start running.
Meet at the Gytes Sport Centre Peebles 0945 for a 1000 start - slight change this year in that we will descend into Glentress forest and get a hot drink and some cake at the Glentress Peel cafe (1130) on the way home.

Fancy getting out, but the mast run sounds a bit extreme ?

Meet us at the Glentress Peel cafe at 1130 and run back with the group along the new cycle path afterwards
...or simply meet up and enjoy the 'hot drink and cake' bit...

Key an eye on the blogger nearer the time for any last minute updates.....

Sunday 9 December 2012

Team Gold for Sarah with Ireland at Euro XC Champs

After her nightmare 2-day solo journey to Budapest and a late night arrival the day before the race Sarah McCormack collected a team gold with her Ireland team. Sarah (3rd from left) finished 36th and 5th of the Irish girls on the snowy 8km course in temperatures of -6C. Team-mate Fionulla Britton defended her title and the girls were tied with France but won on countback. Presentation clip here...
More to follow.

Saturday 8 December 2012

5 Medals at East XC Champs

The juniors amassed an impressive haul of 5 medals at the East District XC Champs at Cupar today. On a frozen solid rutted course of hay stubble and tractor tracks Selkirk based Zaynah Aziz took silver in the girls' U13 race over 3.2km and combined with Fiona Grant in 9th and Mairi Wallace in 12th to take team silver. Scout Adkin, after a tentative start over 5km, picked her way through the U20 field for bronze. Then the U17 men had a ding-dong race amongst themselves for 3rd, 4th and 5th over 6.4km, leading to a comfortable and thoroughly deserved team GOLD. Jacob Adkin turned a 7-8m advantage over Selkirk-based John McLean into a 7-8m deficit by going temporarily off-course with 1km to go and couldn't quite get back to John who just held on for the individual bronze. Jack Stanners wasn't far behind in 5th. There were also top-ten finishes for Kobe Stevens, 8th in the U15 boys' race, and Sophie Collins, 7th in the U17 women's race. (Photo LtoR: Lucas, Zaynah, John, Jack, Jacob, Scout)

Friday 7 December 2012

Watch Sarah Live at Euro XC Champs Sunday

..................if she gets there! Flight cancelled this morning (Friday) due to snow in Amsterdam. Then Budapest airport closed due to a fire in the control tower! Hopefully now flying via London Saturday. Senior women's race is 12.15pm Sunday (our time). BBC2 live coverage from 12noon or a live stream on the European Athletics Association website
Ireland team fancied for a team medal. Go on the Moorfoot.........!

Tuesday 4 December 2012

Carnethy5 2013 - Entry Details....

New and improved entry process for carefully if you are planning to enter this popular hill race in February....

Sunday 2 December 2012

Peebles BXC 2012

Junior Start - pic Alan MacDonald
Clear blue skys, wall to wall sunshine, snow covered park, a mixture of frozen and soft mud and a big hill - what's not to like for a winter cross country race.

Record fields* again, with ~220 seniors and ~80+ juniors on a picture postcard Haylodge Park. A slight course change in the Southpark fields to by pass a nailed closed gate, but pretty much the standard Peebles XC route.

Carnethy's Mike Reid was clear winner over the tricky four mile course in 26:30 with Carnethy's Charlotte Morgan home as first lady in 30:14

Well done too, to Moorfoots Russell (31:13) and Brian Hood (37:57)

Provisional results here..

A big thanks to all the marshalls and helpers both on the day and behind the scenes - it was a cold day for marshalling, but well appreciated by the runners and the series organisers.....

See you all at Paxton in January !

* - TBC...

More pics here and here...

Fancy a midweek hill run ?

Moorfoot Rhoda McPherson is looking for some running mates...

"Intending doing a reece for this [Feel the Burns] hill run on Wed 19th or Thur 20th Dec...any one interested in joining me ? Email Rhoda McPherson"