Wednesday 28 August 2013

The Bridge Inn First Friday Summer Series - Event#6 Friday 6-September

Ding (1), Dong (2), Ding (3)...etc....Ding (7)....GO!!!
The final event in our The Bridge Inn First Friday Summer Series  (TBIFFSS) on Friday 6-September.

It's a fast and furious 1 lapper for both Seniors and Juniors around the Three Bridges course - could be time for some of these up and coming Juniors to take a few senior scalps...or perhaps some of the 'old timers' will demonstrate a bit of leg speed....

Usual all know it by now....

Registration (only for new runners in the series or for general enquiries) from 6:15pm under the north arch of the Tweed Bridge - runners from previous races, just turn up with your number on the start line for 7:00pm.
The race starts on the seventh strike of the Parish Church bells.

There will be a short prize giving after the last runner is over the line.

Prizes for :
  • first Senior Male (best combined 1lap + 2lap times) 
  • first Senior Female (best combined 1lap + 2lap times) 
  • first Junior Male (best 2x combined 1lap times)
  • first Junior Female (best 2x combined 1lap times)
Some spot prizes also, so keep your race numbers handy at the end !!!

Monday 26 August 2013

Moorfoots at Baddinsgill Round Hill Race 2013

Race starts up ridge on RHS and runs anti-clockwise

A new local race, hosted by the Costorphine Club, at Baddinsgill Estate in the Pentlands, just up the road from West Linton Golf Club.
(Costorphine Race page here..)

11 and a bit mile circuit of the Baddinsgill Estate boundary - plenty of hills, boggy bits and navigation challenges - all in all, a great wee race.

Three Moorfoot competitors this year (Russell ran it last year when it was a test event) in the field of about 40 runners.

Mike McG - wrong turning whilst in 4th place and missed out last hill - DQ I'm afraid (would have been ~1:47)

Kenny - 1:56 and 7th place

Russell - 1:59 and 13th place

Full results here...

Sunday 25 August 2013

Junior Awards 2012-13

Presented at the BBQ for the year 12-13 were:
GIRL – Elena McGorum
BOY – Corran Carrick-Anderson

BEST TRAINER (recognising good listening, learning, attendance and effort at training)
GIRL – Mairi Wallace
BOY – Euan Hood

MOST IMPROVED PERFORMER (recognising training improvement as well as competition)
GIRL – Fiona Grant
BOY – Lucas Cheskin

GIRL – Bryony Patterson - East Districts U14 1st 200m, 1st long jump, 3rd 100m

BOY – Jacob Adkin - 8th place in the WMRA International Challenge in Gap in France.

Friday 23 August 2013

Moorfoot Summer BBQ - Sun 25-Aug

Update 23/8 - all systems go...more than seventy people coming and the weatherman talking 'BBQ weather for Sunday'...see you there at 5:30pm, Glentress Peel, main cafe'...

Glentress Peel again this year on Sun 25-August - hoping for better weather than last year where we had a summer monsoon ! (don't worry though, the BBQ is served under cover)  
Meet at Glentress Peel café at 5:30pm
Looking for initial numbers, so if you could complete the online Doodle Poll at the link below to let the organizer pass on the planned attendee details to the caterers.

I asked for char grilled, not cremated !

Sunday 18 August 2013

Cademuir Club Handicap - 18-Aug - Results


A blustery, squally day on Cademuir for the Club Handicap and testing of 3K and 6K courses for Scottish Junior Hill Running events in 2014 to be hosted by the Moorfoots.
Beth making uphill
running look easy

In the 3K race, Beth Hobbs was first home on handicap and recorded the fastest scratch time  - another local star in the making.....

In the 6K race, Kenny took advantage of a generous handicap and a strong tailwind on the descent to come home ahead of the field. (I can hear the Handicapper sharpening his pencil as I type...)

A big thanks to all those who took part and special mention for the organiser (Gregor) marshals (Alana, Brian and Tom), timekeepers (Eilidh and MikeP) and sweeper (Scout) for braving the elements.

Post race chat was very positive - a few minor tweaks to the course - and another club event soon over the same courses.

The Scottish Hill Running Events are provisionally penciled in for the equivalent weekend in 2014 (16/17-Aug)

"The water bottle of glory" is held aloft

Monday 12 August 2013

Cademuir Club Handicap - Sunday 18-August -The Wham Bam Rollercoaster

Cademuir Club Handicap - Sunday 18-August -"The Wham Bam Rollercoaster"
Update 12/8 - now with course maps
3K map
6K map
Maps are represenations only - please follow signage and instructions of marshalls on the day !!

Hopefully you already have the date for this club handicap race in your diaries - looking for a big club turn out for a wee bit of a fun race....

Some further details:

3K route
For Juniors and any seniors wanting to participate in a shorter race - using some John Buchan Way path, a bit of a tough climb (short but sharp) before a big long roller coaster down hill to the finish (wee hoo!)
Min age 11 (by 31-Dec-2013) - no upper age limit !!

6K route
Seniors (min age 15 by 31-Dec-2013) - more climbing on this one and a big figure of eight; some John Buchan Way path on the way out, a real testing climb up to the summit of Cademuir Hill, before descending back down to the JBW and then picking up the 3K course back from the 'tough climb' bit above.

Plan to start the 3K race at 11:00AM and the 6K at 11:30AM - meeting point will be on hill side adjacent to Tanta House on the JBW path.

It is a bit of fun - so looking for as many Moorfoots to turn up as possible - don't worry if you have to walk a few bits.
Spectators and marshals helpers also welcome !!!

There could be prizes....

Scottish 5000m title again for Sarah

As she returns to full fitness and prepares for the World Mountain Running Championships in Poland on 9 September, Sarah McCormack was at Scotstoun on Saturday for some relative speedwork at the Scottish National Senior Track and Field Championships and the defence of her 5000m title. Having been troubled by a niggling foot injury which caused her withdrawal from the Ireland team for the European Mountain Running Championships in early July, Sarah was hoping for a good test as a measure of her progress but a poor field, both in quantity and quality, and a very stiff breeze at the Glasgow track, meant a late re-assessment of her race plan which effectively turned into a solo time trial from the gun. Sarah retained her title comfortably in 16.14, five seconds faster than her winning time last year, and just 25m short of lapping the silver medallist.

In the circumstances, that was a good indicator that Sarah is back running well. We’ve been getting some input from Chris Jones, Ireland National Endurance coach and personal coach of European cross-country champion Fionnuala Britton, which has been very helpful and a bit different for Sarah, and he was pleased with that performance.  It was disappointing not to get a race but her winning time and the consistency of her lap splits in the stiff breeze meant it was still a valuable outing. But where was everyone else? There is a decent crop of female distance runners in Scotland at the moment, with a good few contenders for the Glasgow 2014 qualifying time for the 5000m who we’d hoped would provide a stern test for Sarah but puzzlingly none of them had even entered. Maybe the famous McCormack kick scared them all off!!

Sunday 11 August 2013

Haddington Half and Philiphaugh Hill Race

I (Colin) ran in the Haddington Half Marathon yesterday and finished in 1.23:28 for 16th place. It was a solid enough run in breezey conditions - almost an identical time to a half marathon I did in March and one and half mins down on my p.b.

Saturday 3 August 2013

The Bridge Inn First Friday Summer Series - Race5 Results

The view from the Tweed Bridge - race 5 gets underway (photo Eilidh Davidson)
Warm but blustery night for race 5 of the Summer Series. Low turn out again, probably due to the summer holidays, but well done to all who took part.

Ethan Elder took honours for the Juniors with 10mins dead for the 1 lap.

The seniors had a close race with Jacob Tangey of Dumfries Running Club taking a narrow win from Kenny Whiteford, with Scott MacDonald not far behind - the three runners being neck and neck for both laps.

From a personal note, this was my first TBIFFSS race on the competitor side of the fence - everything was well organized, the course well marked and marshaled - well done Moorfoot Organizing team !!

(My race - good first lap but faded somewhat on lap two to finish 20+ seconds down on the leading trio - must get some more training in before the next one !!)

Results here...

Final race in the series in on Friday 6-September.