Thursday 28 November 2013

Borders XC - Peebles Leg 2013 Runner Information

Details above of Moorfoot Runners hosted Peebles BXC leg on Sunday 1-December 2013

A familiar course (some changes in the park due to ongoing drainage works) and the usual Peebles ingredients - plenty of mud, the 'heart-attack hill' at the 2.5 mile mark and plenty of cheery marshals dotted around the course - looking forward to welcoming everyone to the race....

Junior Course - slightly modified due to the drainage works  - 2 laps

Car parking - please consider parking in our plentiful town car parks and walking to the park - this may add 10 mins to your day but its a good warm up, and you are close to the cafes for your after race treat  - thanks you for your considerate parking !

Article on Scottish Hill Running Legend Colin Donnelly

Thanks to Coxy for pointing this one out...great wee article...

Interview Colin Donnelly, a Fell Running Great []

Sunday 24 November 2013

BXC Peebles Leg 2013 - Helpers Required

24/11 - one week to go - still a bit thin on the ground for on the day helpers....
Please can you email me (Kenny Club Secretary) on if you can spare a couple of hours to help out.

The Borders XC series is now underway - well done to the Moorfoots who took part at Lauder, and looking forward to the next race at Gala.

The Peebles leg of the Borders XC Series 2013/14 is on  Sunday 1-December in Haylodge Park.

As the host club, we have a number of duties to perform in the running of the race:

  • course marking
  • marshalling
  • start/finish time keeping
  • tidy up
We need about twelve volunteers on the day for a couple of hours, from approximately 1100 through ~1300

Please can you email me (Kenny Club Secretary) on if you can spare a couple of hours to help out.

If you are planning to run in the race as a Moorfoot member, it would be appreciated if you can provide a substitute helper to assist on the day.



PS - wrap up warm - the Moorfoot BXC race usually heralds the first snow of the winter !!!

Saturday 23 November 2013

BUPA Great Winter Run 2014

Entries now open for the BUPA Great Winter Run 2014, in Hollyrood Park Edinburgh on Saturday 11-January
More details here..

Tuesday 19 November 2013

Sunday 17 November 2013

Sarah books her selection for Euro Champs

Sarah hasn't been in Peebles much in the last couple of months what with a 3-week altitude training camp with Ireland at Font Romeu in France, a race in Ireland and then two weeks' PhD work at Lancaster Uni from where she travelled to Dublin again for the Irish Inter-Counties Champs today which doubled as their trials for the European XC Champs. Reigning European champ Fionnuala Britton won impressively but Sarah's clear second place guarantees her selection for the race on Sunday 8 December in Belgrade, Serbia where she hopes to help Ireland defend their team title from last year.

Borders XC Round 2 - Galashiels

More good weather and another good turnout at the second round at the Borders Cross Country series. Lots of juniors involved in the first race but I will leave it to Gregor to report on that.

The senior course race was won by ex-Moorfoot Mike Reid for Carnethy in 21.43, with 180 finishers in total. First Moorfoot home again was James Britton in 5th 23.07, closely followed by Darin Dougal (8th in 23.19, 2nd MV40) then Lucas Cheskin (23.35, 10th, 3rd MJ), Mike McGovern (24.28, 15, 5th MV40), Colin Williams (24.43, 18th), Ian Munro (28.04, 65th, 8th MV50),

Some excellent results from the women too with Carol Moss in 28.12 and 4th woman and 2nd FV40 and Sophie Collins 30.00 and 2nd FJ and Lucy Husband 35.23 14th FV40.

Sunday 10 November 2013

Moorfoot Club Place available for Virgin London Marathon 2014

Moorfoot Runners has applied for and been granted a club place for the 2014 Virgin London Marathon, scheduled for 13-April-2014

If any members are interested in taking up the club place, please contact

In the event that we have multiple applications we will review with the commitee - priorty going to those who have not received the club place previously or have been unsuccessful with their offical VLM application earlier in the year - or ultimately a draw...

Moorfoots at Tinto 2013

A strange wee light appeared on the car dashboard as I left Peebles - ice warning - and sure enough it was 3C...
Arrived in Symington for registation and just before Tinto disappeared into the sleety shower heading from the west, there was no doubt that there was snow on the summit. Winter is here....

After a few squally interludes and a short delay for some competitor recounting (those who failed the kit inspection withdrew, but had not surrendered their race numbers, so the number of starters had to be recounted....) the cloud cleared a bit and the race started.
Some snow higher up and the top was shrouded in cloud/misty stuff, but nothing too severe....

Moorfoot King of the Hill - Eddie Balfour 42:44
Moorfoot Bottom of the Heap - Kenny 43:41

Good also to catch up briefly with ex Moorfooter Julia Connor and an old pal Chas Steven from Calderglen Harriers.

Full results....

Kit inspection is now being taken very seriously (as it should be) at hill races, so be prepared.
Note especially the 'waterproof jacket with hood' requirement for many races....

Tuesday 5 November 2013

Juniors on track at Lasswade XC

The traditional courses might have been re-routed and the usual tough climb omitted due to the Borders Railway works, but nothing could derail the efforts of a very healthy Moorfoot contingent at the Lasswade Cross Country on Sunday, not even the club gazebo dramatically falling victim to the gusty winds.

With strong opposition from the likes of Giffnock North, Pitreavie, Edinburgh and Airdrie, a fantastic return of four team wins and two thirds was just reward for some tremendous efforts, helped significantly by an excellent team spirit and support.

The U-11 Girls set the tone in the first race of the day over 1 mile with Elena McGorum (6th), Eilidh Mooney (9th) and Megan Hobbs (15th) combining for 3rd place, only 1 point adrift of 2nd placed Airdrie Harriers. There was also a much improved run from Sally Davis who galloped home strongly for 19th of the 54 runners.

U-11 GIrls Eilidh, Sally, Megan and Elena
The U-11 Boys then stormed to a clear 10-point victory over Pitreavie with Corran Carrick-Anderson (2nd) up front all the way and only just losing out on individual victory in the sprint for the line. Ethan Elder closed in rapidly inside the final 200m to vie for 3rd going into the final turn only to take a tumble after a clash, but was immediately back on his feet and courageously only just failed to get up for a podium place. Completing the team was first-timer Murray Aiken who, as one of the youngest in the field, had a hugely encouraging run for 8th of 45.

Double victory followed in the two U-13 races over 2 miles. The girls matched the U-11 boys’ 10-point winning margin over Ayr Seaforth courtesy of Beth Hobbs, Mairi Wallace and Molly Falconer in 5th, 6th and 7th and the U-13 boys secured an even more clear cut victory by 14 points this time over host club Lasswade. Euan Hood led the team home with an individual podium place in 3rd, backed up by Craig Angus in 6th and the improving Finlay Collins in 8th.

U-13 victors Molly, Mairi and Beth
 Zaynah Aziz (6th), Fiona Grant (7th) and Ailsa Innes (23rd) also gained a team podium place in the 2-mile U-15 Girls race before the most exciting finish of the day in the U-17 Boys race over 3.8 miles. Moorfoot, Edinburgh and Pitreavie all finished on 18 points and after an anxious wait, the countback victory came the Moorfoot way courtesy of having the highest placed third runner home. (Note: the results on SAL show us 3rd but this is being changed.) Kobe Stevens (5th), Sam McNeil (6th) and Jack Stanners (7th) were the counters but there was also a fine run for 11th from Ben Hindley having his first outing in the red and blue.

Sophie Collins showed a return to form in the U20/U17 Women’s race over 3 miles with a solid 7th place then the U20 men rounded off an excellent Moorfoot day with first-year junior men Jacob Adkin (5th), John McLean (9th) and Lucas Cheskin (18th) mixing it well with the seniors to finish a close 4th over the 6-mile course, only 3 points shy of host club Lasswade and demonstrating great promise for the future.

Sunday 3 November 2013

Borders XC Round 1 - Lauder

A beautiful clear sunny day albeit very windy and muddy at Lauder today. The race was won by a Junior from Lauder Adam Craig (who also won the Earlston Black Hill race in July) in 26.41.
Some good Moorfoot results  - first Moorfoot home was James Britton in 7th, followed by Darin in 9th (2nd M40), Mike McGovern in 14th (4th M40) and Colin (me) in 21st, Carol Moss 64th, (6th Woman and 2nd F40) and Mike Pearson in 164th (8th M60).

In terms of the male team placing Carnethy were well clear with 4 finishers in the top 10, including ex Moorfoot Mike Reid in 4th. It was very close for 2nd between the Moorfoots and Gala for the men's team, but I think we are slighty ahead after Round 1. It could be an interesting series!
Results here: