Sunday 29 December 2013

Innerleithen Festive Handicap Results

The weather was kind and there was a good turn out from the Moorfoots and the Innerleithen Runners & Riders and friends for the festive handicap. Some nice views were to be had if you had a moment to look up! Mince pies and blethering after made for an enjoyable morning.

Thank you to Russel for marshalling.

The route was measured at 5.1miles with 330m ascent - the profile is here:

The first home was Mike catching Mandy in the last 100 metres or so - the results are below
Mairi Bell ran the short course unopposed in 29.34. Some photos here:

Mike in action on the last wee hill

Long route results:

 NameStart timeFinish TimeFinish PositionScratch TimeScratch Position
Mike McGovern21:0056:39135:392
Mandy Rogers00:0056:46256:4611
Barry Keepence10:3057:49347:199
Jane Bryant15:0057:59442:597
Andrew Cox23:0058:34535:341
Geraint Florida James21:0058:40637:403
Kenny Davidson18:3059:10741:405
Jane Sargent06:0059:55853:5510
Fi Williams16:0060:30944:308
Becky Henderson00:0060:571060:5713
Eddie Balfour18:3061:201142:506
Gary Forrest22:0063:351241:354
Kerry McGough05:0063:401358:4012

Friday 27 December 2013

Boxing Day Mast Run 2013

13 at the summit of Dunslair

Good turn out of Moorfoots and guests on Boxing Day this year, for the various festive runs...before regrouping for a hot drink and a blether back at the Glentress Peel cafe.
Weather has very favourable  - a brief weather window of calm and sunshine, between the gales and rain which will bookmark this years Christmas break...

Further festive handicap race on Sunday 29-Dec at Innerleithen....see you there...

Wednesday 18 December 2013

Moorfoot Boxing Day Runs

Three festive offerings this Boxing Day (Thrs 26-Dec)....

Three French Hens - the traditional run to the mast on Dunslair
Meet at the Gytes Sport Centre Peebles at 9:50am for a 10:00am start
Sociable pace up to the Dunslair Radio Mast - there will be stops to regroup, and you are climbing to over 1500' , and it is dress accordingly.

The run will then finish at the Glentress Peel Café around 11:30am - about 90mins ish  and 7 miles ish of hilly running

Two Turtle Burds - a Christmas Handicap run along the cycle path (aka the multi user pathway)
Meet at the Peebles Hydro Stables junction (at the start of the bike path Peebles end) for 10:50am and an 11:00am start
Slowest off first, fastest last - run along bike path to just before the road at the Glentress Hotel - approx. distance 1.5 miles...nice and flat...
Juniors and Seniors welcome....

Meet up at the Glentress Peel Café afterwards, to meet the returning mast runners

Partridge in a Pear Tree - over done it on Christmas Day and just fancy a coffee at the café ?
Meet up at the Glentress Peel Café for 11:30am for a blether with the returning mast and handicap runners

...and if you can't make Boxing Day, there is a further Moorfoot Handicap race on Sun 29-Dec.....

Sunday 15 December 2013

Moorfoot Festive Handicap, Innerleithen - Sunday 29 Dec, 10am

I am organising another Festive Handicap this year. First start at 10am on Sunday 29th Dec, starting near the Cuddy Bridge off Leithen Road here 

The start will be just by the Cuddy Bridge. There will be a choice of routes:
  • A 3miles / 5km suitable for juniors and those who simply fancy a shorter route (or those who had too much Christmas dinner!) - the proposed route is shown below.

  • A longer route will be about 5 miles / 8km with a 300m climb, almost all in the first 2 miles (one of those surely it can't get steeper climb which then does!).

A fair bit of both routes is on trails which are muddy and uneven in places - you will get wet feet! The other half is on forest track.

Please let me know if you are planning to attend so I can try to work out handicaps - Gregor I will need your help with handicapping for the juniors.

Hope to see you there, but be aware if serious winter conditions occur then we may have to cancel.

Mince pies and refreshments in our conservatory after but it isn't heated so bring a warm coat!

ho, ho, ho


Burnside, 52 Leithen Road
Innerleithen EH44 6HY

Melrose Christmas Pudding 8mile "Road" Race

Three Moorfoots raced at the inaugural Melrose Christmas Pudding Race today. The 8.1 mile course essentially is a loop of the Eildon hills on the roads but included a two sizeable sections on very muddy farm tracks so by the end the runners looked like they had done a cross country race with all the mud splatters. The route was very hilly with the steepest point coming at 2.5miles but with some very serious undulations throughout.

It was a pretty low key event with 50 runners and no medals but a Christmas pud for those who completed the race.

The race was won by Johnny Lawson of Portobello in 49.11. Mike McGovern led the Moorfoots home with 3rd place in 52.33, and Colin Williams in 5th in 53.08, with Alan MacDonald in 30th in his first race for a year.

Results are here:

Sunday 8 December 2013

Moorfoot Christmas Night Oot - Sat 14-Dec (The Bridge Inn Peebles)

Moorfoot Christmas Night Oot - Sat 14-Dec (The Bridge Inn Peebles)

Any time after 7:30pm...

Dress Code - casual - no lycra please !

Very informal - meet for a blether and a beer (or whatever your favourite tipple is...)

Bus time table for Peebles to Innerleithen 62/62A below...

Saturday 7 December 2013

East Golden Girls

Team gold for Moorfoot U13 girls at the East XC Champs today in Dundee with Mairi Wallace 6th, Beth Hobbs 7th and Anna McGorum 8th combining for a cumulative team total of 21 points, well clear of Central AC. Some good runs elsewhere too including 6th for Scout in the senior women. Full results awaited.

L to R: Beth, Anna, old bloke, Mairi

Moorfoot Vest Orders - ready for collection/payment

Ladies and Gentlemen

Yes at last they have arrived.  I have the stock at home and you can email me with details of how you want to pick up the vests.  Alternatively, you can send me a text on my mobile number below.  Each vest is £10, which has been subsidised by the club.  I will also make a visit to catch the start of the Junior training session on Tuesday 10th December, so if you would prefer to pick up then, please remember to bring your money.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Alan MacDonald
2 Edderston Ridge View
EH45 9NB
07910 915445

Wednesday 4 December 2013

Sarah Out of Euro XC

If you were planning to tune in to watch Sarah McCormack running for Ireland on Sunday in the European Cross Country  Champs, don't! Unfortunately she has had to pull out due to a foot problem which flared up about 10 days ago. She has yet to get back running and you can't go into a championship race on the back of two weeks non-impact cross training. Very frustrating for her as she has put in a really good block of training and was no.2 in the Irish team aiming to defend their team title from 2012. Tough task now with Sarah being the second withdrawal the team has suffered.

Sunday 1 December 2013

Peebles XC Race Report

A very well marked and marshalled course! The warm conditions (relatively speaking) made for a pleasant race today. Due to reseeding of the pitch at Haylodge meant that there the re-routed first lap of the park may have been shorter but it was certainly sharper! The extra detour round the pond before you started the ascent of the Sware meant there was nowhere to take it easy in the 2013 edition.

Again some very good results from Moorfoot Runners on the senior course (I didn't arrive in time to see the Juniors in action).

The race was again won by ex Moorfott Mike Reid in 26.08. Darin Dougal was the first Moorfoot home in 5th in 27.42 (2nd M40) in a real tussle with 'big' Fergus from Gala, Lucas Cheskin was 1st Junior and 9th overall in 28.46, Mike McGovern 13th, 29.21 (4th M40), Colin Williams 14th, 29.30, Carol Moss maintain her excellent performances finishing 5th woman overall and 3rd F40 in 33.22, Ian Munro 12th M50 34.44 and Lucy Husband 17th F40 in 42.09.

Peebles BXC 2013

No snow this year, but the popular mix of riverside trail, mud, hills and good old fashioned XC racing.

Results now available on BXC blogger....

Thank you again to all the runners who supported the race - more than 250 between the junior and senior races - and to the helpers and marshals, both on the day and in the pre-race day preparation.

Another slick Moorfoot production - well done !

Moorfoots who ran in the race - send in your 'race report' and let us know the view from inside the race....