Monday 20 January 2014

Moorfoots at Feel the Burns Hill Race 2014

Scout (1st Female) with her turnip; James (2nd Male) with his haggis and the
Team Prize (James, Mike, Coxy) slab of beer
Some great Moorfoot performances at the Selkirk based and haggis themed 'Feel the Burns' Hill Race on Sunday. 'Snow' was a feature of the 2013 race - this year, the feature was 'mud', after a rather wet spell overnight, but the weather stayed fair on the day, and the course appeared to be running faster than previously....

James took 2nd place overall and Scout 1st female - in fact, there was a blanket finish of Moorfoots (Mike McG, Coxy, Tom, Scout - 8/9/10/11 place) all within a minute of so of each other...securing the team prize....

Good runs also from Colin (10 mins off 2013 time..) and Kenny (9 mins better than last year and sub 2 hours) and strong performances from Eddie (sub 2hrs), Paul and Alan in their first running of this race.

Well done again to Selkirk Fund Runners' Shelia Cochrane and her legion of helpers for putting on another top event (172 runners on the day!)...and over £1000 raised for Tweed Valley Mountain Rescue....

Full results here...

10 runners
  Pos.   Runner Club Name Category Time %Winner
  2 James Britton Moorfoot Runners M 1:38:27 104.8%
  8 Michael McGovern Moorfoot Runners M40 1:42:06 108.6%
  9 Andrew Cox Moorfoot Runners M 1:42:47 109.4%
  10 Tom Hobbs Moorfoot Runners M40 1:42:48 109.4%
  11 Scout Adkin Moorfoot Runners F 1:43:30 110.1%
  20 Colin Williams Moorfoot Runners M 1:47:30 114.4%
  47 Kenneth Davidson Moorfoot Runners M40 1:57:12 124.7%
  51 Eddie Balfour Moorfoot Runners M40 1:59:23 127.0%
80 Paul Nichol Moorfoot Runners M50 2:10:28 138.8%
125 Alan Elder Moorfoot Runners M50 2:26:12 155.6%

Sunday 19 January 2014

Juniors Help Team Borders to East XC League Titles

Moorfoot juniors played a significant part in helping Team Borders to three East League titles at a grey and damp Broxburn on Saturday.

The Under-11 Boys, racing over 1.6k and leading by 32 points after the first two rounds, were the first to clinch the season silverware. Corran Carrick-Anderson put in another excellent performance for a close 3rd place with Ethan Elder the second counter in 10th

The U-13 Girls also led going into the third and final leg but by a less secure margin of 13 points. Solid runs were called for to stave off the expected challenge from Central and the girls duly delivered with Mairi Wallace and Beth Hobbs having a private battle of their own for 4th and 5th over the 3k course, Mairi getting up in the final few strides to just pip Beth on the line. Anna McGorum was close behind in 9th.

Next up it was the turn of the U13 Boys who only held a vulnerable 4-point lead over Corstorphine prior to the gun. Euan Hood outsprinted two rivals in the home straight for 7th, thus contributing to an extended winning margin for the Borders boys.

Whilst that was an end to the trophy bagging, there were some other notable performances, none more so than the eye-catching 3rd place by Elena McGorum in the U11 Girls’ race. Support from clubmates Eilidh Mooney in 8th and Megan Hobbs in 16th saw the girls finish only 2 points away from a team win on the day and in a creditable 3rd place overall, a mere 5 points adrift of Edinburgh in 2nd.

The U17 Boys also ended the season in a podium position, 2nd on the day over 5.8k to Edinburgh and 2nd overall behind clear winners Aberdeen. Kobe Stevens was 12th on the day and a significant points contributor over the season. 

Ailsa Innes was the sole runner from the Borders in the combined U15/U17 girls race, so no team points, but a solid run for 23rd.

Also running in the senior races at Broxburn were 17 year-olds Jacob Adkin and Sophie Collins both first-year juniors. Running in a massive field of 255 runners, Jacob produced another strong performance to finish 14th overall and 2nd U-20 while Sophie kept on well to finish 4th U-20 and 48th overall in a field of 105 women.

Tuesday 14 January 2014

Moorfoots at Foxlake Tri-trail

Andy Cox and Mike McGovern went to Foxlake near Dunbar for the first of the winter series of trail races from Tri-Trail, The route was 14km / 8.5 miles over fields and sand.
Garmin upload of the route here:     
The venue for registration, the start and finish was Foxlake Adventures, Scotland's first wakeboarding park at Hedderwick Hill Stables.

Within a mile or so, ex Scottish Hill champion Prasad Prasad had already opened up a significant lead, which he was never to lose, and he won comfortably in 48:30

However Mike and Andy had very well paced runs and worked through the field which had tried to stay with Prasad and both finished high. Mike was third in 52.39 and Andy fifth in 53.18.

"The master and apprentice"

Mike on the podium

Results are here:

Details on the series here:   

Paxton House XC - Borders Series Round 4

Sunday saw the fourth round of the Borders XC series, this time a Paxton House not far from Berwick and as a consequence only 4 Moorfoots racing the long course. The 3.4 mile race was won by Adam Craig from Lauder in 19.42 with the first Moorfoot home being me in 12th place in 22.02. Carol Moss was next continuing her very strong form as 2nd F40 and 4th woman overall in 24.44, and 44 secs behind the first woman home. With the best of 4 races counting for a series placing Carol certainly has an F40 podium place wrapped up. Next home was Ian Munro in 25.12 as 10th M50 and then Sophie Collins as second FJ in 26.05.

Course available to look at here:

Results here: