Monday 19 May 2014

Muckletoon Adventure Festival - Trail Half Marathon 2014

Up the hill, round the monument....
Good feedback about this event (Trail Half Marathon) from last year's inaugural race where Moorfoot's Andy Cox had come second, so entered this year to give it a go....

Slightly bigger field, more club runners (?) and definitely better weather than last year by all accounts...and good organisation and marshaling, although a few of the front runners still managed to miss a marker and had to do a bit of back tracking....doh !

My own efforts....paced it quite well on the fast first section along into the town and through the cheering crowds and pipe bands (yes, really...great atmosphere !) and over the monster climb up to the monument (~250m climb in ~2KM; 25% at the bottom !)
First 3KM  - ouch !

Held my position through to about 10 mile mark where I was overtaken by the leading Lady, but managed to find a 'kick' in the last half mile back on the road back to the finish to regain my lost placing and picked up a further place from a HBT runner who looked pretty done in...

9th place (not many top tens on my running record !) in 1:46...quite pleased with that !

Full results here...

Great event...worth a look again next year.
Innerleithen's Craig Rendle picked up 2nd place in the Trail 10K

Great wee YouTube video promoting the Adventure Festival weekend....

Kenny Davidson

Sunday 18 May 2014

Scout and Jacob on medal form at FRA Inter-Counties

The Adkin siblings Scout and Jacob were both on good form at the FRA Inter-Counties Fell Running Championship races in Witton Park, Blackburn on Sunday.

Representing Scotland East, 20 year-old Scout was 11th overall and second Scot home in 48.17 in a stacked senior women's race over a 9.1k course (369m climb), only 6 seconds behind 8th placed Charlotte Morgan (Carnethy). Along with Megan Crawford and Gala Harrier Louise Mercer, the East team picked up excellent team silver medals behind the hot favourites and GB-packed team fromYorkshire.

Jacob went in the shorter U18 Junior Men's race over 5.4km (220m) and was home in 23.13 for an excellent 3rd place on the podium behind GB junior internationalist Max Wharton (22.49) and only 3 seconds adrift of silver.

Saturday 17 May 2014

Gypsy Glen Hill Race Report 2014

59 runners (37 men & 22 woman) took part in this years Gypsy Glen race on Wednesday night. It was won by Don Naylor of Hunters Bog Trotters with the Welsh International steeple chaser from the Manchester Commonwealth Games showing his class but winning the 5 mile, 1000 feet ascent course by over a minute in a time of 32.21 with Darrel Hastie of Kelso second. The first Moorfoot home was Andrew Cox in 5th (34.51) with other Moorfoots picking up prizes being Mike McGovern in 7th and winning the first M Vet 40 prize, and Carol Moss second woman, behind the vastly experienced and decorated Peebles athlete Susan Ridley (Edinburgh AC).

Andy & Mike in lead group on first lap of the field

Susan Ridley receiving her Prize of Freewheelin' Brewery Beer from the
Moorfoots and Peebles' own Scottish International Hill Runner Scout Adkin.

Thanks to the Peebles Community Council for providing marshals, Tweed Valley Mountain Rescue for providing safety cover, the local Freewheelin' Brewery for supplying prizes and Scout Adkin for making the presentations.

All the Moorfoot results are below:

Andrew Cox
Mike McGovern
Colin Williams
Kenneth Davidson
Carol Moss
Paul Nichol
Alan Elder

Full Results

Tuesday 13 May 2014

Moorfoot at Ben lomond.

This was the second year in a row, that myself and liane traveled to Rowardenan, for the famous Ben lomond hill race, with a category AM and distance of 12k to the cairn and back, makes for adrenaline fuelled buzz of excitement, if your into ankle breaking rough as hell terrain for fun.
As usual, liane kicks back and reads a book, while she waits for me to collapse over the line.
Back on the usual position for the start line, opposite the pub,with last years race being altered slightly with the council requesting a licence to start on the road, it's only been going for the past 40 years on the road side!!! Banter was flying getting ready for the race, with the teviotdale boys giving out plenty, Julia and the man and lots of usual faces turned up. The forecast was meant to be awful but actually turned out about 15 decrees, was sweating and hadn't even starting running yet. A quick start along the road and up through the woods, then the real work starts, constant climbing, and when you think your near the top, there's more. I usually judge how good I'm climbing if I can see old smithy (Alan smith of dee side). With Stuc a chroin and Dumyat still in the legs, was surprised how well the legs were working, and no Alan in sight!!! Ive got him this time, kept playing in my head. Lungs were absolutely on fire when I reached the cairn, back along the ridge and down the fast grassy decent before hitting the rocky path again, legs turned to jelly, the feeling you get when coming down Ben Nevis at speed. The old smithy caught me about half way down, and I couldn't keep up with the legendary descender, shouting out your a hard man to beat, I got the reply, there's still a long way to go!!! The path gets rougher and the ground wetter and he just opened up the gap. Had absolutely nothing left when I hit the road at the bottom and run back to the finish ( not the usual sprint finish this time)
A lot slower than last years 1:16 time, although felt as if I had went quicker, the different start maybe,or holding back a bit from a serious fall with the marathon coming up, maybe the massive blister on the heel with a small stone eating away at it.??? Who knows, I will be back again next year to find out. After the race I joined a few guys in the loch for more reminiscing, to cool down the burning legs. Great race with great company. Results below, Hector Haines won it easy with a 4 min margin.

Sunday 11 May 2014

Loch Leven Half - a ps

Just to add to Colin's post below, a very enjoyable day at the Loch Leven half, very well organised and the weather stayed benign!  The three of us mentioned below were also joined by Martin Holt and Robert Wilson from Peebles, the latter making his half marathon debut.

Saturday 10 May 2014

Loch Leven Half Marathon

Moorfoots took part in the Loch Leven half today. There were over 500 in the race. Barry Hughes finished in 1.38.00, 124th; Fiona Williams 1.38.59, 135th and 19th woman, Laurence Carvalho in 1.42.03, 167th.

Gold and Silver for Jacob and Mairi at Scottish Junior Hill Champs

News from Ben Lomond which again hosted the Scottish Junior Hill Race Champs today is that Jacob Adkin went one better than last year's silver to take gold in the U20 Men's race and Mairi Wallace repeated her silver medal winning performance in the U15 Girls' race.

See Scottish Athletics website for report and results.

Thursday 8 May 2014

Andy Cox in action at Dumyat

Great midweek race, part of the bog and burn series , lots of racing snake uni youngsters on the start line,stayed dry during the race but hell o boggy and burn under foot, fast start to get through the little gap in the wall before a cue forms, steep climbing through woods then out onto the open hill, with a mostly runnable rocky slog to the top, round the cairn and very fast decent, seems I'm quicker going up than coming down, past by about 5 runners , but did claw back 2 only to be out sprinted by one of them again on the home stretch, would have beaten Sarah McCormacks 2012 time by one second ha!!!
Andy Cox

The results show Andy finished a very respectable 17th in 38.38 with the race won in 35.17

Monday 5 May 2014

Moorfoots at Stuc a'Chroin

Overview of the Stuc aChroin race route

Two Moorfoots vests were on show at this years Stuc a'Chroin hill race near Callander, the first home
was worn by Andrew Cox in a good time of 2:41 (30th position), the second by myself  in a slower
paced 3:12 (74thposition).  This is a tough category AL hill race with over 5000ft of climbing covering
22km of rocky terrain. It is always well marshalled with plenty of jelly babies on hand for runners like
me who need continually drip fed sugar.
Andrew appeared to be going well,  gearing up for his Mont Blanc marathon event in the summer.

Ex Moorfoot Mike Reid was up at the sharp end finishing in 9th position (2:25).
The race was dominated by the Prasad's(Prasad and Elke) who won both the men's and ladies categories.

Eddie Balfour