Sunday 30 November 2014

Peebles XC report 30/11/2014

The weather added again to another stunningly scenic round of the series and Peebles managed to come up with a third variety of Mud of a very clingy kind making for some interesting route choices and people descended with their treads clogged on the first mad dash around Haylodge Park.

The race was very organised with many Moorfoots out across the course on marshall duty with the course well marked.

Praise has come in from other clubs such as:
On behalf of Gala Harriers  Thanks to everyone who helped to make today's race at Peebles an other successful race. Excellent but tough course, brilliant.

Alan Elder settling in

Colin Williams trying to catch all those who had dropped up the Sware (and failing!)

Results here:

Position Forename Surname Time ( Gender Cat Gender pos Cat pos
15 Kobe Stevens 29.00 M MS 14 13
20 Lucas Cheskin 29.28 M MS 18 16
27 Colin Williams 30.02 M MS 24 21
109 alan elder 35.48 M M50+ 91 22
147 Hilary Spencely 40.12 F F55+ 43 3
174 LUCY HUSBAND 43.42 M M40+ 115 36

(someone should tell them that Lucy is not a Man!)

Thursday 27 November 2014

Peebles Cross Country Sunday 30th Nov - Event & Course info

Course information for this Sunday's cross country in Peebles

Sunday 23 November 2014

Moorfoot Runners hosts the Peebles leg of the Borders XC series this Sunday 30 November

As host club, we require to provide the starters, time keepers and marshals for the race, so we are looking for some volunteers to spare a couple of hours on the Sunday at Hay Lodge Park.
  • 0900 Advance party marking out the park and checking course marking (set out previously on Sat PM)
  • 1100 Marshals and helpers meet at start area North of Fotheringham Bridge for marshals briefing and allocation of marshalling locations
  • 1130 Junior race starts - should be finished by ~1150; marshals make their way to their locations
  • 1200 Senior race starts - last runner normally in by ~1250; marshals bring in course markings back to finish
  • 1300 Should be finished and you are relieved of your duties
Please let Head Marshal Kenneth Davidson know if you are available to help between 1100 and 1300 by emailing him at
If we get enough helpers in advance, we can pre-allocate duties and marshalling locations which makes things easier for everyone on the day.
As ever, if you are planning to run as a Moorfoot club member, please can you provide substitute marshal/helper to assist with the host club duties.

Thursday 20 November 2014

Lasswade Road race

For all those keen road runners in the club entries are now open for the Lasswade 10 mile Road race

Lasswade 10 Mile Road Race
Entrycentral being used. 400 places available

Sunday 16 November 2014

Gala XC report

It was the second round of the Borders XC circuit today in Galashiels today. Chilly and foggy and very heavy underfoot but still lots of fun. A very strong turn out again and a very competitive field. For example the race was won in almost a identical time to last year and I recorded an almost identical time to last year but this year I came 30th whereas last year I was 18th, so it gives you sort of idea of the strength in depth. The race was run by Hector Haines (who recently beat the Jura hill race record that stood for 25 years!) in 21.42.

Kobe Stevens was the first Moorfoot home in a very credible 9th position for what I think is his first race in the senior cross country events. Results below and in full on the Borders XC website:

A photo of the first 7 Moorfoots to finish below (sorry we didn't get a photo of the whole Moorfoot contingent racing but it was a pretty chilly day to be standing around for long in just a vest).

Mike, Darin, Kobe, Craig, Colin, Lucas and James at the finish line

Position Number Forename Surname Club Time ( Gender Cat Gender pos Cat pos
9 135 Kobe Stevens Moorfoot 23.00 M MS 9 8
12 363 James Britton Moorfoot 23.18 M MS 12 11
19 66 Lucas Cheskin Moorfoot 23.48 M MS 19 17
20 365 Darin Dougal, Moorfoot 23.58 M M40+ 20 3
30 361 Colin Williams Moorfoot 24.41 M MS 28 23
37 366 Mike McGovern, Moorfoot 25.05 M M40+ 34 5
38 367 Craig Rendle, Moorfoot 25.07 M MS 35 26
119 41 Ian munro Moorfoot 29.24 M M50+ 100 23
128 15 alan elder Moorfoot 29.52 M M50+ 106 25
168 362 Hilary Spencely Moorfoot 32.47 F F55+ 44 3
195 65 LUCY HUSBAND Moorfoot 36.30 M M40+ 136 46

Sunday 9 November 2014

Moorfoots at Tinto Hill Race 2014

A dreich, damp November day for this year's race, with the rain arriving on queue as the start line assembled and cloudy and wet on the top...but another big turn out for this popular event.

Great top20 run by Lucas  in his step up to the senior race, and a sub40 by Benjamin in his first hill race.

Good runs too in their first Tinto outings by Dave Cheskin and Alan...

Thanks to Eddie for the photo and transport to the race...

Full results here...

More photos from Carnethy Flickr site here..

Pos.  RunnerClub NameCategoryTime%Winner
18 Lucas Cheskin Moorfoot RunnersM0:36:50119.5%
54 Benjamin Hindley Moorfoot RunnersM0:39:52129.4%
70 Kenneth Davidson Moorfoot RunnersM400:41:51135.8%
150 Alan Elder Moorfoot RunnersM500:48:48158.4% 

114 David Cheskin UnattachedM500:46:18150.2%


Monday 3 November 2014

Juniors at Lasswade

Illness, cyclo-cross and blinkin' netball (!) meant a depleted but still healthy contingent of Moorfoot juniors at the annual Lasswade Cross-Country races at Gorebridge on Sunday.

Kobe Stevens’ 2nd place in the 3.8mile U17 men’s race was the top individual placing on the day. In close contention from the gun, it was only in the final kilometre that the winner gained the upper hand with Kobe finishing with a wide margin over the rest in 23.20.

Also on the podium in the U13 Boys race over 2 miles was Craig Angus who finished strongly over the closing 300m to pull clear of the chasing challengers and secure 3rd place in 12.30. Finlay Collins ran well for 10th in 13.33.

And there was a team podium placing for the U11 Girls, the only age-group in which the club managed the required complement of three runners for the team prizes. Racing over 1 mile, Megan Hobbs had a strong run for 4th in 6.38, Madeline Collins was 6th in 6.53 and Holly Hobbs kept on well for 23rd in 7.37, enough for 2nd team overall behind Edinburgh AC. (Note to coach: The promise of Vimto sweets seems to be a great incentive!)
Other Moorfoot placings
U13G: 20th Eilidh Mooney (14.43)
U15G: 6th Mairi Wallace (13.10), 7th Fiona Grant (13.11)
U17/U20W: 6th Niamh Shaw (23.03)

Sen/U20M: 15th (3rd U20) Sam MacNeill (37.12), 30th Ben Hindley (41.05)

Sunday 2 November 2014

Lauder XC

The first of the Borders XC series took place at Lauder today. Lovely sunny conditions with a brisk wind and squelchy under foot with all the recent rain (but then again its a cross country so when is it not...). A very competitive field with a finisher every second when the pack was coming in.  With 263 runners in the senior race the race was won by Andy Fallas of Carnethy in 26.16 for 4 and a bit mile course. Moorfoot results below, and a very credible first outing for Craig Rendle in a Moorfoot vest being the team third counter.

Position Forename Surname Club Time ( Cat Gender pos Cat pos
11 James Britton Moorfoot 00:28:12 MS 11 10
23 Colin Williams Moorfoot 00:29:34 MS 21 16
26 Craig Rendle, Moorfoot 00:29:43 MS 24 19
88 Eddie Balfour Moorfoot 00:33:19 M40+ 78 32
127 Ian munro Moorfoot 00:35:32 M50+ 105 23
134 Alan Elder Moorfoot 00:36:27 M50+ 110 26
257 Michael Pearson Moorfoot 00:55:44 M70+ 154 2

Full results here
A quick glance at the club results tells me that for the organising team competition Gala (56) is slightly in the lead followed the Moorfoots (60) and then Dunbar (69) so it looks like it would be a tight race for the organising team trophy  Overall it looks like Carnethy will romp it with 3 out of the top 4 in the first round and HBT going strongly too.

FYI the rules for the club trophy are as follows -
The “team” competitions, (Male and Female for Seniors), will be decided on the basis of overall finishing positions of the first three club runners per round for the BEST FIVE rounds added together.  There will be a trophy for the first team, (and should that not be one of the organising clubs, an additional team trophy for the first “organising club” team).