Sunday 30 August 2015

Barry Buddon Half Marathon & Teviotdale 10k

Colin headed to the Barry Buddon army camp by Monifieth, a few miles east of Dundee to take part in the East District Half Marathon championships. 

I had high hopes of a fast time as the course is described as 'This race offers an excellent chance of a good time, being a flat, traffic-free course, on good-quality tarmac.' I can't comment on the quality of the tarmac but it was certainly flat. I had high hopes of breaking 1.20 having recorded 1.21:20 in Liverpool back in March and training had been going well. I only managed to hold the 6.05 min mile pace for the first three miles and it soon dawned on me that it was never really on and slipped off the pace from then on. I don't have a reason for this but it wasn't helped by the fact it was a windy day and the course is exposed as it sticks out in to the Firth of Tay.
I managed to hold my own compared to those around and was running in a group of four into the last mile and managed to squeeze ahead of the them finishing in 1.22:18 in 15th place overall (out of 286 finishers). Results here I think I have been the first M40 from an East District club but the results are a bit confusing as the race itself only awarded a M50 prize and I left before the prize giving.

Darin Dougal was also in action today and took part in the Teviotdale 10k he was 6th overall in 37:53 and scooped the M40 prize. Results here

Juniors Race Well at Scottish Trials

The final race of the Scottish Junior Hill Running League took place at Aberfoyle on Sunday 30th August and there were excellent runs by the four Moorfoots taking part. The U17 and U20 races doubled as the Scottish trial races for the Junior Home International due to be held in Betws-y-Coed on the same day and course as the World Mountain Running Championships on 19th September,

After her excellent PB on the track over 1500m at the Scottish Championships last weekend Mairi Wallace put in another really strong performance to come 3rd in the U17 girls race behind two of Scotland's top cross-country runners Laura Stark and Emily Nicholson. Emily had finished 4th in the GB U20 trials for the World  Championships the previous weekend, just missing out on a place in the GB U20 team. Mairi finished in 20mins 46secs for the 3.8km up and down course which had 225m of climb. On top of her bronze medal in the Scottish Championships back in May, Mairi has put herself right in contention for a spot in the Scotland U17 team for the Home International. Fingers crossed she gets the nod from the selectors for one of the four slots in the team which would be a fantastic achievement in her first year in the age group and with a 4th quarter birthday too.

Lucas Cheskin also had a great run for 4th to give the selectors something to think about for the U20 men's team. Lucas finished in 33.48 for his two lap course over 7km/375m. Gala's Thomas Otton was second in 31.56 and looks assured of his place in the team, with former Gala team-mate Gavin Bryson, now running for Edinburgh, just ahead of Lucas in third. Jacob Adkin's selection for the GB U20 team for the Worlds just might open the door for Lucas to gain selection for the Scotland team. Again, fingers crossed for Lucas along with toes, knees, eyes and anything else you can think of!

In the U15 league races which were also run over the same 3.8km course as the U17 girls, Beth Hobbs showed a return to form with her fourth place in 21.41 and Ethan Elder was 6th in a hot and closely contested boys' race in 19.43. Beth and Ethan are both still in that age-group next year.

Unofficially it looks like the two boys Lucas and Ethan both finished second in their respective leagues (best three races over the series) and the girls Mairi and Beth both finished third. Well done all.

Sunday 23 August 2015

Moorfoots Senior Club Championships, Summer results and Winter events

The first Moorfoot Senior Summer Series Championship was just completed and awarded at the club BBQ last Sunday.
Lovely Shiny new cup kindly donated by Mike McGovern
In order to get a placing you needed to have completed 3 out of 6 of the races below:

The overall series winner was a split between Darin Dougal and Colin Williams on equal points, with Alan Elder winning for V50s.The full results are found here. It was the first time it had been run and in fairness the dates were announced fairly late (by me!) so although there were a lot of members taking part in some of races the overall take up was low.

Therefore we are announcing the winter dates in much more time. Hopefully the races chosen are familiar to many Moorfoots. In order to get a series ranking you need to complete 4 of the following 6 races. The scoring will work so that the first  Moorfoot home will get 1 point, 2nd 2 points etc and the lowest score from three races will give a position. The intention is that there will be an overall 'scratch' prize for the fastest regardless of age and then age-group awards subject to there being multiple series racers.

DateRaceLocationDistance (km)ProfileEntry costWeb 
Sat, 10 OctoberManor Water Hill Race Croftlea, Kirkton Manor, near Peebles 16700m climb£5 EOD
Sun, 25 OctoberJedburgh 10k or Half Marathon (either  to count)TD8 6JQ 10 or 21.1flat£13.50 or £18.50 PRE ENTRY ONLY
Sun, 1 NovemberLauder XCLauder c. 6a bit hilly£12 Series Cost PRE ENTRY ONLY
Sun, 20 December (Date TBC)Club Handicap (Scratch times to count)TBC Inners / Peebles / Cadrona Forestc. 8kmundulatingNoneMoorfoot Blogger
Sun, 17 January TBCFeel The Burns Hill Race Selkirk Rugby Club 21.4800m climbTBC
Sun, 14 FebruaryGalashiels XCGala Swimming Pool c. 6a bit£12 Series Cost PRE ENTRY ONLY

Jacob's Trials Win Secures GB Selection for World Champs

The GB mountain running selection trials for the World Championships were held on Saturday on the Worlds course at Betws-y-Coed in the north of Wales and Jacob Adkin secured an excellent victory in the Junior Men's race to seal automatic selection. Racing over 8.3km with a total climb of 445m over the course of the two laps, Jacob finished in 35minutes 2 seconds.  The World Championships are four weeks away on Saturday 19 September. Well done Jacob. That is four from four GB selections in the last two years.

Scottish Track Gold for Michael

The first ever Scottish Championship track title for a Moorfoot Runner arrived on Saturday at the Scottish National Age-Group Championships at Grangemouth courtesy of Michael Girdler who stormed home in the U13 Boys’ 800m seeded final. Running sensibly, Michael slotted in on the heels of the leaders after 200m and followed the fast pace before moving out round the home turn and kicking away down the home straight to record a fantastic time of 2.12.56, more than two seconds clear of silver. Not only was that a four second personal best time but it was nearly a full second inside the previous Scottish Championship Record set back in 2005.

Not content with that, Michael then went through the rounds of the 200m, demonstrating his speed by taking silver in the final in 26.41, slightly outside his personal best, but it had been a hard day at the office!

Although there no more medals, there were some excellent other performances and a host of personal bests.

Ethan Elder punched well above his weight in a fast paced U13 Boys’ 1500m final. The line came a tad too soon for Ethan who came home a fast finishing fourth in a PB time of 4.47.40, less than a second off the bronze medal.

After two years of missing out on national finals by the narrowest of margins, this time round Ailsa Innes, running for Lasswade, qualified as the fastest loser in the U17 Women’s 800m in 2.23.77, only twelve hundredths off her PB. She too then punched well above her weight with a really strong run in the final to finish an excellent fifth.

Charlotte Morrison set an eleven second PB of 5.37.44 in finishing 7th in the B final of the U13G 1500m.

On Sunday it was the turn of the U15 and U20 athletes and the PBs continued despite the strong wind into which they athletes had to battle in the home straight. Mairi Wallace turned in her best ever track performance in her U15 1500m heat, running superbly to move into clear third off the final bend and an automatic qualifying place, only to be outsprinted near the line by two fast-finishing rivals. But her time of 5.07.68 was a near four second PB and the fastest of the six non-automatic qualifiers for the final. With an eye on her main target, the Scottish Junior International hill running trials next weekend back on her favoured hilly terrain, she was a precautionary withdrawal from the final.

Craig Angus found the competition hot in his U15 1500m heat but was another to set a four second personal best of 5.13.40. You can’t ask for any more particularly on such a windy day. Euan Hood, running for Lasswade, was a few seconds outside his personal best when finishing 6th in a muddlingly paced heat and missed qualifying for the final by just over a second.

Niamh Shaw, another wearing the Lasswade colours, ran well to come within a second of her personal best in the U20 Women’s 1500m which went as a straight final. Niamh finished 6th in 5.05.34.

Kobe Stevens, in his first year in the U20 age-group, ran strongly for a fastest loser spot in the 800m finishing in a time of 2.02.21 but didn’t have the legs to trouble the leaders in what was a relatively slow tactical final.

Friday 21 August 2015

The Nebit Downfall

The Nebit (Downfall), possibly so named because it resembles a big nose sticking out of the earth, is one of a series of  three short steep downhill thrash races that take place late August to early September. The other two being Bishop Downhill in Fife and Caerketton Downhill at Hillend. It’s around 1400 feet of a climb to the start of this one – made less pleasant on Wednesday as the dreichness was plentiful with a good breeze thrown in. All are togged for the weather and jog around the cairn at the top to keep warm. We are given 15 second spaced count downs by Al Anthony.

My coat is off and in the bum bag with 30 seconds to go. I charge off and already my eyes are filled with rain. I manage to keep a good pace and soon pass a runner, then another and another. Coming down the zig-zag section I catch an Anster Haddie but am unable to reel her in until the long sweep left to right. I’m passed myself, and then the runner slides off the hill but recovers well. I follow his route over a small crag and am soon aware that my legs are no longer my own. The jelly is setting in. 

The route runs under an overhead pipe. Duck or decapitation! 100 meters to go and a set of stairs need to be negotiated. The legs just make it and it’s on to a rough path through the trees. The finish is in sight – last dash with what’s left in the legs. I manage to pass another runner (Julia Connor I think) over the line and breathe!

The results are calculated in the back of a VW camper as waiting runners a feasted on by hordes of voracious midges. The Gilmore brothers are 2 seconds apart - on 5.12 and 5.14. I manage 19th in 6.56. 2 days on and the legs are still complaining!

Thursday 20 August 2015

Sub-2min 800m for Anton

I mentioned at the junior awards on Sunday that the most promising newcomer award winner Anton Kobus had come agonisingly close to breaking the 2 minute barrier for 800m several times and had a few opportunities left this season to achieve it. Well he has done it with a 1.59.48 run at the Livingston Open Graded last night which puts him top ten U17 in Scotland. It is also marginally ahead of Kobe Steven's 1.59.75 from earlier this summer. Not bad for his first season and for someone who is a mere 6 days off still being U17 next season.

Wednesday 19 August 2015

Rollercoaster Press Report and Final Thank Yous

Press report here

Final thank you to all who helped. In no particular order - Patricia Anderson of Cademuir Farm and Martin Andrews, Factor of Wemyss and March Estate for access, Franco's for sponsorship, Tesco for water and snacks, Peebleshire News, Southern Reporter and Peebles Life for pre-race publicity, Peebles High School for use of the car parks, BSLT for the use of radios and some spare posts/signs plus their staff Laura and David at the PHS sports centre, Faye Nicholson for lots of laminating, Paul Nichol and Eddie Balfour for course set-up, Andy Cox for strimming the start and the chicane, Ian Nimmo for registration and entries spreadsheet, Mike Pearson and Alan Elder for taking entries, Colin Williams for parking, Ruth and Roger McKean for storage and their side gate for equipment access onto the hill, Tom Hobbs, Angela Wallace, Maureen Cannon, Bobby Mooney and Lucy Husband for marshalling and bringing in the course signs and markers, Mike McGovern for sweeping, Alan MacDonald, Jane Hobbs and Anne Nimmo for recording, Brian Hood for first aid and somehow getting the gazebo up all by himself, Holly Hobbs for "catering management", and David Cheskin and Rachael Hood for photos.

Tuesday 18 August 2015

Taking the Michael................. and Craig

 Can you put this on the blogger if appropriate? Just a bit of fun at Andy. (Mikes idea)!!! Face with tears of joy


On 9th August I made the journey with Lianne to the Alps for the 2015 Sierre-Zinal race. Its a grueling 31km with 2200 meters of ascent.

Being the 2013 Penchrise Pen Hill Race Champion I managed to secure an elite start so lined up with Kilian Jornet et al. Feeling good, I raced off with the top boys and was actually feeling good as I led going into the first corner.

It was at this point things started going slightly south of ideal. I quickly realised that I would have to drop back in the field, if only a few places. I still felt strong on the first big climb and when the going got tough I kept saying to myself, "be courageous and brave Coxy" and things like, "C'mon big boy, you're the Penchrise Champ, your a potent force". This seemed to work briefly, but before long the efforts of that first 250 yards were taking their toll. People were overtaking me on the climb to the final summit, I lost count at 17. I did however get a wee boost when I overheard a female say to her running buddy "that's Big Coxy the Penchrise Hill Race Champion". The boost was short lived. I was really hurting now, altitude taking it's toll? I had been training up Lee Pen (to the very top) to assist with the altitude but apparently to no avail.

I was barely running now and was happy to see the "500 yards to go" banner. Then the unbelievable happened.... as I rounded the last corner with the finish line in sight, I could hear the commentator say, "next in we have Zarema Kasayeva, the current Kazakstan 95kg weight lifting champion in a sprint finish with elite athlete Andy Cox from Moorfoots". I dug in as this was now becoming embarrassing for a runner of my stature. To my disgust I just didn't have it in me. Liane was near the finish line and even she tried to motivate me when she seen the rather "cuddly" girl running past me. She tried one of my favourite lines usually kept for a more private surrounding..... "C'mon Andy, my wee sugar candy". But to no avail.

I slumped over the line disappointed. Beaten by the female Kazakstan weight lifting champion?! I've had better days at the office. Shocker!


P.s Here's some pics!
Zarema in the powder puff blue vest powering on with me trailing in the background.
She even had the cheek to "high 5" folk!

Barry's Peebles Marathon (the 'Barrython')

Hi all - as part of my 'marathon a month' challenge for 2015, this Saturday sees the August marathon, an unofficial event around the Peebles / Innerleithen area.  There are about 6 of us planning to run the whole distance, and the route (see map) has been designed to allow folk to join in and just do certain sections.  Leaving from Tweed Green at 0930, we will go over the Sware, round Cademuir, back to Tweed Green, and then all the way down the path to Innerleithen Golf Club and back.  We will be going at a nice gentle pace (certainly no faster than an 8:30 mile) and there will be a couple of refreshment stops, and maybe even a Caldwells visit!  All are welcome to join for some or all of the route.

Monday 17 August 2015

North Berwick Law Hill Race

(delayed posting due to non-obvious result location)

Ethan and I made the trip to North Berwick Wednesday 5th Aug to tackle the annual hill race there.
A touch warm but a pleasant evening for a jaunt around the town and up the side of The Law. It’s an out and back of 4.5K with 185m of a climb. From the harbour, a stampede of 236 charged off. A chap in front of me trying to avoid a junior runner and ending up united with the tarmac as a result. Another lady coming a cropper (but making it round) as she passed the chippy – admittedly the smell of fish frying was a bit of a distraction.

Sunday 16 August 2015

Rollercoaster full results now available

On with direct links now added in the earlier blog below.

Saturday 15 August 2015

Cademuir Rollercoaster - Results, Records and Pics

Wins for Thomas Otton (Gala Harriers) and Catriona Buchanan (Ochil Hill Runners) in the 6k, both taking advantage of the favourable conditions to set new record times. Thomas was home in 26.00 to slice 50s off Don Naylor's record from 2014 and Catriona's time of 29.53 eclipsed local runner (very local - just over the wall from the finish!) Sue Ridley's previous best by 1m29s. Thomas was over 2 minutes quicker than his own time from 2014. Full results: 6k Results

Our own Ethan Elder took the boys' 3k in 13.00, sneaking inside the previous best time by 5s, and Nuala McCheyne made the trip through from Inverclyde worthwhile with a new girls' best in 14.15, 30s to the good of the previous best time by Beth Hobbs. Full results: 3k Results

Photos here thanks to David Cheskin. Fuller report to follow but in the meantime here is a link to some more photos courtesy of Rachel Hood.

Thursday 13 August 2015

It's au revoir to Scout

It’s all her fault!  Aged about 10, she joined in with some “training” with Linda and me which was more geared towards sprinting. Clearly not fast-twitch material, I duly offered to take her for some endurance training and from there did blossom the ever-expanding junior section of Moorfoot Runners. 

And now, having graduated from Robert Gordon’s University in Aberdeen in July with a first-class Honours degree, she heads off to York on Friday to start her career as a physiotherapist. Aye, she’s a smart cookie too.

Sunday 9 August 2015

Philiphaugh Races

Moorfoots young and old competed at the Selkirk Fund Runners Races today.  results and more pics

4 mile race
Ethan Elder - 1st -  25:13
Beth Hobbs -  3rd -  30:40 (1st lady)
Innes Minto - 6th - 32:29
Megan Hobbs - 7th - 33:32
Esme Minto - 16th -  37:29
Holly Hobbs - 22nd -  39:29
Kerry Minto - 25th - 40:12
Paul Minto - 26th - 40:12
Jane Hobbs - 30th - 41:51

7 mile race
Darin Dougal  - 2nd (1st V40) - 50:22
Tom Hobbs - 3rd (1st V50) - 50:53
Eddie Balfour - 10th  - 55:56
Alan Elder - 20th - 1:02:45
Paul Nichol - 28th - 1:05:12
Iona Minto - 51st - 1:22:02



Sunday 2 August 2015

Summer BBQ - SUN 16th AUG

Moorfoot Summer BBQ on Sun 16th August – 17:30 at the Peel CafĂ©, Glentress.
This is a great family event which is open to both members and non-members.

Gregor will be presenting the annual awards for the juniors and we will  also have the results of the Summer series of Club championship races.

If you are intending to come could you please sign up on the doodle poll below – this will help us plan the catering!

click on this link:-

Club members and immediate family (even if non-members) - £5 per adult (18+), £2 per child
Non-club members - £10 and £7 (cost price)
Payment will be collected on arrival.