Wednesday 30 October 2019

Jedburgh Three Peaks Ultramarathon 2019

Ross Grieve and Richard Edge did the Jedburgh Three Peaks Ultramarathon on Saturday consisting of 37.2 off road and sometimes very hilly miles. There were 220 runners and expert Ross finished on the M50 podium in 3rd (15th overall, 6:25:06)and Richard completed his ultra in a very respectable 54th place (7:18:35). Results here Big congratulations both.

Here's Richard's summary: 

My first ultra
Jedburgh is a very long town. It doesn’t feel so long as you start out, however on the way home the run to the abbey took forever!
The first 19 miles, apart from the ‘mud shoot’, to the bottom of the Eildon’s is a nice steady run along the Tweed and St Cuthberts way.
After the hills, it’s a nice trail through the forest towards Bowden and the compulsory shot on the shoot in the play park (mud covered running shoes, slippery wood and metal - could have happily side stepped that) 
Checkpoint 4 in Maxton is around the 28 mile mark and into time and distance I had never been to before and I found the last 10 or so a real slog...nothing a bit more training won’t solve. 
Finishing was important to me, as the day was almost 12 years since my haemorrhage. Wheel chair to ultra in 12 years. To think I hated running for anything other than a ball
Ross and Richard Centre and right
Ross on rhs with the M50 top 3
A lovely day to go up the Eildons!

Monday 28 October 2019

Moorfoots at the Meall a Bhuachaille Hill Race 2019

The Boys of the Bhuachaille....

After much previous talk of a Moorfoot weekend away, Dave ‘Gaffers’ Gaffney mobilised the troops and it is was off to Aviemore for the Meall a Bhuachaille Hill Race.

A strong field of ~250 was assembled for what was the final race of the 2019 SHR Championship series, with six Moorfoots on the start line in bright and blustery conditions, a cold wind sweeping the tops and the first dusting of snow of the winter up on the higher Cairngorms.

Good runs by all, on a tough course…the %Winner values showing the strength of the assembled field.

The race winner was Finlay Wild of Lochaber AC, setting a new course record in a blistering 1:00:00, and Caroline Marwick of Inverness Harrier,  first lady home in 1:16:02

Pos.       Runner                                                                     Category Time      %Winner
66           Andrew Dancer               Moorfoot Runners          M40       1:18:02  130.1%
76           Colin Williams                Moorfoot Runners          M40       1:20:26  134.1%
94           David Gaffney                 Moorfoot Runners          M40       1:22:23  137.3%
129         Kenny Davidson              Moorfoot Runners          M50       1:28:04  146.8%
152         Dean Carr                        Moorfoot Runners          M40       1:31:38  152.7%
164         Alan Elder                       Moorfoot Runners          M50       1:35:17  158.8%

The race though, was only part of the weekend activities…

Saturday morning started with a live viewing RWC semi final between England and New Zealand at the Aviemore Hostel; Eddie did a bit of winter mountaineering up on the Cairngorm plateau, out and back to Ben Macduie; post race, was a short run out and back to the Ryvoan Bothy; Saturday evening entertainment took in a few Aviemore hostelries…with small contingent making it to a local Halloween Party and a disco featuring a six foot parrot….don’t ask!

Sunday morning featured more live RWC action with Wales and South Africa before a more gentle Sunday run around the Rothiemurchies Estate, out through the forest, round the lochs with a further bothy visit (Drakes Bothy), before the long drive home again.

Thanks again to Gaffers for the planning and organisation and to all who participated to make the weekend a success…lots of enthusiasm to do a similar Moorfoot away-weekend again next year !

Sunday 27 October 2019

Change of time for Seniors Tuesday nights training 7pm

Meet at Kingsmeadows car park, Peebles at normal but start time now 7pm for interval training

The idea moving training back 30 mins to 7pm to allow more time for people to join the session after work.

London Marathon - One Guaranteed Place to be allocated

The London Marathon is probably the premier mass participation running event in Britain and a real experience for anyone who has taken part.
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As a British Athletics affiliated club Moorfoot Runners get one guaranteed entry to the London Marathon each year. The club has a policy for the fair allocation of the place as explained in a blog post in May
The following factors are considered:
> Have they been a member for more than 12 months
> Have they been not been awarded the club place in the previous 2 years
> Have they unsuccessfully tried to enter via the ballot and were not eligible for a ‘good for age’ place when that entry was open.
Club secretaries must submit an application for the London Marathon place therefore if you would like to be considered for the Moorfoot entry please email Pete Hall
by end of Monday 4th November

Monday 21 October 2019

Weekend Race round ups 12-13 & 19-20 October

Members have been busy the last two weekends so here's a round up of race results I've seen. If any wants to expand with reports then get in touch or post up on Facebook!

Saturday 12th Oct

Brian Smith finished the local Manor Water Hill Race in 19th out of 72 runners, and a very creditable 3rd M40

Alan Elder was 10th and 3rd veteran male in the far north in Coigach Half Marathon in a strong time of 1:38:54 on not a flat course!

Ross Grieve was in the English Lake District for the 'Lakes in a Day' Ultra - 50 miles, 4000m ascent – a journey on foot from the very top of the Lake District at Caldbeck to the very bottom, at Cartmel, via the stunning Helvellyn Ridge and the western shoreline of Lake Windermere.
It took him an impressive 14h 52m 36s in another epic ultra outing

Sunday 13th Oct 

Martyn Davidson and David Gaffney did the Pentland Skyline, in 3:17:00 (53rd) and 3:33:50 (86th) respectively in a this very popular challenging race

Saturday 19th Oct 
Moorfoots (racing for their English Clubs) and ex Moorfoots were in action at the British Fell And Hill Relay Champs in the Peak District. Scottish Champ Scout Adkin on one side and World Cup champ Sarah McCormack ran together as a pair on Leg 2  in the quickest leg time by 30secs unfortunately wasn't enough to get Scout Adkin and Sarah Mac and their Ambleside team in the medals, finishing 4th in the end. Jacob Adkin anchored Keswick AC to gold in the men's race.

Sunday 20th Oct
Paul Nichol clocked a very impressive 3:28:36 at the Yorkshire Marathon to finish 35th in the M55 category in this popular race in York

Well done everyone!

Tuesday 8 October 2019

Tweed Valley Tunnel Trail Run 2019

The third edition of the Tweed Valley Tunnel Trail Run was bigger than ever with 1,200 runners over three distances 4km, 10km and 20km. The 2019 race continued to see brilliant results from the Moorfoot Runners taking part.
In the 4km 111 ran - Elena Lee was fastest female, 5th overall, as well as winning the F Under 16 category, and Jake Lockyer was just off the podium in 4th overall, and 4th in the M U16 category, with Callum Fitzgerald just a bit further back in 7th overall.
In the 20km there were 455 runners and the the Moorfoots recorded 4 age class wins, including overall woman’s victory, and a 2nd place in the men’s field aswell!
Lucy Colquhoun was the fastest woman in 1:40:18, and won the F40-49 as well, Amy Alcorn was close behind in 1:42:17 as third woman, and won the F30-39 category, Carol Moss won the F50-59 category 1:44:52. Mike Goddard was fastest in the M70+ field in a very competitive time of 2:03:10, and Oli Jepsen was 2nd overall in the scorching time of 1:30:07! Brian Smith put in a solid shift recording a time of 1:44:24 (13th M40-49).
The biggest field was in the 10km with 630 in action. Vickie Morrison, Kerry Law and Lucy Oldham all had strong runs finishing close to each other in 59:59, 1:00:54 and 1:01:58 respectively and great placings 11th, 15th and 19th in the F30-39, and 99th, 117th and 133rd overall.
Full results here 
Richard Edge and Andrew Dancer were out helping as sweepers too so all in all a fantastic showing from the club on are ‘home ground’. Well done all involved
Lucy, Brian, Oli and Amy
Mike Goddard
Proud Mum Amy