UPDATED START TIME 10.30 TO ALLOW FULL COURSE CHECK THAT MORNING, AND POSSIBLE ROUTE AMENDMENTS
The Moorfoot Festive Handicap will be at
Innerleithen on Saturday 17 December, starts from 10.30am. Again the aim is
of fun and to make some space for Christmas indulgence! Refreshments
provided free to club members - a hot/cold drink and a tray bake - from
the Innerleithen Golf Course cafe. The cost of this will be very kindly covered by Mike Goddard - thanks Mike!
Start will be about 300m up the forest track from the
Innerleithen Golf Course, which is about 1 mile north of Innerleithen High Street on Leithen
Road / the B709, postcode EH44 6NJ.
There is no parking at the golf club as there is a golf event on so we are asking runners and supporters to park away and travel the last bit on foot. There is space for parking on Leithen Road before you leave the town, and there is aslo space for about 8 cars at the cauld (weir)
about 500m south of the golf club although this is often well used by MTBers,
and there is space for about 10 cars in the layby in an old quarry about 1km north
of the golf club about 200m passed the cattle grid and round the bend, as well
as other places in the town.
Of course the Tweed valley bike path is an excellent link
for those cycling and minimising their carbon footprint!
The great news is that the café in Golf Club
house 'Naomi's kitchen' https://www.facebook.com/Naomiskitcheninnerleithen/, will be open and serving. Hot
drinks and breakfast rolls will be on sale from 9.30am. The Moorfoot club has
arranged to cover the cost of runners basic refreshments afterwards, a tray bake each and juice
for juniors and tea/coffee for seniors. Of course there is more available but you will need to cover the cost if
you want more. Toilets are also available in the club
house. There are outdoor seats too.
Please let me know if you are thinking of attending email@example.com. Also
I could do with a marshal or two if you are not up for a run, but can get by
without as I will mark the route.
Be aware if serious winter conditions occur then we may have
to cancel but I will communicate that via email/facebook although the long
range forecast suggests it will be OK.
Report from last year can be found here: http://moorfootrunners.blogspot.com/2021/12/moorfoot-innerleithen-festive-handicap.html
Senior Handicap Run
The handicap is runners aged 14 +
Over half the course is on the hard forest tracks, but there
are sections of soft, muddy and uneven paths so shoes with proper grip are
essential. Be prepared for getting wet feet.
The course is 4.5 mile / 7.3km with 1000ft / 300m climb,
almost all in the first 2 miles (one of those ‘surely it can't get steeper’
climbs which then does!) shown here: https://www.strava.com/activities/4424773132
The course will be marked with tape and/or arrowed.
The first runner will be off on or around 10:30am, and last
off before 11am depending on the handicapping, which will be based on runners
current 10km ‘race pace’. I will use the results from last year to set
the handicaps for those coming but if you didn’t do that one
please let me know your current 10km time and I will estimate.
If you plan to attend, or even thinking about it please
email me at the address above.
Junior trail run
All the juniors will start together at 9.30am so think about
arriving from 9am
Both the Under 12 (approx. 1 mile/1.6km, 100 feet/ 30m ascent)
and Under 14 (approx. 2 mile/ 3.2km, 200 feet/ 60m ascent) runs will be a straight
forward out and back trail run on hard forest tracks, shown on the route map
below. Both these routes will have
marshals on them so no one will get lost (we hope).
Anyone interested please let Ross Grieve / Gregor Nicholson and me know on the email above.
Ages are as at 31.8.20 (consistent with the XC season).
Minimum age 9 on the day. 16+ run with the seniors.
|Senior Route Profile|