Friday, April 30, 2010
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I'm taking part in the Edinburgh Marathon 2010 on 23/05/2010 to raise
money for Alzheimer Scotland and I'd really appreciate your support.
It's easy to donate online with a credit or debit card - just go to my
JustGiving sends your donation straight to Alzheimer Scotland and
automatically reclaims Gift Aid if you're a UK taxpayer, so your
donation is worth even more. I hope you'll join me in supporting
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Thanks to Ricahrd.
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Saturday, April 10, 2010
prize giving celebrations. This year in addition to the prizes for
the club championship for 2009 we had a number of other categories
that club members voted for the winners.
The Club Championship for 2009 consisted of 13 races, but, unlucky
number 13, the Thirlestane Castle Race, was cancelled, leaving a round
dozen events to make up the points.
The number of Dunbar Running Club members who took part in those
twelve events ran just short of 683 miles in total – that's 98 miles
further than walking from Dunbar to Penzance; longer than Dunbar to
Weisbaden, Paris to Prague and Amsterdam to Milano.
The Club Championship went to Stuart with 38 points
2nd male was Ian Rowland - 29 points
3rd male was Brian – 16 points
1st female was Anne – 32 points
2nd female was Rhona – 22 points
3rd female was Sheila Morrison –14 points.
With a special mentioned for 4th female – Theresa. Pipped at the post
by that pesky Morrison yet again…..
Most Improved runner:
* Suzanne – showing great improvement and more confidence in her running.
* Neil Jones – for knocking around twelve minutes off his previous
marathon time at the Loch Ness Marathon in October.
Brian – votes ahead of everyone else! Achieving several PB's through
the year and always looking as though he enjoyed it. As recently as
last weeks (January) parkrun he achieved another PB. Special mention
going to the fact I (Theresa) thought that the club handicap trophy
belonged on our mantelpiece, with I think 4 wins in 2009!!
* Stuart - for determinedly trying to get under 3hrs.
* Val - 6th in her age category at Loch Ness Marathon in a time of 4
hours and 13 minutes. Val has great courage and a quiet determination
which makes her stand out from the crowd.
* Mary – came back to get a marathon personal best at the Loch Ness
with a time of 3 hrs 55 Minutes. All her marathons have been under 4
hrs and all at the age of over 50.
Rhona – for her incredible Marathon debut at Loch Ness with 3 hours
and 13 minutes.
Best veteran runner:
* Ian Rowland – for his commitment to training for ultra running.
* Sheila Morrison – for continually turning up for a whole range of
events, her work with JogScotland and her enthusiasm for the club.
* Mary – as above, with her come back to run the Great North Run half
marathon in 1 hour 52 minutes.
* Steve – first East Lothian veteran athlete in the Haddington 5 mile
race in May in a time of 33.38 minutes. He also did the Galashiels
10k in April in 41.07 mins, the Loch Ness Marathon in October in 3
hours 35 mins. Steve remains a very competitive athlete despite being
53 years old, his enthusiasm for racing will never die.
Val –her Loch Ness marathon performance (6th F55+). Most supervets
would find her a hard act to follow. Vals marathon at Inverness has to
go down as one of the best marathons as she did a great time, and has
been running consistently well all year, getting stronger with her
Most injured runner (or "Most outstanding display of persistence in
the face of adversity")
There was really only one nominee under this category, although Stuart
got a special mention for the most spectacular way of getting injured
at the Norham cross country race.
Frank - with lots of lovely comments received - "I wish we could see
him running in races again soon". "He also remains more cheerful than
many of us would under the circumstances". "…has to go to Frank for
repeatedly coming back for more!"
With also a couple of special mentions for:
Keith who doggedly pounds the tarmac in winter and finds himself up
towards Doon Hill in the summer and never complains.
Vicky for her longevity and commitment, keeping on running despite her
arthritis and for her great time walking the moonwalk last year.
The 5km started in the daylight at 2pm, with a large gathering of country gentry at the start line and a smattering of fancy dress. I stuck to old running clothes as my preferred option for running - but seemed that some of the runners had hatched a cunning plan as things such as masks and snorkels came in handy for them later on in the race. We started by a 200m run up a field to a hay bale wall which we had to climb over - at the same time as the rest of the country gentry.....which made it more challenging than it should have been!
On a bit to the ponds, all nicely stagnant and full of frogs and toads. Lovely. Janie got stuck and was pulled out by what I thought was a helpful marshal, although don't think Jane enjoyed flying through the pond on her stomach! Up to the top of the hill following mountain bike tracks, going up some balance beams and under a net before then being able to come back down the hill again. Phew! Or so I thought..... Going down was at least as hard as going up. Some nice obstacles to climb over and under on the way... with a net to climb under at the end before hitting some road to run along. Road? Whats that all about. Far too normal for a race like this. The along grassy path, through a river, then a tunnel full of freezing cold not so fresh water to the waste, with a funny gate to help us climb out. Then I can't truly remember - there was more stagnant water, more fresh water, a hill, a tunnel we had to crawl through, a net to crawl
under and finally the finish line. Approx 1hr40mins after the start. And there were another 170 behind us!!! Thats some 5km if you ask me - crawling a whole 5km would be quiker! Interestingly the GPS measured it just shy of 6 miles....which sounds a bit closer to the truth!
Mad man Ian ran the 10km - goodness knows what length that race really is! He did all the same as us plus a big scree slope to run up and down. Oh yeah - and most of it he ran in the dark with a head torch on. Mental. And somehow, despite all that, he came 10th! an achievement - helped only by the fact he cheated by avoiding some of the early ponds, running round them rather than through - a bit girly if you ask me!
I expect to see all club runners there next year! Just watch the stairs for the week after......
Thursday, April 08, 2010
Tuesday, April 06, 2010
The weather conditions were favourable for the 11:00am start, with 279 runners completing the course. The race was won by veteran Ken Chapman of Scottish Veteran Harriers crossed the finish line in 35:09. Second was Gareth Green of Portobello Running Club in 35:22, with Moorfoot's Wull Hynd, also a veteran, coming in third place in 35:26. Willie Jarvie of Portobello took the super veteran prize in 36:22, 7th overall. It was a similar story with the winning ladies - veteran Melanie Henderson of Portobello Running Club finishing in 39:13 (29th overall), club mate Jacqueline Ramsay taking 2nd in 40:29 and veteran Janet McWhinnie of Carnethy taking third in 41:52. First female super veteran was Kathleen Bolt of Portobello Running Club with a time of 43:58. Both the male and female team prizes went to Portobello Running Club.
There were a number of runners from the East Lothian clubs taking part – Grant Noble (DRC), Dermot Ferry (MADAC), Craig Goldie (DRC), David Lott (HELP), Alex Oliver (MADAC), Sandy Wallace, Finlay Smith (HELP), Alex Noble (DRC), Craig Wilson (MADAC), Ray Harris, Saartje Drijver (HELP), Clarissa Berry (DRC), Judith Donaldson (HELP), Audrey Grigg, Graeme Ingram (MADAC), Claire Simpson (HELP), Katy Gardiner (DRC) and Jeanette Rutherford (MADAC).
Race Director, Stuart Hay, thanked all the runners for taking part, also thanking the sponsors Belhaven Brewery and Run 4 It.
Special thanks also to our favourite Red Cross Team, the ladies who helped out with the runner who was in distress and the gentleman with his children (the "Spottonians") who also gave assistance.
Saturday, April 03, 2010
Full race report to follow.....