Wednesday, November 24, 2004

Cross Country Lauder

Members of Dunbar Running Club took part in the first race of the
Borders Cross Country Championship on Sunday 21 November. The series
has been extended to seven rounds with venues across the South East of
Scotland. Races are scheduled at regular intervals between October
2004 and February 2005 and are open to male and female runners at all
age groups, Junior and Senior. The inaugural race in the series was
held at Lauder in cold, damp and slippy under foot conditions making
for an interesting start to the series

Colin Menzies, participating as a Senior athlete for the first time,
was 3rd overall and second in his category (under 40 years). Ian
Rowland continuing his good form throughout the summer into the
cross-country season was 5th athlete and 3rd in his over 40 age group.
George Gilhooley, running for Dunbar for the first time, was 8th
overall and one place behind Ian in the over 40 category. Ian Sills
was in 10th place and 5th in the under 40yrs male age group. Stuart
Hay came home in 36th place and 9th male over 40, with Ross Combe one
place behind in the overall standings and 12th in the senior male
under 40 category. Anne Hay was the first Dunbar Lady runner
finishing in 54th overall place, 6th lady runner and first in her age
group (over 40yrs.). Veteran runners Joe Bourhill and Bob Wilson
competing in the 60 + age group were 57th and 66th respectively
overall and 2nd and 5th in their age group. In the team competition
Dunbar Senior Runners are in second place with 16 points just one
point behind City of Edinburgh.

For the first time a number of H.E.L.P. runners took part in the
Series. Bill Watson was their first runner home in 15th place, Brian
Carr was 32nd, Paddy McDonald 39th and George "Iron Man" Armstrong in
56th place and leading his age group 60+.

In the Junior categories Dunbar was again were well represented with a
number of young athletes competing in most of the age groups. Lauren
Peffers was 7th overall and 1st in the female 14/15 age group. Thomas
Thorton Smith was 8th and 1st male 16/17 year old. Lauren Smedly came
in one place behind Thomas in 9th place and is leading her age group,
female 12/13 years old. In a very competitive age category James
Thorton Smith was 13th overall and 7th in the male 14/15 group. Anna
Dobson was 21st in the race and 1st in the female under 11 age group,
Nicola Craig was 4th female 12/13 year old and 27th overall, Eve
Bailie 29th and 5th female 12/13, Abigail Twist 31st and 3rd female
under 11 and Abegail Dobson finished the race in 33rd place and 4th
female 14.15 year old. In the Junior team competition Dunbar are
again in second place with 24 points.

H.E.L.P. runner Lisa Menzies was the sole Junior runner from her club
and finished the race in 18th place and is currently sitting in 2nd in
her age group 14/15 years old.

All runners are now looking forward to competing in the second round
to be held at Duns on Sunday 5th December.

Tuesday, November 23, 2004


It’s a small world after all….

Dunbar runners in Wagga Wagga.......

.... and Wagga Wagga vests at Belhaven.

From the history books.

John L recently unearthed an article from October 1992 published in “Scotland’s Runner” magazine.

Here it is for all to share.

(note: you will need Adobe Reader to access this file.)

Thursday, November 18, 2004

We started it all

From the BBC Website. This story shows the true contribution that
runners have made:

Running 'key to human evolution'

Long-distance running may have been a driving force behind evolution
of the modern human body, scientists say.
American researchers said humans began endurance running about 2
million years ago to help hunt for prey, influencing the development
of the human body.

Previous studies have suggested running was purely a by-product of walking.

But the study, published in Nature, said humans evolved big buttocks,
a balanced head and longer legs to help gather food.

Professor Dennis Bramble, of the University of Utah, and Professor
Daniel Lieberman, of Harvard University, reported that early human
beings may have needed to run long distance to help hunt prey or
scavenge animal carcasses on the African savannah.

Without the development from running, humans would be much more like
apes with shorter legs, smaller heads and a hunched posture, the
scientists said.

While human are poor sprinters in comparison to many animals, they
perform well when it comes to long-distance running.

After examining 26 human body features essential for endurance
running, the pair concluded humans may have evolved as they did from
their ape-like ancestors because they could run long-distances.

Important attributes for endurance running include skull structure to
prevent over-heating, ligaments to give spring, long legs to increase
stride length and independent head and shoulder movement to aid

The scientists said because of natural selection, our ape-like
ancestors, known as Australophithecus, who were good at running
survived, while shorter-legged ancestors died out.

Professor Bramble said: "Today endurance running is primarily a form
of exercise and recreation but its roots may be as ancient as the
origin of the human genus and its demands a major contributing factor
to the human body form.

"Running may have helped hunters get close enough to throw projectiles
or perhaps even to run some mammals to exhaustion in the heat."

Saturday, November 06, 2004


Thursday night saw the second Dunbar 5km Handicap race being ran in cold and windy conditions.

The race is held on the first Thursday of every month and forms part of the club’s Thursday evening interval training.

This month saw Anne narrowly beating Stuart, Ian, Frank and Lauren to claim the monthly trophy (other commitments meant that last months winner Clarissa was unable to defend her title) . This victory means that ten seconds will be taken off next month’s handicap time for Anne.

The interval training on Thursday evenings is proving to be popular, with most runners reporting noticeable improvements in their times. Afterwards the “athletes” retire to the bar for a few beers or coffee.

Anne’s recent success might be attributed to the fact that she doesn’t drink beer. A theory that is considered utter tosh by others.