Wednesday, January 26, 2005


LAUREN PEFFERS, a 16-year old from Dunbar, has returned to Scotland
with gold and silver medals from the 800 and 1500 metres at the
Deaflympics in Melbourne, and a glowing testimonial suggesting she may
become the first hearing-impaired person to represent Great Britain in
mainstream athletics.
Peffers, a 16-year-old college student of physical education, holds
the European junior records for a deaf person at both distances
(2:14.90 and 4:41.16) just outside the GB qualifying standards for the
World Youth Games, principal event for mainstream athletes of her age
this year.
Stuart Harrison, the UK Deaf Sport development manager, said: "We are
now pushing for more funding from UK Sport."
UK Athletics selectors could not recall a previous deaf athlete in the
GB team, but it would by no means be an international first.
Vyacheslav Skomorokhov, of the Soviet Union, won the 400m hurdles at
the 1969 European Championships despite being completely deaf.
Other achievements among the sensory deprived include Marla Runyon,
first athlete to run in the Paralympics and Olympics, who is blind.
She finished eighth in the Sydney Olympic 1500m final.
Peffers' talent was spotted by Joe Bourhill at a cross-country event
for East Lothian primary schools. "I saw she had something special,"
he said.
For the past two years, she has been coached by Edinburgh guru Bill
Walker, who is also excited by her potential. "This success could do
her the world of good, because she is not always confident. She hangs
back and comes through very fast, and sometimes it costs her races."
Peffers own reward for her Australia success was her first bar of
chocolate after a self-imposed three-month ban.

Wednesday, January 19, 2005


Colin Menzies, representing Dunbar Running Club, has made it two wins
in the last two Borders District Cross Country races. His first
victory came at Galashiels on the 19th December 2004. He then
repeated this feat by winning the very next race in the series on
Sunday 16 January 2005 at Berwick-Upon-Tweed. This puts Colin in a
very strong position in the overall Senior Adult competition, needing
just one more good finishing position to clinch the overall title.
Other results from the Berwick race include Ian Rowland and Ian Sills
both finished inside the top ten, Rowland 6th and 2nd Adult Veteran
and Sills 8th and 4th Senior Adult. This has given Dunbar Running
Club a combined score of 15 points in the team event and leaves them
comfortably in overall 1st place for the series so far. Stuart Hay
recorded his best finishing position yet by taking 30th place overall
and, in the Adult Veteran category, 6th place. Anne Hay continues to
battle hard in the Ladies 40 + age group finishing in 49th place
overall and 2nd in her age group. In his return cross country season
for a number of years John Landells has made a significant impact on
the overall results for his age group by taking 52nd place and 2nd in
the 60+ category. Karen Page in her first cross country race this
season finished in 60th place overall and 5th in the Senior Ladies
category. Joe Bourhill was one place behind Karen in the overall
results but continues to dominate the 65+ age group having been the
leading athlete in the last two races. Clarissa Berry was again 3rd
in the Ladies Veterans category and 65th in the overall results. Bob
Wilson was 73rd overall and 3rd 65+ runner. This age group is very
competitive with Joe and Bob trading places with two other athletes
for the series winning position. Amanda Thortonsmith took 74th
overall position with husband Kevin just a few places behind in 77th
place. HELP continue to enjoy this series and had two senior runners
competing on Sunday. In his first race in the series, Sandy Wallace
was 26th overall with Paddy McDonald taking 50th place.

In the Junior race Dunbar's younger athletes were again well
represented. Lauren Smedley was 9th overall and 1st female 12/13 age
group. This makes it 4 wins out of 4 races for Lauren in her age
group and she is the only athlete in any of the age groups, Senior or
Junior, to have won all four races so far. Liam Barclay was 15th
overall and 8th male 14/15 year old with Toby Sherwood in 17th place
and just one place behind Liam in the same age group. Anna Dobson was
36th overall and 3rd female under 11 year old, Nicola Craig was 38th
and 5th female 12/13 year old. Abigail Twist and Daisy Sherwood took
40th and 41st overall places with Abigail 6th female under 11 year old
and Daisy 3rd female 14/15 year old. Abigail Bodson was 43rd overall
and 4th in her age group, 14/15 year olds. Lisa Menzies running for
HELP was 29th overall and 2nd female 14/15 year old.

Both adult and children runners train twice a week, on a Tuesday and
Thursday evening at Hallhill Healthy Living Centre, Dunbar. All
abilities and ages are welcome.

Tuesday, January 18, 2005


Results from Sundays round 4 of the Winter Cross Country Series, held at Berwick are now online HERE. This file also has details of overall standing after 4 rounds.

Friday, January 14, 2005


Medal haul grows at Deaflympics

Britain picked up two more medals at the Deaflympics in Melbourne when
Lauren Peffers and Candy Hawkins took silver and bronze in the women's
"I am very pleased and very proud for Lauren and Candy," said Craig
Crowley, chairman of UK Deaf Sport.

"I am confident their well-earned results will inspire their fellow GB
athletes to achieve their bests now."

Tuesday, January 11, 2005


Results are just in from Melbourne. Lauren has won gold in the 800m!

She beat Russian athlete Nelli Erofeeva by 0.52 seconds to win in a time of 2:14.90 . Fellow GB athlete Candy Hawkins won bronze with 2:15.88.

Saturday, January 08, 2005


News has just been recieved that Lauren Peffers, Running in the Deaf Olympics in Melbourne has won SILVER in the 1500m in a time of 4min 41.6sec.

Well done!

Friday, January 07, 2005


Howling gales didn't deter 9 runners turning up for this first 5km
handicap race of 2005.

Coach, Ian Rowland, decided to throw tradition to the (prominent) wind
and devised a road run rather than the usual 5km track event.

Starting at their alloted times the runners took to the streets,
coming together for what nearly turned into a sprint finish.

Absence from the Black Bun Run on auld year's night meant Ian Sills
had sufficiently "fresh" legs to see off other challengers.

Saturday, January 01, 2005

Black Bun

Last night saw the running of the "black-bun run".

12 runners took the challenge. the times were:

Ian R 8.39
Stuart 9.55
Anne 10.19
Clarissa 11.24
Amanda 11.49
Gordon 11.50
Val 11.58
Sheila K 12.12
Sheila M 12.12
Kevin 12.30
Theresa 12.39
Vicki 13.23

Jim was helped with marshalling and timekeeping by the two John's and Bob and Ethel.

After the race refreshments were taken, the winner recieved a black bun and runners discussed if Ian Sill's excuse for not attending was adequate.