Thursday, March 24, 2005

Ians latest report...

Senior runners have been very active over the opening weeks of the road running season. Hot of a tough but successful winter cross-country season a number of male and female Dunbar runners have competed in a verity of races at different distances. Lasswade 10-mile race on 6 March was the first of three races which Dunbar runners competed in. A trio of lady runners led by Karen Page competed this tough distance. Karen finished 252nd out of 382 athletes in a time of 1:20:19, Sheila Morrison was 333rd in a time of 1:31:27 with Theresa Leslie competing for the first time at this distance finishing in a time of 1:38:05 in 359th place. The same three ladies then moved to the shorter but faster distance of 10 km at Grangemouth on Sunday 13 March. They finished in the same order with Karen recording a time of 46:02 to take 311th place, Sheila was 551st in a time of 53:59 and Theresa again completing this distance for the first time recording a time of 56:08 taking 605th place out of the 790 finishers. Five runners traveled to Inverness to compete in the half marathon on the same day. Ian Rowland was again in blistering form finished in a very impressive 15th place in a Personal Best time of 1:16:55, Ian Sills was 27th and again ran a PB in a time of 1:19:37. Stuart Hay couldn’t quite match is best ever half marathon time but still managed to complete the undulating course in a time of 1:29:16 and take 134th place. Anne Hay was 279th and just like the two Ian’s ran a Personal Best time of 1:36:56. Bob Wilson completed the course a full minute quicker than last year by finishing the race in a time of 1:53:24 and was placed in 662nd position out a large field of almost 1100 runners.

Senior Dunbar Runners meet every Tuesday evening at 6.45pm at Hallhill Healthy Living Centre to train on the roads at a verity of distances (and speeds) and on a Thursday evening at 6.30pm again at Hallhill for a track session. New members will be made most welcome.

Monday, March 21, 2005


Five runners did the Inverness half marathon on Sunday 13th.

Despite it being bitterly cold with the odd snow flurry all runners
had a fast and enjoyable race. Ian Rowland led the Dunbar team home in
1:16 followed by Ian Sills in 1:19. Both getting PB's.

Stuart narrowly missed a PB, but was happy to get under 1:30 with 1:29.

Anne made it a hat trick of PB's with 1:36, while Bob knocked a minute
off last years time in 1:53.

Wednesday, March 09, 2005


Three senior runners joined a large field on Sunday last, to compete in the Lasswade 10 mile race.

Good weather and excellent conditions meant that all three enjoyed the circuit that takes in some of the country roads and lanes around the village.

Karen was the first Dunbar runner home in a time of 1:20:19 followed by Sheila M in a time of 1:31:27 and Theresa in 1:38:05 (competing at this distance for the first time).

They next plan to represent the club at the forthcoming “Round the Houses 10k” at Grangemouth.

Friday, March 04, 2005


Lauren Peffers faced competition even tougher than that faced recently
at Melbourne last night, to narrowly snatch the monthly "Coaches
Challenge" 5km handicap.

Waiting until the final few hundred meters Lauren sprinted away from
Anne and Karen leaving them to battle it out for second and third

Leading the men home, Stuart (only slightly older than
"still-under-40" Ian Sills) ran a steady pace, but still managed a
sprint finish to see off Grant. Dougie and Tam completed the field.

On being awarded the trophy Lauren said "this prestigious award will
take pride of place in my collection."

Note: some of the details of the above item may have been exaggerated.

Thursday, March 03, 2005


The final two weeks of the 2004/05 cross country season has been a busy period for adult and junior athletes from the club. The last two rounds of the Borders and District Cross Country Series have taken place as well as the Scottish National Cross County Championship at Irvine.

The penultimate round of the Borders and District series was held, for the first time, at Wooler. Severe winter conditions with driving snow, hail and freezing temperatures made this a race that many will not forget. A full contingent of senior and junior Dunbar runners braved the weather conditions to compete and try to secure vital points before the final race to be held two weeks later at Dunbar. A number of athletes recorded good finishing positions. Ian Rowland achieved his season’s ambition by being the first male vet (40-45yrs) runner and was placed 2nd overall behind in form Brian Marshall, a senior runner from H.E.L.P. This result secured a podium position for Ian regardless of the results from the final round. This was the first Borders and District race Brian had competed in and even though he finished an impressive second place by just 10 seconds in the previous days Carnethy Five Hill race he showed his class by winner the Wooler round by a significant margin.

Dunbar Running Club hosted the final round of the Borders and District series on Sunday 27th February. The route, set by the club, took athletes from the beach at White Sands, around the Barns Ness Light House then along the beach for a mile. Runners then turned back through the dunes to finish in the White Sands car park. The conditions were favorable making this one of the fastest races in the series. Many of the senior runners where on marshalling duties however Dunbar still managed to take the seniors team price with Colin Menzies placed 2nd, 35 seconds behind Brian Marshall, Grant Noble 5th overall and Subhar Anwar in 23rd place. A number of junior runners took part with notable finishes by Lauren Smedley making it seven wins out of seven races, Lauren Peffers recording her 4th win in the four races she took part in. Megan Gaffney was 3rd in her age group 12/13 year olds, Anna Dobson was also 3rd in the under 11 category.

After the race all runners were invited back to HallHill Healthy Living Centre for soup and sandwiches and the series prize giving ceremony. Dunbar athletes of all ages took a significant number of the podium places but all runners who ran in at least four races of the seven received a momento for their efforts. In the adult categories Colin Menzies not only won the senior under 40 age group but also took the overall winning prize for the series. Ian Sills was 4th and Ross Combe 10th in the senior age group. Ian Rowland was 2nd in the 40-45 age group with Stuart Hay 6th and Kevin Smith 10th. Grant Noble only managed to run in three races however he was placed in 12th place in the same age group. In the 60 – 65 age group John Landells was placed 2nd and in the 60 and over category Joe Bourhill was 1st and Bob Wilson 3rd. For H.E.L.P. Sandy Wallace was placed in 2nd position in the 50 –55 age group and Paddy McDonald 4th. In the ladies age groups Karen Page was 3rd under 35 year old runner with Clarissa Berry in 4th place in the 35-40 group. Ann Hay took 2nd prize in the 40-45 age group and Amanda Thorntonsmith was placed in 4th position in the same category. Dunbar Running Club, with a total score of 78 points, won the senior team prize for the second year almost 100 points ahead of second place club Moorfoot.

In the Junior Categories Anna Dobson was second in the under 11 year old with Abigail Twist 4th in the same age group. Lauren Smedley was 1st in the 12/13 age group and Megan Gaffney 2nd and Nicola Craig 4th. Eve Baillie only managed to run three races but was placed 7th in this age group. In the 14/15 age group Lauren Peffers was placed 1st with Lisa Menzies from H.E.L.P. 3rd and Abigail Dobson of Dunbar 4th. Daisy Sherwood only took part in three races and was placed 6th. For the boys James Thortonsmith was 5th 14/15 year old, Liam Barclay 8th and Toby Sherwood, only having completed three races, 11th. The team 1st price for the juniors went to Eyemouth with Dunbar taking 3rd position.

All athletes thanked the clubs for their hard work in organising the series. Dunbar Running Club was thanked for hosting the prize giving with particular thanks to Abigail Dobson for providing a cake sale with all proceeds going to Comic Relief.

Four Dunbar Senior Runners traveled to Irvine to compete in the Scottish National Cross Country Championship on Saturday 19 February. A three lap, 12km course for the senior men and a two lap, 8km route for the ladies was set out to test athletes from all over Scotland. Over 100 lady runners finished the race with Anne Hay being placed in 70th position. In the senior men’s race 375 athletes completed the testing course. Ian Rowland led the Dunbar runners finishing inside the top 100 by taking 92nd position; Ian Sills was 123rd and Stuart Hay in 229th place.

The next race, and the start of the road running season, for Dunbar Runners is the Inverness Half Marathon on Sunday 13 March with a number of club members making the long trip to compete.

Tuesday, March 01, 2005


Hot off the press - results are HERE.

Well done to everyone who ran and thanks to all who helped out.