Monday, February 25, 2008


Please note that the Black Rock 5 (one of the club championship races) is being held on the 2nd May 2008.
Entry forms can be found at the official site
Please note that you have to pre-enter this race (entries close 23 April).

Sunday, February 24, 2008

National Cross-Country Championships

The Scottish Power National Cross-Country Championships took place on
Saturday 23rd at Callendar Park, Falkirk.

The ladies race was 8000 metres with 153 competitors completing the
race. Anne Hay, finished 114th with a time of 37:27. The senior men's
race gave the spectators plenty to watch, with wide gaps appearing in
the 398 strong field very early on. Ian Sills and Stuart Hay had a
close race for most of the 12000 metre course, with Sills taking 112th
place in 45:14 and Hay 115th in 45:20. George Gilhooley took 133rd in
46:00 and Ian Rowland finished 160th in 47:08.

A thank you was extended to Falkirk Victoria Harriers for their
assistance in hosting the event.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008


It's hot off the press folks....
The offical "Ooohhh ... I fancy running in that one" list of races for the clubs 2008 championship series can be found at:
And rememer, the more races you win the more points you get - AND POINTS MEANS PRIZES !!!

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

So, A Quiet Weekend Then.......

Spring sunshine greeted the 200+ competitors in the final round of the
6 race Borders Winter Cross Country series in Lauder on Sunday. With
85 juniors and 120 adult runners facing challenging terrain including
hills, water jumps and fast downhill sections, the scene was set for a
great finish to the series, with Dunbar Running Club, once again,
being well represented.

In the junior race Alex Noble of Dunbar Running Club came in 3rd
overall in 11:45, with Hamish and Cameron Law almost crossing the line
together in 13:55 and 13:56 respectively. Elliot Mullen (14:50) and
Nicole Turner (15:14) had another good race along with Joanne Lindsay
(15:21), Joe Kowbel (15:48), Andrew Taylor (15:54), Greg Noble
(16:08), Katie Proudfoot (16:16), Poppy Ives (17:58), Isabelle Taylor
(18:04), Gemma Bolton (18:37), Megan McLaren (19:02), Katrina Maguire
(19:09), Kirsty Wilson (19:15), Jessica King (19:40) and Claire
Denholm (22:40).

In the senior Ian Sills took 9th place in 27:54 with George Gilhooley
close behind in 10th place with 27:59. Also competing were Grant
Noble (29:44), Richard Taylor (30:41), Steve Pattison (33:50), Rhona
Anderson (33:52), Andrew Anderson (37:44), and Mary Pattison (39:14).

Overall winners for the series were:
Lady Vet 40-44, 3rd Rhona Anderson; Lady Vet 45-49, 1st Anne Hay; Lady
Vet 50-54, 1st Mary Pattison.

Junior Male - 1st Andrew Crighton; Male Vet 45-49, 1st George Gilhooley.

On the same day three runners took part in the tough
Keswick/Buttermere 34K. Ian Rowland of Dunbar took 17th place with a
time of 2:31:51, with club mate Stuart Hay finishing four places
behind in 2:36:56. Anne Hay finished in 3:13:27. Meanwhile Sheila
Morrison took part in a favourite race at Grangemouth – the Round the
Houses 10K – finishing in 53:04.

The previous day Stuart Symington ran the popular Carnethy 5 Hill
Race in 64:19. Many of the runners are now looking forward to
competing in the National Cross-Country Championships at Callendar
Park, Falkirk this Saturday (23rd).

Monday, February 18, 2008


Neil Jones is holding a fund raising ceilidh for Oxfam in connection with his London Marathon run on Fri 7th March 7.30 to Midnight.
It is being held at Tyningham Village Hall (Tickets adults £8 children £4)
Tickets from Neil.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

East Lothian Open Cross-Country

The East Lothian Athletic Development Group in conjunction with
Haddington East Lothian Pacemakers held their Open Cross Championships
at Meadowmill on a clear Spring like day. It was the first time in
over ten years that a cross country event had been held here but a
fair number turned out despite the fact that it clashed with schools
half term holidays. The event was also being reviewed by Scottish
Athletic officials as a prospective venue for the Cross Country Relay
Championships next October.

The Senior /Veteran men's race proved an exciting battle with the
honours only being decided in the finish straight with Murray Strain
(HBT) and former HELP Junior beating Jason Roxburgh by just 2 seconds.
In the under 17 boys race Dunbar's new star Andrew Crichton managed to
hold off Lindsay Gordon (Lasswade AC)
Another clash of locals came in the under 15 Girls event where Joanne
Lindsay and Katie Watson were head to head under the last few hundred
yards when Joanne forged ahead to win by 17 seconds.

Full results: East Lothian Champions marked with star *


Under 11 Girls: (1625 mts)
1.Roisin Bonucchi CentralAC 6m51s
2 Jill Cherry Motherwell AC 7m02s
3 Stella Dobson Buckstone PS 7m09s
4 Katie Andrews Dunbar RC 7m 34s *
5 Catriona Richardson BuckstonePS 7m37s
6 Amy Armstrong Edinburgh AC 7m39s
7 Rachel Watson Haddington ELP 7m59s
8 Dawn Mc Kimmie Lasswade AC 8m14s
9 Georgina Loudon LAC 8m33s
10 Niamh Shepherd MusselburghAC 9m41s

Under 13 Girls: (2575 mts)
1 Lisa Christie CorstorphineAC 10m56s
2 Emily Strathdee EAC 11m25s
3 Kimberlie Simpson Buckstone PS 11m35s
4 Kerry Morris Muss. AC 11m44s*
5 Fiona Matheson Ross H.S 12m18s
6 Billie Armstong Corst. AC 12m36s
7 Katie Archibald Kings Meadow S 13m00s
8 Emily Baxter Kings Meadow 13m 13s
9 Isobel Taylor Dunbar RC 13m59s

Under 15 Girls. (3950 Mts)
1 Joanne Lindsay Dunbar RC 19m31s *
2 Katie Watson H.E.L.P 19m48s
3 Cory Smith DRC 21m01s
4 Claire Thorburn Corst. AC 21m47s.

Under 17 Girls. (4450)

1. Kathryn Peacock Lasswade AC 16m 21s
2 Jill Bonthron LAC/DGS 18m31s*

Veteran Ladies.(6970Mts)

1. Beverley Christie Corstorphine AC 31m08s
2. Ruth Watson H.E.L.P. 33m31s *
3 Sheila Strain East Lothian Or. 36m48s.


Under 11 Boys (1625 mts)
1. Matthew Galloway Lothian RC 6m21s
2. Cameron Law Dunbar RC 6m27s*
3. Samuel Galloway LRC 6m48s
4 Matthew Douglas HELP 6m50s
5.Callum Grahame LAC 6m53s
6.Anthony BuckstonePS 6m57s
7.Kyle Dunlop HELP 7m07s
8.Hamish Wilson HELP 7m08s
9. Roy Henderson Corstorphine AC 7m17s
10 Callum Selman Cors AC 7m22s
11.Greg Noble DRC 7m28s
12. Tom Gill Kings Meadow 7m31s
13 Daniel Johnstone Corst.AC 7m45s
14 Ross Cairns Harmeny Sch. 7m59s
15 Jamie Loudon Lasswade AC 8m21s
Team HELP 19pts

Under 13 Boys (2575mts)
1. Michael Cameron EAC 9m58s
2. Michael Addison Buckstone Ps 10m02s
3.Andrew Ferguson HELP 10m.04s*
4. Hamish Law DRC 10m35s
5 Connor Johnstone Cors AC 10m51s
6.Sam Armstong U/A 11m59s

Under 15 Boys (4465 mts)

1. Alex Noble Dunbar RC 13m41s*
2. Peter Cameron EAC 14m50s
3.Steven McPherson Dunbar PS. 17m22 (U/13 Missed race) Ran in U/15)
4. Scot Lindsay Cors AC 18m18s
5.Andrew Loudon LAC 18m52s

Under 17 Boys. (6790Mts)

1. Andrew Crichton DRC 24m57s*
2. Lindsay Gordon LAC 25m09s
3. Tom Ryan EAC 27m28s
4. William Simpson LAC 43m12s.
DNF Daniel Sharp DRC

Senior/Veteran Mens (9935mts)

1. Murray Strain Hunters Bog T. 33m45s
2.Jason Roxburgh U/A 33m47s
3 Matt Bell EAC 33m52s
4 Brian Cruickshank Fife AC 37m05s V1.
5 Colin Menzies HELP 37m47s *
6 Grant Noble DRC 37m57s V2*
7 Leo Zijerveld Portobello RC 38.00s V3.
8 Andy Matheson U/A 38.07 V4.
9.John Christie Cortorphine AC 39m44s V5
10. John McPherson HBT 40m08s
11.Richard Taylor DRC 40m32s
12. Finlay Smith HELP 42m07s V6.
13.Ewan Clerk U/A 42m58s
14. Martin Sneddon EAC 43m20s V7
15. Scott Ferguson PortobelloRC 44m04s
16. Wil Hugh Bailey EU H&H 45m31s
17 Jean Jumelle HELP 47.30 V8
DNF David Henderson Cortorphine AC V/45

Team HELP 34pts

Monday, February 11, 2008

A 5 mile and a Half.....

Dear Fellow Runners,

I am writing to invite you to the KB 5 mile road race, taking place on
Saturday the 8th March at 2pm. The KB5 race is held every year by
Edinburgh University Hare & Hounds, over a course around South
The race starts and finishes inside the Kings Buildings Science and
Engineering Campus, on West Mains Road. The course consists of a 5
mile road loop, with quite a few hills, though none of them steep.

This will take place in KB House, from 12.00 pm until 1.45 pm. Entry
is on the day of the race and costs £5 (£7 SAL unaffiliated). Changing
and showering facilities are available in KB House, as well as food
and drink.

Results will be announced in KB House, as soon as possible after the
races. There are individual prizes for all age categories, from our
sponsors Run and Become.

For more information see
or email Briony Curtis [email protected]


Judith Dobson, Secretary, Kinross Road Runners has sent details of the
25th Loch Leven Half Marathon. The race is scheduled to take place on
Saturday 17th May 2008 starting from Kinross at 1pm. This year chip
timing is been used for accurate results and there are plans for a
special memento to celebrate the 25th anniversary.

Enter: on-line at

Full details of the race at

Both these have been included in this years Club Championship, the
listing for which will be available shortly when a few more dates are

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Help Needed

If anyone is available to marshal at the cross-country events this
Sunday, 10th February, at Meadowmill, please let Anne know. Henry
has asked that volunteers be at Meadowmill for 10:30 (first event is
12:30). The last event takes place at 2:30.

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

From ScottishAthletics

Scottish Athletics are hosting the IAAF World Cross Country
Championships in Holyrood Park, Edinburgh on 30th March 2008. As part
of the weekend of running that we are hosting we are also trying to
get children involved with our Adopt-a-Nation project. Basically we
are asking schools, clubs and youth organisations if they would like
to be part of the World Cross by adopting one of the Countries that
taking part and supporting them by participating in a number of
initiatives including drawing pictures or writing letters of support
to be put up in the athletes village at Pollock Halls. Every group
involved will receive a fact sheet about their country and an athlete
who is competing at the Championships they can also access:

Nominate a child to meet the teams at the athletes village (Sat 29th March)
Enter a team in the Welcome the World Young Athletes Relays (Sat 29th March)
Nominate a child (over age 13) to get the chance to carry a national
flag in the opening ceremony
Access the Sports Carnival and Forth1 Roadshow (Sun 30th March)
Access up to £250 for the group toward travel costs to watch the
Championships (Sun 30th March)
The level of involvement is entirely up to the club /group with as
little or as much of the above being accessed as is wished.

I have attached a copy of the flier we are getting delivered hopefully
this week which contains more information about the project. The
leaflets don't need to go to individual children just those coaches
etc that would be interested in the project.

If you think you would be interested in your area taking part in the
project and would like some leaflets to hand out to your club etc
please get in touch with me and let me know how many you would like
and where you would like them posted and I will arrange to have them

Alternatively to register for the project all I need currently is name
of contact person, email address, phone number and postal address for
each interested school/group. They will then be allocated a country
and further information will be sent out.

If you have any questions on the project please feel free to get in
touch, I have asked that you register your interest by Wed 20th
February at the latest. For more information please go to

I have had a lot of interest already and look forward to get as many
Scottish Clubs as possible involved in what will be a great weekend of

Kind Regards,

Katie Horne