Friday, December 18, 2009

Christmas/New Year

Tuesday 22nd will be the last night meeting at Hallhill for the seniors before Christmas, resuming on 5th January 2010.
The Black Bun Run will take place at 7:00 pm on Hogmanay - starting and finishing, as always, opposite the Masons Arms.
Have a good Christmas everyone.

Monday, December 14, 2009



Results for the third leg of the Borders Cross Country series (held here at Dunbar) can now be found at :

There’s also a good report of the race (and some excellent photos) on the Portobello site



Jim’s photos from the Festive Half/11.4K(!) are at:[email protected]/sets/72157622850443385/

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Marshals - Cross-Country

Just a reminder to those unsure about the details for Sunday - marshals will be meeting up at 9:30 in the car park for John Muir Country Park.  There will be five groups marking out and marshaling their own sections of the course and then clearing up the same markers at the end - Anne and Stuart will take everything back to Hallhill.
Thanks in advance for you help.

Sunday, December 06, 2009


The morning may have started off cold and wet, but by the time runners returned to Hallhill at the end of this years Festive Half/Festive 10k the sun was out to meet them.

This years times are:
Julie Oswald 1:45:23
Anne Hay 1:53:27
Rhona Anderson 1:45:23
Ian Rowland 1:25:19
Frank McPartland 1:53:27
Finlay Smith 1:45:23
Callum Reid 1:21:29

Rhona Starr 1:18:54
Val Herring 1:02:25
Sheila M 1:02:25
Sheila K 1:02:25
Ailsa 1:02:25
Andy Anderson 42:44
Ray Harris 57:08
Harvey 57:07

Friday, December 04, 2009

Torness Christmas Handicap Race - 18th December 2009

Invitations to the Torness Christmas handicap, as detailed below, are open to all Dunbar runners. If you are interested please email your name and expected result time to [email protected] by Fri 11th December. It's a handicap race so authentication of any estimated times submitted may be requested. If it's any help, Ian Rowland ran the same course last year in 23:31 (in driving rain and a strong headwind). I'm afraid we can't offer access to the plant so post race showers etc will not be available. The North Sea may be used as a suitable alternative, if you're hardy and mildly unhinged!

Kind Regards

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The  Torness Xmas Race (aka The Bob Wilson Handicap) will be held during lunchtime on 18th  December, 1st runner usually sets off at about 12pm. The route is the customary circuit of Thorntonloch Beach, seawall, Skateraw Beach, Chapel Point and return via the old A1 and flask access road. Total distance is about 4 mls. Start/Finish from the Gatehouse.

Runners should raise money for charity by sponsorship or by contributing a nominal entry sub; the choice of charity being given to the runner raising the most cash.

Names of runners please to Trevor Collins (e-mail as above) by 11th December. Competitors enter at their own risk.

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Tuesday, December 01, 2009


Hi there,

I work in the Buchanan Clinic, Orthotics clinic, on Home Street
Edinburgh. We assess for & fit all different types of insoles & braces
to people with foot, ankle, knee, hip & back problems. I wondered if
this would be something some of the club members would be interested
in & if so I could post out further information if you could send me
an postal address.

Rachel Harper, Orthotist

Buchanan Clinic
54 Home Street

Tel : 0131 228 9099

or check out the website - Our website is
and our email is [email protected]

4th down by the river

Dear All

Ronhill Cambuslang 4th down by the river annual 10K Road Race & 3k Run
are run on accurate courses and will take place on 27th December this
year.The 10k race is an out and back flat, fast and scenic course down
by the river Clyde walkway.

Entrants form , for more information can be download a copy from the

Andrew Steven
Race secretary
Ronhill Cambuslang down by the river



Well the results are in.

40% of respondents claim they do less running during the winter months – no doubt spending more time gyrating around their living rooms hooked up to the latest “Wii-for-the-home-bound”.

A reassuring 48% attempt to maintain an average mileage and 10% positively love the cold and dark and try to get out and do a bit more than usual.

Anyway. Till next time… eyes right for our next poll.

Dunbar Cross-Country

Anne will be organising a jog round the course this Saturday at 11:00 so that anyone marshaling our leg of the Cross-Country can see which areas they will be responsible for on the day.  It worked quite well last year having groups responsible for marking out and marshaling their own areas (and removing markers and signs afterwards).
We will meet up in the car park at John Muir Country Park for 11:00, Saturday 5th - remember this is just a jog round the course with lots of stopping and starting, so wear appropriate gear.
See you there.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Borders Cross Country - Lauder

Well done to all the brave/mad souls who took part in the second leg
of the Borders Cross Country at Lauder.

Perhaps someone who took part in the race will be kind enough to
furnish us with a report.

In the meantime, the link below will take you to some shots by the
most stylish sports photographer today!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Cross-Country - Norham

The 21st Borders Cross-Country Series got off to a flying start on Sunday 15th November, with 68 runners taking part in the junior event and 166 in the senior event at Norham.  The course was particularly muddy in places, despite the sunny weather, giving the runners a challenging race, along with four stream crossings in the senior event.


Bruce Lindsay of Dunbar was first East Lothian runner home in the junior race, finishing in 14th place in 12:57. Andrew Gough finished in 13:40, with Keiran Floyd on his heels, finishing one second behind.  Club mate Joseph Kowbel finished not too far behind in 13:59, with HELP's Robin Woods finishing in 14:16. Dunbar fielded 14 runners in total in the junior event including Greg Noble (14:31), Rory Somerville (15:04), Jordan Robbins (15:22), Cory Smith (15:48), Katherine Andrew (16:02), Katie Proudfoot (16:08), Claire Smith (17:08), Linda McCandlish (18:11), Anna Balfour (running for HELP – 19:20), Katrina Maguire (19:46) and Ruth Kowbel (20:36).


The senior race also attracted a number of East Lothian runners with Dunbar's Andrew Crichton taking second place overall, just six seconds behind Keith Hood of Corstorphine who finished in 23:31.  Stuart Hay came in with a time of 26:13, quickly followed by club mate Ian Rowland in 26:17.  Ian Sills finished two places behind in 26:33, with Grant Noble a second behind.  Eddie Balfour and Sandy Wallace of HELP finished in 26:49 and 28:46 respectively, with Dunbar's Craig Goldie completing his first cross-country in a creditable time of 28:48.  Also racing in the event were Brian Davidson and Lee Curtis (both Dunbar), Fred McCain (HELP), Neil Teather and Anne Hay (Dunbar), Saartje Drijver and Claire Simpson (HELP), Sheila Morrison, Sheila Kerr (both Dunbar) and Judith Donaldson (HELP). 


All runners are looking forward to the next race in the series, taking place at Lauder on the 29th.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Lauder Cross-Country

A wee message from Graeme Sutherland
Please pass the following info on to your club.
The Leisure Centre in Lauder will be open for 10.30-1.30 for somewhere warm to change/use the loo and have a shower. please do not bring any of the cross country course in with you-IE LEAVE ANY DIRTY SHOES OUTSIDE.
The Limpers will provide hot drinks and bikkies during and after the races for a donation from runners and supporters.Marshals and Red Cross will be welcome to enjoy refreshments provided courtesy of us. This will be in the park or at the Leisure centre if the weather is appaling
Please Park your car respectfully in the village-the park is around 400m from the Leisure centre. try and car share where possible to avoid congestion and parking in front of Lauder Kirk which strangly enough is pretty busy on a Sunday. 
If you have not done the route before it involves a lot of hills and mud as well as water and the odd gate and duckboards and occaisional wildlife and dog walkers. It is suitable for most types of trail shoes but spikes might cause problems on short stretch of tarmac path and duckboards.
And finally
Please exchange pleasantries with our Marshals and timekeepers-they would rather be running but are there for your safety and security.
Have a great run on the 29th
Graeme Sutherland
Lauderdale Limpers

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Christmas Intervals

The club propose intervals with a difference for the run up to Christmas period!  To make us all feel like real athletes we propose to run an interval session on the track at Meadowbank Stadium, on the 8th December, followed by a meal out in Edinburgh.  The likely cost for the session would be £4.20 for each adult who takes part in the track session.  Changing facilities would be available at Meadowbank.  For club members who don't want to undertake the interval session, there is an option to run a loop through Edinburgh and meet up for the meal later.

Please let Theresa or Anne know asap if you are interested in coming, specifying whether you are interested in the interval session or just the meal.

Thursday, November 12, 2009


Please see the message below:

Can you please forward this to your members on the off chance someone wants a good bop and some turkey.

MDAC are having a Christmas Party Night.

Venue: Ravelston House (close to the Ship Inn on the East side of Musselburgh)
Date: Friday 4th December
Time: 7.30pm to 1 am
Cost: £30 (£10 deposit to Marilyn). This includes a hot buffet served at 8pm.

Put all that training to good use, by dancing non-stop for 5 hours (half hour off for food).

Please e-mail Marilyn to confirm a place

[email protected]



Tuesday, November 10, 2009


Jim took some very nice pictures of the Goats Gallop on Sunday.
These can be viewed at:[email protected]/sets/72157622645468207/

Run 4 It

Just a reminder about Run 4 It coming along next week.  
Ben Lee is the Manager of Run 4 It and will be the person bringing the stock down / advising/ fitting footwear on Tuesday 17th at Hallhill. Have a look at the R4It website and see if there is anything that you are interested and you can drop Ben an email and he will bring it down on the 17th for trying on /fitting etc.
Please let Anne know as soon as possible if you will be coming along  - [email protected]
Contact details for Ben Lee:  
[email protected]

Monday, November 09, 2009



Photos of the Goat’s Gallop are here:

(Photos by Anne)

Friday, November 06, 2009

Cross-Country - Dunbar

Just to remind everyone that we will be hosting our leg of the Borders Cross-Country series on Sunday 13th December, so will be looking for marshals (and also helpers to mark out the course).  Please remember that this event cannot go ahead without marshals over the whole course (not everyone can marshal at the start unfortunately).  The system last year worked quite well with small groups marking up their own sections of the course (which they also marshal), then removing the markings at the end.
We will try to arrange a weekend jog around the course for those who are unsure of it so everyone knows what they will be doing on the day.
Anne will be responsible for organising the marshals

Monday, November 02, 2009

GOAT'S GALLOP (08/11/09)

An invite has been extended, to all Dunbar Runners, from HELP to participate in this year’s “Goat’s Gallop”. Details are:
Please note that this year's Goat's Gallop will be on 8th November. Meeting at Longyester Cottages. Start time 10.30am

Friday, October 30, 2009

East Lothian Athletics Development Group

Anne has given notice that she is stepping down from the group and is looking for someone who would be happy to represent Dunbar Running Club at the meetings (usually four a year plus the AGM).  If anyone is interested and would like further information, please contact Anne as soon as possible.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Run 4 It

Run 4 It 

Run 4 It Edinburgh108 - 110 Lothian Road Edinburgh EH3 9BE


Special Club night for Dunbar Running Club by Run 4 It
  20% discount for club members only
Tuesday 17th November 2009 18.30pm until 20.00pm at Hallhill Dunbar
XC Shoes Spike Capri's Tights Hats Gloves Shorts
Also range of Adult XC Shoes/Spikes


Tuesday, October 27, 2009

London Marathon

There is still one more club entry available to anyone who wishes to do the 2010 London Marathon.
If anyone fancies entering, please contact Anne as soon as possible.  Once again, if there are several notes of interest, the names will go into a hat and one picked out. 

Junior Club Presentation Night

Tonight will be club presentation night for the juniors.

The club shields and medals from Dalkeith will be presented.
Parents are more than welcome to come and support the athletes, as well as senior members - you will also have a chance to order Club Hoodies/Tea shirts on the night. 

Coffee/Tea and nibbles will be available.

Friday, October 23, 2009

"FESTIVE HALF"......... (AND 10K)

"FESTIVE HALF"......... (AND 10K)

The date for this will be Sunday 6th December.

An invitation has again been extended to members of Musselburgh AC and HELP, so we hope to see quite a few runners on the day (fancy dress optional!).

Please let Stuart know if you are taking part and your anticipated time.  Remember this is a handicapped event - the intention is that everyone will finish at 12:00 noon, so the start times will by staggered, based on how long you think it will take to do your chosen distance.



The dates for the 2009/2010 Borders Cross Country Series have now been set. The dates are:-

Date    Venue  
15/11/09        Norham 
29/11/09        Lauder 
13/12/09        Dunbar 
10/01/10        Gala’  
31/01/10        Berwick
28/02/10        Peebles

Course details will be published on the cross country section of the Norham website ( ).

Race start times are as previous years. Junior races start at 11:30 and senior races start at 12:00 (may be slightly later if junior races overrun). Runners are advised to turn up early for the first race to help ease congestion at registration.

Costs for the 2009/2010 series are £12 for seniors and £6 for juniors. This is a one off payment that enters the athlete for all six races.



This series has become increasingly popular in recent years and runners are reminded that an influx of runners into small communities can cause parking problems. Runners are asked to share transport wherever possible and to park vehicles considerately. As ever, runners are asked to act with consideration for local residents. Runners should also be aware that changing and toilet facilities may, in some cases, be spartan”.

Thursday, October 22, 2009



Well, the results of another highly scientific poll are in…. and what an ungrateful bunch we are!

Only 34% of respondents keep and cherish all those hard earned medals, while 45% of us bung ‘em in a drawer.

A surprising 10% of us regard them as useless clutter and dispose of them while 9% at least keep the ones that are “special”.

All makes you wonder why race organisers bother really.


Anyway. Another exciting poll can be found to your right, and up a bit.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Thursday, October 08, 2009


Hi everybody

You are all warmly invited to the Help ceilidh on Saturday 24th October at 7.30pm in Tyninghame Village Hall. This promises to be a fantastic event, even better than last year, anc tickets are available at £7 (including food but not drink - you need to bring your own) from Ian Murphy, tel 01620 829357 or Joe Forte's shop.

Hope to see you there.

Best wishes
Ian Murphy

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

London Marathon 2010

The club has been given two places for the 2010 London Marathon!
If anyone has been unsuccessful in the ballot for the London Marathon (we already know of one person), please let Anne know as soon as possible if you would still like a place.  If there are more than two people, we will do the usual drawing the names out of a hat to determine who gets the entries.

From Dunbar to Inverness

Dunbar Running Club hosted their annual 10 mile mile multi-terrain race on Saturday, sponsored by British Energy.

The gale-force conditions made the run a difficult one, particularly on the final climb, but that didn't deter the winner, 17 year old Andrew Crichton of Dunbar Running Club, from finishing in under an hour in 59:35, nearly four minutes ahead of Moray Peterson of Portobello, who finished in 1:03:33. Stuart MacLeod of Edinburgh AC finished third in 1:04:23. He was closely followed by Charlie Gillon of Alnwick Harriers, who took first veteran prize in 1:04:39. First male supervet was Stuart Symington of Dunbar in 1:06:56.

First female over the line was Katy Anderson of Gala Harriers in 1:12:08 – well ahead of the second placed female, club mate Jane Chalmers, who finished in 1:18:15. Third female was Marie Storrie of Lothian Running Club in 1:20:46. The female vertan prize went to Saran Jones of Lothian in 1:23:17 and first female supervet went to Jill Horsburgh of Lothian in 1:24:26. The male team prize was presented to Dunbar – Andrew, Stuart and Ross Combe; the female team prize to Lothian – Marie, Saran and Jill.

Race Director, Stuart Hay, thanked the sponsors and everyone who helped make the event a successful one.

The following day, several Dunbar runners took part in the Baxters Loch Ness Marathon and 10K. Ian Rowland finished the Marathon in 2:38:02 (46th overall), with Stuart Hay finishing in 3:00:31. Rhona Anderson had an incredible debut into the Marathon distance with a time of 3:10:55, which gave her a prize in the female veteran category. Richard Taylor also ran an excellent first Marathon with a time of 3:13:41. Also competing were Steve Pattison (3:35:18), Emma Taylor (3:47:12), Neil Jones (3:47:52 a PB), Anne Hay (3:51:13), Mary Pattison (3:55:30 - a PB), Valerie Herring (4:13:08) and Sheila Morrison (4:54:31). Running in the 10K were Andrew Anderson (43:10) and Jamie Cherrie (46:06).

Monday, October 05, 2009


Well done to everyone who turned up for a VERY windy 10 mile race on Saturday 3rd October.

(Many thanks to Pete for the photos).

Thursday, October 01, 2009


Click on the picture for a larger copy.

The above map shows the route of this year's British Energy Dunbar 10 Mile race.

Please note that there have been one or two small changes to the route from previous years, to take into account East Lothian Councils new pathways scheme (or whatever it's called).

Hopefully the weather will be kind to us.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Hawick Half-Marathon

Four Dunbar runners travelled to the Borders on Sunday to take part in the Hawick Half Marathon, a challenging course, taking in Clarilaw and Horsleyhill.  Stuart Hay came in second overall in a time of 1:20:59, with Richard Taylor coming in 6th in 1:25:28 – taking three minutes off his previous best for the distance.  Rhona Anderson defended her title as first lady, improving her time from last year and finishing 10th overall in 1:29:49, with Anne Hay coming in further down the field in 1:50:23.


The previous Sunday had seen Lee Curtis taking part in the difficult Ben Nevis race finishing in a creditable time of 2:23:43. 


At the FreshnLo Great Scottish Run in Glasgow on the same Sunday, Brian Davidson achieved a personal best in the 10K with a time of 43:27, with Theresa Leslie finishing in 1:02:13.  Suzanne McCullough finished her first Half Marathon in 2:03:39, with Katy Gardiner finishing in 2:14:04.


Wednesday, September 09, 2009


My. What a virtuous lot we are...mostly.
90% of respondents to our latest poll report that they take shoes and kit with them to sunnier climes and run while on holiday.

10% prefer a complete break

A new poll appears to your right.....

Saturday, September 05, 2009

Reminder From Gordon Eadie - Musselburgh Turf Cutting Race

Dear All,
A reminder for:-
Saturday           12th September           Musselburgh Turf Cutting race
Race will be run in an orienteering format (maps will be given out and / or you can run with a local) with checkpoints at each of Musselburgh's Turf Cutting Stations, a total distance of approximately 7.5 miles. The race will start at 11:00 am from Pinkie playing fields and will be open to senior members of MDAC plus the Haddington and Dunbar Clubs. The race will be followed by soup and sandwiches.
I have booked the kitchen and changing rooms at Pinkie.

To help with catering, can you please confirm to me if you intend to run.

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Great North Run

From Lee Curtis (contact Anne if you can't get Lee directly):

I have in my possession two entries for the Great North Run on
September 20th. If anyone at the club are interested, or know anyone
else who may be then (given the short notice) I'll let them go on the

Friday, August 14, 2009


Some pictures of the recent Cafremill to Gifford run (thanks to Frank for the photos).

Thursday, August 13, 2009

"I'm Ready For You Now Mr De Milne"..........

The following has been recieved by the club.......

Who knows you could be the next Sean Connery. Then again you might
have some talent..


Dear Sir/Madam

We are currently casting a Scottish feature film called Eagle Of The
Ninth, directed by Kevin MacDonald (Last King Of Scotland), which will be
shot in Scotland October 2009.

We are looking for males aged 20-30 years old, specifically with a fit,
lean physiques to appear in the film as "Seal Warriors". These are
supporting artists roles and will be heavily featured in the film.
Artists will be needed for several consecutive days in October and will be

We would be extremely grateful if you can circulate this email to your
male runners and ask them to get in touch on the number below a.s.a.p as
we are holding casting sessions this week.

Many thanks,

Des Hamilton Casting
4 Lynedoch Crescent
G3 6EQ

T: 0141 353 0388

for further information please go to

Des Hamilton Casting
4 Lynedoch Crescent
G3 6EQ

T: 0141 353 0388

for further information please go to


20-30, lean and fit? Well thats most of us out the frame.

Monday, August 10, 2009

A Devil of a Race

No, that wasn't a reference to Haddington, though it was a bit on the tough side.  The reference was to the Devil O' the Highlands, the 43 miler Ian Rowland did on Saturday, starting at 6:00 am at Tyndrum, heading to Fort William.  Ian came 8th out of 96 finishers with a time of 6:39:11. 
So Ian was well finished by the time the runners were setting off for the Haddington Half Marathon - Stuart Hay came 7th overall, taking the prize for first East Lothian male, with a time of 1:20:53, Richard Taylor finished in 1:29:03, with Rhona Anderson once again, running in brilliant form finishing in 1:31:39.  That gave Rhona the prize for 1st female vet as well as first East Lothian female.  Also running were Steve Pattison, Neil Jones, Anne Hay, Mary Pattison, Brian Davidson, Sheila Morrison and Val Herring.  Dunbar also won the prize for first ladies team. 
Well done everyone.


Jim has sent us some more photos of Saturday's Haddington Half. Including a nice shot of a tractor trying to join the race.

Sunday, August 09, 2009


Saturday 29th August
East Lothian 5k Champs

This is the first running of this event.

The race will be open to the senior members of the Musselburgh,
Haddington and Dunbar Clubs, and will be held at St Davids Campus,
Dalkeith in conjunction with East Lothian Junior Champs. The race
starts at 11 am, with registration at 10.30am.


Musselburgh Turf Cutting race
Saturday 12th September

Race will be run in an orienteering format with checkpoints at each of
Musselburgh's Turf Cutting Stations, a total distance of approximately
7.5 miles. The race will start at 11:00 am from Pinkie playing fields
and will be open to senior members of MDAC plus the Haddington and
Dunbar Clubs. The race will be followed by soup and sandwiches.


A couple more pictures of the Haddington Half Marathon can be found at the following link...

Friday, August 07, 2009



The proposed date for the Lammermuir Circuit is Saturday September 5th.

Traditionally we have organised this so that runners can do a set distance (10k, 13.1 miles, 20 miles or the “full fat” 30 mile run). However, we thought that this year we would do something different – relays! Yes really, “relays”.

Runners can opt for how many they want in their team, how far each of them wants to run or even how many times you want to run (you could run more than one leg if you want).

And remember with so many committed to running in this years Loch Ness Marathon this is an ideal opportunity to fit in a long(ish) training run before the big event over terrain that’s every bit as challenging and certainly just as scenic as Loch Ness.

PLEASE let us know a.s.a.p. if you want to take part, what distance you would like to run and then we will arrange for transport to drop off and collect runners from their start and end points.

So far, at least, one runner has signed up for the “full fat”, so why not sign up for a leg of the relay at least to keep them company on part of their journey.

As ever soup and sandwiches (and pizza) will be laid on at the end.

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Eddie "IZ" Running

30 Miles a day - 6 days a week - for 11 weeks!

Eddie Izzard is running 1100 miles up and down the length of the UK for Sport Relief.

You can follow his progress on his web site ( )

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Islay Half Marathon

Congratulations to Rhona Anderson who was the first woman in at the Islay
Half Marathon on Saturday with a time of 1:30:20

Full results available here


OK. The results of the last poll are in.
ASICS, it would appear, are the shoe of choice, with 43% saying that's what they choose to put their feet in.
4% went for ADIDAS, 14% for Mizuno, 17% for NIKE, 9% opt for New Balance, 7% for Saucony, and one runner who didn't give a dam as long as the price was right.

Eyes right and upwards for another poll of little or no significance.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Running Event With A Twist

Hi , 
Just to let you and your fellow runners know about a great new running event coming up in October in Edinburgh, the Urbathon, a 10k with a twist  will be unleashed on 18th of October.  It is a challenge 10k with obstacles taking in the parliament grounds and Arthur's seat. 
It is sponsored by Nike, The Sweat Shop, Foresters, Edinburgh Leisure and lots of local companies as well.
Entrants get training plans from CHSS and Edinburgh leisure, free training advice in any Edinburgh Leisure club, running specific water bottle, t-shirt, pedometer, chip timing, Goody bag and massage on the day. 
Set off in waves the race is suitable for all abilities, with a bit of training! 
The web address for entries online is
Many thanks
Kind regards

Jenny Smith
East Fundraiser

Chest, Heart & Stroke Scotland - 65 North Castle Street, Edinburgh, EH2 3LT

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Carfraemill to Gifford

Haddington have kindly invited us along to take part in this event on Wednesday 12th August (this always takes place on the Wednesday following the Haddington Half). 
The bus will be leaving Gifford at 6:00 - the bus usually waits round about the Goblin Ha' - and then dropping everyone off at Carfraemill, to run over the hill back to Gifford.  There will be a meal at the Goblin Ha' afterwards for those who wish to stay for that.
Please let Anne know if you will be going along - by e-mail please - so that an idea of numbers can be passed to Haddington.

Saturday, July 25, 2009


Anne was on hand to take some snaps of the recent Musselburgh 10k.

Photos can be found here...

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Jedburgh Running Festival - 25th October 2009

The well established Jedburgh Half Marathon run in late October each year is being expanded to now additionally include a 10K Road Race
The 8th running of the Half Marathon and the new 10K both start at 11.00 am on Sunday 25th October and we are hoping to attract the continuing large entry for the Half Marathon as well as a substantial number of new participant to the 10K race.
Last years Half Marathon was won in a time of 67.17 minutes (male) and  81.02 (female) from amongst an international field.
We are now taking registration for this year's events and we hope that from within your club there may be some interest and entrants.
Interested parties can go to and register on line.
The principal sponsor of this event is Starrett who is a major local employer.
John Henderson
Race Promotion
Jedburgh Events Forum.

Monday, July 20, 2009


This article might be worth a wee read:

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Golden League

Win 50 tickets for your club to go to the televised international athletics meeting in Grangemouth  - also the inaugural Golden League Final - on the evening of Wednesday 26th August (Grangemouth Stadium, Falkirk).


All you have to do is ensure that your club completes the most Equity surveys by Tuesday 18th August to win.


scottishathletics is committed to achieving the Equity Standards Preliminary Level and in order to do this we need your help to complete the audit. It takes less than five minutes to do, so please click on the link below and encourage your club members to do the same:


The Equity Standard has four different levels and scottishathletics has achieved the first 'Foundation Level' and is now going for the next level up - 'Preliminary Level'. 


The purpose of the Standard is to develop the organisation in terms of the culture, policies, leadership and people to promote democracy and fairness within the sport. It also aims to improve the services offered such as programmes, communications and customer service - however, in order to find out where our gaps are in achieving Equity, we need as many members as possible to complete the audit. 


Many thanks for your help.


Fiona Curr

Marketing Manager


Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Family Day

There is to be a Family Day at Hallhill Healthy Living Centre on Sunday 2nd August from 1:00 to 4:00 pm with various stalls, a children's entertainer etc.  It has been suggested that we may want to organise some fun events such as egg and spoon races, sack races and the like, so if anyone is able to help out or has suggestions of what we can do on the day, please contact Anne as soon as possible.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Coastal Run

Seventeen members of the club made the journey to Beadnell on Sunday to take part in the popular Northumberland Coastal Race, a 14 mile route over mixed terrain. The race started in 1979 with just 12 competitors and now has over 1000 runners vying to enter the event. The course takes in Dunstanburgh Castle and Craster Village along the route, finishing on the beach at Alnmouth.

Ian Rowland came 21st overall in 1:29:09, with club mate Stuart Hay finishing 40 seconds behind in 25th place. Ian Sills and Graeme Jones finished 1:33:10 and 1:37:11 respectively, with Richard Taylor finishing in 1:41:43. Also competing on the day were Steve Pattison 1:49:05, Brian Davidson 1:51:28, Anne Hay 1:56:38, Neil Teather 1:57:08, Frank Weissgerber 1:57:52, Emma Taylor 1:58:13, Jamie Cherrie 2:05:09, Mary Pattison 2:06:16, Fiona Brewster 2:12:27, Sheila Morrison 2:15:59, Valerie Herring 2:19:51 and Theresa Leslie 2:25:55.

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Friday, July 03, 2009



The results from race 3 of the Summer Series are now available from the Summer Series website:

Thursday, July 02, 2009



Well there you go then. The results of another thrilling, yet ultimately pointless, poll have been collected, collated, sorted and ….. well briefly looked at to be honest.

Quite a big response this time round, and its interesting to note that while 26% of you think MP3 players are OK for training the vast majority believe they should be either banned from races or even have no place in running at all (53% support a ban while a further 16% think they have no place in running).

One solitary runner voted that they couldn’t live without theirs.

I said, “One solitary runner voted that they couldnt live without theirs”…. OI !! I said “One solitary runner voted that they couldnt live without theirs”… If you took those things out your ears you might hear me!!

Cast your eyes to the right and to the top for another poll.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Thursday Training

Just a reminder that the next of the Summer Series races takes place this Thursday at Longniddry.
The interval training will resume next Thursday the 9th July at Hallhill.



In case you missed it. The following was in the Scotsman the other day….


TWO runners have been banned from competing in the Edinburgh Marathon for life after they were caught swapping entry numbers.

The Scottish club athletes – a man and a woman – were caught after the man completed the 26.2 miles in a time which saw him win a prize for finishing in the top ten of female runners.

A member of the pair's running club is said to have called organisers after seeing the time, which was faster than the woman could run.

It is the first time competitors have been banned from the event.

Damien O'Looney, Edinburgh marathon marketing director, said: "If something had happened to the male runner we wouldn't have known who he was or who to contact because we would have had the details for the woman who had registered for the race.

"We decided to take action by banning them for life because otherwise Scottish Athletics were going to take action and we thought it would be better if they were banned from our race rather than every race in Scotland."

In a statement, the Marathon organisers said: "Edinburgh Marathon Limited has issued an indefinite ban for the Marathon and races organised by GSI events to a male runner who completed the marathon wearing a race number that was issued to a female competitor. The female athlete has also been banned. The action was taken in conjunction with Scottish Athletics."


Tuesday, June 23, 2009


As stated previously, a table has been booked for the Saddle Hotel for a meal for after the Costal run.

The table has been booked for 2pm. This should give everybody pleanty time to get back and get changed.

A sample of the menu is attached .... (click on the picture for a slightly bigger picture).

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

A message from Keith Burns

I have a red bag labelled "Dunbar Junior Triathlon" containing a pair of
sandals - left after the Traprain Race.

Available for collection by calling me at 01620 860257.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009



The bus for the clubs outing to the Costal Run will be leaving Hallhill at 6:30. This should give us enough time to get down to Beadnell and get registered (we have to pick up those timing chip diddlies as well as numbers). The bus that has been booked holds slightly more than the number of runners registered – so we could take passengers. 6:30 is, sadly, an ungodly hour so it is hoped that jollity and frivolity can be kept to a minimum.

The bus will then be waiting for us at the end at Alnmouth, with our kit.

A meal has been booked at the Saddle Hotel in Alnmouth at 2:00pm (this is the last sitting at the hotel). The bus is then scheduled to collect us at 5:00pm for the return journey.

Please inform Stuart or Anne if you wish to go on the bus and to the meal.

Oh… And remember your sun cream (that means you Graeme).

Monday, June 15, 2009

Trapain Law Race II (A.K.A "More Photos")

Photos from [Saturday's] race.

Mary says that the queue of runners at the water crossing with Ian
Rowland in it looks like the scene from the full monty, even the hand
movements are the same. In another photo, Fiona looks to have made
some new friends as they all linked together crossing the river.


LAW RACE - Jim's Photos

More photos like this can be found at ......[email protected]/sets/72157619727400768/

Thanks to Jim for these..

Thursday, June 11, 2009



On the same day as the WHO raised the level of swine flu to “pandemic”, Dunbar Running Club wish to raise the state of alert of their current “Lurgy” outbreak from “Aww, poor you” status to full “Jesus! Keep away fi me wi that”.

Thursday, June 04, 2009



The results from the first summer series race can be found at

There’s also some photos..


Yes, George Armstrong is approaching the big 70 (as those of you who read MyRace will be aware) and he has invited members of Dunbar Running Club to his 70th Birthday bash on Saturday 27th June at the Brig Inn Tranent - 7:30 'til late!
So come along and raise a glass to "Ironman".
Let Anne know if you are coming so she can RSVP.

Wednesday, June 03, 2009


It wasn't only the runners who got sunburn on Sunday...
Brian was on hand to take some really nice pictures. More can be found at ..

Tuesday, June 02, 2009



More fun than the Euro Elections and probably more relevant to most peoples lives, the results of our last poll are now in.

38% of respondents stated that they enjoy running on the beach, which was 5% more than the 33% who said they liked the open road (may be slightly less than 33% after some runners altercation with the tarmac at Edinburgh J ).

Surprisingly 47% said they like to run over hill and dale and a massive 66% reported a distinct fondness for forest and woodland paths (so – given that, we’ll see most of you at next winters cross country races).

The most surprising finding was that 52% reported they enjoyed “running alone”. A club for people who like to run alone? There’s a novelty.

Please find another exciting and deeply relevant poll to the right hand side of this sentence…..

That’s the one… to the right and up a bit……

McCains Scottish National Championships 2009

The Scottish National Championships, supported by McCain, will take place at Pitreavie, Dunfermline on Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st June 2009
The event, hosted by Fife Council and with highlights on Channel 4.
The entry closing date for the Scottish National Championships is Monday 8th June. Downloadable forms and phone entry (0131 539 7320) are available, but enter cheaper online through the scottishathletics website at
A total prize purse of £6,800 is on offer, with prizes for the first, second and third placed finalist in every event:
1st: £100 (plus gold medal awards and £25 for scottishathletics member coaches)
2nd: £50
3rd: £25

The event doubles up as round two of the inaugural scottishathletics Golden League series. For more information check out the scottishathletics website:

The event also forms part of the McCain UKA Challenge Series for 2009. For more information check out the UKA website:

Details including entrants and timetable will be posted in due course on the scottishathletics website:

The event will be supported by a 'Fife's Fastest Kid' challenge

Hosting the Championships at Pitreavie ensures athletes and coaches will have access to the most modern indoor training facility in Scotland for final preparation

For additional event-specific information please contact scottishathletics Event Manager Ross Cunningham on telephone: 0131 539 7344 or email: [email protected]

Monday, June 01, 2009

Could be a Busy Summer....

A week ahead of the Edinburgh Marathon, several Dunbar runners took part in various events in the race calendar.

Junior coach Ross Combe took part in the Cape Wrath Marathon, part of the 8th year of the Cape Wrath Challenge, which sees several events taking place over a six day period. Ross finished the Marathon in a commendable time of 3:40:14.

On Friday 22nd The Black Rock 5 took place in Kinghorn, with Ian Rowland coming 26th out of 730 finishers in 26:51, closely followed by Stuart Hay who took 28th place in 26:54. Brian Davidson followed up his excellent run of the previous week at Kinross, finishing in 31:46. Other Dunbar runners taking part in the popular event were Neil Jones, Anne Hay, Sheila Morrison, Theresa Leslie and Jamie Cherrie.

Sunday 24th saw the inaugural West Lothian Run (Half Marathon) in which Lee Curtis finished the Bathgate course in 1:43:17 as part of his preparation for the Edinburgh Marathon. Club mate Ian Rowland travelled further afield for his Marathon on 31 May, coming 66th out of 13,291 finishers, with a time of 2:56:50, at the San Diego Rock 'n' Roll Marathon.



The notice below has been received from Norham Running Club.

This is a great wee race, and there are fewer places any nicer to have a pleasant run on a summers evening…..









 (Chartered accountants)

DISTANCE 6K APPROX 13 years and upwards

And 4K  APPROX  for 11-12 years














Run under UKA rules


Thursday, May 28, 2009



The East Lothian Summer Series has a new site this year:

Keep visiting for up to date info of events, photos of races (assuming anyone takes some) and results.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Loch Leven

The 26th Loch Leven Half Marathon took place on Saturday 16th May, with several East Lothian club runners travelling to Kinross to take part in the popular event.  The changeable weather meant many of the runners were caught in a downpour in the last miles, but that was made up for with the hospitality of the local club, Kinross Road Runners, who organised the event.


Ian Rowland  came in 15th overall, out of 510 runners completing the course, with a time of 1:21:05, with club mate Stuart Hay coming in 19th in 1:21:37.   In his first ever Half Marathon, Brian Davidson achieved an impressive 1:41:44, finishing well ahead Jamie Cherrie (1:46:28), Anne Hay (1:46:56) and Theresa Leslie (2:06:42). 

Some Recent Races (well, ones we know about.....)

The Bupa Great Edinburgh Run (10K) took place on Sunday 3rd May with Jamie Cherrie and Alex Curran both completing the course round the centre of Edinburgh.  Jamie finished in 48:05 and Alex in 55:20.
The previous day was the slightly shortened Edinburgh to North Berwick which, strangely, didn't feel shorter.  Stuart Hay was first Dunbar runner home in 2:13:25, with Richard Taylor only just finishing ahead of Rhona Anderson in a time of 2:24:42.  Rhona's 2:24:49 made her 4th woman overall and she won the prize for 3rd female veteran.  James Addie finished in 2:33:06, Neal Wyatt 2:50:32, Anne Hay 2:53:33, Neil Teather 3:02:34 and Pete McIvor 3:05:35.
On Sunday 26th April, Sheila Morrison took part in one of her favourtie races, the Balfron 10K, finishing in 55:16.  The previous day, Ian Rowland finished the 55th 3 Peaks Race in 3:43:30.  This very popular event starts and finishes in Horton-in-Ribblesdale taking in the ascent and descent of Pen-y-Ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough summit. 

Wednesday, May 13, 2009


We have recieved the following details about the Balerno Rigg Race.
Balerno Rigg Race - Monday 25th May.  Race starts at 7.30
Currie Rugby Club, Malleny Park, Balerno.
Entries on the field from 6.30 - cost £6 SAL members, £8 non-members
Approximately a 6 mile loop.
More info(directions, prizes etc.) from -

A great race - but NOT one for those of us who will be tapering down for marathons :-(

Friday, May 08, 2009


…Or so sang overtly teuchterish, off-key, beat combo “The Proclaimers”.

You it would appear, from the results of our last poll, would rather run 500 miles – then change your shoes.While 40% said they replaced their shoes after about 500 miles a significant 20% said they only replace their shoes once a year.Either a low annual mileage or risking knee problems there……

Results were:

About 300 miles 6%

About 400 miles 13%

About 500 miles 40%

About 600 miles 6%

About 700 miles 13%

Once a year or so 20%

A new poll is published today.

Thursday, May 07, 2009

Fun Run

I am writing on behalf of Garvald Village Hall, we have organised a fun run to take place on the Sunday 24th May 2009 to raise some funds for the village hall renovations.   We thought some of your members may be interested in taking part.   
The details are as follows:
There will be a 5km run for adults and a 1km (ish) run for kids.    The costs of entry are £5 for adults and £1 for kids.   The races will start at 11am (the kids race first) and there will be various fun games stalls and refreshments for anyone who might want to come along and support.  
The races will start and finish in Garvald Park.  
We look forward to hearing from you or any members who may wish to run or have any queries.  I can supply a soft copy entry form, or these can be picked up from Joe Forte in Haddington or the Garvald Inn.
Thanks and kind regards,
V Freeland

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

E2NB - 2009 II

More photo's of this years race. Thanks, this time, to Neil.

Sunday, May 03, 2009

E2NB - 2009

Thanks to Steve for the photos.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Energy Gels and Performance

My name is Martyn Ovens.
I am currently doing my HND sports coaching and development course at college. I am writing to ask if you would be able to fill out my questionnaire online to help me with one of my investigations which I have to complete on the effect energy gels have on a sports performance. It would be very much appreciated if you could maybe post it on your club site so I can get more responses. The link is

 Thank you

Martyn Ovens

Friday, April 24, 2009

Dunbar Hockey Club

Race Night 
We are holding a race night on 16 May 2009 at 7.30pm.  Tickets are priced £3 and are available from Hallhill or any member of the hockey club.  There will be a disco after the races and a buffet will also be included in the price of the ticket.  Venue for the race night is Hallhill.

7's Tournament

We are also holding our first 7s tournament on Saturday 20th June and would like to invite you to take part.
The tournament will be held at Hallhill Healthy Living Centre in Dunbar.
There will be refreshments and changing facilities available.
After the tournament the club will be holding a disco in the clubhouse to which participants in the tournament are welcome to attend.
Hope to see you all there,

Kindest Regards


Thursday, April 23, 2009

Meadows Self Transcendence Races

Hi one and all

You know Spring is really here when The Meadows Self-transcendence
races start again.  This will be our 25th year of organising
our simple little events, but once again we look forward to welcoming back
old familiar faces and extending a warm welcome if you are planning to come
for the first time.

Runners are Smilers

Adrian and crew

Tuesday, April 21, 2009



11 DAYS TO GO! until the entries close for the new inaugural U13 SUPERTEAMS. To enter download the form attached and send to:

Caledonia House
South Gyle
EH12 9DQ


WHEN: Saturday 9th May
WHERE: Wishaw Sports Centre
* The SUPERTEAMS competition is open to teams of athletes who are eligible for the under-13 age group under UKA rules on the date of competition.

* Teams are four boys or four girls.
-Team members will be made up of scottishathletics members from a Scottish affiliated club.
-A Club may enter more than one girls' or boys' team in SUPERTEAMS. If a club has insufficient athletes to make a team of four, composite teams from more than one club will be permitted.

-Any clubs seeking additional members to complete their team may also contact Ross Cunningham ([email protected]) before noon on Friday 1st May to seek additional members.

* The entry fee is £20 per team (or £5 per athletes for composite teams), payable to scottishathletics.
Closing date for entries is noon on Friday 1 May.
* The events in SUPERTEAMS for summer 2009 are:
o Wishaw (May) 800m Long Jump, Javelin, 4 x 100m
o Grangemouth (August) 200m, High Jump, Shot Putt, 4 x 100m

Throws and jumps will be two attempts, three if time permits.
* The rotation and timetabling of the events will be in groups, moving on to the next event discipline after 45-minute intervals. An outline timetable will be published in due course.

* Scoring will be based on the 'Thistle' awards points for each individual performance. Team scores will be updated throughout the competition.

* All athletes completing SUPERTEAMS will receive a goody bag on completion of the competition.
The top three teams will be awarded medals.
The winning boys' and girls' teams will receive the SUPERTEAMS Trophy.

Please note - All athletes compete in each event. If you cannot complete a team, please provide me with the athletes name and we can team them up with other athletes to make a team.

I look forward to seeing you at Wishaw.


Ross Cunningham
Events & Competitions Manager
Caledonia House
South Gyle
EH12 9DQ
Direct Dial: 0131 539 7344
Fax: 0131 539 7321
Mobile: 07904 919 420

To enter the scottishathletics 2009 National Outdoor Championships go to and follow the fixtures link for more information.

Enter now for the new U13 SUPERTEAMS, for more information clink on the link