Tuesday, March 31, 2009



Well the results of the March poll are in.

15% of respondants like to get their running fuel from curries.

A mere 20% favour Lager.

Which is still more than Nuts or Crisps which every one shuns.

A disappointing 30% scoff “fruit” and other junk foods.

While 35% favour the food of the gods – Mars Bars!

Visit our new (slightly more) serious poll. Its located at the bottom of all that gubbins to your right…..

Friday, March 27, 2009


Please note that entries are now closed for the Belhaven Best Dunbar Boundary Race.

We have a limited number of entries and this has now been met.

We can not accept any more entries. Do not send any entries as these will be returned and do not expect to enter on the day.


Monday, March 23, 2009

Boundary Race

Just to remind everyone that the above event is approaching fast and is a race that gives the club much-needed funds for the coming year. 
This event does not happen without the input of a small core of club members and a number of non-club members who willingly give up their time every year to help ensure that the race remains a success.  The numbers of people outwith the club who help are dwindling and it is up to all club members to ensure that this event remains a success by helping officiate.  While everyone in the club should get the opportunity to run in this event at least once, equally everyone should also help at some point too, whether that is with marshaling, taking times at the end or helping with the refreshments.  Some of the regular helpers from the club have, if they wish to run the race, substituted friends or family so that their regular marshaling point is covered and it means not having to refuse further places to other club members continually - if members who are intending to compete in the event this year could do likewise it would be more than helpful.
Please contact Anne or Frank in the first instance.

Recent Races

The Heriot-Watt Round the Grounds 5K trail race took place on Saturday 21st March, with four Dunbar runners taking part in the event.  Stuart Hay, Brian Davidson, Anne Hay and Theresa Leslie enjoyed the race, making the most of the spring-like weather.


The previous Sunday was the Meadows Marathon – a half marathon event forming 8 laps of the Meadows.  Neil Jones and Steve Pattison both took part in the popular event.  The previous week saw Steve competing in his 60th half marathon at Inverness.  The weather was particularly cold, with the competitors having to deal with snow and sleet, as well as chilly winds.  Steve finished in 1:38:21 and Jamie Cherrie in 1:47:45, both receiving a commemorative hat for the 25th year of the event. On the same day, Sheila Morrison travelled to Sauchie, Alloa to run in the Gartmorn 6 finishing in 56:51. 


Kings Buildings was the venue, the day before, for the Edinburgh University 5 mile Road Race.  Graeme Jones had a good run in 32.04 with Neil Jones finishing in 36:57.

Gordon Eadie: Sponsorship for the London Marathon

Gordon Eadie, stalwart of Musselburgh Running Club, and well known face to all of us is celebrating his 50th birthday this April by running the London Marathon.

Gordon writes:

"Dear All,

On the 19th April this year I will be 50. The week after I intend to run the London Marathon in aid of Fanconi Hope.


Many of you will already know Bob & Jeannie Dalgleish and their daughter Louise, who has a rare condition known as Fanconi Anaemia. Fanconi Anaemia is a rare genetic disorder mainly affecting children.

The Fanconi Hope Charity is a national charitable trust set up by parents of Fanconi Anaemia (FA) affected children and clinicians with an interest in FA:-

  • To support a UK Fanconi Anaemia National Registry so as to ensure Fanconi Anaemia affected children and their families are kept track of and provided with the best care.
  • To promote awareness and understanding of Fanconi Anaemia among affected families, the medical profession, and the general public.
  • To encourage translational research which may directly benefit Fanconi Anaemia affected children and their families.
  • To encourage research in the area of Fanconi Anaemia that may have benefit for the general public, e.g., in the treatment of cancers in general.


Many thanks for your support.



Fay Stanton is now on the Dunbar Twinning Association Committee and has mentioned that the committee are hoping to organise a trip to Lignieres, with the suggestion that this should be opened up to Sports Clubs.  Athletes from Lignieres have come to Dunbar before, the last being the relay which was about 2002.

About 40 people came over to Stenton last year and were keen for a return visit of people from Dunbar.  They were all very friendly and would make everyone very welcome.
If anyone is interested, please contact Anne, who will pass on information to Fay, or contact Fay directly.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Club Championship

Well, here is the list of races.  There was the feeling that previously there were too many races in the championship, so averaging two a month seemed a better idea.





Lasswade 10 mile RR


Sun 1 March 2009


H-W Uni Round the Grounds 5K trail Race

Heriot-Watt University

Sat 21 March 2009

1:00 pm

Heaven & Hell Half Marathon

Scone Airport, Perth

Sun 5 April 2009


Gala Harriers 10K RR

Fairydean FC, Netherdale

Sun 19 April 2009


Black Rock 5

Kinghorn, Fife

Fri 1 May 2009 TBC

7:30 pm

Loch Leven Half Marathon


Sun 10 May 2009

11:00 am

Beltane 10K


Sun 14 June 2009


Portobello Prom Run


Thur 18 June 2009

7:15 TBC

Musselburgh 10K

Loretto Playing Fields



Berwick Law Race

The Harbour, North Berwick

Wed 5 August 2009

7:30 pm

ASICS Haddington Half Marathon

Neilson Park

Sat 8 August 2009 TBC

2:00 pm

Great Scottish Run Half Marathon and 10K

George Square, Glasgow

Sun 6 September 2009


Thirlestane Castle Multi-Terrain Race


Sun 20 September



The points system is a little different this time round.  The minimum that can be achieved for a first Dunbar runner over the line (male and female), is three points.  The maximum number that can be achieved depends on the number of Dunbar runners competing in the race – ie seven females, the points awarded will be 7, 6, 5 etc. – if 6 males complete the same race it will be 6, 5, 4 etc.


There will be a change to the prizes, which will be confirmed in due course.


Couple of pictures sent in by Steve, showing the recent Inverness half and the "Meadows Marathon" (so called because it's a half - obviously).

Edinburgh to North Berwick

Due to unforeseen circumstances beyond the control of the race committee, the race has been reduced to 20 miles and the start has been moved to Portobello Promenade. Meadowbank Sports Centre will still be used as the registration venue for this year. Registration will be between 9am and 10 am. The runners will be provided with transport to the start. This isn't an ideal arrangement but it is only temporary for this year.
If runners are still interested in entering the race, could they indicate on their entry form they are aware of the changes. This will save a few trees and time!

Many Thanks

Kirsty Preston
Recreation and Physical Activity Officer
9-11 Lodge St
East Lothian
EH41 3DX
Tel:   01875 824011
Mob: 07971 312 781

Monday, March 16, 2009


It would appear that this years Edinburgh to North Berwick race has been altered.
Details here..http://www.b-howie.demon.co.uk/enb.htm

Changing and registration still at Meadowbank, but this years race starts at the prom and is "only" 20 miles long (the one and a half loops of the track was the only bit I enjoyed)!

This information was originally stolen/borrowed/copied from the Portobello site (apologies for that).

So. A shorter route - no excuse for not getting a PB this year!

Tuesday, March 03, 2009


A number of East Lothian club runners enjoyed their first road race of the season when they took part in the Lasswade Athletics Club 10 Mile race on Sunday 1st March.  The race, which has gained popularity in recent years, gives the runners a few challenges with a few steep climbs along the way, as well as a final uphill to the finish line.


Ian Rowland of Dunbar Running Club finished 14th overall in 60:48, with club mate Stuart Hay taking 17th place in 61:28.  New member to Musselburgh & District AC, Dermot Ferry was third East Lothian club runner home in an impressive 66:16.  Dunbar's Graeme Jones and Rhona Anderson had a close race, with Graeme just finishing 3 seconds ahead of Rhona in 68:16.  Other East Lothian runners taking part were Finlay Smith (HELP) 68:54, Alex Oliver (MADAC) 70:04, Frank McPartland (HELP) 70:58, Tony Segall (MADAC) 74:38, Brian Davidson (DRC) 77:02, Gordon Eadie (MADAC) 77:55, Anne Hay (DRC) 80:55, Jan Oliver 84:20 and Stewart McConnell 85:56 (MADAC), Judith Donaldson (HELP) 92:05, Fiona Brewster 93:19, Valerie Herring 93:27, Sheila Morrison 95:08 (all DRC), Jennifer Rutherford (MADAC) 99:20 and Theresa Leslie (DRC) 100:31.