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


Monday, April 20, 2009


"Is it just me, or are you cold?"

A dozen members of Dunbar Running Club travelled to Galashiels on Sunday to take part in the Gala Harriers 10K Road Race which started and finished at Fairydean Football Club, Netherdale. A 127 runners finished the race, with Dunbar’s Andrew Crichton coming 4th overall with a time of 33:08 – a personal best for the distance. Ian Rowland came in 10th in 35:01, with Ian Sills finishing 14th in 35:22. Stuart Hay also achieved a personal best with 35:38. Other Dunbar runners were Steve Pattison, Rhona Anderson, who finished just two seconds behind Steve with a time of 41:09, Neil Jones, Jamie Cherrie, Anne Hay, Sheila Morrison, Jane Timms and Theresa Leslie. Andrew was given first prize for the under 18 category and Rhona took the prize for third senior female overall.

More photos of Gala can be found here:

(Thanks to Mary for the photography).

The week before saw Steve and Mary Pattison competing in one of their favourite 10K races – the North Tyneside 10K, which took place on Easter Sunday. The race, which attracted 1686 runners, has a couple of steep climbs along the route but offers some fantastic views along the coast. Steve finished with a time of 43:52 and Mary with 53:00.



 “Ooh. I really fancied running in the Edinburgh Marathon…. But forgot to enter.”

Well. Have we got an offer for you.

One of our members has sadly had to pull out of this years Edinburgh Marathon. Which means that there is a number going.

If you think your up for it (there’s still six weeks to go), then get in contact with Stuart.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009



Dates have been provisionally pencilled in for the 2009 “Summer Series”.

Rules etc. are the same as ever. Six handicap races, £3 to entre all six (cheap as chips) and your best four results go to your overall placement.

Dates are:

Date    Venue  
Wed 03/06/2009  Haddington     
Tue 16/06/2009  Dunbar (7.5k run)      
Thu 02/07/2009  Longniddry (Hosted by Jog Scotland)    
Wed 22/07/2009  Haddington     
Tue 04/08/2009  Musselburgh    
Tue 18/08/2009  Dunbar (plus BBQ)      

Wednesday, April 08, 2009


Some more pictures of the Boundary Race.

Submitted by Jim.

Monday, April 06, 2009

Belhaven Best Dunbar Boundary Race

Dunbar Running Club hosted their annual 10K on Saturday 4th April, the Belhaven Best Dunbar Boundary Race, a popular race in the road running calendar.  Fortunately the threatened rain did not come to anything when the race was taking place, though the runners did experience some gusts over part of the course, adding to the challenge.


Seventeen year old local runner Andrew Crichton won the race for the hosting club, finishing over a minute ahead of the second runner in a time of 33:58.  Unattached runner, Colin Menzies took second place in 35:08, with Gareth Mayze of Teviotdale taking third in 35:16.  The first woman home was Susan Ridley of Edinburgh AC in 38:01 with Fionn Nairn of HBT second woman home in 41:24 and Katie Whitehouse of Central third in 43:28.   Dunbar took the male team prize and JogScotland the female team prize.   The club were presented with a gift from Romanian runners Victor Vlad, who came 6th overall (and 2nd male vet.) and Stephan Oprena (11th) on behalf of their club Locomotiva Bucharest.


At the Chris Hoy Edinburgh Half Marathon on Sunday 5th, Musselburgh's Alex Oliver was the first East Lothian club runner home in a time of 1:32:55, with HELP's John Hughes finishing in 1:33:02. Also running were Neil Wyatt of Dunbar, David Lott (HELP), Peter Methven (MADAC), Jennifer Rutherford (MADAC), Ian Murphy, Gordon Muchall and Malcolm Quinn (HELP), Morag Phillips, Lyn Solley and Rhona Currie (MADAC).


On the same day, Ian Rowland, Stuart Hay, Anne Hay and Sheila Morrison of Dunbar Running Club took part in the aptly named Heaven and Hell Half Marathon organised by Perth Road Runners, starting from Scone Airport.  The course has been described by Runners World Magazine as the toughest half marathon in Scotland and certainly lived up to its name, with some challenging climbs.  Ian took third place overall in a time of 1:24:51, with Stuart finishing 7th and taking the prize for 2nd veteran in 1:25:44.   Anne finished in 1:54:29 and Sheila in 2:14:46, with all runners enjoying the hospitality of the host club afterwards.


For a few pictures of this years Boundary Race - please look at:-

Saturday, April 04, 2009


The weather held out!

Gray skies did not bring the threatened rain to the 2009 Belhaven Best Dunbar Boundary Race, and 252 runners took to the back roads and paths of Dunbar to complete this years race.

A big "thank you" to the sponsors, the marshalls, the police, the red cross, the staff at Hallhill, the timekeepers and the back room workers who made this event possible.

A full report and more pictures will follow.

But for the meantime provisional results can be found HERE:

Mistakes do happen. So please let us know of any errors that may have crept in by dropping us an email.