Friday, December 31, 2010


Quite a crowd gathered this year just outside the Masons Arms for the start of the 2010 "Black Bun Run".
For the first time in a few years, the weather was kind and there was no sign of snow or ice. Welcome news indeed for those that insist on "vest and shorts only" for this race.
23 runners, from young to not-so-young, ran along Edinburgh Road to West Barns before doing a quick loop and retracing their steps in this 1.5 mile dash.

Provisional results are:

Andrew Crichton 07:20
Ian Sills 08:26
Stuart Hay 08:30
Ian Rowland 08:53
Mark James 09:17
Finlay Smith 09:27
Julie Oswald 10:59
Greig Noble 11:27
Anne Hay 11:29
Cameron McPheat 12:33
Graham McPheat 13:03
Catriona McPheat 13:07
Jane Timms 13:08
Val Herring 13:08
Geoff 13:13
Ben 13:39
Sheila Morrison 13:45
Thersea Leslie 13:45
Andrew Bennett 14:24
Richard Bennett 14:33
Robbie Bennett 14:33
Rebecca Weissgerber 14:52
Frank Weissgerber 14:52

Tuesday, December 21, 2010


"Boffins", "scientists", "researchers" ... what a bunch.
This may be of interest to those intending a marathon next year.
Probably best though just to file this report in the drawer marked "No Shit, Sherlock"

Sunday, December 19, 2010


Title says it all folks.
Bloody snow.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Christmas/New Year

The last session for the senior members before the festive season will be Thursday 23rd December (though if we're under several feet of snow, that might change...).  We will resume on Thursday 6th January 2011, as Hallhill is closed on the 4th.
The Black Bun Run will, as ever, take place on Hogmanay at 7:00 pm.  Anyone who wishes to take part/spectate/help with time-keeping should meet up at the Mason's Arms just before 7:00.  Remember, this is just a dash of around a mile and a half, so if anyone has any friends or family (that includes juniors) who would like to run off a little bit of the Christmas pudding, just get them to come along - the more the merrier!
Have a very Merry Christmas everyone.

25 Years of Dunbar Running Club

Next year will be the 25th Anniversary of the club - the present club was founded in 1986, though there was a running club in Dunbar in 1930's (Dunbar has always had a number of keen runners) - so we should mark the occasion in some way, whether by way of an anniversary race event or a dinner/dance. 
If anyone has any idea of how we should celebrate this anniversary,  please e-mail Anne with suggestions.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

New year Run - 2 January 2011

From Graeme Sutherland :
The very popular new year run is back with our friends and rivals from Gala.
date 2nd january
Start time -10.00 am at Tweedbank Track
finish time 11.30-12.00 at Lauderdale Hotel where there will be changing/heat/toilets/parking.
Cost £5.50 for tea/coffee and bacon rolls/egg rolls.
The full route is via the Southern Upland Way and is around 9 miles but if you feel you are not up to it you can start at Mosshouses 6 miles or Blue Cairn 4 miles.
Or you can do any run you like and meet us for breakfast at the times above.
This is a great way to blow of the cobwebs and set yourself up for the new year. It is not a race-the idea is to run with friends or even people you do not know and enjoy the crack,scenery,wildlife and breakfast. Take a camera/dog etc. all welcome. But do be prepared to cope with any weather the borders does throw at us. Take a drink and some enegy bars/mars bars etc
It is up to all runners to find their way to their prefered start and to arrange a journey home. There is no entry fee or marshals or first aid. It is at your own risk-saying that we have had years with over 50 runners from both clubs turning up as it is a truely great event.
Please by return give me the following simple information for Lauder Runners only..
1) Reply Yes I am definately coming and the number of family members/guests who will be having breakfast (The hotel trade is having a rough time and we need to give them as much notice as we can)
2) Reply no I will definately not be there
3) I might be coming and the date I will let you know by.
Gala are co-ordinating their own numbers but if any other club would like to co-ordinate your members then you will be most welcome. You will have to pay £5.50 to the hotel for numbers confirmed by Friday 31st December.
Look forward to a great morning running/eating and chatting.
Keep on running

Thursday, December 09, 2010

Marathon Talk

Dear runner/triathlete,
We thought you might like to know that Marathon Talk (the UK's number 1 running podcast) has recently interviewed legendary global leader in running research and author of the 'The Lore of Running' Professor Tim Noakes.  The podcast is available to listen to for free via itunes or directly from the web and is a great resource for runners & triathletes.
Website is HERE
iTunes page is HERE
Facebook page is HERE
Marathon Talk is a weekly online magazine style radio show by Martin Yelling & Tom Williams. Each week they interview a wide range of guests, including the fastest female marathoner of all time, Paula Radcliffe, the current men's Olympic Champion, Sammy Wanjiru, the fastest American born runner of all time, Ryan Hall, the British Paralympian and gold medalist at five Paralympic games, Noel Thatcher, and some of the Worlds greatest ultra runners including Bruce Fordyce and Scott Jurek.
It would be great if you could share the latest interview and links within your running club and wider running network.
Martin & Tom

Tuesday, December 07, 2010


Couple of more photos from Jim of Val out for a run in sunnier climes
You remember the "sun" don't you?

Monday, December 06, 2010



Stuart writes:

Bad news folks. The second leg of the XC due to be held at Lauder this Sunday (12th December) has also been postponed/cancelled.

Please keep an eye on the borders XC website ( for any news of reorganised events or future cancellations.

And remember: just because a race is cancelled it’s not an excuse to sit about eating sweeties and watching crap on the telly. Get your grippy soled shoes on and get out there!! It’s lovely.


Jim writes..
"An entry for the comp from Val - at Wagga Wagga Road Runners with Geoff

Just what we need in these cold snowy days - reminders that some places
still have warmth and sun.

Sunday, December 05, 2010


Well, the surrounding countryside certainly looked "festive", but there was little chance of any of the runners who took part in this years Festive Half or Festive 10k ever getting a PB.
The snow looks lovely on a Christmas card - not on a race route!
Still, 19 runners took to the quiet paths of John Muir Country Park and the almost as quiet roads around Tyningham to complete the course with as much grit and determination as the council had lavished on their roads.
In the half, the honours went to Ian Sills in 1:34:22 and Megan Wright in 1:36:34.
The 10k was an altogether more social event with the entire field not only starting together but sticking together all the way round. In the end the honours went to Claire Simpson and Ray Harris.
Thanks go to Jim, George and Ian for keeping times, and special thanks to all the marshals and route markers for keeping an incredibly low profile!

Friday, December 03, 2010


Please note that it is our intention to still go ahead with Sunday's "Festive Half" and 10k runs.
However, it may be prudent, given the weather conditions, to either slightly amened the route or the format (possibly switch to a group start rather than individual handicaps).
Either way, if Hallhill's open we plan to do some sort of run - so see you there!

Saturday, November 27, 2010


News just in that due to the snow (with more forecast for tomorrow) the first leg of the XC at Gala has been postponed.

Friday, November 19, 2010



Sadly not a discourse on the movies of Doris Dey, but merely a notice of an impending run….



Tuesday 23rd November is only one day after the next full moon. As such, weather permitting, it should be an ideal night for a “head-torch” training run.

A few of us are already planning a bit of a longer (but slower) run this Tuesday so if you fancy joining us then please remember to bring your head-torch.

Exact route is not yet known but we will try to arrange it that you can “peel off” to do a slightly shorter run if desired.



This years “Festive Half” will be run on Sunday 5th December.

If you don’t feel up to a half then you can always opt for the 10k route.

Both races start and end at Hallhill. Remember, this is a handicap race and the idea is that we all end as close to 12:00 as we can. So, if you think it’ll take you 1:40 to do the half you would be started at 10:20 etc. Both routes take in John Muir Country Park.

Soup, sandwiches etc. will be laid on after the race.

Monday, November 15, 2010



Did anyone (well any bloke) accidently pick up a high-viz bib on Tuesday last that doesn’t belong to them?

If so, Stuart is keen to be reunited with it!


Friday, November 12, 2010

Paying too much to enter marathons?

If you have ever thought marathon entry fees are going up and up then this maybe for you.
Whilst preparing for the upcoming Newcastle Town Moor Marathon my attention was brought to this web site which I thought might be of interest to some of you.

Official Register of London marathon Runners 2001-2010

Bruntsfield Place Edinburgh or online at

Many of your members at Dunbar Running Club have probably run the
London Marathon, I would therefore be grateful if you could bring this
publication to their attention.

Any of your members that have run London in the last ten years will
find that their name, time and position is recorded in 'The
Register', it also includes year by year summaries of the race and
other features.

It is an indispensable reference guide and a permanent record of
personal achievement.

Please be in touch if I can be of any further assistance.

Many thanks,

Peter Fordham
On behalf of Aubrey Books Ltd
07799 072307

Tuesday, November 02, 2010



Just to let people know that the dates have now been finalised for the Borders XC series.

Dates are:

28th November @ Galashiels

12th December @ Lauder

19th December @ Peebles

9th January @ Paxton

23rd January @ Berwick

6th February @ Norham

27th February @ Dunbar (prize-giving at Hallhill Healthy Living Centre).

As ever junior races start at 11:30 while the old folks race kicks off at 12:00. Please report to the first race in ample time to register.

Please note that there is a new XC website this year at . Please check this before each race in case the race organisers post details of changes etc.

Anne will be looking for volunteers nearer the time to help out at the Dunbar race – you have been warned!

Monday, November 01, 2010



“I’m Dunbar – fly me.”

Some people can’t even wait till they’re on the plane to pose for pictures for our competition.

Sadly the vest was every bit as clean and pristine on the return flight L

Friday, October 29, 2010



Next Tuesday (2nd November), some of us are planning to go a bit further afield for our run. We are planning on getting the head torches out and going for a bit of a run “over the other side of the A1”.

The route will be mainly quiet roads and it is hoped that we can get about a nine mile run in.

If you want to come along then please remember to wear a reflective bib (these can still be bought from the club if you don’t already have one). Oh.. and remember to bring your torch!

If this is a success then it’s hoped that we could do this about once a month during the winter.

Obviously, if you want to just come along a do the town run then please do so J

Monday, October 25, 2010

London 2011

The club has one guaranteed entry for the Virgin London Marathon 2011 this year. 
This is usually given to someone in the club who has entered the ballot for London and being unsuccessful - if more than one person is in this position, we do a draw to select who this will go to, so let Anne know as soon as possible if you have not managed to get a place.

Thursday, October 21, 2010


Run and Become brings you another Training and Inspiration evening.

Whatever challenges you are setting yourself in 2011,
come and be inspired by the exploits of those who have
competed in this epic 6 day adventure in the North Sahara.

WEDS 3RD NOVEMBER 7pm – 9.00pm
Run and Become, 66 Dalry Road, Edinburgh, EH11 2DY

TONY THISTLETWAITE of Strathaven Striders. Two time finisher of the
MDS and West highland way race regular will show a short slide show of
his experiences.

Also short DVD of previous races

General Advice on ultra-training from Tony and former GB ultra
Internationalist and current Ultra Team Manager ADRIAN STOTT

Special kit needed for this event
How to refuel

Together with other experienced MDS "survivors" they will all be
involved in an open question and answer session where YOU the audience
can tap into their experience to help with your training as you
prepare for this or your own inspiring challenges

Admission is free but Raffletickets to win a £50 Run and Become
voucher will be on sale in aid of Facing Africa

In short, an evening to be inspired, and also to inspire each other.
To book your place email: [email protected]
Although these evenings are not planned as a commercial venture, Run
and Become staff will be available between their usual closing time of
6pm on the evening of the event,till 6.50, should anyone need
advice/help with anything.

Friday, October 15, 2010


Dates have been PROVISIONALLY agreed for the 2010/2011 season of the Borders Cross Country series.
There MAY be an extra addition to the fixture list this year and a few dates may change if or if not this date goes ahead.
The extra event in the series will be at Paxton House and is presented by "Run Duns" and "Jog Earlston".
Dates so far are:

  • 28th November at Gala'
  • 12th December at Lauder (BUT - if the Paxton House race goes ahead as an extra it will be on this date and Lauder will shift to 9th January).
  • 19th December at Moorfoot
  • 23rd January at Berwick
  • 6th February at Norham
  • 27th February at Dunbar (Prize giving at Hallhill)

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Braids Cross Country Race

Dear Captain/Secretary

The online entry for Braids Hill race on saturday 13th November is now open.

If enter online, you save 50p on the entry fees. Please can you tell
all your club members.

Enter online at

Many thanks

Fran Cummins (Edinburgh University Hare and Hounds race organiser

Tuesday, October 12, 2010



Please see the attached invite from HELP to take part in their Goat’s Gallop Race.

This is a fantastic race and a good one for those into hill running.

The timing is ideal as those about to do marathons will have their legs well and truly back by then and the rest of us can use it as a guide to our fitness for the upcoming cross country races.

“This years Goat’s Gallop will be on 14th November starting at 10.30m and followed by lunch and prize giving at the Tyneside Tavern in Haddington.  Please circulate this information to your respective club members”.   Paddy McDonald

Friday, October 08, 2010


Some readers may be aware that the club site has been "done over".
Made to look a tad posher..

You may also notice that the backgroung photo is of Ian, George and
Stuart at a 10k a few years ago.

Here's what we want to try.. To keep the site "fresh" it would be nice
to change the backgroung photo every month or so.
If you have a photo that you think would look nice then please email
it to us. It doesn't have to be a race. It could even just be a nice
photo of Dunbar.
It doesn't even have to be a recent photo. If you have some old ones
then that's fine.

Don't worry if we don't show them straght away. But we will try and
get round to using as many as we can.

Monday, October 04, 2010

Doon Hill pics

Some excellent photographs taken from the top of Doon Hill are now
available HERE...

Many thanks to Richard for these.


Although the entry was somewhat down this year a quality field turned out to take part in the British Energy Dunbar 10 Mile Race.
Well done to ALL finishers!!

Provisional results can be found HERE..( )

A full report and photos will follow soon

Friday, October 01, 2010

The Run And Become Tinto Hill Race - 13th November 2010

Important info for anyone wishing to do the Tinto Hill Race - and
remember it's also a championship counter.

Quite frankly it's a piece of p**s for those among us who've been up
Ben Nevis lately (Oooh err...)

Can you please note that this year's Tinto race is pre-entry only using the
online Sientries system ( This should be familiar
to anyone
has recently ran the Carnethy 5 race. The entries open at 9:00 this coming
Monday morning 4th October and will close when the limit of 250 has been
reached. There will be no entries taken on the day although the event
registration and number collection will be at Symington as usual. Can
you please
bring this to the attention of any of your club members who may be considering
entering the event.

The link to the entry page is

This only applies to the senior race, not the junior or fun run.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Club Championship - "What's the Scores On The Doors?"

Club Championship - "What’s the Scores On The Doors?"

“Well, Larry. The names on the frames say….” Ahh.. they don’t do Saturday night telly like that any more (thank god).

Anyway, back to matters “running”…….

Results, so far, can now be found in the “Club Championship Races” section.

Please email the club with your marathon times for this year  so that we can keep this up to date (time achieved, where and when). Remember it’s your best time that counts – so if you do more than one keep letting us know.

We will also be in a position soon to list the dates of the Borders Cross Country Series for the 2010/2011 season. Remember that some of these races will also count towards the overall “scores on the doors”.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Rod Rutherford Memorial 10K

Please see the following message from Berwick Harriers: This is a good
cause and looks like it may be a nice race.......

Dear All,
I am contacting you with the attached flyer to let you know about an
event that Berwick Harriers are organising in memory of Rod
Rutherford,our former club secretary, who sadly passed away this year.
Rod died from cancer, so all proceeds from the run will be donated to
cancer research.

The date of the run is Sunday,October 10th (11am start) and is a
multi-terrain event over 10k, starting and finishing at Spittal Point.
Entry fee is £10.

Friday, September 17, 2010


Run 10K at 10am on the 10th October 2010. Race is at Meadowmill Sports Centre.

Notification of a "race" with a difference:

Predict your finish time and win a prize.
Entry fee £10.
Payment to: Pacemaker Enterprises
45, Whitecraig Crescent, Whitecraig.
Musselburgh EH218NQ
e-mail for entry form: [email protected]
telephone: 0131 653 2547. mobile:07960039136

This sounds like it would be an ideal pace judgement exercise for anyone who was in training for a marathon.

Thursday, September 16, 2010


I suppose when you set a competition that asks folks to send in pictures of them in their club vests "in unusual places" you've got to expect the unexpected.

Anyway. Three more entries. This time from Neil "J"....

Tuesday, September 14, 2010



Well, wouldn’t exactly say we’ve been inundated, but here’s a couple of entries from Richard for our “Don’t Forget Your Simmit” photo contest.

Please send any pictures of you and/or your vest during your summer holidays as soon as poss’.

Thursday, September 09, 2010


A week or so back we were joined by Geoff Breese for a training run.
Luckily the weather and conditions were ideal so we went over the Doon
Hill route to give Geoff a chance to view some of our fine area. It also
gave Geoff a chance for a wee training run before taking part in the
World Duathlon Championships a few days later.

Photos of Geoff's vist to Hallhill and run round Doon Hill are here:[email protected]/sets/72157624745296003/

While some photos of the Duathlon are here:[email protected]/sets/72157624898795016/

Thanks to Jim for the pictures.

Not sure if Belhaven Best is in every duathlete's pre-event diet though!

Monday, September 06, 2010

Ben Nevis Hill Race 2010

Took part in the Ben Nevis Race again this year. Conditions were completely different to last year, with warm sunshine all the way as opposed to driving rain. Finished a few minutes later than last year in 02:28:31 (, but I was carrying a cold and a whole load of other excuses which can be produced on request.

Once again was the first club member across the line, admittedly with limited competition.


Thursday, September 02, 2010


Jim has sent in some good pictures of the last race (and BBQ) from he
Summer Series.

Photos are here:[email protected]/sets/72157624772895228/

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Dumfries Half

Dear Fellow Runners,
On Sunday September 26th 2010 Dumfries Running Club are proud to announce the 29th Dumfries Half marathon, one of the longest established road races in the country still organised by the same running club. The race kicks off with the skirl of the pipes at 11am at the Crichton campus on the edge of Dumfries and is an accurately measured, fully marshalled rural route that shows off the beautiful South West of Scotland at its best. The first third of the route is downhill towards the village of Bankend followed by a climb past halfway with stunning views of Criffel, a local landmark, and the final section is back via Kingholm Quay to the Macleod Pavilion where showers, changing, refreshments and a warm and friendly welcome will be available.
The Macleod pavilion (around one kilometre from the start) is where the prize giving will take place. Entries cost £12 for SAF members and £14 for others and entries will be available on the day at the Crichton for a £2 surcharge. Further details can be found on  I look forward to seeing as many runners as possible on the 26th to help the Dumfries Half marathon continue to grow and develop
Stephen Mohan
Race Director
PS details on accommodation locally can be found on

Wednesday, August 18, 2010


A reminder about the East Lothian Champs on Saturday 28th August.  

Senior 5k

We will book two changing rooms for the seniors for changing for the senior 5k. It will go off at 11.00.  

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Open Combined Event Championships

This will take place on Sunday 12th September at Caird Park, Dundee.
Application forms available from

Scottish Athletics AGM

This will take place on Saturday 11th September 2010 commencing at 10:00 (close of business approximately 12:45) at Caledonia House, South Gyle, Edinburgh if anyone is interested in attending.
Agenda and minutes from last year available from Anne.

Sunday, August 08, 2010


What a beautiful way to spend a summer's evening.
A wee stroll down by the harbour to see the boats... a 99 cone... a stroll along the beach then up to the park. Followed by a few drinks in the Ship Inn and all rounded off with a big greasy Chip Roll for tea....
... well that's what I did anyway. Some runners decided to run up and down a muckle big hill in North Berwick. Some people will do anything for "fun".
Some photos of the evening are HERE.
Even more phots HERE.. pictures from Jim Herring, right at the top of the hill!
Results will no doubt follow later.

Thursday, August 05, 2010

East Lothian Junior Championship

Junior Club Championship – Saturday 28 August

The Junior Club Championship (incorporating the East Lothian Junior Championship) will be held on Saturday 28th August at St Davids, Dalkeith.  Events will run from 12pm to 4pm (registration from 11.00am).  Entry forms will be available nearer the time and will be posted on the Musselburgh Club website, and should be filled in beforehand.
For the Seniors there will be an East Lothian 5k Championship race. This will start at 11 am.

Monday, August 02, 2010

Border Search and Rescue Unit Sponsored Walk and Challenge Run 2010

Dear Dunbar Running Club,

Border Search and Rescue Unit Sponsored Walk and Challenge Run 2010

The Border Search and Rescue Unit would like to extend an invite to
your members to come a join us on Sunday 3rd October 2010, when we are
taking over the Cheviot Hills with 23km and 16km route options for
walkers and runners and a 5km route for the whole family.

The event will be based from Hownam in the Scottish Borders and
promises to be a fun and challenging day on the hill for all. With
dogs welcome on all routes.

Full event details and registration is now available at our website at:

So sign up today! And come and join us on the hill and help to support
a local mountain rescue team!

Kind regards,


Helen Rowe
Secretary, Border SAR Unit

Coast Along


My name's Paul Davidson and I'm a WaterAid volunteer in Scottish
Water. I'm writing to you to see if you're running group would be
interested in pledging your support to this years Coast Along for

Coast Along aims to have teams of walkers or runners on all sections
of coastal path included in the event on Saturday 11th September 2010.

This year we need the support of even more walkers, ramblers and
runners to achieve our challenge: to get at least one team on all 187
sections of selected coastal paths throughout England, Wales and
Scotland to raise money for WaterAid. This is the fourth year of Coast
Along but the first time Scottish paths have been included in the
event, the Fife Coastal Path and the John Muir Way in East Lothian.

Fourteen regions in the UK have been divided into 187 sections of
between four and 15 miles in length. Each section is graded as easy,
moderate, strenuous or severe, so you can choose a path that suits
your level of fitness. There is something for everybody: for families,
ramblers, long-distance walkers and even marathon runners.

If you would like to discuss or need more information please click on
the web link below or alternatively contact me via e-mail or on

Many thanks and I look forward to hearing from you.

Kind Regards

Paul Davidson
Scottish Water - Asset Management Planner
Asset Intelligence and Planning Team - Water (AIM)
(0787-587-2299 [email protected]
Castle House, 6 Castle Drive, Carnegie Campus, Dunfermline KY11 8GG

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

CARFRAEMILL to GIFFORD - Wed 18th August.

HELP have asked if anyone would like to take part in this years Carfraemill to Gifford run.
For anyone unaware of this event it’s a 10 mile route that goes from, as the name suggests, from Carfraemill through and over the Lammermuirs to Gifford (its honestly not that tough a course). The course is mainly on quiet roads, though a small section does go onto footpaths.
A bus takes the runners from Gifford to the start line. It’s not a race - it’s more a sort of mass club run.
The bus leaves the Goblin Ha at 6:30pm to take the runners to the start for 7:00pm.
We have to let HELP know how many of us from Dunbar are going, so please let Stuart or Anne know if you want to go by 6th August.

Saturday, July 24, 2010


Holidays, injuries and work commitments all played their part in slightly diminishing the Dunbar presence at the Musselburgh 10k race this weekend.

However, those who did manage to make it thoroughly enjoyed it.

Its always nice to get a nice spread of sandwiches and cakes at a race. But how many clubs do you know that lay on ice cream cones?

Well done to Musselburgh for organising this event.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

LAST CHANCE - Musselburgh Festival 10k: Saturday 24th July

A reminder about this Saturday's Musselburgh Festival 10k. Remember
it's not only a championship "counter", but it's the clubs chose
championship 10k race.

There are a few places left, but only a few days left to get one.

Following recieved from Musselburgh:
There are still about 50 entries left for this Saturday's Musselburgh 10k.
Entries open until midnight on Wednesday 21st July.

I attach a flyer with details of the Musselburgh Festival 10k. Could you
please distribute to your club members

Musselburgh and District Athletic Club
Musselburgh Festival 10k
Saturday 24th July 2010

No entry on the day for 10k - registration from 9.00am to 10.00am. Race
starts at 10.30am.

This year, we are using Winning Time Chips. There will be teas, sandwiches
and buns (plus hopefully some ice cream) after the run.

Nice flat scenic course on paths and tracks.

There will be a fun run at 12.00 noon.

Enter on-line:

Check out:

Sunday, July 11, 2010


On Saturday 10th July a team of Dunbar runners joined HELP to race the West Highland Way relay race.

A fantastic weekend was had by all and despite the gloomy predictions of the weatherman the conditions were excellent (as was the scenery and terrain).

Congratulations to HELP for their well deserved victory.

Thanks to HELP for the invite, the hospitality and the flawless organisation and particular thanks to Frank and Paddy for the driving duties.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

GB Coastal Run

There is currently a gap in the coastal relay from musselburgh to
dunbar. The baton is due to arrive in Musselburgh on sunday 11th July
and needs some help to get further round the coast to join up with the
runner waiting to start her leg from Dunbar to Cove.

Thank you in advance for any help you can offer


Sunday, June 27, 2010

Lairig Ghru Hill Race

Just on my way back from the race. Splendid day out, the rain holding off and a nice tail wind for good measure. Came in around 4:15, provisionally 25th, the first member of the club across the line...

Friday, June 25, 2010

Turf Cutting Race

MDAC will be hosting the third running of the Turf Cutting Race on Saturday 11th September. It 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. A map will be provided. The race will start at 10.30 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.
Could you please contact Gordon Eadie if you intend to run.
I have booked changing rooms and the kitchen. Before the race, we will be going over the route on Tuesday nights, if any one wants to join us.
This is good fun - urban orienteering, not just a straighforward run.  Highly recommended.  Anne will take details of anyone who is going nearer the time and will pass names to Gordon.

Thursday, June 24, 2010


My local village organise a 10 day Community Festival with an array of
activities However, the highlight for the
energetic is the Donkey Brae Run 1 pm, Sunday 1st August 2010.

A 7 mile coastal race on undulating terrain amid beautiful scenery.
You can enter on line at

Kind regards


On behalf of the volunteers!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Hallhill Healthy Living Centre Review

Presentation to all members and users of

Hallhill Healthy Living Centre


PMR Leisure


Thursday 1st July 7 – 9pm


Hallhill Healthy Living Centre

Please attend to hear about the

future opportunities for Hallhill

(Or... you could just pop along to the Longniddry leg of the Summer Series Races ) [ed. by Stuart]

Friday, June 18, 2010


What better way to spend a summer's evening than a visit to a seaside resort? Even if you don't bring your bucket and spade.

Thursday saw a fairly large group of Dunbar runners heading along the coast to Portobello for the 4 mile "Prom" race.

Conditions were near perfect (though perhaps a bit warm) and some good times were posted. And we even managed to bag a couple of trophies - well done Andrew and Karen.

Ian was on hand to take some pictures and his results can be found here:

More pictures and results from Porty's website:

Thursday, June 17, 2010



OK Folks it’s summer time (apparently) and some of you will be thinking of heading off for warmer and, dare I say it, more interesting climes.

Now. For some people a holiday means just that – a chance to get away from everything (including the running). For others it’s simply an opportunity to run somewhere different.

So here’s the thing… We want photos. Lets see what interesting locations we can snap a Dunbar vest in. You can be running … or not. You can be holidaying in “Foreign” … or not. Anything goes - as long as that Dunbar vest is clearly in view (well when we say “anything” obviously the usual guidelines on decency apply).

This competition will end when the leaves start to turn brown and fall from the trees. A suitable prize will be awarded to what we think is the best photo (we will have a vote at the end).

Please email your summer pics to [email protected] and we will try to publish them as and when they come in.


Stuart will be unavailable to officiate at the next ELSS race (hosted
by Dunbar) (Jazz gig of a lifetime).
Can anyone stand in and "take the watch"?
What's required is for someone to register any new runners, start the
runners on time and record the times and numbers of finishers.
Stuart will pass on all paperwork on Tuesday. The handicap times for
runners who already completed leg1 have been calculated.

Please let Stuart know ASAP. Thanks.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Help with Junior Events and Meeting

Dunbar running club (juniors) will be hosting the pentathlon on 22nd June.  This will involve athletes from Lasswade, Musselburgh and Haddington coming along to join us for the night.
If anyone could help out please let Maureen know if they are available to assist with this.
We always need lots of help with registering the athletes for this one.
Club will start at 6 pm that night for registration.
Our Fun Run + BBQ at John Muir Country Park will take place on 29th June. 6.30 pm until 8.30 pm. Again any help would be appreciated to set up the route and assist with the food and drinks.

Many thanks
Also, as mentioned at the AGM, Ian Rowland, Anne and Stuart were at a meeting with Penny Lochhead and Wendy Sheldrick of PMR Leisure on 20th May re. the review of Hallhill.  They have now organised a collective meeting of the Hallhill Sports Clubs on Thursday the 17th June at 6:30pm at Hallhill which some of us won't be able to attend - if anyone is available on Thursday to go, please contact Anne for background information.

Cloybank Trail Race - 28th August 2010

Dear All

Carnegie Harriers are assisting with a brand new event in 2010 which
is called the Cloybank 6K Trail Race. This event will take place at
2pm on Saturday 28th August within the grounds of Cloybank Estate in
Banknock, Stirlingshire. All proceeds from the race will be donated
to the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Glasgow. We have a race
limit of 75 runners for this event and entries are now being taken
online through EntryCentral at the following link;

Could you please forward this email to your club members and anyone
else you know who may be keen to take part.

Many thanks and best regards

Iain Taylor
Carnegie Harriers

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Portobello 4-Mile - Thursday 17th

Just a couple of notes about next week for those of you doing the race.
Registration is at the Indoor Bowling Centre where Westbank Street meets the Prom (parking round the back of the five-a-side pitches that can be seen from Portobello High Street - the end up near the King's Road/Seafield Road junction).
The race is at 7:15 with registration by 6:45.  If you are entering on the night, please pay in cash rather then cheque.
There is no cut-off time for the race as such, but the clock will be stopped at 50 minutes to do the presentations.
Hopefully the weather wil be kind to us.

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Family Day

For those who were interested in fundraisers for the club per last weeks AGM, here's one of the opportunities mentioned just popped up:
Hi Folks,
Just to let you know that the Hallhill family day this year will be on Sunday 8th Aug. All clubs and
Hallhill user groups are encouraged to take part. The theme for this year will be cowboys and Indians.
I have already booked a children's entertainer and I am working on other attractions, this is your chance to
let folk know more about your organisation and raise some funds.
Please let me know if you would like to attend + any ideas you have for the day.
Robert Peters
Hallhill Healthy Living Centre
Kellie Road
01368 864011
Hallhill Healthy Living Centre Ltd is a subsidiary of Dunbar Development Company. A charity registered in Scotland, No SCO028313

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Races and Congratulations

Saturday was a glorious hot sunny day - ideal for lying out in the garden, with a cold drink, maybe not so ideal for racing, but it didn't stop seven Dunbar runners taking part in the ASICS Haddington 5 mile road race. Stuart Hay finished 8th overall in 29:24, taking the trophy for first East Lothian veteran, with Steve Pattison taking the prize for first MV50 with 34:05. Brian Davidson had another good run with 35:16, Neil Jones 38:29, Frank Weissgerber 38:52, Anne Hay 39:06 (taking the 1st FV45) and Keith Mills 63:55.

Sunday 30th saw Sheila Morrison taking part in the Campbeltown Half Marathon with a time of 2:10:06 - another hot day, over a hilly course, taking in part of the beach. Sheila recently became a Grandmother for the first time - a lovely girl - so a big "Congratulations" to Sheila. Also on the same day, Clarissa ran the Druridge Bay 10K, a beautiful multi-terrain run taking in part of the beach and again, run in lovely conditions - highly recommended!

The day before, Steve Pattison took part in his 18th Edinburgh Park Run - his best time to date is 19:28. Keep up the good work Steve.

Another scorching day for the Edinburgh Marathon on 23rd had Stuart Hay finally achieving sub 3 hours, finishing in 2:59:11. Neil Jones looked very comfortable finishing in 3:49:12. The half marathon, which was run ahead of the Marathon had Jane Timms achieving a PB with a time of 1:58:38 - ten minutes quicker than her anticipated time. Lee Curtis competed in the race too along with new members Stephanie Gilmartin (2:16:52) and Margaret Maxwell (2:16:57).

On the 16th Sheila Morrison ran the Oxford Town and Gown 10K in 57:15. The very popular, colourful event is run round the colleges and the narrow streets of Oxford, with all proceeds going to the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign. Sheila also took part in the Glasgow Women's 10K the previous weekend with a time of 56:56.

Lee Curtis went through snow, wind, rain and sun to finish the Stuc A Chroin 5000 in 3:32:24 on 1st May. The 5000 represents the climb in feet which the race takes in and is now in it's 22nd year. Well done Lee - one to consider next year all you hill runners!

Friday, June 04, 2010

Fancy a bit of track and field?

The junior section of the club have been battling hard in the CSSAL
athletics league but need vital points to keep them high up the table. The
CSSAL also has senior track and field events for club members which add to
the points, and even just taking part will give them a boost. How about
giving yourself a new challenge, or relive your school sports day memories
and take part in one or two of them? Events include 100m, 400m, hurdles,
relay, javelin, high jump, shot putt and long jump. Whilst it is
competitive, those of us who took part last year had a lot of fun (apart
from the aches and pains the next day) and helped save the team from

The next event is on Sunday 27th June at Linwood. There is a bus going at
9.15am from the grammar school. If you are interested in taking part then
let Maureen or Scott know at the club.

Thursday, June 03, 2010

By The Way, Tyndrum


We have recently bought "By The Way Hostel" which is located on the
West Highland Way in Tyndrum. As a very keen distance runner myself,
I would like to encourage ultra distance runners, especially those who
are training for the WHW race and Devil of the Highlands, as well as
the Highland Fling next year, to come and stay at our hostel while
they are training. Jez Bragg, who holds the record for all three
races, was here over the last weekend in May, training for the Ultra
Trail Du Mont Blanc in August. Next year we are hosting the finish of
the Highland Fling which will be very exciting.

For more information about the hostel and campsite please visit our
website at

Hope to see some of you soon


Kirsty Burnett
By The Way



The results for the first race in this years Summer Series are now available online.

Wednesday, June 02, 2010


The details for the Musselburgh 10k race have just been published. Details can be found at Musselburgh's website (

Remember. This is not only a counting race for this years overall championship competition, but is also the designated "Dunbar 10k Champion" race.

This is a good fast race over a nice flat course. No entries on the day, so make sure you sign up good and early.

Friday, May 28, 2010


The Portobello Prom race (4m) is on Thursday 17th June. Race starts at 7:15 and details can be found here..

A couple of us think it would be a good idea to get as many as possible to do this race (it's a training night anyway) and then go for a meal in The Shish Mahal in Musselburgh.

Please let Stuart know by Thursday 10th if your interested.

Monday, May 24, 2010



A reminder that the closing date for entry for this race is Saturday 29th May!!!

Entry forms HERE

Monday, May 17, 2010


Last weekend Ian Rowland took part in the Fellsman - a 60 mile, high level event, over hard rugged moorland, climbing to over 11,000 feet.  The route takes the entrants up Inglebrough, down to the Hill Inn and up Whernside (two of the famous Yorkshire Dales Three Peaks Walk). From the summit of Whernside the route drops down into Kingsdale then up over Gragareth and Great Coum and down into the picturesque Dales village of Dent. More climbs are taken in along the way with the final downhill into the village of Grassington to cross the river Wharfe and the finish at the Upper Wharfedale County Secondary School, Threshfield.
Ian finished 31st out of 297 finishers (and a significant number of retirals along the way) with a time of 14 hours 20 minutes. Well done Ian.
Saturday's Loch Leven Half Marathon saw the sun smiling down on the competitors - pity about that wind though!  Richard Taylor came in 34th overall with a time of 1:25:44, Rhona Anderson finished in 1:30:32, taking the prize for 2nd over 40 female and Brian posted another PB with 1:36:50.  Steve Pattison finished in 1:41:52, Anne Hay in 1:43:38 and Mary Pattison 2:05:54.  Well done everyone.

Sunday, May 16, 2010


A quick informal meet' at Hallhill on Tuesday (18th) to go over the various stages of the WHW relay race in July.

Saturday, May 15, 2010


The sun shone down on the runners (for some of the race at least) - but sadly the wind decided to come out to spoil the fun.
Still. Six Dunbar runners decided to take on the picturesque route of the Loch Leven Half, and some good times were posted.
Including Brian knocking a good few minutes of his previous best for the distance.
Please feel free to cut/paste/copy/whatever..

Friday, May 14, 2010



The club’s AGM will be held on Tuesday 1st June at 8:00 at Hallhill.

Please make the effort to attend. It’s your club and your opportunity to contribute.

Please make the club Secretary (Theresa) aware of any motions you may want to table for discussion (please be aware however, that you would be expected to be at the AGM to put your case/motion forward).

Tidy Dunbar Day

A Tidy Dunbar Day is planned on Sunday 20 June
The schools, rotary club, Guides, brownies, rainbows are all taking part - if anyone is willing to take part in helping with the area round Hallhill, just come along on the day.
The council will provide bags, bibs, pick ups, gloves etc and will remove the rubbish same day.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010



Summer starts in a few weeks!

Dates for the 2010 “Summer Series” of handicap races have just been announced…..

Wednesday       2nd June           Haddington

Thursday            24th June          Dunbar

Thursday           1st July             Longniddry (hosted by George Armstrong / JogScotland)

TBC             W/C 19th  July   North Berwick  ( exact date to be confirmed- watch this space)

Tuesday            3rd August        Musselburgh

Thursday            19th August       Dunbar (plus BBQ)

See you there.

Thursday, May 06, 2010

Edinburgh to North Berwick

Windy conditions but it didn't stop 217 runners finishing the 20 mile course.

Stuart Hay beat his previous time to take 7th place overall in
2:08:37, taking the trophy for 1st over 45 runner. Brian Davidson
finished in 2:39:28 - a great time for his first race over the Half
Marathon distance. Neal Wyatt finished in 2:45:15 and Anne Hay in
2:52:17. Well done everyone.

Up and Coming Races


The Auld Toun 10K Road Race will take place at 7.30pm on Wednesday 2nd
June 2010. The race will start and finish in Pittencrieff Park,
Dunfermline and new for 2010 we are introducing chip timing by Winning
Time UK. Online entries are now being accepted through;

EntryCentral at


Q-Buster at


The Strathallan 5 Mile Road Race will take place at 7pm on Saturday
5th June 2010. The race will start and finish at Strathallan School,
Forgandenny by Bridge of Earn. All proceeds from this event will be
donated to charity. Online entries are now being accepted through;

EntryCentral at

Entry forms for both events can also be downloaded through the club
website at

Moorfoot Runners Beltane 10K Race 20th June - one for the diary

Message from Moorfoot:-


"The Moorfoot Runners are hosting their annual Beltane 10K Race on
Sunday 20th June.
We know that your clubs' runners have enjoyed our Cross Country, Road
Races and Hill Races in the past – this year we trying something new -
our 10K is a Trail Race !
The entirely traffic free route takes in the parks, river paths and
woodlands, east and west of Peebles, taking in the best of our local
scenery along the River Tweed.
The start and finish are at the Gytes Leisure Centre, offering
changing facilities and parking.
Full details of the race can be found on our website.
You can enter by downloading a postal entry form or enter online
through Runners World.
Please can you forward this information to your club members - we hope
to see you your club vests at our race – the day of our race is also
the start of our 2010 Beltane Festival; why not stay on in the
afternoon and enjoy the start of the local festivities."

Members Benefits

Prizes and more on offer at members' evenings

Come to Run and Become in Edinburgh on the 11th May or Achilles Heel in Glasgow the 12th May from 18:00-19:00 to enjoy our members' evenings with PUMA prize draws, free Lucozade products, specialised nutritional and footwear advice as well as the chance to take your photo with Usain Bolt's signed spike.

Drinks and nibbles will be provided while you browse, hear from experts, take your photo with Bolt's signed spike and find out if you're a PUMA winner.

The format of each evening is a short presentation from:
· Mike East, Commonwealth gold medallist and Olympic finalist, from PUMA
· Jaymie Mart, Nutrition and Relations Manager from the Lucozade Sport Science Team

There will be an opportunity to speak with both presenters afterwards with the PUMA prize draw taking place towards the end of the evening, giving away PUMA running shoes, a hoodie and a t-shirt on both nights.

Places are limited so please contact the venue you would like to attend to book your place:

Run and Become: Tuesday 11 May, 6-7pm
66 Dalry Road
Tel: 0131 313 5300
Email: [email protected]

Achilles Heel Ltd: Wednesday 12 May, 6-7pm
593 Great Western Road
G12 8HX
Tel: 0141 342 5722

Friday, April 30, 2010

Helly Hanson Top - OFFER

For the knock-down price of £15, a ladies long-sleeved, crew neck top in pink - size small.
Just drop Anne an e-mail if you are interested - first come, first served.

Sunday, April 25, 2010


The club had five runners down at London for the marathon.
Unverified results show that all finished in the following:-

Richard 3:07:10
Rhona 3:08:22
Neil “J” 3:51:24
Suzanne 4:39:50
Sheila “M” 4:52:57

Well done to all.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Pipe Band Contest - Saturday 8th May

This event will be held at Hallhill this year and volunteers are needed  to help out on the day - being on the gates, helping with car parking etc.  
About a dozen people are needed in all (that's between all the club's not just us), making it a couple of hours each.
Either reply to Anne or contact Bobby Peters, Facility Manager [email protected] if you are available.
Also, Anne is still looking for more marshals for the Edinburgh Marathon on Sunday 23rd May - some people have agreed to help, but a few more would be handy.
Contact Anne as soon as possible if you think you will be free to do this.
Thank You

Friday, April 16, 2010



I'm taking part in the Edinburgh Marathon 2010 on 23/05/2010 to raise
money for Alzheimer Scotland and I'd really appreciate your support.

It's easy to donate online with a credit or debit card - just go to my
JustGiving page:

JustGiving sends your donation straight to Alzheimer Scotland and
automatically reclaims Gift Aid if you're a UK taxpayer, so your
donation is worth even more. I hope you'll join me in supporting
Alzheimer Scotland.

Thank you.


Thursday, April 15, 2010


Here are some pictures taken at the Dunbar Belhaven Best 10km Race

Thanks to Ricahrd.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010



Four club members are planning to run the Palma Marathon later this year.

Jane, Theresa, Brian and Ian have decided to keep a record of their journey to the start line.

You can follow it here ..

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Club Annual Dinner - Theresa's report

We all headed out to the Rocks in Dunbar for our annual outing, and
prize giving celebrations. This year in addition to the prizes for
the club championship for 2009 we had a number of other categories
that club members voted for the winners.

The Club Championship for 2009 consisted of 13 races, but, unlucky
number 13, the Thirlestane Castle Race, was cancelled, leaving a round
dozen events to make up the points.

The number of Dunbar Running Club members who took part in those
twelve events ran just short of 683 miles in total – that's 98 miles
further than walking from Dunbar to Penzance; longer than Dunbar to
Weisbaden, Paris to Prague and Amsterdam to Milano.

The Club Championship went to Stuart with 38 points
2nd male was Ian Rowland - 29 points
3rd male was Brian – 16 points

1st female was Anne – 32 points
2nd female was Rhona – 22 points
3rd female was Sheila Morrison –14 points.

With a special mentioned for 4th female – Theresa. Pipped at the post
by that pesky Morrison yet again…..

Most Improved runner:
Nominees were:
* Suzanne – showing great improvement and more confidence in her running.
* Neil Jones – for knocking around twelve minutes off his previous
marathon time at the Loch Ness Marathon in October.
The winner
Brian – votes ahead of everyone else! Achieving several PB's through
the year and always looking as though he enjoyed it. As recently as
last weeks (January) parkrun he achieved another PB. Special mention
going to the fact I (Theresa) thought that the club handicap trophy
belonged on our mantelpiece, with I think 4 wins in 2009!!

Best Marathon:
Nominees were:
* Stuart - for determinedly trying to get under 3hrs.
* Val - 6th in her age category at Loch Ness Marathon in a time of 4
hours and 13 minutes. Val has great courage and a quiet determination
which makes her stand out from the crowd.
* Mary – came back to get a marathon personal best at the Loch Ness
with a time of 3 hrs 55 Minutes. All her marathons have been under 4
hrs and all at the age of over 50.
The winner
Rhona – for her incredible Marathon debut at Loch Ness with 3 hours
and 13 minutes.

Best veteran runner:
Nominees were:
* Ian Rowland – for his commitment to training for ultra running.
* Sheila Morrison – for continually turning up for a whole range of
events, her work with JogScotland and her enthusiasm for the club.
* Mary – as above, with her come back to run the Great North Run half
marathon in 1 hour 52 minutes.
* Steve – first East Lothian veteran athlete in the Haddington 5 mile
race in May in a time of 33.38 minutes. He also did the Galashiels
10k in April in 41.07 mins, the Loch Ness Marathon in October in 3
hours 35 mins. Steve remains a very competitive athlete despite being
53 years old, his enthusiasm for racing will never die.
The winner
Val –her Loch Ness marathon performance (6th F55+). Most supervets
would find her a hard act to follow. Vals marathon at Inverness has to
go down as one of the best marathons as she did a great time, and has
been running consistently well all year, getting stronger with her
marathon training.

Most injured runner (or "Most outstanding display of persistence in
the face of adversity")
Nominees were:
There was really only one nominee under this category, although Stuart
got a special mention for the most spectacular way of getting injured
at the Norham cross country race.

The winner
Frank - with lots of lovely comments received - "I wish we could see
him running in races again soon". "He also remains more cheerful than
many of us would under the circumstances". "…has to go to Frank for
repeatedly coming back for more!"

With also a couple of special mentions for:
Keith who doggedly pounds the tarmac in winter and finds himself up
towards Doon Hill in the summer and never complains.

Vicky for her longevity and commitment, keeping on running despite her
arthritis and for her great time walking the moonwalk last year.

More photos here:

The Mighty Deerstalker - Race Report

So somehow, Jane manage to talk me into running The Mighty Deerstalker at the last minute.  Just the 5km we were running, with only 3 bits of water to run through - couldn't be that bad could it? Well given that neither myself, Jane or Ian could walk for about a week after the run itself and I was using the tried and tested method of going downstairs backwards - obviously there was something challenging about the run itself!

The 5km started in the daylight at 2pm, with a large gathering of country gentry at the start line and a smattering of fancy dress.  I stuck to old running clothes as my preferred option for running - but seemed that some of the runners had hatched a cunning plan as things such as masks and snorkels came in handy for them later on in the race.  We started by a 200m run up a field to a hay bale wall which we had to climb over - at the same time as the rest of the country gentry.....which made it more challenging than it should have been! 
On a bit to the ponds, all nicely stagnant and full of frogs and toads.  Lovely.  Janie got stuck and was pulled out by what I thought was a helpful marshal, although don't think Jane enjoyed flying through the pond on her stomach!  Up to the top of the hill following mountain bike tracks, going up some balance beams and under a net before then being able to come back down the hill again.   Phew!  Or so I thought..... Going down was at least as hard as going up.  Some nice obstacles to climb over and under on the way... with a net to climb under at the end before hitting some road to run along.  Road? Whats that all about.  Far too normal for a race like this.  The along grassy path, through a river, then a tunnel full of freezing cold not so fresh water to the waste, with a funny gate to help us climb out.  Then I can't truly remember - there was more stagnant water, more fresh water, a hill, a tunnel we had to crawl through, a net to crawl
under and finally the finish line.  Approx 1hr40mins after the start.  And there were another 170 behind us!!!  Thats some 5km if you ask me - crawling a whole 5km would be quiker!  Interestingly the GPS measured it just shy of 6 miles....which sounds a bit closer to the truth!
Mad man Ian ran the 10km - goodness knows what length that race really is!  He did all the same as us plus a big scree slope to run up and down.  Oh yeah - and most of it he ran in the dark with a head torch on.  Mental.  And somehow, despite all that, he came 10th!  an achievement - helped only by the fact he cheated by avoiding some of the early ponds, running round them rather than through - a bit girly if you ask me!
I expect to see all club runners there next year!  Just watch the stairs for the week after......

Thursday, April 08, 2010

Edinburgh Marathon

If anyone is free to Marshall at the Edinburgh Marathon on Sunday 23 May, please let Anne know as soon as possible.
It is understood that the sector will be Prestonpans and this is not included in the half marathon which is being run prior to the start of the Marathon.

Tuesday, April 06, 2010


Dunbar Running Club hosted their annual 10K, sponsored by Belhaven Brewery, on Easter Saturday.  The familiar Boundary Race has been a fixture in the race calendar for a number of years, with this year seeing the introduction of a new, more challenging course for the runners, taking them out into the local countryside and including the climb up towards Wester Broomhouse Farm.  The race has being renamed The Belhaven Brewery Dunbar 10K and still has its start and finish at Hallhill Healthy Living Centre in Dunbar.
The weather conditions were favourable for the 11:00am start, with 279 runners completing the course.  The race was won by veteran Ken Chapman of Scottish Veteran Harriers crossed the finish line in 35:09.  Second was Gareth Green of Portobello Running Club in 35:22, with Moorfoot's Wull Hynd, also a veteran, coming in third place in 35:26.  Willie Jarvie of Portobello took the super veteran prize in 36:22, 7th overall.   It was a similar story with the winning ladies - veteran Melanie Henderson of Portobello Running Club finishing in 39:13 (29th overall), club mate Jacqueline Ramsay taking 2nd in 40:29 and veteran Janet McWhinnie of Carnethy taking third in 41:52.  First female super veteran was Kathleen Bolt of Portobello Running Club with a time of 43:58.  Both the male and female team prizes went to Portobello Running Club.
There were a number of runners from the East Lothian clubs taking part  – Grant Noble (DRC), Dermot Ferry (MADAC), Craig Goldie (DRC), David Lott (HELP), Alex Oliver (MADAC), Sandy Wallace, Finlay Smith (HELP), Alex Noble (DRC), Craig Wilson (MADAC), Ray Harris, Saartje Drijver (HELP), Clarissa Berry (DRC), Judith Donaldson (HELP), Audrey Grigg, Graeme Ingram (MADAC), Claire Simpson (HELP), Katy Gardiner (DRC) and Jeanette Rutherford (MADAC).
Race Director, Stuart Hay, thanked all the runners for taking part, also thanking the sponsors Belhaven Brewery and Run 4 It. 
Special thanks also to our favourite Red Cross Team, the ladies who helped out with the runner who was in distress and the gentleman with his children (the "Spottonians") who also gave assistance.

Saturday, April 03, 2010


Thanks to everyone who helped out at todays race.

Full race report to follow.....

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Round Britain Relay


As you may be aware, a group of us on the runnersworld forums have
taken it upon ourselves to organise a relay race round the coast of
Great Britain.

We are doing well filling in a lot of the legs but really need help
finding people to run some of the stages between Tobermory and
Ullapool on the West Coast of Scotland. We did anticipate this being
a challenge, as one of the most remote areas in the UK, but we do hope
that the opportunity to run through some of the world's finest coast
will outweigh that. The relay should be in the area around 6th to
12th June.

Is there anything you as a running club would be able to do to help
through promotion to your members?

The stages for the west coast leg can be found here: and I've included
some more information about the project below.

Do get in touch if you would like any further information.


Iain Moore

Wednesday, March 17, 2010


The committee are trying to finalise the list of 2010/11 club championship races. The delay is due, in no small part, to the fact that a lot of dates etc. are still not published by Scottish Athletics.
It has been decided that there will be a few slight changes this year.
First up. As well as an overall "champion" we are going to have a few titles within the championship. We will be looking to find a club 10k champion and a half marathon champion, and a cross country champ. So, while the list of races may contain one or more 10k races one will be chosen as the championship race.
Another change will be that we will be awarding points for performance at any marathon. So a runners best time this year will count to their overall scores.
The provisional list is........

  • The Gala 10k - 11/04/10
  • Black Rock 5 - 11/6/10
  • Peebles 10k - 20/6/10 (trail race this year??)
  • Musselburgh 10k - July Championship 10k
  • Haddington Half - First Saturday in August?
  • Hawick Half - September
  • Norham 10k - September
  • Jedburgh Half - October Championship half
  • Cross Country (One in November, December and January 2011 - dates and venues not yet known)
  • Plus: Any marathon.

As already stated this list is, by necessity, a bit sketchy right now. We will "firm up" the dates and publish a better table as soon as we get details.

WANTED: A volunteer to calculate, collate and publish the results .... don't all rush now.

10K - Saturday 3rd April

Just a reminder that, as always, we will need marshals/helpers for the race on the 3rd.
Some people have already approached Anne to say they are available to help, but we will need more people on the day to ensure that everyone competing will have a safe, enjoyable run.  Remember, this event does not happen on it's own and extra help is always needed.
Anne and Frank will be asking members over the next week if they are available (we are aware some people might be away for the Easter weekend), or you can e-mail Anne to say if you can help out.  As always, any club member wishing to run the 10K will need to provide a marshal in their place.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Five Mile Race - June

Hi Guys,

I just wanted to say on behalf of Corstorphine AAC, thanks to all the
border clubs for hosting the series. Its a great event which we
always look foward to. We run a 5M race on the 9th June so hopefully
see some familar faces there. Click the line below for details :

Dean Carr
Corstorphine AAC