Saturday, December 31, 2011


Sixteen runners took advantage of the near perfect conditions, on Auld Years Night, to take part in the Black Bun Run. A 1.5 mile "dash" from the Masons Arms to West Barns and back on what's an all too familiar route at this time of year as it makes up part of the winter "town run".
Some were chasing the "win", some were chasing a "time" and some were just out for the sheer hell of it (perhaps some did it to work up a thirst for the night?)
One runner even chose the event to herald their return to racing after a prolonged absence!

Whatever their goal...well done to everyone who took part.

Results can be found HERE.

Monday, December 19, 2011

2012 Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run

The Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run may be Scotland's largest mass
participation sporting event but we know that club entrants are the
foundation of that success. Online entries for the 2012 event are now
open and we hope that your club will encourage members to take part on
Sunday 2 September.
Enhancements for 2012
Along with feedback from our sister race – the Women's 10k – we are
planning a range of improvements for 2012 which should be of real
interest to your members. Developments for next year are kicking off
• Prices frozen for the 2nd year running – enter at 2010 rates!
• Limited edition technical t-shirt option for early
bird entries*
• More of the same great organisation and friendly atmosphere

Keep checking the website regularly for the latest updates on the 2012
developments and enhancements. Alternatively, encourage members to
join our online community on facebook or twitter for instant updates.
Raise more for charity online
The Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run is a fundraising powerhouse
with an estimated £1.5m going to good causes in 2011. With our online
fundraising system you can raise more for charity compared to other
online systems. This is because our provider is not-for-profit so
their charges are lower and they collect Gift Aid contributions for
Find out more about fundraising online on our website.
Thank you for your continued support of the Bank of Scotland Great
Scottish Run and may we wish you a successful 2012 for your club.

See you at the start line!

2012 Bank of Scotland Great Scottish Run Team

The Strathearn Marathon

The Strathearn Marathon is a brand new marathon in Perthshire which
will take place for the first time on Sunday 10th June 2012. It is
organised by Strathearn Harriers running club.
The race starts and finishes just outside the village of Comrie, and
its route follows quiet roads through the beautiful scenery of
Strathearn. The setting is stunning but with about 1500 feet of
ascent this is an event that will present a tough challenge even to
experienced runners!
We hope the Strathearn Marathon will be of interest to your club
members and we'd be very grateful if you could make them aware of it.
Full information about the race is at
Many thanks for your help.

Phil Tipping
Race Organiser
[email protected]

Friday, December 16, 2011

The Festive Holidays

The last night for the club will be Thursday 22nd of December,
returning two weeks later on 5th January.

By way of seeing in 2012, how about taking part in the Black Bun Run
on Hogmanay! Those familiar with this will know it is a nice dash
round a circuit of about a mile and a half - starting and finishing
opposite the Mason's Arms in Dunbar. This is open to members, their
families and friends (that includes children) and commences at 7:00
pm, whatever the weather.

If you don't over-indulge and fancy a New Years' Day run - there's
always the Portobello Prom run. Good fun and only four miles. Keep
an eye on the Porty website for details.

Merry Christmas everyone.

Sunday, December 11, 2011


Santa, his good lady Mrs Claus, some of their helpers and even an unfeasibly sweaty Frosty the Snowman all took to the streets of Dunbar and pathways of John Muir Country Park this morning, along with other less colourful but equally enthusiastic runners to take part in the Festive Half and 10K races.

First back in the 10k race was Joe Bourhill knocking about 7 minutes off his handicap time, while Andy Sheldrick got in a bit early London training and knocked 4 minutes off his handicap to cross the line first in the half in a time of 1:40. While Santa's little helper Jamie bagged the prize for best costume!

All times can be viewed HERE while some extra photos can be viewed HERE.

Thanks to Frank for stopwatch duties and to Jim for the big box of sweeties - "they also serve who only stand and wait"

Thursday, December 08, 2011


Please note that due to the severe weather, and taking travel advice into account tonight's interval session has been cancelled.

Not that we would expect many to turn up in this weather anyway!!

Wednesday, December 07, 2011


Strange indeed that the very day the news is full of reports telling us that 40% of cancers are due to "lifestyle choice" and encouraging us to take better care of ourselves (including exercise) another report makes the press... A report that suggests that endurance sports can be bad for you.

Sounds like an excuse for fatties to mumble "told you so" as they shove another slice of cake into their face.

But you can read the article HERE and make up your own mind.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

UK Athletics Award

Following the success of Henry Muchamore of HELP winning the scottishathletics Volunteer of the Year last month Henry was nominated for the UK Award.
On Saturday in London Henry collected the UK Athletics volunteer of the Year Award (the only Scottish winner on the evening).  So congratulations to Henry.
There is a news article on the scottishathletics site - and an article on the UKA site

Monday, November 28, 2011

Rock 'n' Roll...

Rock 'n' Roll...

The Rock ‘n’ Roll Edinburgh Half Marathon is coming to town 15 April!  And they'll be announcing the Course Route December 1st!  But Run 4 It Edinburgh fans and runners will get the scoop beforehand!  Stop by our store on Wednesday 30th November from 4:30 - 7pm for a sneak peek look at the course, registration specials, prize giveaways and FUN times!

Monday, November 21, 2011



Some nice pictures of yesterdays XC race at White Sands from Brian.

Who, I suspect, extended the course onto the slippery rocks to enhance his photo opportunities.

And thanks to Ian for adding a couple of extra wee hills onto an otherwise fairly flat route.

Anyway. Thanks to everyone who helped out on the day and a big thanks to the council for assistance in getting the public loos open, as well as giving us the key for the height restriction barrier. (Also a big thanks to the council for removing the “David Essex fan club” earlier in the week!)

Other than a couple of wrongly transcribed numbers in the junior race (and those will be sorted soon) the feedback appears to be quite positive.

Couple of nice reports on the Portobello site HERE and HERE , while both Moorfoot and Carnethy seemed to enjoy their day out by the seaside.

Again, thanks to all, and now we can “relax” and enjoy running the remainder of the series! J

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

New Decathlon Store opening

See below a message from Michael at Decathlon. We used them a lot in
Manchester as they have a good range of stuff at reasonable prices. They do
loads of other sports too so if you fancy a turn at wrestling or water polo
then it may be worth a visit. Contact him if you want to get your name on
the guest list. Don't forget to mention the club name.


On Wednesday 23rd November, the night before we open to the public, we're
hosting a special 'sneak preview' night of the new store for all the local
sports clubs in the area. There will be a champagne reception, nibbles,
prizes to be won and appearances from Ali Kellock, John Beattie and Joss

Every guest on the list will receive a goody bag containing a £10 voucher to
spend on the night. The first 50 guests through the door will receive a £20
voucher and the club that brings the most members will receive a £300

Kind regards,

Mike McHale
PR and Events Manager
Decathlon UK
Tel: 0207 394 2019
Mob: 07785461155
[email protected]

Monday, November 07, 2011


In case you missed it.
Charlie Brooker writes in todays Guardian about becoming a runner. See HERE for full article.

Worth reading some of the comments too.



Although it's officially Spring here, Val was running in 32 degrees (maybe more) of sunshine on Saturday. See the attached photo - the first entrant in a) the furthest travelled retro vest competition and b) the hottest run retro vest competition. There were 43 runners on Saturday doing either an 8.1k long course or 4k short course. Everyone gets timed each week and there's a handicap run on the last Saturday of the month, followed by a BBQ of snags (sausages). Hope you're all running well.

Cheers, Jim

Sunday, November 06, 2011


Well done to all those who took part.
Provisonal results can be found on the Borders xc site ( )

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

London Marathon

Just a reminder to everyone that the club has two guaranteed places for the 2012 London Marathon.  As no one has come forward to say they were unsuccessful in the ballot for places, these are on offer to anyone in the club who would like to run at London - one person has noted interest, so if anyone else would like a guaranteed entry, let Anne know before the end of next week.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Things To Do On A Lunchtime......

Either have a sandwich at your desk.....

Or go for a wee jaunt with a running legend.....

For more see

Wednesday, October 19, 2011


The new Dunbar Running Club "Buffs" have just arrived. Just in time for the cold nights and the cross country - sadly, though, NOT in time for the Doon Hill race (which was the whole point).

Anyway. These can be worn as scarfs, balaclavas, hats, bandannas, caps, something called a "foulard" (no idea) or are handy as masks if you fancy a bit of a riot. Ladies can wear them as hair bands, while the gents can use them to disguise the onset of slap-headedness.

I seem to recall an advertising slogan... "Buff's...dozens of ways to look a diddy" (maybe not).

Remember to see/pester/annoy Anne till you get yours.

Lets see if we cant get some photos.

Speed of Light

My apologies for contacting you out of the blue, however we would like to give your running club the opportunity to be involved in the early stages of an event which is taking part next year called Speed of Light.
To give you a bit of background to the project, Speed of Light will be Scotland's official contribution to the London 2012 Festival and the Cultural Olympiad. A major commission for Edinburgh International Festival, Speed of Light will run for 3 weeks throughout August 2012, and will be seen by over 18,000 people.
We are looking for distance runners from across the country to take part in Speed of Light and next August, up to 5,000 runners will have the chance of a lifetime to run a choreographed route around the path network of Arthur's Seat at night in specially constructed light suits.  The stunning visual results will be viewed by a ticketed audience from the summit of the hill every night.
At the moment we are still in the planning stages of the event and we are looking for 150 volunteer runners to help us test out routes on Arthur's Seat during the day as well as making shapes on the hill using smaller groups of runners in our prototype light suits once it has got dark.
Our next rehearsal is taking place on Arthur's Seat on Saturday 29th October between 1.30pm till 5.30pm (day session) and 6pm till 8pm (evening session with light suits).
If this sounds like it would be of interest to your group and you would like to volunteer to be part of our rehearsals then please reply to [email protected] by Wednesday 19th October to book your places (Please state which session; afternoon only OR afternoon and evening)
Finally, we will also be launching our runner registration on 31st October, so please visit our website ( to be part of the big event next year!
Best wishes,
Claire Miller
Engagement Co-ordinator

Monday, October 17, 2011

Sunny for Some!

The sunshine here yesterday couldn't compete with the heat of Palma de Mallorca where Ian Sills and Jane Timms ran the half marathon.  Ian finished 40th overall, 5th in his category, with a time of 1:22:55 and Jane ran a PB with a time of 1:58:09.   Closer to home, Rhona Anderson competed in the Aviemore Half Marathon, finishing 28th overall in 1:27:25 and 4th in her category.   Stuart and Anne took part in Rod's Memorial 10K in Berwick, with Stuart coming in 3rd and Anne being the second lady to finish.
The previous weekend was our own 10-mile race in which George Gilhooley finished 15th overall in 1:06:07 to take the 1st over 50th prize, with Rhona 3rd lady overall in 1:08:32 and newcomer Andrew Sheldrick having another good race, finishing in 1:19:48.
On the 2nd October, Stuart and Anne ran the Loch Ness Marathon, with Stuart finishing 35th overall with a time of 2:59:12 and Anne finishing in 3:51:04.   Sheila Morrison had a jaunt to Ireland and took part in the tough Causeway Coast Half Marathon on the same day, finishing in 2:34:10. 
The long awaited Rigg Race, postponed from the end of May, was a race of choice for Dr Neil Jones on 25th September, with Neil finishing in 44:52.
And now the wet weather is setting in, we can look forward to a few muddier races to come!



HELP have, once more, invited us to take part in their Goats Gallop race on Sunday 13th November.

It starts at 10:30 at Longyester and the route is multi terrain and takes in a climb up Lammer Law before a beautiful fast, downhill trail road that goes past Hopes Reservoir, before heading back onto road and back towards Longyester. All in all its just over 8 miles.

Previous years have seen us going for something to eat afterwards in the Tyneside Tavern.

Highly recommended.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Run With Ron




Run with Ron

Thursday 20th Oct



66 Dalry  Road

Haymarket,EH11 2AY


 Running legend Ron Hill will be paying a visit to Run And Become, Edinburgh's specialist running shop, from 12 noon on Thursday 20th October.  Come and chat to, arguably, Britain's greatest marathon runner, and tap into the experience of the former  Olympian, Comonwealth and European marathon champion.  At 12.30 there will be a chance to "Run with Ron" on a short leisurely paced 5km loop from the store, as he keeps up his remarkable schedule of having run every day since Dec 20th 1964 - an incredible streak spanning over 45 years without a missed day of running .


Afterwards enjoy a well earned refreshment and from approx 1pm - 2pm Ron will be in store   to answer any questions or simply chat running !


 Fine just to turn up, but e-mailing your likely appearance to [email protected] would be appeciated.

Special in store offer on 20th October:  Free Ron Hill hat and glove set worth £17 with any

regular priced Ron Hill clothing item.


 Further enquiries to Adrian Stott 0131 313 5300.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011


The 2011/2012 Borders Cross Country series kicks off this year on Sunday 6th November at Lauder.

Details of all the races can be found at the Borders XC website ( )

Please note that Dunbar hosts the second race in the series on Sunday 20th November. This race is at White Sands and we will be looking for marshals etc.


I won't comment. I merely post a link to this article for your consideration....

"Does running make you fat?" From the Independent, Tuesday 11th October.

Oh dam it I will comment - "what a load of shi**!!"

Sunday, October 09, 2011

Doon Hill Race 2011 Photo's

All the action from the top of the hill.

Let us know by Flickr Mail if you want any e-mailing in higher res, or if you want one removing.

Richard Taylor

Saturday, October 08, 2011

Dunbar 10 mile race - provisional results

The provisional results for today's EDF Energy Dunbar 10 Mile race can be found HERE
Please let us know of any errors or omissions.


Friday, October 07, 2011


Online entries for this years EDF Energy, Dunbar 10 Mile Race (a.k.a. "Doon Hill) are now closed.

Note, however, that entries on the day are still available. Registration is at Hallhill Healthy Living centre in Dunbar. Registration opens at 9:30 and will close at 10:45 (race starts at 11:00).

Please note that the race has this year moved back one week from its usual space in the race calender.
This is to coincide with the 25th Anniversary of the founding of Dunbar Running Club.

Monday, September 26, 2011

A Good Weekend For....

....a couple of races.
On Saturday Ian Rowland and Lee Curtis took part in the Two Breweries Race - 18 miles from Traquair House, Innerleithen to Broughton, with over 4,900 feet of climb.  Ian finished 33rd in 3:36:59 and Lee in 4:10:19 - both improving on their 2008 times by around 9 minutes.
On Sunday at the Norham 10K Grant Noble finished 3rd overall in 36:49.  Stuart Hay finished in 4th place in 37:00 and Ian Sills in 6th place in 37:44 - those results meant that Stuart took the prize for first male vet and the threesome bagged the male team prize.  Brian Davidson finished in 41:38 with Susan Lyle not far behind in 42:43, which gave her the prize for 1st female overall, also taking the first to the top of the bank prize.  Anne Hay finished in 48:41, receiving the first female super vet prize, with new member Andrew Sheldrick, in his first race, having a good run in 49:24.  Jane Timms also had a good run, finishing in 54:23 which gave the Dunbar ladies the female team prize.  Joe Bourhill took the over 70 trophy, finishing in 57:29.  An excellent set of results!

Sunday, September 25, 2011


More photos of todays 10K at Norham can be found HERE

Monday, September 19, 2011

Races and PB's

Some of us watched the Great North Run on TV yesterday, but some chose to run it and got a PB - namely Lee Curtis, achieving a time of 1:33:27.  Well done, forging ahead in such huge crowds of runners.
Also yesterday at the Stirling 10K, Brian Davidson cracked the under 40 minutes after his 40:03 PB at Paisley 3 weeks ago, finishing the race in 39:48.  So another "well done".  Theresa Lesley ran the 10K, which had over 800 runners taking part, in 59:29.
The previous week had Ian Rowland taking part in the Petzle Lake District Mountain Marathon Trial ahead of another challenge in the shape of the Two Breweries this coming weekend.
Another popular recent event was the Great Scottish Run Half Marathon, in which Rhona Anderson had another excellent run, finishing in 1:29:13.
Well done everyone!

Monday, September 12, 2011

The MacAndrew Road Relay Race 2011

Victoria Park City Of Glasgow is once again hosting the 72nd annual MacAndrew Road Relay Race on Saturday the 1st of October 2011 at Jordanhill. The start time of the race is 3pm. Registrations will be accepted on the day at the Refectory within Jordanhill School, Chamberlain Road, Glasgow.  Athletes should register for the event before 2.30pm.  Registration Forms can be downloaded here.

The Start/Finish line is on Helensburgh Drive, about 1/2 mile from the changing and registration area.

Teams of 4 men or 3 women will circuit the three and a quarter mile course.  The cost of entry will be £16 for a mens team and £12 for a female team. Vets are 35 years for women and 40 years for men.

A full map of the route can be downloaded here.
Last years winning team was Glasgow University Hares and Hounds "A", they finished in a combined time of in a time of 1:06:13.

VP-Glasgow won the senior women's race, finishing in a combined time of 59:07.  Just under 100 teams competed for the prizes on offer in 2010.  This year we expect to exceed that number.

£700 in vouchers to be spent at Achilles Heel on Great Western Road, Glasgow, will be awarded in prizes to the winning teams and individuals on the day.

Hope to see you there.

[email protected]

Saturday, September 10, 2011


25K run and afternoon BBQ on PhotoPeach

Thanks to Jim for this.

Friday, September 09, 2011

Rod's Run - 10K Multi-Terrain Race

Berwick Harriers are organising the second Rod's Run 10k multi-terrain race, following last year's charity walk and run.

The date of this year's event will beSunday, October 16thand will start from Spittal  Point Car Park at 12 noon.

Registration for Rod's Runwill be at Spittal Bowling Club, Sea Road, Spittal, Berwick-upon-Tweed. TD15 1RN between 10-15am and 11-45am.  The race entry is limited to 200 and entry is only on the day.

The entry fee is £10 for UKA affiliated runners and £12 for non-affiliated runners.  There will be medals for all finishers and also trophies for first male and first female finishers.

Berwick Harriers  will donate £2 from each entry + the proceeds from the earlier charity walk to a cancer research.

For more information please contact Peter or Jeanette on 01289 305988, or Dave on 07739 091324.
A friendly, enjoyable race - some of us did it last October and hoped this would become an annual event, so think about giving it a try.

Thursday, September 08, 2011


The club have been given two places this time round - the completed forms, along with payment have to be with the organisers by early January. 
As with previous years, anyone who applied for London and has not being successful in the ballot, is entitled to a club place (if there are several people in this position, the names will be drawn out of a hat).  Let Anne know if you would like to apply for one of the club places.  If there is no one in this position, but there is anyone who left it too late to enter and would like a place, then you can note your interest with Anne as soon as possible.

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Tiso - Discount Evenings

Hello everyone,
Our discount evenings for this autumn and winter will be held on Tuesday 25th October and Tuesday 1st November.  We will be open from 6pm until 8.30pm
Discounts will be;
10% off all maps, publications and GPS
15% off all waterproof jackets and trousers, footwear, tents, sleeping bags, rucsacs and accessories
20% off all climbing hardware
Blues The Ski Shop will also be offering the following discounts;
15% off Alpine Skis, Boots and Ski Clothing
10% of Touring ski equipment and accessories
You do not need a membership card to come along and you are welcome to bring along a friend or colleague.
New autumn/winter stock is arriving each week and already we have seen fantastic pieces from Rab, Mountain Equipment, Haglofs, Icebreaker and Montane in particular.
I'll send out a reminder closer to the time, but if you have any queries in the meantime please don't hesitate to get in touch.
Calum McRoberts
General Manager
Rose Street
Graham Tiso Ltd
123 - 125 Rose Street Precinct
Edinburgh, UK

Monday, September 05, 2011


Hope everyone had a great run on Sunday and enjoyed the picnic afterwards.

Great to see so many runners in their new "old" vests!

More photos can be found HERE

25th Anniversary - Continued

After the 10-mile race this year it is intended that we run the 10-mile course as a club after the race is over and the presentations have taken place - in the retro vests, of course.  
A booking has been made at The Rocks for 7:30 that evening for those wishing to attend.
Please let Anne know if you intend to come to The Rocks.  Thanks

Monday, August 22, 2011

You have to be in it to win it !

Dunbar runners were successful in two races this weekend. On Saturday, at Haddington, Rhona Anderson ran into 3rd place of 68 in the half marathon to win the SAF medal for 1st female super vet. There were also impressive half marathon debuts for Grant Noble finishing 8th of 156 in 1.21.55 and Susan Lyle, 7th in 1.38.55.
The following day four runners tackled the Northumberland Coastal Marathon, a gruelling, off road, out and back run along the coastal footpath. Anne Hay produced a superb run to win the ladies race in 4.11 remarkably only 16 minutes off a recent road marathon time. Also competing were Ian Rowland  3rd in 3.34 and Lee Curtis who found the going tough so soon after competing an ultra race who pulled out at Craster. Val Herring completed the Dunbar team performance, finding time to battle though the pain barrier and finish the race in 5.48 whilst celebrating 40 years of marriage to Jim. Well done, that does deserve a medal !

Saturday, August 20, 2011


Waiting for Godot...

Great weather for the Haddington Half again.

Three Dunbar runners posted good times and even managed a trophy or two (Rhona, Grant & Susan).

A report may follow soon. In the meantime here are some photos taken by Anne.

As ever, please feel free to copy/link/download/nick/whatever.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Last of the Summer Series

The final leg of the Summer Series which also doubled up as a fashion shoot for the new 25th Anniversary Vest, being worn by one of East Lothian's leading male models.
More pictures here

Thursday, August 18, 2011


Wednesday 17th saw a big turnout for HELPs annual Carfraemill to Giford run.

Conditions were ideal and all the runners had a great time.

Some pictures of the event can be found HERE

Apologies for the quality of some of the pictures (a bit blurry).

Thursday, August 11, 2011



An entry form for the Norham 10K can be found HERE. The race is on the 25th September.

For anyone who hasn’t done this race before this is a nice scenic route through quiet B roads and a nice big country estate.

This is a well marshalled, well organised “run for runners, by runners”.

Monday, August 08, 2011

Event for 25th Anniversary

The club is planning to host a celebratory 25K on 4th September, which will start around 10:00 on the day - meeting at Hallhill, of course.  Individuals can run the whole distance, run it as a relay, walk or cycle.
Afterwards we will be holding a barbecue/buffet at the beach hut, Tyninghame, from around 2:00pm onwards.   Let Anne know if you will be attending the barbecue/buffet please.  Thanks

Thursday, August 04, 2011



One to look forward to….

HELP are holding their annual Carfraemill to Gifford run on Wednesday 17th August.

As usual the bus leaves Gifford (outside the Goblin Ha’) at 6:30 to ferry the runners to the start line.

From there it’s a lovely 10 and a bit miles mostly on quiet roads, but also along paths through the Lammermuirs to Gifford and a welcome drink or two and something to eat at the other end.

Please let Stuart or Anne know ASAP if your coming along.

And remember…… its NOT a race

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Kirkintilloch Half Marathon

This new half marathon is taking place on October 9 2011, which runners can enter on line at EntryCentral. The direct link is

The inaugural Neil McCover Memorial race is being held on the roads around Kirkintilloch, East Dunbartonshire. The race is being supported by the local council and Strathclyde Police. The course was previously used by the Luddon Half Marathon in the 1980s, and at that time generated some of the fastest times in Scotland, including two of the top 20 all time best performances over this distance.

The race limit has been set at 1500 and we are encouraging runners of all abilities to consider taking up the challenge of competing in the race. There are special prizes for 'novice' half-marathoners, as well £2000 of prize money.

Neil McCover was the chair of Kirkintilloch Olympians and competed in road races, duathlons and triathlons. He was a highly respected Superintendent in Strathclyde Police and was tragically killed in a cycling accident in October 2010 whilst training with colleagues.

Come along and help make this a memorable race.

Kintyre Way Relay

Just a little taster of events coming up in 2012 - more information will follow in due course.
Kintyre Way Relay: 16 June 2012.  66 miles of glorious scenery shared between relay team of 6.
Kintyre Way Ultras: 16 June 2012.  New choice of distance: 36, 45 or 66 miles.

Duns 10K

The above 10k will be held at Putton Mill Fitness Centre, Duns on Sunday 4 September. 
Details and online entry form can be found at or contact Bruce Millar on 07919 381382.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Largo Law Hill Race

The details for the above race are:


Monday, July 25, 2011


Some nice pictures of the recent Musselburgh 10K..[email protected]/sets/72157627268273238/

Thanks to Brian for these

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Another Race Abroad........

...and in a different climate, with it's own challenges.
Lee Curtis ran his Icelandic race on Sunday - the Laugavegur Ultra-Marathon (55km), coming in 30th out of 289 finishers with a time of 5:53:28. According to reports it was sunny and a bit too hot for some with 17 runners either dropping out or being pulled from the race for failing to make check-points within the designated time. 
So a great run from Lee - check out the website

Monday, July 18, 2011

Cursa Muntanya Torrelavit 10km


Whilst holidaying near Barcelona I found this local 10km hill/trail race to
do up in the mountains. Not a bad little race and my first experience of
Spanish running.

ŒThe Fiesta de L¹Esport, Torrelavit¹ included a couple of kids races, but
the main event was the 10km. Set in a small town in what appeared to be the
middle of nowhere, over 300 runners turned up to run. Torrelavit¹s version
of Stuart Hay, the race organiser Juango Marquez did his bit for
international relations and gave me a number, despite the race bookings
closing 2 days earlier. Muchas gracius! I was the only UK and English
speaking runner so the language barrier was a problem. Despite a 7.30pm
start, it was still 28C on the thermometer and heat was going to be my
biggest problem. I noticed none of the runners were carrying water, so not
wanting to look like a loser before we started I ditched mine. A good move
as water stations at 2km and 6km (on a 10km race!) provided welcome

I nudged my way to the middle of the crowd at the start. No starting pistol
here though. Instead they light a Roman Candle and when it explodes (in
amongst the crowds of screaming kids) it is a mad dash through the narrow
streets before heading out to the local vineyards. Overtaking was a
challenge as the route was lined with cacti and other nasty prickle bushes.
The path was a dry, dusty, stony path and sun was burning. By 2km the water
station was timely as by then my mouth was so dry it resembled something
like Ghandi¹s flip flop. From here on it was a circular route of ups and
downs. Occasionally there would be a bit of shade in the woods but the heat
was draining. The downhill sections were a challenge too as they headed down
badly eroded paths. I hit the breaks a little there as I was trying to
remember what exactly my travel insurance did cover. I wasn¹t sure falling
down a ravine was one of them!
I carried my water and used it to cool down later on. This seemed to annoy
some guy behind me who kept shouting at me. I plodded on leaving him to
sweat it out. Other hazards included a variety of reptiles that run across
the path. The course was circular and at 9km we were heading down hill on
familiar ground. But just as I settled in for a sprint home, another spike
of a climb faced me. It caught me out as I¹d used up quite a bit of energy
and it forced me to a walk. At the top of it I could see the figure of an
athlete collapsed on the ground. The heat had taken its toll on him. The guy
in front shouted something at him and he responded so I knew he wasn¹t dead!
I shouted ³Ee¹ argh mate not far now², but he just groaned something back in
Spanish. I was of little use to him so I ran past and decided to get help.
Fortunately someone else had the same idea and an ambulance passed me as I
ran to the finish line. At the finish line I was delighted to hear cheering
kids. I later discovered it was a recording of them (probably taken when
they let off the Roman Candle) that is triggered by your chip as you pass
the sensor. After a cool down I collected my goody bag and then indulged in
the post race feed of fruit, cake, chocolate and Coke. Sadly no prizes for
me, although I was happy with a position of 24th and a time of 47minutes, a
nice techy t-shirt and the unusual gift of a carton of Christmas soup!


Nairn Half Marathon

Next month (Sat 20th August) sees the 27th Nairn Half Marathon taking place, one of the main athletic events within the Nairn Highland Games. Starting and finishing within the Games arena, the race is a blend of coastal and countryside running. 
Entry forms will be on the club noticeboard but on-day entries will be accepted.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Musselburgh Festival 10K

Just a wee reminder that this takes place a week on Saturday - the 23rd July - entries are filling up rapidly. Pre-entries only on line at;

The closing date for entries will be midnight on Wednesday 20th July.
Number of entries will be capped at 400
Accurate times by chip timing system by Winning Time.

Race will incorporate the East District Road Race Championship.

Date: Saturday 23rd July
Start Time of 10k; 10.30am
Registration on the day from 8.45 to 9.45 am
Cost: £10 entry if member of Scottish Athletics, £12 others
Venue. Loretto School Playing Field, New Street, Musselburgh
Course: Flat made up of tracks and paths.
More information on the club website

There will be prizes for;
1st Female
2nd Female
3rd Female
1st Female over 40
1st Female over 50
1st Female over 60
One prize per runner (excluding team prizes)

1st Male
2nd Male
3rd Male
1st Male over 40
1st Male over 50
1st Male over 60
One prize per runner (excluding team prizes)

Women's Team (3 to count)
Men's Team (3 to Count)

First runner from EH21 postcode

There will also be a fun run starting at 12 mid day.

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Philiphaugh Hill Run (Selkirk

The hill run takes place on the 14th August 2011. This is the 2nd year of the race and there are 2 distances to compete in - 4 mile and 7 mile routes.

There were 82 entries in 2010 and it is hoped to increase this to over 100 this year.

Will Hynd of the moorfoot runners won it last year with Darren Dougal coming in a close 2nd.
Details of the route can be found on the scottish hill racing website

Monday, July 04, 2011


Fancy a nice short race? How about this........
Attached is a poster for the annual "Curfew Run" in Berwick-upon-Tweed.
This years run starts at 8pm on Wednesday, July 13th , entries will be open from 6-30pm at the Parade outside Berwick Barracks (£4 for seniors, £2 for juniors). Entries on the night only and limited to 150 runners. Medals to all finishers of the 1 lap of Berwick Walls course with category prizes.
The challenge to finish before the Curfew Bell stops ringing (13 minutes for 1.2 mile course).

Friday, July 01, 2011


Results of the third leg can now be found HERE.

Many thanks to George Armstrong for hosting this race.

Next race is at North Berwick on Thursday 21st July. Meet at the life boat station about 6:45.

Friday, June 24, 2011



16 Dunbar runners (plus support) went to Portobello on Thursday to take part in this short, fast race.
Conditions were warm and, perhaps, a little breezy for the return leg, but some good times were posted and a few trophies bagged along the way.

Farnk and Ian's pictures can be viewed HERE while the results and even more pictures are to found at the Portobello web site.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Dunbar Summer Series Aquathon

More than a few dedicated web footed runners splashed their way around the latest of the Summer Series courses in torrential rain. The bonus wet t-shirt competition was won by Neil Jones.

UPDATE: Results, as ever, can be found at the Summer Series Website ( )

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

West Highland Way Race Review

I entered this race back in October and back then I only gave myself a 50/50 chance of making the start line. As the months progressed however I managed to complete my two preparation races, the 50k champs in Perth and the Highland Fling so by this point several scenarios where going through my mind. I had to turn up at the start just to see which one would prevail.
As we lined up at the start there seemed to be a bit of a rush for the back of the back where I chatted to a couple of guys, Graeme and James before wishing each other good luck for the race to Fort William. This seems a bit of a contradiction as I wasn't racing and I was only heading to Drymen for a drink with my support crew , then Balmaha for some cereal etc. Only at the end does the reality of having ran 95 miles sink in, that is exhastion, leg unable to be lifted, muscle fatigue but underneath all that is feeling of sheer elation flickering away.
The journey itself went exactly to the vague plan we had, mostly. Nutrition and hydration went well even though it was never a finalised plan but I was relying on my support reacting to instruction on the way. I had given myself lots of options and had enough food to last a week. I was eating and drinking the whole way and only lost 1 lb in body weight on the race scales.
The weather was better than had been forcast and stayed dry for about 12 hours. When it did start raining it went on long enough to turn some of the path into a flowing water course so keeping the feet dry became impossible. Depite this I had no problems with the feet at all. I had one sock change to check out how they were doing but when it got wet I just had to hope for the best.
I chatted away with many people running the race too, it's amazing how these guys pull you along even if it's just saying hello as they pass by. I didn't really feel in the right place at the start but I soon realise we were all in the same boat.
My support crew of George, Stuart, Anne and Frank were awesome, turning me out of each checkpoint and meeting place with the efficiency of an F1 pit crew. I could have done with a wheel change however as leg problems occurred throughout the race which ultimately determined my finishing time. Left hip, left knee, back of right knee, top of right quads, as soon as one pain eased another would kick in. I was only running freely for a short section in the middle of the course. It occured to me that others would be suffering the same problems I was, so I guessed this must be what this race is like. By now each stop was taking me longer to loosen off after and I knew eventually I wouldn't be able to do so and would have to resort to walking.
The section from Kinlochleven feels like the last section and as I left with Stuart, who had been supporting me since the Ski Center, I had no idea what my fate would be. I had considered dropping out at KLL in my mind but knew I wouldn't get much support for the idea if I mentioned it as it was so close to finish, I mean it's only 15 miles, but that was take us over 6 hours to do. At this point I couldn't lift my right leg much so the steep sections,up and down, and the steps were very awkward and slow. I was hoping it might go as the other pains had. It didn't but the Search and Rescue  aid stations had a remedy in the form of a freeze spray and a reviving drink across the Lairigmor. It seemed to help and we kept walking hoping the movement would help further.
It was getting close to going dark again and we passed a few words with fellow runners making the best use of the remaining daylight by being able to run. The section down to Lundavra is very runnable and I hadn't considered not being able to run this section. It made it feel like a long way down to the final pit stop where George fed and watered us again but my mind was fixed on finishing now. There were 6 miles left with some tricky sections up to a wide forest road which seemed to go on forever. I was kept entertained along this section by the West Higland Way hallucinations, I was pleased not to  miss that bit of the way. 
Anne and Frank had walked about a mile back up to meet us and we all walked in together. It was great to have a support runner, just by being there Stuart had managed to drag me across from KLL and when George met us at the Leisure Centre I was pleased we had all made it from start to finish together, a real team effort, a trillion thanks guys!
It was also good to see the organisors who had reassured me at the start, Adrian, Ian, Mags and the Lord of the Bridge there too. There, I  was provided with Whisky which just about finished me off  but was revived with a heart warming mug off tea. The organisors and all race supporters deserve a huge thank you also.
I have spent a couple of days resting and trying to recover my right leg but am still trying to get my head around the scale of this event and what it represents for me. So far I have worked out that the West Highland Way Race is a phenomenal event and nobody has to take anybodies word for that!

Monday, June 20, 2011

WHW Race - photos

On Saturday 18th June, Ian competed in (and finished) the West Highland Way. For some pictures of the day have a look HERE

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Traprain Law

A rare day of rain in East Lothian did not deter a small group of club
runners from heading to to East Linton for the Traprain Law Hill Race. It
was a wet, muddy and slippery course, but Rhona Anderson held off some
fierce competition to win the women's race. Good runs from Grant, Stuart,
Richard, Neil, Anne and Lee too. Watch this space for the results.

Photo: Thanks to Scottish Hill Runners

These action shots just in from Jim:[email protected]/sets/72157626811987165/ (maybe a wee bit more blue sky than I remember).

Wednesday, June 08, 2011


It's competition time!

The club is going to get a stock of banda, hat, scarf, tube type things made up... This type of thing...

These are going to be given to all members (senior and junior) and also handed out at our next race (Doon Hill).

This is part of our 25th anniversary celebrations. But we want a design that's produced by one of our members.

What we need is a design that covers a maximum area of 24cm x 48cm and can only have three colours: green, black and white (club colours). The design can be a lot smaller and repeated (or "tiled" over the print area.)

While not essential we would prefer something that's relevant to running, relevant to Dunbar and reflects the fact that the club is 25 years old (1986-2011).

We only have a couple of weeks to choose a design so the deadline is tight and the closing date is Wednesday 22nd June.

Please submit your designs via the usual club email address. Entries can be any of the usual format files (jpg, gif, bmp etc).

So get designing now.. Remember there's no prize as such, other than the satisfaction of seeing your design on loads of other runners...


A couple of photos of successful Dunbar runners getting their prizes at the recent Haddington 10k.

A great album of action shots is available at Bob Marshalls site.

Tuesday, June 07, 2011


Please note that the club AGM will be held in Hallhill Healthy Living Centre on Tuesday 7th June 2011 at 8:00pm.

Castle Bank Challenge

This is the same evening as the Portobello Prom Race, but for those of you who fancy something different, this is a great event to do.


THURSDAY 23rd  JUNE 2011










 (Chartered accountants)


DISTANCE 6K APPROX 13 years and upwards

And 4K  APPROX  for 11-12 years




ENTRIES ON THE DAY: SENIORS £5.00;   JUNIORS to 16yrs £3.00

Register FROM 6.30PM




Friday, June 03, 2011

Junior Win

Congratulations to the Dunbar Primary School athletics squad who once again won the East Lothian Schools athletics competition. Much of that team are members of the club and clearly the hard work they and their coaches are putting in has paid off. Well done to you all.

This Sunday the Juniors head off for Match 2 of the CSSAL.

Thursday, June 02, 2011

Simon Wake Comrie Hills Relay Race

Just a short message to invite you or your club to enter one or more teams for the 2011 Simon Wake Comrie Hills Relay Race on Sunday 11th September.
The race is named in memory of our friend and clubmate Simon who died tragically from pancreatic cancer in 2008, aged 47. The proceeds from the race will go to support research into this terrible disease. 
As you may know, the race is a 42k relay with 2,110m of ascent, run in four stages for teams of five runners. After temporary changes to Legs 2 and 4 last year, the 2011 race reverts to its previous route, which starts and finishes in Comrie village in Perthshire and follows a highly scenic route up and around the hills surrounding Glen Lednock.
Legs 2 and 3 cover rough mountain terrain, while Legs 1 and 4, although challenging, are closer to trail races.
Last year 35 teams took part and we hope to see as large a field again in 2011. We can't guarantee sunshine on the day, although the weather has been kind in previous years, but we can offer
°        category and leg prizes provided by our sponsors, The Famous Grouse Experience
°        a barbecue (included in the team entry fee)
°        what we hope will again be a very enjoyable and competitive race.
Full race information and entry form can be found at


The results of the first leg of the summer series are now available at the Summer Series web site ( ).

Wednesday, June 01, 2011


The Portobello Road race is on Thursday 23rd June. This is a nice wee 4 mile run along by the prom that is always popular and occasionally blessed with nice weather.

More importantly it's been suggested that we try to get as many as we can along to this event and then all head off for a curry afterwards.

Photo is indicative only (actual curry may vary).

If you want to go to the curry then please let Stuart know ASAP (or at least by 21st) so we can book.

A Few More Miles......

The last three weekends have seen Dunbar Runners competing in various events - hope everyone has recovered in time for the start of the Summer Series.....

On Sunday, Clarissa Berry and Sheila Morrison ran the Doubletree Dunblane Hydro 7.5 mile - Clarissa finished in 1:09:32, with Sheila not far behind in 1:09:51.

The previous Sunday was the EMF Marathon and Half Marathon with a big "Well Done" to the Marathoners Ian Sills 2:49:00; Stuart Hay 2:55:52; Brian Davidson 3:22:14 (a pb by nearly 10 mins); Neil Jones 3:44:28 (also a pb) and Neal Wyatt 3:48:47 (another outstanding pb). Also A "Well Done" to Half Marathoners Lee Curtis with an impressive time of 1:40:44 (on top of the 7 mile run to the start line), Marjorie Kelly with an excellent time of 1:51:10 and Margaret Maxwell having a good run with 2:05:57 - both Marjorie and Mags achieving pb's.

On Saturday 14th Jane Timms and Theresa Leslie ran the popular Loch Leven Half Marathon, with Jane finishing close to her pb with a time of 1:58:52 and Theresa finishing in 2:09:51. On the same day grant Noble had another excellent run finishing 6th overall in the Penicuik 10K with a time of 36:53. Richard Taylor finished in 39:11 and Andy Anderson in 44:53.

Well done everyone, particularly as so many of the races have meant battling against high winds.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Workout in the Woods

My name's James Buchanan and my wife and I run . I would like to extend an invitation to all Dunbar Running Club members to join our Workout in the Woods session on Wednesdays at 6.30pm, meeting at the corner of Middlemass and Kellie Road.The first session will be free for members of your club and £4.00 after or 11 sessions for £40. We use a mixture of interval running, strength endurance exercises with kettlebells, medicine balls and TRX, along with 1-1 pad work. As an ex-distance runner/triathlete myself I know the importance of race pace intervals, pushing the anaerobic threshold, strengthening the ligaments in the knees and strengthening the posterior chain and core muscles for correct running technique. Various recent studies also show the benefit of this type of training for aerobic exercise. My wife Cristina is also a CYQ qualified running coach trained in the pose method. Please pass the message to your club members and I hope to see some of you next week.
James Buchanan

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Musselburgh Festival 10k

Entries for the Musselburgh Festival 10k are now open. Pre-entries only on line at;


The closing date for entries will be midnight on Wednesday 20th July.

Number of entries will be capped at 400

Accurate times by chip timing system by Winning Time.


Race will incorporate the East District Road Race Championship.


Date: Saturday 23rd July

Start Time of 10k; 10.30am

Registration on the day from 8.45 to 9.45 am

Cost: £10 entry if member of Scottish Athletics, £12 others

Venue. Loretto School Playing Field, New Street, Musselburgh

Course: Flat made up of tracks and paths.

More information on the club website

Thursday, May 19, 2011


Lauderdale Limpers Running Club

The (now) Famous 2 Pubs Race

A 4.6 miles handicap multi terrain race from the Tower Hotel Oxton to the Lauderdale Hotel Lauder

Tuesday 14th June 7.30 pm

Registration from 6.30 pm at the Lauderdale Hotel, but register your entry by 12th June on 01578722799 to help catering, handicapping and organization.
(Buses to start 7.00, 7.20)

A £12 entry includes race organization, prizes, coach to start, buffet supper and alcoholic/non alcoholic drink voucher.
Changing and Showers available at the Leader Leisure Centre until 9.00 pm.
Sponsored by the Lauderdale Hotel and Lauderdale Limpers.
(Please note that this event is not covered by public liability insurance and entry is at your own risk)

Monday, May 16, 2011



Ah.. “summer” and all those long, warm, sunny evenings…..

We probably won’t get any of those this year, but at least there are the usual summer series races to look forward to J

Provisional dates for this year are:

Wednesday 1st, June, Haddington

Tuesday 21st June, Dunbar

Thursday 30th June, Longniddry (hosted by George Armstrong / JogScotland)

W/C 18th July (Date TBC), ELT probably at North Berwick

Tuesday 2nd August, Musselburgh

Thursday 18th August, Dunbar (plus BBQ)

Friday, May 13, 2011

Club Championship Races 2011

Here are the races that will make up the 2011 club championship series.
Usual rules apply.

ASICS 10K Haddington, 4th June

Peebles Beltane 10k, 19th June
Porty Prom Race (4 miles), 23rd June (curry afterwards??)
Famous Grouse 10k Crief, 10th July (mini bus and meal??)
Musselburgh 10k, 23 July
North Berwick Law Race 3 August
Edinburgh Park Run (17th Spetember?)
Jedburgh Half OR 10K (30 October).

Any marathon.
First three Borders XC races (excluding Dunbar)

Wednesday, May 11, 2011



                 For all those running or otherwise involved

        in this year's Edinburgh Marathon you are invited to a


                ***************Pasta Party ***************


           at our house on Saturday 21st May at 1.00pm. 

             Bring along a small dish of your favourite

               pasta to share with your fellow athletes.


Please contact either one of us to confirm you will be joining us.


Ian and Jane





Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Anyone Fancy a Hill Race or an Ultra?

The Edinburgh to North Berwick on Saturday proved to be a scorcher as the rain earlier in the day died out, making the 20 mile route quite tough on the competitors.

Ian Sills came second overall with an impressive time of 2:10:19, with Stuart Hay finishing 4th in 2:13:55. Rhona Anderson was second female overall, finishing in 2:24:10. Lee Curtis finished in 2:40:19 just a week after competing in the Stuc a Chroin. Neal Wyatt finished in 2.44.12, Anne Hay in 2:55:41 and Neil Jones 2:59:52.

Photo (c) Mike Newton. More of Mikes photos HERE.

It was still pretty warm on Sunday for the Gala 10K with Grant Noble taking 6th place with a time of 35:24.

The previous weekend, the temperatures were described as like being in an oven, with Ian Rowland being the 85th finisher (out of 320 with 58 dropping out en-route) in the 53 mile West Highland Way with a time of 10:30:36.

Lee Curtis achieved a pb in the Stuc a Chroin 5000 on the same day (the 5000 representing the total climb in feet). This one is always run on the Saturday before the May Day holiday, so a date for the diary for anyone who fancies it next year......

Monday, May 09, 2011


Jim was out and about on Saturday taking some photos of the Edinburgh to North Berwick race.

More of Jim's pics can be found here:[email protected]/sets/72157626551249041/

Couple of pictures from Stuart Symington, who was out and about encouraging the runners (as well as handing out much needed energy gels)