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.