Borders XC series 2012/13

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10th February 2013
More Carnethy wins at Borders Cross-Country, Galashiels
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The last Borders Cross-Country of the season was held on an excellent, but very muddy (of course) course at Galashiels with two stream crossings that somehow managed to slip pass the Health and Safety inspectors! There was even a steep little hill. There were lots of tired legs from the Burdens but another Carnethy double as Michael Reid won the men's, with Andrew Gilmore having a storming run in 2nd place only seconds behind, and Charlotte Morgan won the women's.
In the overall series, Carnethy retained the team title; Michael Reid won the Senior Men; Charlotte Morgan the Senior Women; Stewart Whitle won the Over 50 Men and Bill Gauld won the Over 70 Men, with Ian Nimmo 2nd. Iain Gilmore took 2nd place in the Under 20 Men; there were 3rd places for Andrew Gilmore in the Senior Men and Adam Ward in the Over 50 Men. The series trophy for all participants who completed a minimum of 3 races (usually 4 but the Berwick leg was cancelled) was a rather nice horse brass. Some rather poor quality photos here. Results and series results here

13th January 2013
Borders XC - Paxton House. Michael and Charlotte resume business!
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It's becoming a bit pointless mentioning mud in report after report, but the XC circuit at Paxton House in the Borders certainly packs a copious amount into a short circuit, though fortunately the amazing cow poo(l) of last year was not included. Looking out of the window in Edinburgh the snow was beginning to fall after an absolutely freezing night. But the temperature lifted and the A1 at least was clear. A mass of cars at Paxton showed that no-one was deterred from racing, though we were missing a few runners doing the tri trail race instead. The circuit was a little different to last year and though it looked complex the marshalling and signage ensured everyone got around the figure of 8 ok. It's a pleasantly varied race with woods, stream crossing, fields and a path along the Tweed in its 3.43 mile course (and did I mention mud?). Michael Reid and Charlotte Morgan once again took the honours, with Andrew Gilmore & Ally Roberson 2nd & 3rd Carnethies and Jill Mykura very close behind Charlotte as 2nd place lady. Andy Spencely was 2nd M 50-59 and Bill Gauld was 1st +70. 16 Carnethies ran. Provisional results here

2nd December 2012
Michael and Charlotte dominate at 3rd Borders XC - Peebles
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Gorgeous frozen weather for this leg of the series which is the last this year, resuming again on the 13th January. The course is an attractive mix of river, railway, fields and woods. Spikes were a definite advantage as there were some icy sections, and Bill, apparently running as the Christmas Elf, was suitably shod. The rest of us did the best we could and I ended up slithering over; happily without injury. A few faces were missing from the large field of 218 as the 7 reservoirs race was also taking place today but there was still a large Carnethy contingent of 27 running. Michael Reid had an easy victory, as did Charlotte Morgan, both repeating the results from the first race at Lauder. Stewart Whitlie was 3rd (and 1st Over 50) with Adam Ward taking 2nd M50, while Tim Darlow had a great run in 7th place overall. Iain Gilmore was 1st Under 20 and Keith Burns won the Over 70s (and well ahead of a lot of younger legs in 81st place!). More photos here.


18th November 2012
Borders XC - Dunbar
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Brilliant sunshine and a biting wind for the Dunbar leg of the series. We slowly went numb as the start time came and went. A tremendous number obviously didn't go to Lauder, where the registration was in the warm and there were no queues. It took well over half an hour after the start time to get everyone processed. It might have been an idea to have another window open on the registration car!. So the advice for runners next year is to get here early if you still need to register. 1st lady was Jill Mykura seconded by Charlotte Morgan, who was possibly hampered by falling over a root after the first beach. Michael Reid was second and Keith Burns continued his excellent form from Tinto and ran another stormer beating novices Helen & Catriona, whose tremendous enthusiasm nevertheless remains undaunted. More stats when the results come in. The course of 4.27 miles, slightly shorter than last year as the first turn was short of the rocks, was dry, and it was quite pleasant to finish with warm feet. No doubt that will be remedied at Peebles in 2 weeks time. No paddling this year as the wind was too cold!

4th November 2012
Michael and Charlotte win at Borders XC series - Lauder
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What better way to spend a glorious sunny Sunday than to get ridiculously wet & muddy in the first of the winter Borders XC Series. Proper cross country, with mud so viscous it sucked the sole off Bill Gauld's shoe. Recent signing (from Moorfoots), Michael Reid was in superb form and led from the gun, to take first place and an early lead in the series. It was a Carnethy triple (at least!) as Charlotte Morgan was 1st woman and we were first team, with Michael 1st, Stewart Whitle finishing 3rd and Andrew Gilmore 5th. We had other category winners as well in Stewart (of course!) and Bill.
The large Carnethy contingent enjoyed the great course with steep descents, a steep (and very muddy) climb, loads of stream crossings (a few even had bridges, but most didn't), a long climb on the southern Upland Way, but the memory will be of the mud (and sun).
Stats and results here. More photos here

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