Borders XC series 2012/13
|Lauder Dunbar Peebles Paxton
More Carnethy wins at
Borders Cross-Country, Galashiels
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
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
Borders XC - Paxton House.
Michael and Charlotte resume business!
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
Michael and Charlotte
dominate at 3rd Borders XC - Peebles
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.
Borders XC - Dunbar
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!
Michael and Charlotte
win at Borders XC series - Lauder
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