Borders XC series 2013/14
|Peebles Gala Lauder
Carnethy win at Borders
XC - Dunbar
The last race in the Borders
XC series at Dunbar was in glorious sunshine,
as have been at least the last 2 here (ie the
ones I've been in). A bit of a breeze took
us tired Carnethy 5 runners (the day before)
nicely down the beach and past the lighthouse,
but oh, turning the corner and coming back
was not quite so easy!
Not a lot of us turned out. Those whose series places
depended on it did, and a small core of diehards made
up the rest. Andy Fallas and Mike Reid were in hot
contention race and series wise. Andy finishing 2nd
took the race today from Mike in 3rd place, and Mike
took the senior series by one point from Andy. Helen
Bonsor was 3rd woman running for the first time in
the series following injury. Vicki Gilmore was far
from last in her category, improving all the time!
I gained the Exalted and Giddy heights of 3rd M60 in
the series... Bill Gauld got a special award of Exalted
Elder of the Series of at Least 70 Years Old. Stewart
Whitlie won the series M50-60 class, Jess Dahl was
5th woman, Iain Gilmore was 3rd in the under 20 class.
Carnethy won the men's team prize, and for any other
stats the overall results are here.
from James Addie here and
the indefatigable Bob Marshall here.
And we all got a rather disappointing mug, when we
wanted our HORSE BRASSES!
Andy Fallas & Michael
Reid one two at Conundrum
Conundrum ndeed! The
weather was a bit grim though not quite ,
but it was very cold & windy. I don't
know if this route has been run before but
I tried to more or less memorise it, and
as the race progressed I thought - this doesn't
resemble the map. Eventually the route we
were running came up against a tape across
the race line (at the farthest point south),
the runners crossing it and returning back
the way but on the other side of a hedge.
Some vaulted it; I tried a racing limbo and
had my hat swept from my head for my trouble.
Bill assumed a diversion around a neighbouring
building but just lost time. So I have no
idea where we were actually supposed to go.
We followed all the marshals directions and
marking to that point, but the GPX trace
is quite different to the published map,
as you can see. Hopefully the whole race
took the same route; certainly all the runners
in my view took it. Anyway we enjoyed it!
Stewart Whitlie and Iain Gilmore did well
too, with 1sts in their categories. Results
The mystery is revealed!:
Your website report is quite correct in
that the route you ran yesterday did
not ressemble the course map. On
the day I expressed my apologies to your
first two runners - Andrew Fallas and
Michael Reid - and explained what happened.
One of my marshals, for reasons known only
to himself and which we are unlikely ever
to determine, having sent the Juniors the
right way proceeded to send the Seniors
the wrong way. The marshal involved
is an experienced coach and athlete and
was put in that particular spot because
of his experience. I can only apologise
for his error.
The positive of all this is that all the
runners went the wrong way so there were
no inequalities of distance and, in fact,
it would appear most of the route was run
as, after "the blip", everyone
regained the proper course. To date
feedback on the course has been overwhelmingly
positive and, of course, next year we will
ensure that this mistake is not repeated
- as you will appreciate this was the first
time a XC has been held in this venue.
The course was properly marked / signed
and, after the gales of Saturday, it was
walked and checked yesterday morning by
myself and my husband - everything was
in place before the start of the race and,
had the marshal in question done his job
properly, then the race should have gone
off without a hitch. I personally
feel absolutely dreadful as this marshal
is, in fact, my brother - someone I would
expect to rely on 110%.
I would be grateful if you would extend
my sincere apologies to those club members
who ran yesterday and experienced the difficulties. I
do hope they will all return next year
and run the proper course !
With best wishes
Coach / Secretary : Tweed Striders
Chair : Borders Winter XC Series
When the smoke is going
straight up you know it's a nice day. Crisply
cold with the mud at just the right state of
plasticity. Carnethies leapt for joy at the prospect
of the race, a short 3.4 mile series of loops
around the grounds of Paxton House and along
the Tweed. Andy Fallas took 2nd place. Helen
took a random number. Reminder: don't lose your
number. Provisional results here
A great start to the new
season of Borders XC with some familiar faces
that haven't been seen for a while; some of them
sporting a strange moustache. After yesterday's
miserable experience (Dumyat Dash in freezing
rain) the very cold wind was quite overruled
by the lovely sunshine. For the first time the
entire Gilmore family competed together, Harry
gallantly allowing Vicki to beat him over the
line and the lads coming in 8th and 10th. Andy
Fallas & Michael
Reid were 3rd and 4th, Stewart 13th and 1st M50.
My campaign for 3rd M60 this series was not helped
by the wholly unwarranted attendance of 3 other,
faster M60s. Bill ran well; included in the M60s
this series he was a creditable 7th in the category.
Nice course, nice mud, nice streams to fail to leap
over, and how satisfying it is to steam past road runners
who aren't any good at descending! And equally satisfying
to overtake them on the one (short) steep muddy ascent.
The soup was good too! Provisional
Michael Reid wins at Gala
Quite a short race
at 3.62 miles. Quite glad it was so short
as Willie's Tussocky Trot the day before
was long and taxing. Good to see Bob Johnson
out for his first XC, Gordon for his first
race in this series, and lots of other faces.
Helen Bonsor cycled out from Edinburgh to
support. The start leads into a turn through
the golden leafed woods, then out and around
some fields returning through the woods,
a steep little ascent and a stream crossing.
A bit of everthing and featuring new this
year - a very large pile, in fact a small
mountain of manure which was sadly ruled
out of bounds with race tape, though we got
to negotiate the foothills. Ladies' captain
Helen W has a unique talent for falling over
into 'deposits' but somehow failed to avail
herself of this magnificent opportunity.
The long dog leg around the wall unusually
allows runners views of the front and rear
of the field. You might spot Bill Gauld in
one photo. Andy Lennie's moustache (leading
Andy by some distance) just out of view in
the other. Jessie Dahl was slightly misled
by my forgetful assessment of the distance
and paced herself for a longer race of 4.5
miles. Sorry about that!
Great race. Next one Peebles! Results -
Michael Reid was 1st, Andy Fallas 4th, Stewart Whitlie
1st M50, Jessie Dahl 2nd FS, myself 2nd M60+ and Bill
5th M60+. 16 Carnethies ran.
for Michael Reid
Remarkably nice weather,
almost warm, in contrast to the last two years
with snow & ice. Fairly dry too so the
going was good on one of the nicest courses
on the Borders XC calendar. Michael Reid was
1st, Stewart Whitlie 1st M50, Hilary Spenceley
3rd F50. The results are here (...3rd
That's it for this year! Next one 12th Jan at Paxton
House. Oh and by the way - it's official - Andy's moustache