Monday, 27 July 2009

Musselburgh Festival 10K race 27th July 2009

A number of Harriers went PB hunting at the Musselburgh 10k after a few people mentioned it was a fast flat course. This indeed was true. So, 9 Vics set up a convoy along the M9 (without GPS units this time) on Saturday morning to run the event that has grown in popularity over the years.

The route took in a few different terrains to give the runners a true test early on a Saturday morning, starting on grass and taking in tarmac, trail, mud, more grass and more tarmac. The first 3k was twisty, running on footpaths along by the Firth of Forth, before straightening up and moving out towards the back end of Musselburgh race course. A small bouncy grass sections then a stoney path seemed to suck the life out of everyone's legs between 7 and 8k, before the last 2k retraced the route back to the playing fields. The varied terrain was indeed a test to the runners, but something which we seemed to enjoy.

As always, the road runners seem to descend on races where home baking is supplied at the end the race, and as we sat chewing the fat over the race, whispers of cakes being "better than Crieff" were mentioned. Indeed, the quality and quantity of cakes and sandwiches supplied had us going for 2nd and 3rd helpings. Cake rating : 10 out of 10. A fast flat course with home baking at the end, this is definitely on the calendar for 2010. See you there.

Some race pictures, just click to expand:

Official Positions and Gun Times:

12th Anthony Devlin 35:47
13th Barry Paterson 35:52 PB
19th Fiona Matheson 36:28
63rd Colin Thomson 40:07
85th Brian Casey 41:26 PB
102nd Mark Dunnachie 42:46 PB
151st Tracey Newman 46:22 PB
188th Christine Eadie 48:13
233rd Elaine Thomson 50:47

Out of 325 runners

The full set of results can be obtained here

Tuesday, 14 July 2009

Young Athletes Final Sunday 23rd August

Following the recent league meeting, Falkirk Victoria Harriers have qualified for the Young Athletes final on Sunday 23rd August at Grangemouth stadium.

There were many good individual performances. Although a weakened team was fielded, we finished 2nd on the day.

Our athletes of the match were:

Eddie Reid - Shot Putt
Gemma Milne - for taking 10 seconds of P.B. in 800m.
Drew Meikle - for continally taking time of 1500m - 6 seconds from last race.
Kevin Woods - winning 200m in 25.51 sec

Full results should be available shortly

Good support is required for the final from both athletes and OFFICIALS.

If we do not have the required officials we may not get to compete. Anyone wishing to help should let Willie Day know as soon as possible.

Monday, 13 July 2009

The Famous Grouse Crieff 10K race

A large squad of Harriers arrived at Crieff on Sunday for The Famous Grouse Crieff 10K.

One of the runners, Christine Eadie kindly submitted this report:

None appeared to be put off by the driving rain on the way up, which was just as well because as soon as runners were forced out of the dry changing area to the start, the rain stopped.

The 10K is well known for the steep hill at the start, which starts out gently enough, but then goes on forever (slight exaggeration here) and gets steeper. Fortunately, there is also rather a good bit of downhill. The trails were a bit on the slippy side, what with the heavy rain and all runners boasted rather muddy legs at the end of the race. However, only the hardiest braved the cold showers afterwards.

There was compensation by a great spread laid on by Strathearn Harriers and rather a prolonged discussion on the merits of the cakes. In the end, the cakes were given 10 out of 10.

No doubt about it, Alastair and Colin will be back.

The race results:

Barry Paterson1639:46
Colin Thomson5243:56
Stephen Oliver5744:40
John Denholm6345:21
David Bunyan9948:13
Tracey Newman13650:49
Alastair McCallum13750:50
Christine Eadie
Elaine Thomson
The full results can be found here

A video of the race (in 4 parts) has also been posted on YouTube

Friday, 10 July 2009

Myra Perkins IAAF World Youth Championships Day 2

This is an update from yesterday's report:

Following their success on day one of the IAAF World Youth Championships (Sudtirol, Italy; 6th-12th July), the GB & NI experience is over – for now - for the two remainining Scots Greg Louden (Lasswade AAC) and Myra Perkins (Falkirk Victoria Harriers).

Scottish senior championships silver medallist Perkins - who finished third in the Aviva England Athletics Under-20 Championships a fortnight ago - was only 63cm short of her lifetime best when qualifying in third from pool B with her first throw of the competition (54.36m) on the opening day.

She went into yesterday’s final as fourth best qualifier but failed to emulate her early form in the final, her best effort of 52.44m not good enough for her to be in contention. She finished in ninth.

Thursday, 9 July 2009

Myra Perkins IAAF World Youth Championships

Myra Perkins progressed through the Hammer qualifying rounds on day one of the 6th IAAF World Youth Championships in Sudtirol, Italy (6th-12th July).

Scottish Senior Championships silver medallist Perkins - who finished third in the Aviva England Athletics Under-20 Championships a fortnight ago - was only 63cm short of her lifetime best when qualifying in third from pool B with her first throw of the competition.

The standard for progression through to the final (18.00 BST, Thursday 9th July) was set at 55.00m or the best 12 athletes, and Perkins starts as the fourth best qualifier.

The latest reports and results can be found here

Tuesday, 7 July 2009

Sandy Slither Friday 3 July

Christine Eadie contributed a report for this recent race:

The weather on Friday was awful, with heavy rain pretty much all the way to Elie in Fife, however, as we approached Elie, the rain tailed off and we were surprised by the odd bit of blue sky. Apart from a spit of rain just before the start, the rain held off for the whole race, making this a much more pleasant experience than was expected.

There was a new route this year, starting and finishing at Sandy Bay in Elie, which made things much easier logistically for runners. No figuring out how you were going to get back to the car that you'd left 6 miles away! The route was also slightly shorter, another plus, and with the new route being 5.7 miles a PB was guaranteed.

The route starts on the beach at Elie, and there is a long stretch across, hard and soft sand, not to mention lots of water. Then it was onto the road and the route was pretty flat until approximately half way, where you turn onto the coastal path, and the route takes you up a couple of steep climbs. Once these are over though, it's back to a sandy flattish path, but you have to watch out for the nettles. All 3 of us that went thoroughly enjoyed the run, and at £3, us females just can't resist a bargain.

Our race times:
Tracey McGowan -Position:69(14th female): 50m 11s
Christine Eadie -Position:70(15th female): 50m 15s
Elaine Paterson -Position:79(18th female): 51m 40s

The full results can be found here

Race pictures just click to expand:

7 Hills of Edinburgh 21st June

Three Harrier's Christine Eadie, Elaine Thomson and Mark Dunnachie competed in the 7 Hills of Edinburgh race a truly unique fixture in the road race calendar where as the race title implies you have to run up to the top of 7 hills.

One of those who braved this experiance Christine Eadie,submitted this report:

In this the 30th anniversary year of the race, there was a record turn out of competitors. The weather was hot and sunny, but with just enough of a breeze and plenty of shelter on the route for it not to be a problem. Three harriers took part this year, Mark in the Race and Elaine and myself in the Challenge. Mark very bravely tackled the course without being too sure of the route, and apart from finding himself going up the steep side of Arthur's seat, had no problems at all. Elaine and I were just there to enjoy the scenery and take in the views, which were spectacular.

Unfortunately, although Mark managed to find his way round the 7 hills route, he was rather let down by the Satnav on the way home, and an extensive tour of the streets of Edinburgh meant he nearly took longer to drive home than it took him to finish the race.

Our times:

Mark Dunnachie: 2h 31
Elaine Thomson: 3h 23
Christine Eadie: 3h 23

Some Photo's:

Friday, 3 July 2009

Brig Bash 1st July 2009

On a night that was hot enough to melt a glacier mint, two Harriers, David Bunyan and John Denholm, competed in the Brig Bash 5mile road race a well-established fixture in the road-race calendar.

The course was reasonably flat but there are a few short slopes and twist and turns, not to mention the number of flies and biting things from the fields and trees.

The forecast of slower times was proven to be correct with most of the field posting times 1 to 2 minutes slower than previous years with John and David being no exception with their times being about 1 minute slower than last year.

As usual with events around Perth the after race spread was fabulous with great home baking, enough to go for seconds (just to be polite!).


John Denholm - Position:78 Time : 34:27

David Bunyan -Position:100 Time : 35:48

The full results can be obtained here

Race pictures just click to expand:

A video of the race (in 3 parts) has also been posted on YouTube