This is Keith Mills writing you from America. We will be here until July and then it will be back to Sunny Dunbar. We have had some fun weather, at one point we were in 24 inches of snow! Enjoyed the website will keep checking it for updates! Keep running, Keith & Mariella
Round five of the Borders District Cross Country series was held at Norham on Sunday 30 January 2005. With two races to go Colin Menzies all but sealed the series victory, by winning his third race in a row. The Norham course lived up to everyone’s expectations with a challenging route requiring runners to not only negotiate the numerous stream crossings but to be sure of foot when it came to the tricky down hill sections. A number of athletes came to grieve, including Stuart Hay the Dunbar Running Club President, on one particularly difficult decent, however Stuart picked himself up and kept going to the end to take 24th overall place and 8th male vet. Iain Rowland continues to record some impressive results by finishing in 3rd place overall but was again thwarted in his age group by taking 2nd place in the male 40+ category. With just two races to go Iain needs to work hard to score that elusive age group win. Ian Sills ran a steady race to take 9th overall and 5th senior male. Competition in this age group is hoting up with a number of athletes in a position to take a podium place in the overall competition. Grant Noble was three places behind Sills in the race and took 6th place in the male vet category. Ross Comb, on study leave from University, ran a strong race to be placed 21st with Stuart Hay, despite his fall finishing just 3 places behind. Anne Hay continues to be the quickest Dunbar Lady runner finishing in 40th place and 2nd in her age group female over 40 years. John Landells was 46th overall with Joe Bourhill 51st and leading his 65 + age group both in Sundays race and for the series. Karen Page finished in 55th place overall and was 2nd senior lady runner. Two more good results should see Karen move up the leader board. Clarissa Berry was 60th and 4th female vet with Amanda Thorntonsmith 64th. Other Dunbar runners included Mark James who finished in 5th place and Kevin Thorntonsmith in 70th position. HELP runners again enjoyed the experience of competing in this series. Sandy Wallace was 15th overall and Paddy McDonald 42nd.
In the junior race the star of the team is Lauren Smedley who has not only won all five races in her 12/13 age group but has secured an overall victory for the series. In Sundays race Liam Barcley was the first Dunbar runner to finish in 9th place. Lauren Peffers hot from the Deaf Olympics found the conditions a total contrast from the track in Australia but maintained her domination of the 14/15 age group by finishing in 12th place overall and 1st in her age group. One more win in her age group should secure overall first position. Megan Gaffney was 28th at Norham and 3rd 12/13 year old. Anna Dobson finished in 30th place and was 1st female under 11 year old and leads her age group for the series. Nicola Craig was 35th overall and 4th 12/13 year old and is currently lying in 2nd overall position in her age group. Abigail Twist was 37th on Sunday and 4th under 11 year old. Eve Baillie was placed in 39th position and 5th in her age group, 12/13 year olds. HELP`s Lisa Menzies continues to be her clubs sole junior representative and finished 31st and 4th 14/15 year old
Last night saw the running of February's 5km handicap race.
Another large field proved that this is a popular event.
Dougie Denholm in his first appearance at the event walked away with the trophy for first over the line. At least he will walk away with the trophy when last month's winner, Ian S brings it back.
Stuart's start to the race was slightly held up by the arrival of Sandy Wallace from HELP running towards the runners and starter on the Hallhill track, running past them and saying "I wont stop Im just out a run". Cynics may think that this was a spying trip to try and check out the competition.
Everybody's times were (in no particular order)
Clarissa 23.13 Karen 22.13 Anne 21.41 Lauren 21.02 Stuart 18.51 Grant 17.48 Ian S 17.25 Dougie J 26.22 Derek 26.35 Dougie D 22.43
The results of Sundays 5th round of the Winter Cross Country Series, held at Norham, can be found HERE (you will need Adobe to read this file). The results also show the standings after the fifth round.
Well done to everyone who stayed upright during the race.