Archive for November, 2008

Sandy honoured with life membership of Scottish Athletics

At the ScottishAthletics Annual Awards Dinner held in the Marriott Hotel Glasgow on Saturday November 22nd, Sandy Robertson a member of Troon Tortoises AC received Hon. Life Membership for services to athletics.

Sandy joined Edinburgh Southern Harriers in the 1950’s and was a very good Cross Country runner becoming East District Champion on several occasions. Sandy won silver medal at the Scottish 3 Mile Track Championship at Meadowbank in `1957. His time was 14mins 16.8secs. The winner was AJ Wood Aberdeen in a time of 14mins 16.4secs. Sandy still remembers how close it was and how all of ESH was cheering him on. On moving to Troon he started several jogging groups and through his Grade 1 coaching abilities encouraged many to undertake the running of the first Glasgow Marathon. He served on the Cross Country Union before the amalgamation with the Women’s Cross Country Union.

He was the convenor of the Road Running and Cross Country Commission for three years and was on the organising Committee for the European Cross Country Championships in Edinburgh in 2003.  He is a Starter and was a member of the course building team which set out the courses for the World Cross Country Championships held in March of this year in Edinburgh. Paula Radcliffe, guest of honour, presented Sandy with his award – and a kiss – which put the icing on the cake!


In my news round up last week I somehow completely forgot to mention Anne’s tremendous performance in the New York marathon where she came through the crowds in an excellent time of 3:48:58.  Not quite a PB but given that it’s a crowded and hilly course, a great performance.   She looks like the happiest lady in NY and there are more great photos of her here.  I wish I could look so happy when running so close to my PB!

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Quite a lot of things to catch up with so this’ll be a bit long.  Firstly, a huge (and belated) congratulation to Hazel who completed her first half marathon (with Anne’s help) in Jedburgh in a time of 2:02:35.  Better than my first half marathon by over 10 minutes!  A fantastic achievement.

The week before the Loch Ness marathon Tim had a potter over the hills in the Two Breweries hill race, a tough 18 miler between Traquair House and Broughton brewery.  Happy enough with his time of 4:29:29.  Despite vowing never to do it again at the time, he has a strong suspicion he’ll be back.

Following the Loch Ness marathon the was the October club 5k time trial. Bobby Miller was the first Tortoise home followed by Alex Drain in 21:58 and Kenny Fowler  in 22:06 (a PB).  Hazel and Alistair Kennedy also recorded PBs.

Bobby Miller 19:55
Alex Drain 21:58
Kenny Fowler 22:06 PB
George MacGregor 22:20
George Malone 26:14
Hazel MacFarlane 26:32 PB
Anne Nobel 26:32
Alistair Kirkcaldy 28:33 PB

On the 12 of October, Stan Bland ran in the Pentland Skyline hill race (a great race for anyone who has ever wondered “How many hills are too many?”) and finished in a creditable 4:09:55.

On the same day, three ladies from the club braved the chill winds to take part in the Ayrshire XC relay championships in Irvine finishing fourth out of the ladies teams. Anne Noble 18:22, Karen Robertson 21:18 and Mhairi Shaw 22:59.  Well done to the ladies for putting in an a appearance and putting the men to shame!

On the 27th of October Alasdair Skeoch ran the Dublin marathon in a time of 3:42:51 and ran negative splits too so well done Alasdair.

On the 4th of November it was time for another 5K time trial and there several more PBs. Kenneth Fowler was first Tortoise home and improved his time again to 21:11 (PB).  Stephanie, our visitor from Ayr also ran a PB as did Hazel who had an excellent run and knocked over a minute off of her time Well done to all runners.

Kenneth Fowler 21:11 (PB)
Alex Drain 21:50
Ian McNee 22:28
Steve Burnside 22:49
Bill Young 23:14
Babs Dawson 23:20
Robert Gray 23:47
Steph 24:00 (PB)
Dave Bolton 24:39
Hazel McFarlane 25:28 (PB)
George McGregor 25:28
George Malone 25:51
Karen McCabe 25:57
Alistair Kirkcaldy 28:14
Fiona Grant 30:08
Debbie Stewart 33:01

Lastly, it was the Kilmarnock XC race in Dean Park on Sunday and three tortoises ran in this one.  This time is was the men who turned up.  Alex Drain was first in in a time of 46:43, Tim was second in 47:13 and Owen settled for two laps finishing with Alex.

more photos from today.

A selection of photographs taken before, during and after the race may be viewed here.

The Fergie McDonald Memorial Run

A huge thank you to everyone who braved the elements for the run today. Over 100 people turned out to celebrate Fergie’s life in one way or another and £981 was collected for Yorkhill Children’s Hospital.  The weather could have been a lot kinder but as yesterday’s weather showed, it could have been a lot worse too!  Many people entered the spirit of the event by dressing colourfully as can be seen in the photographs below.

More photographs and details will be uploaded later .

Once again, a huge thank you to all who turned out to run or help with this event.

New York Marathon – Anne Noble

Wish I’d seen all of this before – you’re all so supportive! :) Having taken up so much of the NY trip with marathon events (Expo, pasta party + fireworks in Central Park, post-race party) I decided not to drag Alan off to an Internet cafe to check out the forum as (obviously!) there were so many places to see during our holiday.
Anyway, what a day! 8-) I’ll never forget it – just being in NY is amazing, but to run their marathon is momentous. The crowds are awesome – think of all the TV reports of baseball and American football crowds and you can imagine the energy they put into their cheering.
I got up at 3.40am and set off for the bus at 4.10am. Thanks to Ian Beattie and Alasdair for their advice, I had taken several layers of clothing (including hat, gloves and scarf) but after waiting in an open tent for 5 hours (newspaper reported the wind brought the temperature to below zero) and then no space in the “corrals” I was frozen and for the first 3 miles I couldn’t even feel my feet and tripped a couple of times. By 3.5 the blood was rushing painfully back. But did I care? No! With Frank Sinatra’s “New York” booming out as we set off over Verazzano Narrows Bridge and the sun shining I was smiling ;D away. The NY skyline beckoned us and after the bridge (first of 5) the crowds began. There’s an average of 2 million turn out to watch the 39,000 runners and it’s incredible. From Staten Island the route goes through the other 5 boroughs – Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, The Bronx and back to Manhattan. There were about 100 bands, cheerleaders, a gospel choir and marathon staff/volunteers encouraging everyone. The 5 bridges do mean climbing ( uphill for a total of 6 miles I read) but the energy of the crowd keeps you going – it’s been described as being in a Broadway show and having a standing ovation for 26 miles. Writing my name on the front of my vest certainly helped and the crowd smiled at the mini-kilt and tartan socks (“Go, Scottish woman” and “Love the kilt”).
I definitely slowed down for the last 3-4 miles (thanks for the details, Son, and if I haven’t spent all my money going to foreign marathons then there might be some inheritance for you ;)) but the last 2 miles in Central Park was just the roar of the crowd and brought everyone home.
As always, Alan was very supportive but I think he was disappointed that I didn’t get a PB – if only I didn’t take time to take photos (couldn’t resist), talk back to the crowd and High 5 everyone from the young children to the NY cops, I would have got a PB. But for me this was an experience, not a race and I felt like I was flying.
Yes, well done to Paula on her victory and also to (fellow Doonhamer) Hayley Haining who was 12th.
We stayed on until Tue evening and we were still passing people proudly wearing their NY marathon medals.
But, of course, really sorry ;) to have missed the 5k – any results?