Archive for February, 2015

National XC Championships

When the going gets tough … the tough get going and that applies to the Tortoises who braved the “character building” conditions at Callendar Park, Falkirk for the Scottish National Cross Country Championships on Sunday 22 February. Not only were weather conditions atrocious with rain and cold sleat combining with a bitter wind chill factor – a wind which as always seemed to be in the face of the runners – but the course was reminiscent of a world war one battlefield with thick mud throughout. The ladies race was two laps of 4K and experienced the worst of the weather with Caroline Mutch putting in another gritty cross country display coming round in 39’52 for 170th – special thanks to George MacGregor for his encouragement at one particularly slippery slope!

In the men’s race, over 12K (3 laps) and with a field of 571 and the odd glimpse of winter sun amongst the squalls, Fraser McPhail and Jim Phillips put in great performances and an entertaining inter club ding dong tussle. Never separated by many seconds, the two battled round with Fraser just edging ahead of Jim in the final stages, finishing in 53’33 for 377th. Jim finished 12 seconds later for 383rd in 53’45. Strong performances by both over a tough cross country test.

Feb 5k Age Grading Results

For a bit of fun we have this month converted the February 5k results into age graded positions, I have posted these on the forum, Bobby jumps into first place and Kate into fourth, it would be interesting to get feedback weather you would like to see the monthly results also converted to age grading, I have used the calculator on the below website

Age-graded information allows you to:

  • Adjust your performance to what it theoretically would have been during your prime running years (your 20’s and a portion of your 30’s depending on the race distance).
  • Judge your performance, using an achievement percentile, without bias for gender or the aging process (in other words, you are measured against a specific standard for your age and sex)

over 90% = world class

over 80% = national class

over 70% = regional class

over 60% – local class

February Training Plan

This months training schedule set by Graeme is on the forum page.

There is the standard single Tuesday session where we run as a group with Thursday’s split into two sessions, a standard run of around four or five miles and a longer training session to improve speed or stamina.

All beginners or new members there will be also options to run shorter distances on all club nights.

Note that if the weather is poor we may change some of the distances, please remember Hi Viz clothing’ be seen and be safe’

Scottish Athletics Masters XC Championship

On Saturday Feb 1st, Kilmarnock played host to the Scottish Athletics Masters Cross Country Championships (athletes over 40 for this race) and Troon were represented by the dynamic duo of cross country racing, Anne Noble and Caroline Mutch.

Cross country racing is renowned as a hard test and the Kilmarnock venue had its fair share, with a combination of snow, ice, mud, puddles and difficult terrain. The ladies race featured two laps of 3k with the early part of each lap a flat loop around grass playing fields before leading into the more challenging terrain. Such is the strength and depth of Masters racing that the ladies field was over 100 brave souls (men over 65 and ladies competing together), all braving the icy temperature on a deceptively sunny day. Both Troon ladies gave great performances establishing good positions in the early stages and battling through for highly creditable finishes. Caroline came round in a time of 31’57 for 55th and Anne a fine 32’27 for 58th and 10th in her age category.

February Club 5K

Seventeen runners took part in the second club 5k  of the year, on a near perfect night six PB’s were achieved.

Jim Phillips narrowly pipped the ever improving Stewart Swan to land the first place honours with Fraser Mcphail in a close third place, there was also a welcome return to the 5K from John McKinley – welcome back John.

Full results are on the 2015 tab on the main page.