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Jedburgh Running Festival 2011

The runners about to be piped to the start
The runners about to be piped to the start

Our final Race-of-the-Quarter, so well done to Joelle Lacouture, Neil Aitken, Heike Ulferts, Brendan Brodie, Giuliano Broccato (half marathon), Rachel Moir, Jo Forbes, David Dye and Murdo Macleod (all 10km) who took part in this year’s running festival in Jedburgh. This is always a popular event and this year was no different with 528 runners completing the half and 360 the 10km. Weather this year was dry but breezy. Both races share a lot of the same route, actually they share the hills! A nice scenic, friendly and welcoming event. Thanks to the organisers, marshals and helpers for all their efforts. Some good times and a selection of PBs as well.

Half Marathon

Place (528) Category Position Time
Joelle Lacouture 116 6 01:36:38
Neil Aitken 244 78 01:48:35
Giuliano Broccato 349 112 01:56:45
Heike Ulferts 429 51 02:04:16
Brendan Brodie 472 136 02:11:03


Place (360) Category Position Time
Rachel Moir 126 9 00:51:16
Murdo Macleod 131 20 00:51:29
Jo Forbes 142 10 00:51:57
David Dye 174 41 00:54:16

1 = First race over the distance. PB = Personal best time over the distance.

Joelle said: “Lovely medieval town of Jedburgh, not an easy start due to the hills but the noise of the bagpipes got us moving. The route was undulating and windy in places, due to the exposed trails, but the scenery made up for it all the way round the 13.1 miles. The finish was a challenge with the wind all the way down the A68 but we got there in the end.

Please see some photos attached that you may wish to include on the ERN website; I was 19 seconds shy of my p.b.”

Murdo said: “I’ve done the half marathon on a couple of occasions and as I was flying out to the States on Monday thought I’d use the 10km as a nice last taper run. Wore the New York Flyers vest that Alan Gardner had given me last year as a good-luck and it seemed to work very well indeed! Alan kindly arranged for some of the Jedburgh photos to be posted on the Flyers’ website at flyer photos.

Nice race, Jo kept me company on the way round; she’s going very well at the moment and managed to take 1.20 off her PB on what is an undulating course.

Registration and collection of numbers and chips is straight forward and the race starts outside Jedburgh Abbey after the runners are piped to the start by the local Pipes & Drums – warms the blood! The route is an out-and back with the 10km runners simply turning round earlier. However, they do have the joy(!) of having the humply bids in their section. The first couple of miles include a couple of hills and there is a significant climb with a couple of miles to go and once you get down near the town there is still a mile to go. Some good times this year; PBs for Rachel and Jo, David had a great run on what was his first 10km (and hence a PB) while Joelle was only 19 seconds off her PB! A lovely race, recommended.”

Some photos: (thanks to Nicola and Joelle)

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