Annan & District Athletic Club
FESTIVAL OF RUNNING 2007
Competitors for the 1 mile track
The 5th ADAC Running Festival was held in the region at the weekend. The event consists of 4 events held over 3 days and once again proved to be a challenge to even the fittest of runners. Competitors could opt to take part in as many disciplines as they wished but the real test was to complete all four. This yearís festival attracted over 20 runners of all abilities and the results were age graded so that everyone competed on an even keel.
The first run, which took place at the Everholm in Annan on Friday evening, was the 1-mile track run. This was the biggest field of the weekend and it was 19 pairs of fresh legs that set off to complete the 1609 metres. First in was Andy Fairgrieve of Moffat who recorded a fine 5.21 he was closely followed by Richard Wright in 5.27 and another Moffat runner Dan Watson crossed in 3rd with place with 5.36. Jim Buchanan now in his 71st year ran an exceptional time of 6.09 which when converted to age grade made 82.42% and set the standard everyone would need to follow to stop him retaining victory for yet another year. Guest youngsters Danielle Beattie and Angus Johnstone of Nithsdale AC were not intimidated by the senior athletes and recorded excellent times of 6.02 and 6.35.
Ready for the Cross Country 30 minutes later.
With 30 minutes rest it was time for the 2nd discipline which was the 3.75 mile x country run .The route started from the track followed the perimeter of the Everholm out to the Jubilee Bridge crossing it and returning vie the Cuthbertson Bridge to the track. Once again it was a battle between Fairgrieve and Wright with the latter just taking revenge by a mere 16 seconds. Their times were 22.40 and 22.24. Kevin McCaig of Dumfries took the third spot with 23.14 ahead of Watson 23.40. Kevin Plummer 24.39, John Robson 24.45 and Gordon Vivers 24.48 spurred each other on to finish within a few strides and hot on their tail was first female finisher Mhairi Douglas who clocked 25.14. Buchanan once again recorded an unbeatable 84.16% with his time of 25.35. Newcomer James McGlynn 27.29 enjoyed his outing as did Vicky Little who was pleased to finish in 28.18 ahead of Johnny Minto 28.31 Louise Hopper 29.36 and Caroline Legg 30.51. Finally struggling with a knee injury Liz Dawson bravely completed the route in a respectable 32.07.
Saturday, during and after the 6 miles Road Race at Gretna
The new ADAC Canteen Johnny partaking!
With less than 24 hours to recover the runnerís ser off home to rest up for the 6-mile road run which took place at Gretna Green the next morning. Due to a couple of injuries there was only 11 turned up to tackle the testing route. The event was ran as a handicap start with the slower runners starting first to be followed by the faster ones and in theory everyone should cross together. Legg was first off and first back slipping the field with a time of 48.42. She was followed by Wright who had managed to pass the rest of the field and record a fine 35.22.McCaig also had a storming run around in 36.29 and recorded an excellent % of 79.17 however it wasnít enough to catch 70 year old Buchanan whose 40.14 earned 87.87%.
All smiles after the Hill Race at Moffat
Next and final event was on Sunday morning. This was the fell run and consisted of running a distance of 3 and half miles up one of the Moffat hills. Not the most favoured event by many of the runners but all were willing to give it a go.16 in total set off through the Gallowhill forest track and the leader was Fairgrieve and Mark Whitelaw who both admit to being quite at home on the fells. They came into view in the home straight together in times of 24.48. Wright did very well to hang onto them in his first experience of the terrain and recorded 24.57.Watson 26.18, Plummer 27.47, Robson 28.03 and Vivers 28.15 all favoured this type of run whereas McCaig 28.32 struggled to stay ahead of Buchanan 29.12. Nigel Priestley made an appearance on his favourite event and ran a favourable 31.34 ahead of Mintoís 31.46 and Vicky Little seemed to warm to the mountains running 32.59. JM 35.22 just held off Gordon Rogerson 36.42 who also seems to have a flair for this event and final runners in were Louise Hopper and Legg who took time to admire the scenery on route.
Caroline and Louise coming off Hind Hill Thanks for coming Kevin
It's all over
Clean-up time! Jim and Gordon
With all the events now complete it was time to add up the scores and it was no surprise to find that Jim Buchanan had won the Festival again to make it 5 out of 5 wins. He trains very hard and it was a well-earned victory for the Moffat runner who continues to inspire old and young in the club. The battle for the second and third spot was a tight one and after numerous checking it was McCaig who took the honours by a single point from Fairgrieve. Vivers finished in 4th place ahead of Wright in 5th. Hopper finished 1st for the ladies ahead of Little and Legg and well done to Plummer, JM and Minto for also completing all 4 events.
Full results and photographs can be viewed on the club website www.adac.org.uk
* Includes bonus 20 points for completion of all 4 events
*Anyone who did all 4 events receives bonus 20 points over and above their