Annan & District Athletic Club
ADAC HILL/FELL RUNNING CHAMPIONSHIP 2005
TINTO - SATURDAY 12th NOVEMBER 2005
Tinto Hill Race held on Saturday 12th November and run over 4.5 miles was the final race in this year’s ADAC Fell Racing Championship. A record field of 193 runners turned out on what was a damp, cold and windy day. Because of the recent wet weather we also had to contend with muddy underfoot conditions, good studs were required to stay upright. Five hardy athletes from ADAC took part with Mark Whitelaw continuing to impress coming home in 17th place with a time of 35.23 minutes. Not far behind was Roger Irving who finished 28th in 36.49 minutes. The greatly improved Andy Fairgrieve was next in 51st position with a time of 39.23 minutes, which was nearly 3 minutes quicker than last year on a day when the majority of runners were slower than previous years. John Robson came home next and was only seconds down on last years time in 42.35 minutes finishing in 84th position. Jean Robson had the best run of the ADAC members finishing 4.07 minutes quicker than last year in 162nd position with a time of 51.42 minutes. These results did not affect the outcome of the ADAC Championship, which has been won for the first time by Mark Whitelaw.
The leaders at Tinto were; 1st Alasdair Anthony – 30.57 minutes.
2nd Jethro Lennox – 31.27 minutes.
1st Lady Angela Mudge – 35.12 minutes.
2nd Lady Edel Mooney – 38.05 minutes.
MANOR WATER -SATURDAY 8tH OCTOBER 2005
Manor Water Hill Race held on Saturday the 8th of October and covering 10 miles with 2300 ft of climbing gave Mark Whitelaw his first win on the Hill Racing Circuit. Mark was a prominent member of a small group of runners that broke away from the field early on in the race. This group worked their way steadily up to the summit of Scrape Hill which is the turning point and from there the race started in earnest. Mark soon pulled away and settled into a comfortable lead which he held to the finish line. He finished one minute ahead of second placed Nigel Scott of Westerlands. Mark has improved continually throughout the season and after finishing second at Merrick a few weeks ago and a first in the run section of the Hard Rock Challenge (breaking the course record by three minutes) this win was not a surprise.
Interestingly his win comes 10 years after another local athlete won the race in the shape of Charlie Borthwick formally of Langholm and who now runs for Border Harriers.
A new face to Hill Running joined us on the start line at Manor Water – MR MURPHY. Rumours had been circulating that he was going to grace us with an appearance but they had been disarded as unlikely for several reasons, namely, he doesn’t like hills, even on the black stuff, he doesn’t like getting his shoes dirty or his Nike √ kit and Hill Running is for fun runners not a highly tuned road racing machine.
He bravely endured the cow shit, sheep shit and peat bogs not to mention the 2300 ft of climbing to complete the race and returned home in 112.29 minutes in 50th position. I am not sure that he will be accompanying us in the future as his finishing comments were along the lines of "I don’t understand how anybody can call that enjoyment" Time will tell.
Thankfully for the organisers 53 other people do enjoy Hill Running so much so that 12 of them took part in the dual challenge of completing Manor Water on Saturday and Pentland Skyline on the Sunday. Nigel Priestley was one of the twelve brave soles completing both and finishing 10th overall with times of 1hr 37.43 for Manor Water (38th) and 3hrs 40.08 for Pentland Skyland (80th) to give him a total of 5hrs 17.51 minutes of running.
For the rest of us lesser mortal’s one race in a weekend is quite enough and our positions were as follows.
Roger Irving 7th 75.57 – 3rd vet 40.
Andy Fairgrieve 22nd 86.31.
Jean Robson 51st 118.52 – 1st vet 40.
MERRICK - SATURDAY 17th SEPTEMBER 2005
Conditions on Saturday 17th September were not the best for this year Merrick Hill Race held near Loch Trool. It was cold, misty and damp for the field of --- runners. The Annan duo of Mark Whitelaw and Roger Irving led the field to the top of the Merrick and were only caught on the long descent down the Rig Of The Gloon. Mark was able to tag onto the chasers making a group of three to battle it out along the Buchan Ridge to the finish.
The race finish line comes at the top of a severe final ascent and Mark was just piped on the line by Ronnie Gallagher of Carnethy. None the less this was Marks best run of the year as he continues to improve setting yet another Pb.
Roger after his strong run out suffered through the lack of race fitness especially when descending, finally finishing in 6th position. Although disappointed at loosing four positions coming off the summit he was still happy to knock a minute off of his Pb.
Andy Fairgrieve was running this race for the first time and made a vital route error when coming off the Buchan Ridge which cost him dearly. He still ran strongly to the finish catching up and passing several runners for the SECOND time. Andy finished in --- place.
Nigel Priestley was next home in --- place and was happy enough with his run though some training would probably help his cause!!
Jean Robson running in her 4th race in 14 days did well to come home in --- place and 1st Vet Lady.
The ADAC team of Mark, Roger and Andy lifted the team prize so all in all a successful day for ADAC.
BEN NEVIS - SATURDAY 3rd SEPTEMBER 2005
Excellent conditions were present for this year’s Ben Nevis Race which is held on the first Saturday in September. The race which starts at Glaggen Park in Fort William covers 10 miles, 5 miles uphill climbing to the summit at 4406 feet and returning the same route back down to the finish. There were no visibility problems for the runners and temperatures at the 3000ft level were 12C, so no need for hats and gloves this year.
Four ADAC athletes made the journey to join the field making a total of 370 starters. It doesn’t matter how many times you have run this race the pre-race nerves are always present such is the severity of the climb and the danger of the descent. The relief and satisfaction on reaching the top are quickly replaced by the concern of the trip back down with legs that turn to jelly as you pick your way through the boulders back to the main tourist path.
This years race was won by Rob Jebb of Bingley who had an amazing 4 minute lead at the summit on last years winner Ian Holmes. Bingley was also the club of the first lady, Sharon Taylor who was winning for the second successive year. Their times were 1hr 29.22 minutes and 1hr 58.15 minutes respectively.
The ADAC quartet ably supported by John, Jennifer and Selina all ran well finishing with very respectable times and positions. Mark Whitelaw was 36th in 1hr 52.42 minutes and continued to carry the good form he has shown for most of the season into this race. Roger Irving 43rd in 1hr 53.58 minutes was very pleased to run as well after a long injury lay off. Owen Brown struggled on the long leg sapping descent but still finished with a creditable time of 2hrs 29.09 minutes finishing 218th. Jean Robson in her first Ben Race overcame the pre-race nerves to run very well and finish 312th in 2hrs 46.17 minutes.
The next ADAC championship race is on Saturday 17th September and is the Merrick Hill Race which starts at Bruce’s Stone, Glentrool.
BORROWDALE - SAT 6th AUGUST 2005
Near ideal weather conditions were present on Saturday 6th August for the 16 miles and 6500 feet of the Borrowdale Fell Race. This is one of the best attended races year in year out and this year was no exception with 384 starters. The field comprised of a wide range of abilities and ages with the first runners getting home in around 2 hours 45 minutes and the tail ender’s in 6 hours. Age categories were represented from senior’s right through to 60 years and over. The route takes in two of England’s highest peaks in Scaffel Pike and Great Gable and these arrive in the middle of the race so most runners have already been running for one to two hours before these imposing climbs, pacing you run is essential in reaching the finish of this run in one piece!!
Two ADAC runners tackled the course in the shape of Mark Whitelaw who had an excellent run to come home in 88th place and break the magical four hour barrier, his time being 3 hrs 51: 39 minutes. For Mark to finish in the top quarter of this quality field on only his second run over this course is no mean achievement. Nigel Priestley was ADAC’s other runner and was pleased with his time of 4 hrs 41:33 minutes which was a vast improvement on last year when he suffered badly in the scorching temperatures. Nigel had to struggle up the last climb at Dalehead with leg cramps (along with many others) but recovered sufficiently for the decent and finished in a respectable 239th position.
This year’s race winner was Simon Booth of Borrowdale in 2 hrs 46:18 minutes some way ahead of second placed Ian Holmes of Bingley in 2 hrs 51:20 minutes. First lady home was Sue Wood of Ambleside in 3 hrs 49:46 minutes well ahead of Nicky Jaquiery of Ilkley in 3 hrs 57:05 minutes.
ADAC’s next championship race takes place on Britains highest mountain, Ben Nevis on Saturday the 3rd of September.
CULTER FELL RACE - SAT 25th JUNE 2005
The weather was very good for the Culter Fell Horseshoe Race this year with dry, warm and good underfoot conditions throughout. This race was being run as a British Championship point’s qualifier therefore a good quality field of 165 runners crossed the start line. Five ADAC members took on the challenging course which is run over 11 miles with 4900 feet of climbing. Mark Whitelaw came home in an excellent and very creditable 37th place taking 2 hrs 9.56 minutes. By sticking resolutely to his pre race plan of taking it easy early on he came home very strongly passing athletes who were well ahead of him at the half way stage. Next home was Andy Fairgrieve finishing 126th in 2 hrs 48.10 minutes, he too finished very strongly passing a tired and foot sore John Robson (who was our next finisher)within site of the finish line. John’s time was 2 hrs 48.23 minutes which placed him 127th. Nigel Priestley was next home in 141st place taking 3 hrs 04.52 minutes. A trip the previous weekend to the Low Alpine Mountain Marathon on Mull probably meant Nigel was not at his best. Owen Brown just back from holidaying in the Dominican Republic had to drop out mid way through the race – jet lag and fell running don’t mix!!
The race was won by Simon Booth of Borrowdale in 1 hr 48.53 minutes from John Heneghan of Pudsey & Bromley who finished in 1 hr 51.30 minutes. Scotlands Jethro Lennox of Shettleston was third in 1 hr 52.31 minutes. Sally Newman of Calder Valley was first female in 2 hrs 11.05 minutes with Jill Mykura of Carnethy 2nd in 2 hrs 12.10 minutes.
DURISDEER FELL RACE - SUN 19th JUNE2005
Only three ADAC members managed to make it to the start line for the Durisdeer Fell Race run over 10.5 miles with 3800 feet of climbing. A good field of 32 runners set off on the challenging course made all the more difficult this year by very poor visibility due to the misty conditions. When the marshals and the Mountain Rescue struggle to find their designated positions it gives you an idea of the conditions the runners had to contend with. It came as no surprise that 5 of the 32 runners failed to finish the complete course and those that did tended to stick like glue the runners with route knowledge.
The race was won by Vet 40 Joe Blackett of North York Moors in 1hr 42.01 minutes. ADAC’s Mark Whitelaw came home in 7th place with a time of 1 hr 51 minutes, improving his time of last year by 2 minutes. Next in was Andy Fairgreive having his first run over this course finishing 20th with a time of 2hrs 26 minutes, a very good run for a first timer in these conditions. Jean Robson with her first run over this course was ADAC’s other runner and retired after missing the checkpoint at the top of Well Hill on the final run home.
ISLE OF JURA FELL RACE - SAT 28th MAY
Weather conditions comprising force 8 gales, rain , sleet and visibility down to 20 - 30 metres meant that for only the second time in 20 years, the organisers were forced to set an alternative route, by taking out the Paps.
Out of 200 entries , 150 runners set off and despite the severe conditions, 134 managed to complete the course. Nigel Priestley was the only ADAC runner to complete the race with Roger Irving and Mark Whitelaw deciding common sense should prevail after two and a half hours, Roger not fully recovered from a cold, and Mark on his first attempt feeling it would be foolish to go it alone.
The race was won by Ian Holmes with Mark Hartnell 2nd and the first lady home was Sue Mitchell of Calder Valley.
The start at Jura plus an idea of the conditions and Nigel, having completed the race successfully
BEN LOMOND - SAT 7th MAY
With a weather forecast of rain, snow showers, 50 mph winds, temperatures down to -2 and a cloud base of 1500 ft it was with some trepidation that we set off for the Ben Lomond Hill Race. Thankfully for us it was’nt quite that bad, yes it was cold and windy with snow flurries but we had a clear view of where we were going and no rain during the run. There was a good quality field with 125 runners prepared to tackle the 9 mile route which climbs 3000 feet to the summit of Ben Lomond from Rowardrennan.
The route mainly follows the tourist track apart from two sections where we cut across the hill. The climb is fairly straight forward with the route well marked, the decent is a different story in that concentration has to be 100% or a fall is inevitable. The track is littered with immoveable objects – rocks!! If you fall at best you will only loose some skin but at worst break bones. This year there was a broken finger and two suspected broken ankles as well as many minor injuries. It is advisable to have some self preservation in mind while hurtling back down from the summit. The ADAC contingent managed to get up and down with only minor scrapes and scratches, Owen managed to bounce off the track!!
Winner Brian Marshall – 70.23 mins
2nd Simon Peachey – 72.17 mins
3rd Malcolm Patterson – 1st Vet 40 – 73.22 mins
1st Lady Tracey Brindley – 73.22 mins (New Record)
14th Mark Whitelaw – 79.09 mins
17th Roger Irving – 80.42 mins
76th Owen Brown – 97.56 mins
89th Nigel Priestley – 104.00 mins
SCREEL - SATURDAY 2nd APRIL
Although Screel is only a 4 mile race it achieves, because of the amount of climbing (1300ft) category ‘A’ status which rates it amongst the toughest races around. Fortunately for the Legg’s they were unaware of this rating when they intimated that they were going to ‘have a go.’ They were also unaware (as were the rest of us) that the underfoot conditions would be ‘heavy’ on the good sections and bottomless in the bad. Andy can testify to the depth of the peat bog, he was lucky to escape unscathed from the clutches of the bog monster. Then there were the forested sections to add to the thrill of the race. You weave your way through the pine tree’s trying to avoid their lethal carpet of protruding root’s, a fall here can have serious consequences. Why do we do it? There is only one way to find out, have a go!!!
Results were as follows;
1st Euan Jardine – Gala Harriers – 31.30.
2nd Nick Fish – Ambleside – 31.52.
3rd Marcus Scotney – Dumfries – 31.53.
7th Mark Whitelaw – 34.56.
8th Roger Irving – 35.18.
17th John Robson – 40.11.
18th Owen Brown – 40.19.
19th Andy Fairgreive – 40.27.
44th Caroline Legg – 59.40.
46th Alan Legg 60.03.
LANGHOLM 5 HILLS RACE - SAT 26th MARCH
Held annually on the last Saturday in March this years race had a depleted field because of illness and injury both to locals and the travelling ADAC contingent. The race is run using the handicap system were runners aim to be finished for 12.30 PM therefore starts are staggered. The conditions underfoot were fairly dry giving good grip and allowing for faster descending. It remained dry throughout but with a stiff cold headwind on some of the climbs. Of the ADAC athletes Andy and Nigel were first away. Nigel who’s training is limited to say the least ran well to be only 1 minute slower than last year, Andy who is also not getting in the training he would like and suffering from the remains of a cold was pulled round by Nigel and did very well to knock 7 minutes off of his time from last year. Owen whose training is going better this year also improved greatly taking 8 minutes off of his time from last year bringing him nearer his previous times. Mark who felt he had recovered sufficiently from the cold he had last week was very pleased to take 5 minutes off of his PB and he pushed Roger hard all the way. Mark pushed Roger that hard that it required him to run a PB to get home in front of him. A good set of results all round for the ADAC runners.
Winner Roger Irving 1hr 12.01 minutes.
2nd Mark Whitelaw 1 hr 12.16 minutes.
3rd Owen Brown 1 hr 24.44 minutes.
Nigel Priestley 1 hr 40.10 minutes.
Andy Fairgrieve 1 hr 40.14 minutes.
CRIFFEL - SUN 20th MARCH
We were bathed in beautiful spring sunshine, no need for thermals or hats and gloves this year! Unfortunately the week’s weather prior to the race meant that it was as wet, boggy and slippy as ever. (a good race for mud larks) It was good to hear from the winner Brian Marshall who is one of Scotland’s best descenders that he too also fell several times into the ˝glar ˝ so we mere mortals can take some heart from this.
ADAC athletes made up a large proportion of the field of 40 with 7 runners and brought home two category prizes in the form of Jean Robson and Jim Buchanan. Jean had a terrific run to take the 1st Female prize nearly 3 minutes ahead of her closet rival. Jim who warmed up at Chapelgill Race the previous day (who says the older you get the longer it takes to recover) took the honours in the Vet 60 category. Well done to both.
Winner Brian Marshall …………… 52.11 mins.
8th Roger Irving ………………….... 60.59 mins.
19th Owen Brown …………………. 69.23 mins.
22nd John Robson …………………...70.19 mins.
25th Jim Buchanan …………………. 74.46 mins.
27th Andy Fairgrieve ………………. 76.51 mins.
31st (1st female) Jean Robson ……... 81.20 mins
32nd Nigel Priestley …………………82.20 mins
CHAPELGILL - SAT 19th MARCH
34 runners contested the 21st anniversary run at Chapelgill on an unbelievably warm Saturday afternoon in March. The winner was Des Crowe of Shettleston in a time of 20.41, 1 second faster than last years winner Euan Jardine of Gala. (a sprint finish)
First lady was Debbie MacDonald in a time of 30.53.
A solitary ADAC runner Jim Buchanan finished in 17th position in a time of 29.18.
CARNETHY 5 HILLS RACE - 12th FEB. 2005
There were over 500 runners entered into this years Carnethy 5 Hills Race which meant a bumper field on race day resulting in 452 finishers. It was a dry but very windy and cold day with many runners racing in full body cover including gloves and woolly hats. The wining time of 52.10 minutes was recorded by Murray Strain of Edinburgh University H & H and fist lady home was Jill Mykura of Carnethy in 60.47 minutes. There was a full compliment of ADAC athletes in attendance for the first point’s qualifier in the clubs 2005 Fell Racing Championship. Because of the conditions there wasn’t going to be any records broken and anyone who ran better or near to previous times should be well pleased. Our finishing positions were as follows;
Roger Irving 49th in 60.53 minutes.
Mark Whitelaw 56th in 61.27 minutes.
Owen Brown 234th in 72.43 minutes.
John Robson 246th in 73.23 minutes.
Nigel Priestley 278th in 76.02 minutes.
Andy Fairgrieve 291st in 77.03 minutes.
Jim Buchanan 299th in 77.50 minutes.
Jean Robson 374th in 85.31 minutes.
Former ADAC athlete Rachel Robson who is now running for Nithsdale ran in the SCALD LAW junior race and finished 23rd in 36.36 minutes.
Mark and Roger climbing hard.
GREENMANTLE DASH- MON 3rd JAN. 2005.
113 runners completed the run in good weather conditions but pretty terrible under foot.
5 ADAC members took part and the results are as follows :-
John Robson 44th position in 21.55 mins.
Andy Fairgrieve 46th 22.09
Jim Buchanan 65th 23.56
Jean Robson 90th 27.02
Rachel Robson 96th 27.53
Well done to all, especially Rachel who could have taken part in the junior event but opted for the big one.
The race was won by Brian Marshall (HELP) in a time of 16.26 mins.