Annan & District Athletic Club
ADAC FELL RACING CHAMPIONSHIP 2006
TINTO - SATURDAY 11th NOVEMBER 2006
While driving across to Annan on Saturday to pick Mark up to go to the Tinto Hill Race I was thinking to myself we must be mad, there was water flowing off the fields everywhere because of the pouring rain assisted by a gale force wind, not ideal conditions for running up hills.
Arriving at Symington to register it was pleasing to see a lot of other mad people had made the journey and infact a record turnout of 216 runners started the race. It is not often you finish a race drier than when you started but this was the case on Saturday. We sat in the car until the wind driven hail eased to rain only then venturing out to " warm up " getting soaked in the process. Most runners opted to wear full body cover as there was no fear of overheating. (was there Andy??) As the hooter sounded the start of the race the skies cleared and it remained dry throughout, we only had the wind to contend with. The wind was strong enough to stop you in your tracks or blow you uncontrollably off track.
These conditions didn’t seem to affect Jethro Lennox of Shettleston who covered the 4.4 miles with 1500 feet of climbing in 31.53 mins to take first overall, second home was Alasdair Anthony of Ochil in32.17 mins. Jill Mykura of Carnethy was first lady home in 32nd place with a time of 39.19 mins followed by Shona Robertson of Westerlands in 39th place with a time of 40.30 mins.The ADAC quartet of Mark, Roger, Andy and Dan survived intact with Mark once again running well to finish in 11th place in 36.06 mins thus ensuring a clean sweep of all our championship counting races and take the club championship for the second year. This was my first race since my long walk off of Ben Nevis so I was pleased to get up and down in one piece and happy to finish 36th in 39.53 mins. Andy was close on my tail and recorded yet another Pb finishing 40th in 40.39 mins. Dan was disappointed with his run (just not right on the day) but was still well up the field in 87th with a time of 44.19 mins.
Merrick - Saturday 16th Sept. 2006
Saturday the 16th September was the date for this years Merrick Hill Race which starts from Bruce’s Stone at Glen Trool. Bathed in the late summer sunshine there was no problems route finding this year although underfoot it was pretty heavy going. This race for some unexplained reason never seems to attract large numbers and only 23 runners went to the start line. From the start the main man to keep tabs on was Brian Marshall a previous winner and one of Scotland’s best. ADAC’s Mark Whitelaw and the returning to form Colin Brash of Girvan did there best to keep Brian in site but Brian reached the summit of Merrick 3 minutes ahead of the chasing Colin and Mark and continued to pull away on the run home finishing in 1hr 28.13 minutes. Mark and Colin fought a close battle with Mark coming off best returning in 1hr 35.24 minutes to take second with Colin closely behind in 1hr 35.49 minutes.
Andy who finally got the route right showed his true potential finishing 7th in 1hr 51.15 minutes. Not far behind was Dan running this race for the fist time and doing very well to finish 8th in 1hr 55.00 minutes. These positions were enough for the Annan trio to lift the team prize.
There was only one female entrant this year in the shape of Phoebe Webster of Dumfries who finished 13th in 2hrs 05.17 minutes.
Numbers should be greatly increased next year as the race has been selected as a Scottish Championship counter so pencil it into your diaries now.
Devils Beef Tub - Saturday 2nd September2006
( Not in the club championship but a personal report from Andy Fairgrieve.)
(Results and photos courtesy Carnethy)
For the hill runners amongst us unable to
secure an entry for the BIG event
MOFFAT CHASE 15thJULY 2006
ADAC were well represented on Saturday at the Moffat Chase which was this year resurrected as a Scottish Championship Race 10 years after its last running. It definitely helps when you arrive at checkpoints and are greeted by fellow club members. Encouragement was given by John and Jean Robson at Greygill Head and Jim and Owen at Hartfell, thanks also for the welcome cups of water. Rob Mitchell and Bill Pringle from Hawick were at the remote Upper Coomb Craig checkpoint but still managed to have cups of water available. Rob's daughter Rona, and Ian were at Saddle Yoke , again a hard climb from Blackhope Cottage. For those of you not familiar with the climb to thos parts of the course most people would struggle to carry ½ ltr never mind enough for 80 runners.
To The Race – there were 76 "brave" souls who crossed the start line at the Moffat Ram to run the 17 miles with 5000ft of climbing. It was obvious right from the start that the heat would play a major part in the return of them all. The comment at the finish by Jethro Lennox who is a past British Champion to the organiser probably sums up most of our thoughts – "I can’t believe I paid you £5 to do that"! But to the credit of all taking part 75 finished to fight another day.
The ADAC team of Mark, Roger,Andy and Nigel had all recced the route in the previous weeks to ensure the "best" racing line! Yet when we got to the open hills the majority of the field went in a completely different direction to us which was slightly worrying. When we met up again at the foot of Greygill I don’t think there were any winners or losers. Pacing yourself was the most important aspect of this run as the major climb from Black Hope Burn comes well into the race and the conditions made this even more important. I know that I wasn’t going very well at this point but a lot of people were in a far worse state than me, not nice when you have at least another hour of running in front of you.
The Winners and Losers – first of all everyone who got round was a winner in the blistering ( literally) conditions. Stewart Whitlie of Carnethy once again impressed in the heat just as he did recently at Glen Rosa winning in a time of 2 hrs 55:14 minutes. Stewart is also a V40!! He was followed home by Colin Donnelly and third place went to Jethro Lennox. Angela Mudge was first lady in 9th place taking 3 hrs 25:20 minutes and this after missing a checkpoint which she returned to. Second place went to Helen Stuart in 3 hrs 44:53 minutes and third (1st V 40) to Loise Burt in 4 hrs 6:38 minutes.
The ADAC Team – Mark definitely put himself up there amongst the best in Scotland finishing in 6th place with a time of 3 hrs 17: 44 minutes. This is Marks best result to date and should give him confidence for future races. He had his race plan, stuck to it and it paid off. My race plan was to get round!! And boy was it a struggle – worst moment was lying in the bracken below Greygill clutching my cramping calf and waiting for the pain to subside. I wasn’t going very well before this but I was certainly no better after. On crossing the finish line I was surprised to find that I had managed 18th place in 3 hrs 46:37. Andy who I think looked as bad as I felt finished 37th in 4 hrs 18:54. Like the rest of us he was pleased to have made it but never thought that it was going to be such a feat of endurance. Nigel came home in 63rd with a time of 5 hrs 8:37 minutes brighter than most but again pleased to have survived having struggled in our recce a few weeks ago.
Our next Club Championship Run is at Ben Nevis at the beginning of September so hopefully we will have rehydrated and recovered by then.
Footnote: As probably one of the few who really enjoyed being out on the hills, with absolutely ideal conditions on Hart Fell for marshalling but appreciating what the runners were going through. Once all the runners were through Owen and I jogged back down to Moffat and even that was quite tiring. It was good to have Rob and company from Hawick assisting, remembering that Rob was the previous organiser.
Malcolm has asked me to add this message from him on our Hill running page, and you will notice he will appreciate any comments. You can contact him on firstname.lastname@example.org
Malcolm Patterson, as race organizer, would like to thank members of ADAC for their tremendous support for the Moffat Chase on Saturday: those who marshalled and helped during and before the race, and those hardy souls who completed the race. Shettleston are now thinking about possible options for holding the race again and we’d welcome any comments or suggestions you might have.
(with acknowledgement to scottish hill runners)
DURISDEER -SUNDAY 18th JUNE 2006
It was very disappointing for organiser Adam Anderson and his team of hard working volunteer’s to see only 17 runners turn up for this years race. The race day conditions were challenging with rain and mist to contend with. The conditions made for some interesting route detours by most of the runners!! It’s easy to get isolated when there are only 17 runners in the race. The race was won by Adam who’s local knowledge paid off in the thick mist. Alan Smith and Colin Valentine were not far behind in second and third. Mark Whitelaw who was a clear leader at Dalveen Pass floundered in the mist on Well Hill and had to settle for 4th place. Roger Irving came in 6th finding the closing climbs a struggle, the descents weren’t easy either!! Andy Fairgrieve finished 8th taking 15 minutes off of last years time, excellent considering the conditions.
We will have to make a big effort next year to turn up to this race or it will disappear, Adam also struggles for volunteer’s so if you can’t run please come along and help out. The feast available at the finish makes it well worth the effort.
BEN LOMOND - SATURDAY 6TH MAY 2006
This was the first counter in this year’s Scottish Hill Running Championship and was well supported with nearly 200 runners taking part. Conditions were near perfect with a lovely spring day. Mark must have had plenty of spring in his legs as he scampered to another pb taking over 3 minutes off in the climb alone. He took some major scalps on the descent as well and finished 19th in this high calibre field. His finishing time being 75.12 minutes. Dr Nigel our newly qualified Hill Running first aider!!! came home a minute quicker than last year finishing in 142nd place and a time of 103.32 minutes. Jean also made the TRIP finishing in 120.39 minutes placing her 178th.
The race was won impressively by Jethro Lennox with a new course record of 65.59 minutes this was two minutes ahead of the rest of the field. Not to be out done Angela Mudge set a new ladies course record of 76.12 minutes finishing in 23rd spot.
SCREEL - SATURDAY 8th APRIL2006
Screel Hill Race was our latest outing on the fells run over 4 miles with 1500 feet of climbing. Mark continued to challenge up front and was beaten in a sprint finish, having to settle for 4th place. It was a close run thing with only 4 seconds separating 2nd, 3rd and 4th places. He was disappointed to be beaten but pleased to record another pb. Roger was next home in 9th place a little slower than last year, maybe something to do with 20 mile marathon training runs!! Andy finished 12th in yet another pb improving by an impressive 2.43 minutes. John who has stepped up yo another age category !! still maintained a time similar to prievious years to finish 19th. Our new member Dan Watson again ran well but in common with the rest of us found this ‘speedy’ run a slightly different challenge, he finished in 22nd place. Bringing up the rear was no training , never do speed work Nigel who still managed 30th place out of a field of 41 runners.
Our times and positions were;
Mark Whitelaw – 4th – 33.46 minutes.
Roger Irving - 9th – 35.51 minutes.
Andy Fairgrieve – 12th – 37.44 minutes.
John Robson – 19th – 40.15 minutes.
Dan Watson – 22nd – 40.47 minutes.
Nigel Priestley – 30th – 45.02 minutes.
The race was won for the second year in succession by Euan Jardine of Gala Harriers in 32.11 minutes. Phobe Webster of Dumfries was the leading lady in 25th place and a time of 41.00 minutes.
LANGHOLM HILL RACE
SATURDAY 25th MARCH-2006
Roger(3rd),Mark(1st)and Adam(2nd),with part of the route in the background.
The final race of the three was held at Langholm on Saturday 25th March. The route is a challenging 8 miles with 2700 ft of climbing which involves climbing and descending four hill tops that surround the town. Local knowledge is essential as the route is not marked and the race is run based on a handicap system with all runners trying to finish as near to 12.30 pm as possible. Mark Whitelaw continued his good early season form to record a PB and fist place in 72.24 minutes. Because of the handicap system Mark was pushed all the way to the line by Adam Anderson of the Carnethy club who in turn was closely followed by Roger Irving. Although Andy veered off of the ideal route a few times he still finished strongly in 4th place. Next home taking the 1st Vet prize was Bill Knox formerly of Hawick and who still runs for Teviotdale. Bill has been over the course a few times now so there was no off route detours this year which resulted in his 5th place overall. Dan Watson who has recently moved to Moffat had never taken part in a fell run until the Carnethy race in February finished in 6th place. This is quite impressive running from Dan as he did not know the route but still got round in a very respectable time. 7th place went to Nigel who underestimated his finishing time bringing him in ahead of schedule! The run at Criffel last week must have improved his fitness. If he trained as well who knows what improvements would be made!! David Little after suffering from niggling injuries picked up road running last year jogged round to finish 8th. Ray Baird who can be seen regularly keeping fit around Langholm on road/hills or his bike was first super vet and 9th overall. Finally Paul Warwick who decided he was not in good enough shape to run this year walked round briskly in 2 hrs 20 mins (a good Saturday morning stroll).
Roger Andy Bill
Nigel Runners and supporters fully replete after Roger's welcome soup.
CRIFFEL - SUNDAY 19TH MARCH 2006
Mark Roger Irving Nigel and Roger Guy
(Photos - acknowledgments to Chris Upson)
Criffel on Sunday 19th March was the second race of the weekend and presented a completely different challenge with glutinous peaty mud on the initial climb then knee to thigh deep snow covering the rest of the route. The crust of this snow was unrelenting in battering the legs of the runners with most finishing with an array of cuts and bruises to their shins. Because of these conditions times were considerably slower; most runners were at least 10 minutes down compared to last year. There was one exception to this and that was ADAC’s Andy Fairgrieve who was 2.26 minutes quicker which shows the massive improvement Andy has made in the close season. The race was won by last year’s winner and current Scotland Champion Brian Marshal with a time of 62.46 minutes (10.35 minutes down on last year’s time). He was followed home by ADAC’s Mark Whitelaw who along with three others trailed in Brian’s wake on the climb to the summit but his superior descending pulled him away from the pack to secure second place in 65.48 minutes. The first lady was Jill Mykura of Carnethy in 70.19 minutes finishing in 8th place overall. Of the 34 runners ADAC were the prominent club supplying six competitors, their times and positions were;
Mark Whitelaw 2nd - 65.48
Roger Irving 12th – 73.13
Andy Fairgrieve 14th – 74.25
John Robson 22nd – 80.52
Roger Guy 25th – 85.48
Nigel Priestley 26th – 86.20
CHAPELGILL - SATURDAY 18th MARCH 2006
The ADAC Fell Runners have been busy recently with 3 of their championship races taking part in just eight days. The first on Saturday 18th March was at Chapelgill near Broughton. The route covers 1.5 miles with 1400 ft of climbing. Although it was cold the 32 runners were lucky in that the route was snow free or crampons would have been the order of the day over this very challenging run. John Robson was ADAC’s only participant and finished in 22nd place with a time of 27.31 minutes. The race was won by Euan Jardine of Gala in 20.50 minutes closely followed by V40 Stewart Whitlie of Carnethy in 20.55 minutes. First female was Debbie Macdonald in 31.59 minutes.
CARNETHY 5 - SATURDAY 11th FEBRUARY 2006
The quartet of Andy, Roger, Jim and Mark made the trip to the Pentland Hills to take part in this years first ADAC Championship Race. It was a bitterly cold and most of the 459 runners raced in full body cover. The ground was frozen which made it testing underfoot, it was slippy climbing as well as descending.
Mark started his season off with a PB as did Andy with times of 58:47 (37th) and 69:06 (1158th) respectively. Andy made a huge improvement of 8 minutes on last year’s time!! Roger and Jim couldn’t compete with this and were just happy to get round safely and injury free with times of 65:39 (118th) and 80:52 (309th) respectively.
The race was won by Rob Jebb of Bingley in 48:50 minutes and Angela Mudge of Carnethy was first lady in 56:19 minutes.
Mark (above) and Andy at the finish
2 miles 650 ft
2nd Jan 2006