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ADAC HILL RUNNING CHAMPIONSHIP 2007

Best 8 results from the 16 events in the calendar

 

02/01/07 GREENMANTLE DASH – 3.2KM/200MTRS.

17/02/07 CARNETHY FIVE HILL RACE – 9KM/750MTRS.

17/03/07 CHAPELGILL HILL RACE – 2.4KM/430MTRS.(Full Results)

18/03/07 CRIFFEL HILL RACE – 11KM/550MTRS.( Full Results)

31/03/07 LANGHOLM FIVE HILLS RACE –8MLS/2700FT. (race route)

14/04/07 SCREEL HILL RACE – 6.4KM/400MTRS. (Full results)

12/05/07 BEN LOMOND HILL RACE – 12KM/970MTRS.

26/05/07 HUTTON ROOF CRAGS – 7MLS/1300FT.

17/06/07 DURISDEER HILL RACE – 16KM/1200MTRS.

01/07/07 SKIDDAW FELL RACE – 9MLS/2700FT.

04/08/07 BORROWDALE FELL RACE – 17MLS/6500FT.

01/09/07 BEN NEVIS RACE – 16KM/1340MTRS.

08/09/07 DEVIL’S BEEF TUB HILL RACE – 3.2KM/230MTRS.

15/09/07 MERRICK HILL RACE – 13.6KM/1000MTRS.

13/10/07 MANOR WATER HILL RACE – 16KM/700MTRS.

10/11/07 TINTO HILL RACE – 7KM/460MTRS.

 

HILL RUNNING RESULTS 2007

 

CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS 2007

In first place  -  Mark Whitelaw

second  -  Andy Fairgrieve

third  -  roger irving

first lady  -  jean robson

first vet  -- andy fairgrieve

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BEST 8

J. BUCHANAN

8

     

5

5

   

4

8

           

30

30

6th

 

A. FAIRGRIEVE

10

8

 

8

6

     

8

 

10

8

10

10

 

10

88

74

2nd

1st Vet

B. HARPER

                             

2

2

2

11th

 

R.IRVING

 

6

 

6

8

8

 

8

6

   

6

 

8

10

8

74

62

3rd

 

J. MINTO

5

                             

5

5

10th

 

N. PRIESTLEY

     

5

3

                 

5

3

16

16

8th

 

J. ROBSON

 

5

10

 

4

       

6

 

5

6

   

4

40

40

4th

 

JEAN. ROBSON

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4

 

4

2

4

     

5

   

5

   

1

29

29

7th

1st Lady

G.VIVERS

6

                             

6

6

9th

 

M. WHITELAW

 

10

 

10

10

10

 

10

10

10

 

10

8

 

8

6

102

80

1st

1st Overall

D. WATSON

         

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5

 

8

   

6

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5

36

36

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TINTO HILL RACE

  SATURDAY 10TH NOVEMBER 2007

Our last championship hill run of 2007 was at Tinto on Saturday and the club had it’s best turnout of the year with eight of us taking part. This race is rapidly growing in popularity and this year another record was recorded with 248 runners and 246 finishers. It was a close battle up front between Joe Symonds and Jethro Lennox (3 times winner) with Joe coming off best with a time of 30.17 minutes. Although having to be content with second place Jethro had the satisfaction of recording a PB of 30.32 minutes. In the female race Angela Mudge was a clear winner in 10th place overall with a time of 34.39 minutes.

Two of our eight runners had mixed fortunes in that Jean had a nasty fall descending which resulted in some impressive cuts to her leg and Marks dodgy ankle gave way once more resulting in a hobble to the finish. The rest of us were all happy with our end of season form. New club member Brian Harper had his first run out on the hills and is a definite convert enjoying his day immensely.

Our times and positions were as follows .

Andy 37th – 37.44

Roger 38th – 37.46

Mark 72nd – 40.39

Dan 73rd – 40.40

John 90th – 41.58

Nigel 159th – 47.62

Brian 192nd – 50.00

Jean 223rd – 56.15

MANOR WATER

SATURDAY 13th OCTOBER 2007

The penultimate ADAC hill race of 2007 took place on Saturday at Manor Water near Peebles. It’s a 10 miler, 5 miles out then retrace your route back to the finish. Because it is all fairly gradual climbing it tricks you in to more running than usual, which unfortunately this year was into a head wind. The run back is fast if you still have the legs for it and ground conditions are as good as you get on open heather moor.

The field was slightly down on last year’s record number with 77 starters. The ADAC contingent comprised of Roger Irving 15th in 1hr 19.11 mins, Mark Whitelaw still recovering from his ankle injury was 26th in 1hr 23.35 mins, Dan Watson in 1hr 24.19 mins and Nigel Priestly 66th in 1hr 42.09 mins who is recovering from a long term chest infection. Is running good for you health??

The race winner was Brian Marshal who won for the second year in a row, which is the first time this has been achieved in the races 15 year history.

Mark, Dan and Nigel at Manor Water.

 (Acknowledgements to Scottish Hill Runners)

MERRICK -  15th SEPTEMBER 2007

 

Dan, Roger and Andy at Merrick

 

BEN NEVIS HILL RACE

1st SEPTEMBER 2007

John, Mark, Roger and Andy looking pleased with themselves - WELL DONE.

 

Report to Follow !

 

Borrowdale Fell Race - 4th August 07

                   Andy                                              Dan

Report by Andy Fairgrieve

With work commitments and injuries galore in the Hill section at the moment a depleted ADAC squad of Dan Watson and Andy Fairgrieve was all that managed the short trek to the picturesque village of Rosthwaite for the 2007 Borrowdale Fell Race.

The usual high quality field was in attendance with the cream of English Fell runners raring to go.

This year, believe it or not saw the race route cut slightly short. The Mountain Rescue radioed from Scafell Pike to say conditions, even in mid-summer, were too dangerous and advised that this peak was to be avoided.  Conditions in Borrowdale were very wet to say the least, with the burns and rivers running many feet higher than normal. Hence a couple of miles and some hairy climbing and descending were avoided.

This still left over 15 miles and about 5000 feet of climbing!

The race stated promptly and Dan and I managed to avoid getting crushed in the start stampede only just. The usual bottle neck around the village meant a steady start. Once onto the hill proper it was soon evident that there had been a huge amount of rain recently.

Dan and I settled into a steady pace, conscious of the distance and climbing still to come. The low cloud at the start was lifting gradually, only clinging to the very tops as the race progressed. This gave us many spectacular views over the Cumbrian mountains and lakes.

The runners gradually strung out as the race progressed, Dan and I fell in with groups who seemed to know their way. Gradually worked our way down the list of checkpoints where dozens and dozens of spectators gathered, all offering jelly babies or drinks from water bottles. Not a sight we are used to in Scottish hill races. All the peaks and especially Honister Pass have crowds of well wishers keen to give an encouraging clap or shout as you pass and it does seem to make a difference. I felt a lightness of step and a little burst of fresh energy as I ran past the crowds at Honister Slate Mine, before the reality of the last climb up Dale Head brought me to my senses again. It seemed a much longer slog this year, the top disappearing high above into the mist. At least this is the final climb in the race.

Working your way down from the top, trying to let tired legs open up a stride, as its pretty good under foot here, was a struggle.

The finish line comes into view, from a long way off, high above Rosthwaite, well above the old slate quarry. It looks like a little toy village you could almost reach out and touch. You start to think this is you home, however there is still a lot of ground to cover and a leg bursting descent. Once you are over the old slate spoils its a steady descent down through the fields. It was quite a slippy slidey path this year because of all the wet mud. Once down we had to make a slight detour to find a bridge to cross the river back to the village. Normally you can run through the shallow ford in a direct line. This year it was a raging torrent well over waist deep!

The final stretch of track leads you back to the little maze of cottages and on to the finish line.

I managed to finish in 3hrs 19 mins in 129th place and Dan close behind in 3hrs 31mins and 179th, with 410 finishers and a further 10 dropping out along the way this put us well into the top half of the finishers.

Resting in the field watching the rest of the field coming in we were glad the race had been cut short. It would have meant maybe another hours worth of running and I for one was knackered.

It was odd that Scaffell Pike was detoured as the peaks we did get to did not seem to be too badly affected by the weather, though maybe the extra few hundred feet of altitude and the more severe conditions in the morning had obviously made the difference.

All in all a pretty good day out and a nice one to have under our belt for later on in the season.

Skiddaw Fell Race - 1st July 2007

Four members of ADAC tackled Skiddaw on a day which forecast heavy rain showers, however, the weather as much kinder and little rain was encountered during the race.  Cloud cover was well down though which was disappointing from the point of view of seeing anything if you have time to look.

The race was won by Andy Greenleaf(14AC) in 70.07 with Simon Booth (Borrowdale) in 2nd place in 70.15.  First home for ADAC in 75.52 was Mark Whitelaw who improved his time from 2006 by 5 minutes, finishing in 9th place.  In 85th place Jim Buchanan found it hard work in his first attempt at this race, while John Robson, nursing an injury was happy to take an easy run and complete the course in 109.34 in 108th place.  Jean completed the quartet coming home in 122nd place in 124.56 just as a heavy rain shower started.

Durisdeer Hill Race -  17th June 2007

 

  

 

 

Hutton Roof Crags Race - 26th May 07

 

 

Screel Hill Race - 14th April 2007

Good weather and underfoot conditions welcomed 46 competitors for this years event.  Five ADAC members tackled the race with Mark Whitelaw in 4th position in 32.52, followed by Roger Irving finishing 9th in 36.15.  Dan Watson was next home in 40.20minutes giving him 21st place with Jim Buchanan 29th in 45.20.  Jean Robson finished in 42nd place in 52.02. Members were concerned to hear from Jean that husband John had had a nasty cycle accident and good wishes were to be conveyed for a speedy recovery.

 

Langholm 5 Hills Race -31stMarch2007

Excellent weather and good conditions underfoot were the order of the day for this year’s Langholm Five Hills Race, which is one of the ADAC Hill Championship events. The competitors responded with some excellent times. Race winner Mark Whitelaw (ADAC) returned in a time of 69.33minutes, the first sub 70 minutes recent times and a 3 minutes improvement on his previous best. In second place Charlie Borthwick (Border Harriers) recorded another fast time of 70.50 minutes and Roger Irving (ADAC), recovering from injury, posted a time of 76.36 to gain the 3rd spot.It was good to see Adam Anderson (Carnethy) taking part again, his time being 79.26, an improvement on his 2006 result.

In 5th place and 1st veteran, fast improving Andy Fairgrieve (ADAC) had a personal best of 81.34, an improvement of over 8 minutes, while in 6th place another Border Harriers member, James Hyde, although not used to Hill Running, gave Andy stiff competition with his strength on the climbs with Andy retaliating on the downhill sections, finished in 81.55minutes. Stewart Pool performed well to complete the course in 88.45, Jim Buchanan (ADAC) in 97.56 and John Robson (ADAC) in 98.00 minutes were in 7th, 8th, and 9th positions. Fellow club member Nigel Priestley, returning after an absence from training was pleased with his 101.46 while Lindsey Knox (Teviotdale Harriers) enjoyed her outing, being first lady home in 113.31, followed by 2nd lady, Jean Robson who did very well with map in hand to find her way round a difficult route in 128.00 minutes., Jim Knox (Teviotdale Harriers), being on the injured list, decided to walk the course and surprised himself by completing it in 140.43 minutes.

The race, 8 miles in distance with a climb of 2700 feet, took place under handicap conditions, all runners scheduling themselves to complete the course at 1230 pm.

Following presentation of the prizes, welcome plates of soup were provided by Roger and much appreciated by the participants. Thanks also to Roger for the race arrangements.

FULL RESULTS.

1st Mark Whitelaw ADAC 1hr 09mins 33secs.

2nd Charlie Borthwick Border Harriers 1hr 10mins 50secs.

3rd Roger Irving ADAC 1hr 16mins 36secs.

4th Adam Anderson Carnethy 1hr 19mins 26secs.

5th Andy Fairgrieve ADAC 1hr 21mins 34secs. 1st V40.

6th James Hyde Border Harriers 1hr 21mins 55secs.

7th Stewart Pool Unattached 1hr 28mins 45secs.

8th Jim Buchanan ADAC 1hr 37mins 56secs. 1st V60

9th John Robson ADAC 1hr 38mins 00secs. 1st V50

10th Nigel Priestley ADAC 1hr 41mins 46secs.

11th Lindsey Knox Teviotdale Harriers 1hr 53mins 31secs. 1st F

12th Jean Robson ADAC 2hrs 08mins 00secs.2nd F

13th Jim Knox Teviotdale Harriers 2hrs 20mins 43secs. (Walker)

 

 

Criffell Hill Race - 18th March 2007

Mark on the ascent to Knockendoch

On the advice of the Mountain Rescue this years race was shortened to up and down Knockendoch, this was because of 40 mph winds resulting in temperatures down to -4C with some white stuff thrown in for good measure. The general opinion of the runners at the start was of disappointment and comments of "it’s not that bad, we would be all right after all we are hill runners, rough, tough and in the general publics eye’s mad". Funny though by the finish an about turn had taken place and maybe we are not quite as rough, tough and even as mad as we thought. It was the right decision.

If we thought for one minute that it would be far less a demanding race, think again, ploughing our way through knee deep peat bog for the majority of the course put paid to that whimsical thought. Going up and trying to find solid ground to give reasonable purchase was a lottery as we slipped and slurped all over the place therefore coming down was turned into a new extreme sport of "Skating In Thick Mud" invariably not always carried out in an upright position. Never the less 40 of us started and finished a bit dirtier and colder but all in one piece. Brian Marshal was a clear winner in 37.33 minutes with Andrew Wright 2nd in 39.10 minutes. First local runner home was 3rd placed Marcus Scotney who runs for Shettleston in 40.57 minutes. In the ladies race Jill Mykura was 1st home and 13th over all in 46.15 minutes with local athlete Shirley Singh 2nd in 56.02 minutes and 28th over all.

ADAC had a good showing with five of us taking part,

Mark Whitelaw 8th – 43.24 minutes.

Andy Fairgrieve 12th – 45.38 minutes.

Roger Irving 15th – 48.30 minutes.

Nigel Priestley 32nd – 57.43 minutes.

Jean Robson 39th – 64.35 minutes.

Note:  Full results of Criffell and Chapelgill can be found against the appropriate race on the 2007 ADAC Hill Calendar

Chapelgill Hill Race - 17th March 2007

44 runners took part in this years event with only one ADAC competitor. The race was won by Stewart Whittle of Carnethy in 21.15 with Alan Smith in 2nd place in 22.14.  John Robson completed the course in 27.10 finishing in 26th place.

Carnethy 5 Hills Race -17th February 2007

The record field of 487 runners at this years Carnethy 5 Hills Race were blessed with such a beautiful spring day that it was hard to believe that it was early February. No gale force winds and permafrost of a year ago, it was possible to warm up and stay warm without several layers of thermal protection. This race seems to have become the unofficial start to the New Year’s Hill Racing Season and is a first chance to see how friends/ competitors have come through the off season.

Five ADAC members ran and were reasonably happy with their performances as it is still early season. Andy Fairgrieve performed best of all to take 3.5 minutes off of his PB, it must be all that Tough Guy training!!

The race was won by defending champion Rob Jebb of Bingley closely followed by Jethro Lennox of Shettleston. Angela Mudge of Carnethy won the ladies race for the 10th time beating Natalie White of Bingley into second place.

 

1st Rob Jebb ……….47.59 minutes

2nd Jethro Lennox…..48.32 minutes.

3rd Scott Fraser……...48.51 minutes.

Females.

1st Angela Mudge….56.09 minutes.

2nd Natilie White…..58.41 minutes.

3rd Jill Mykura……..60.42 minutes.

ADAC.

41st Mark Whitelaw……58.21 minutes.

131st Andy Fairgrieve….66.13 minutes.

197th Roger Irving…….69.30 minutes.

243rd John Robson…….72.38 minutes.

431st Jean Robson……...89.38 minutes.


 

Greenmantle Dash    2nd January 2007

The first race in the club’s 2007 Hill Running Championship took place at Broughton on the 2nd January when five members of ADAC having survived the festive season, three of whom ran at Langholm the previous day, took part in this years race which was held during a break in the bad weather. Mild and bright conditions did not reflect the state of the course, however, the burn was big, the field was the "glauriest" ever seen, and the hill itself was very slippy.  This did not deter 119 runners taking part with some excellent times being recorded.  First home for the club was Andy Fairgrieve in 20th position in a time of 19.31 minutes.  Jim Buchanan followed some way behind in 65th place in 24.05 with Gordon Vivers close behind in 24.15(67th). Johnny Minto and Jean Robson also had good tussle with Johnny making it in 26.41, 14 seconds ahead of Jean in 84th and 88th places respectively. Rachel Robson did well to come in 95th with a time of 28.30minutes, and fellow club member at Nithsdale Willie McIntosh, having a break from coaching, was in 85th place in a time of 26.44 minutes. Gordon, taking part in his first hill race, suffered from not having hill shoes, preventing him from recording a much faster time. Johnny will come through as well if he can concentrate on hill work to strengthen his climbing muscles. Full results on www.shr.uk.com

The only disappointing feature was that Andy didn't throw himself into the river afterwards. Andy is in training for the "Tough Man" event at the end of January, and he is getting up to lots of insane things at the moment. Ruth bought the entry for him as his Christmas present. Most of the members are convinced she took out an insurance policy on him at the same time!

Andy and Ruth's boys, Alasdair and Ewan took part in the junior event, the Greenmantle Gallop, 3Km and 90 Metres climb, which included the burn and the muddy field before a short ascent. They returned times of 21.57minutes for Alasdair and 23.20 for Ewan. Both enjoyed it and cannot wait until next year’s event.  Ewan was a bit concerned at the end though, he thought he had a fish in one of his shoes!