Annan & District Athletic Club
HILL and FELL RUNNING CHAMPIONSHIP 2008
Decided on the best 8 results from 16 events
This year's Champion is
John Robson in 2nd place
and Dan Watson , 3rd.
Congratulations to all.
Trophy presented in Absentia, well Lanzarote really!
In 2nd place, JOHN With DAN taking 3rd prize
JEAN Receiving the trophy for 1st LADY from MARK
1. Wed. Jan 2nd Greenmantle Dash.
2. Sat. Feb 16th Carnethy 5.
3. Sat. March 15th Chapelgill. SHR Championship.
4. Sun. March 23rd Criffel.
5. Sat. March 29th Langholm.
6. Sat. April 12th Screel.
7. Sat. May 10th Ben Lomond.
8. Sat .May 24th Hutton Roof or Jura.
9. Sun. June 8th Merrick.
10. Sat. June 14th Durisdeer. British Championship.
11. Sun. July 6th Skiddaw.
12. Sat. August 2nd Borrowdale. British Championship.
13. Sat. Sept 6th Ben Nevis.
14. Sat. Sept 13th Devils Beef Tub.
15. Sat. October 11th Manor Water.
16. Sat. Nov 8th Tinto.
Tinto Fell Race 8th November 2008
Traditionally this is the last main fell run of the season and being a short sharp run near the Central Belt and on a good path ( though Dan feels not up to the high standards that SNH would expect ), this run can attract a bigger field. The weather forecast was very poor and a glance out the window confirmed this, but that did not put off a record turn out (260) which included Ian Waude (smiler) for his debut at fell running. Thankfully the rain and cloud lifted just at the right moment to give not bad conditions for the race, if you discount the full on head wind for the up hill and the sodden slip / sliding descent!
This meant times for leading men / female were down on last year by about 2 min. Jethro lennox of Shettleston H. (32.18) held off a stiff challenge from Prasad Prasad (Clydesdale). Angela Mudge of Carnethy HR (36.14) of course, first lady by a long way.
51 Andy Fairgrieve 40.27
79 Dan Watson 42.48
80 John Robson 42.49
152 Ian Waude 47.41
160 Kevin Graham 48.30
Two Breweries and Pentland Skyline 2008
I recently took part in a couple of hill races, neither of which are part of the ADAC calendar, and really enjoyed both of them. The Two Breweries took place on the 27th of September. After a disconcertingly long bus ride from Broughton, it starts in the grounds of Traquair House with a mass charge for the gates, then goes up and down over the hills for 18 miles. The last climb up Trahenna is a killer, so I was glad to be able to pick up a few places. There is a fast descent down the other side then a painful run down Broughton High Street before the welcome sight of the finish line at the Broughton Ales brewery. Of course there is a free bottle of beer for all finishers! I was happy enough with a position of 59th out of 176 finishers in 3:40:10. Alasdair Anthony won in 2:47:58. I would really recommend having a go at this race if you haven’t done it before, and it is fairly local.
The second was the Pentland Skyline on the 12th of October. I did this two years ago, but this year it fell on the same weekend as Manor so I completed the Man or Mouse for the first time. It’s another long race of 16 miles, starting and finishing at Hill-end. It must be one of the best-supported races in Scotland, with plenty of vociferous spectators along the route and plentiful handouts of biscuits, dried fruit and jelly babies to keep you going. I even got ambushed by an urchin armed with a water pistol at one point. I finished in 55th place in 3:16:02. Al Anthony was the winner again in 2:28:05. Colin Donelly won the Man or Mouse, in which I came 7th out of the 20 folk who finished both races.
MANOR WATER Saturday 11th October 2008
The race took place. surprisingly in dry weather, although ground conditions resulted in poorer than normal times. Colin Donnelly was first home in a time of 1.11.47 with ADAC competitors, Dan Watson in 22nd place in 1.27.49 , John Robson was 36th in 1.32.09 with Jean Robson 93rd in a time of 1.59.40.
BEN NEVIS Saturday 6th September 2008
On Saturday the 6th September the forecast for most of Britain was wet and windy, not what you want for racing up and down our highest mountain, but someone thought it might be a good idea if Fort William was spared as we were blessed with a weekend of sunshine.
It turns out that Fort William had had a dry week and so conditions on The Ben were near ideal. This year’s race was a counter in the Buff Skyrunner World Series so there was a large contingent of foreign runners taking part and a bonus for us all was that we were given a commemorative Buff marking its inclusion in the Word Series. A total of 448 runners made the start line and only 6 of them failed to complete the race.
It is proving increasingly difficult to get into the Ben Race and only four ADAC members managed to secure a place and unfortunately Andy suffered a calf injury in the week leading up to the event and was unable to take part. The three of us remaining were just happy to get up and down in one piece with Mark and Roger only managing very minimal training and Dan having never run the race before not knowing what to expect. So with that in mind we set of cautiously making our way up and into the clouds. As the climb is so steep after the Red Burn it is a hard walk to the summit but it is the same steep decent that is the killer in this race as it reduces your thighs to trembling wrecks by the time you return to the main path. With your legs in this state they rarely recover as you tip toe down the path to the dreaded mile on the Tarmac. Yet with all this in mind many return year after year.
The ADAC trio were more than happy with their runs with us all finishing in the first half of the field. The race was won by Agusti Roc in 1hr 29:12 closely followed by Rob Jebb in 1hr 29:25. In the ladies race Angela Mudge was a comfortable winner in 1hr 47:12 with second place going to Stephanie Jimanez in 1hr 53:31. ADAC results were,
Mark Whitelaw 178th in 2hrs 12:29.
Roger Irving 183rd in 2hrs 13:24.
Dan Watson 205th in 2hrs 16:18.
All smiles at the finish and looking very clean - must have been easy!!!!
SCREEL HILL RACE - 12th APRIL 2008
LANGHOLM 5 HILLS RACE – 29th MARCH 2008
Adam, Roger and Mark
Roger Irving - MV40 - 1hr 15.23 Winner
Adam Anderson - MV40 - 1hr 15.27 1st Vet
Mark Whitelaw - MS - 1hr 16.57 1st Senior
Stewart Pool - MV40 - 1hr 21.58
Kevin Graham - MS - 1hr 28.04
Andy Fairgrieve - MV40 - 1hr 35.34
Kevin Plummer - MV40 - 1hr 35.43
Nigel Priestley - MV50 - 1hr 39.54
Jim Buchanan - MV70 - 1hr 42.18
Gordon Vivers - MV50 - 1hr 42 18
Bill Knox - MV50 - 1hr47.26
Lindsey Knox - FV50 - 1hr 53.00
Jim Knox - MV60 - 2hrs 05.06 Walking.
Brian Harper - MS - 2hrs 18.46 Walking.
Rob Mitchell - MV60 - 2hrs 27.00 Walking
All smiles after the event! ( Gordon 's hiding)
Despite a poor forecast runners had good weather condition but heavy underfoot for this years race. A total of 15 took part, an improvement on last year numbers. Triumphant this year was Langholm's Roger Irving, just pipping Adam Anderson by4 seconds with Mark Whitelaw starting to come back to form in 3rd place. Stewart Pool had an excellent run and Kevin Graham is continuing to improve with each event, returning an excellent time. Andy Fairgrieve, still on a recovery course after being out with back and calf problems enjoyed being back out, but taking it carefully, and Kevin Plummer at his first attempt found the route OK after the recent recce run, returning a good time. Nigel Priestley had his usual steady run despite lacking in training time and Jim Buchanan guided Gordon Vivers round with Gordon strong on the climbs and having to hold back because of not knowing the route, both enjoyed the outing however. It was good to the Knox's back with us again with Bill going round in an easy fashion because of lack of training time and Lindsey once again picking up 1st Lady's prize. Husband Jim, Brian Harper and Rob Mitchell all walked the route in good times.
Many thanks to Kirsten for the photos and for the Chapelgill photo also.
CHAPELGILL - SATURDAY 15th MARCH 2008
The ADAC contingent with Adam Anderson after the race.
In the ADAC hill running fraternity we have 9 committed members and at today's event 8 turned out which was an excellent response. In addition all runners had already taken part in a morning event, Jean and John, an orienteering event at Drumlanrig and the remainder took part in the final club winter league run with 5 laps of the Everhome before being given sustenance at the Legg family residence with an excellent pasta lunch. A good turnout of 44 runners took part in good conditions.
The race was won by Brian Marshall in a time of 20.18 minutes. ADAC results were:-
9. Roger Irving 25.56
15. John Robson 27.19
16. Mark Whitelaw 27.19
17. Dan Watson 27.27
24. Nigel Priestley 31.01
26. Kevin Graham 31.04
35. Jim Buchanan 33.34
43. Jean Robson 36.50
Adam Anderson, now a Vet returned a good time of 23.59 finishing in 5th place.
CRIFFELL - 23rd MARCH 2008
Many of us woke to snow covered hills on Sunday morning and thought’s of last years run which was cut short because of freezing blizzard conditions once again surfaced. Thankfully there was a bit more sun this year and the only snow left by the time the race started was from Knock and Dock to the top. Underfoot conditions were slightly better than in recent years, well on the way up anyway, but coming down was the usual fight against the "bog monsters grip" which many runners succumbed to more than once.
The clear winner was Ricky Lightfoot who was hardly out of breath and never challenged on the climb or descent. Adam Anderson was second and did extremely well descending as he was some way behind in third place at the summit. This was also Adam’s first V40 win since his birthday only a fortnight ago.
First home in the female category was local athlete Shirley Singh, she was also first V40 and over two minutes ahead of her nearest rival Sarah Laing of Portabello.
Annan once again had a good turnout with six runners in the field of forty eight. The two Kevins were first timers in this race and although shocked by the conditions made it up and down in one piece. How Kevin Plummer got up and down without fell shoes I have no idea. Next week at Langholm will seem like a stroll in the park boy’s!!
A full list of the results can be viewed at www.shr.uk.com
CARNETHY - 16th FEBRUARY 2008
This race is the first serious one of 2008 and we had one of our best turnouts with 8 of us taking part. There was a large field of 461 runners which is the second largest at Carnethy. The winner Lloyd Taggart of Dark Peak Fell Runners also recorded the second fastest time run over this course. In a high quality field he was nearly 1 minute ahead of second placed Rob Jebb.
Angela Mudge was untroubled be her female opposition finishing 21st overall and a clear 5 minutes ahead of second placed Sharon Taylor.
Our own Jim Buchanan while not at his best after an injury lay off still managed to win the male 70 category with his nearest rival nearly 10 minutes behind him.
As for the rest of us our only claim to fame can be that we kept up the tradition of the ADAC males being first into the showers!! So what you may say, well it’s not that easy. Firstly you have to get onto the first bus back, be prepared to dash across to the school hall, remove you dirty shoes and SPRINT to the changing rooms while removing your running gear. There is no room for modesty as you then strip off and SPRINT with towel and soap in hand to the shower area. For the first time in the clubs history we secured Gold, Silver and Bronze positions by a clear margin of 3 mins 17:43 seconds.
In the race itself we probably came away as happy as runners ever are after an off season of accidents, illness and injuries.
Winners – Lloyd Taggert – 47:11.
Angela Mudge – 55:13.
ADAC – 90th Roger Irving – 62:58.
175th DanWatson – 69:22.
181st John Robson – 69:50.
203rd Andy Fairgrieve – 71:16.
294th Nigel Priestley – 77:51.
327th Kevin Graham – 81:39.
330th Jim Buchanan – 81:58.
409th Jean Robson – 93:51.