Annan & District Athletic Club
HILL and FELL RUNNING REPORTS 2009
Congratulation to the winner Roger Irving , to runner up
John Robson and Andy Fairgrieve in 3rd place.
HILL and FELL RUNNING CHAMPIONSHIP 2009
Points will be awarded to the first eight in any race with 1st receiving 10 pts, 2nd receiving 8 pts, 3rd receiving 6 pts, 4th receiving 5 pts, 5th receiving 4 pts, 6th receiving 3 pts, 7th receiving 2pts and 8th receiving 1pt. Best eight scores to count.
Race 1. Greenmantle.2nd Jan. Race 6. Screel. 18th April. Race 11. Bampton. 12th July.
Race 2. Carnethy 5.14th Feb. Race 7. Stuc a’Chrion. 2nd May. Race 12. Lakeland County Fair. 16th Aug.
Race 3. Chapelgill.21st March. Race 8. Moffat Horseshoe.16th May. Race 13. Beef Tub. 12th Sept.
Race 4. Criffel.22nd March. Race 9. Durisdeer.13th June. Race 14. Merrick Hill Race. 20th Sept
Race 5. Langholm.28th March. Race 10. Tebay. 20th June. Race 15. Manor Water.10th Oct.
Race 16. Tinto. 7th Nov.
TINTO HILL RACE - SATURDAY 7th NOVEMBER
Another record field at this year’s race makes it one of the biggest in Scotland, 293 runners completed the course. The age range is also impressive with runners of 70 plus years in the main race and in the Tinto Tiptoe Hill Fun Run there was a 2 year old taking part, lets hope we can keep the youngsters for the future.
It was a pleasant day to be out on the hills though it was wet underfoot and therefore quite slippy this resulted in times being a bit slower, even at the front end of the field. Prasad Prasad won the race and was well clear of second placed Alisdair Anthony. Their times were 31.28 mins and 32.16 mins respectively. Claire Gordon won the ladies race in a time of 39.10 mins and again was well ahead of her nearest rival Scout Adkin who finished in 40.45 mins.
The ADAC members turned out in force for the last race of our club championship. I don't think any pb's were set but the thing is we are all getting older!! Nigel had a personal worst due to the fact that he decided to try a smash a bolder with his shoulder, the bolder one !! A later "trip" to A&E at Dumfries has shown ligament damage to the collar bone attachments at the shoulder. Time and rest will heal. It does pay to try and stay upright in this race as you are unlikely to get a soft landing but then again staying on your feet over difficult ground conditions is all part and parcel of the challenge of hill running. That's why we do it.
Our positions and times were as follows,
Roger - 52nd — 39.16 mins.
John - 78th_ 41.22 mins.
Dan - 87th — 41.49 mins.
Andy - 89th — 41.56 mins.
Gordon -142°1— 45.30 mins.
Ross - 150th —45.46 mins.
Nigel - 224''' — 50.10 mins.
I have put these final results into the championship table so I would be obliged if you would all check that you have all the points you should have and if not please let me know.
MANOR WATER HILL RACE - SATURDAY 10th OCTOBER
If you want to run a fell race over good ground on a nice autumnal day Manor Water is a good bet to meet these requirements as more often than not the sun shines on us.
I can remember running this race when there was only a handful of runners where as now it has grown to attract a large field year on year with 89 runners toeing the line this year.
ADAC fielded one of our best turnouts this year with six members taking part. John Robson is easing his way back after a long time calf injury and ran very well to come in under the hour and a half barrier, his persistence at cycling throughout his injury has obviously helped him maintain a good fitness base.
Ross Dolder in his first Manor Water race ran very well to finish 38th just over the hour and a half with a time of 1hr 30:18 mins.
The rest of us were happy (if runners ever are) with our runs, or was it just the fact that every finisher got a bottle of Greenmantle? On top of that some of us managed some how or other to pick up age group prizes. They had a lot to give away!!
To anyone thinking of taking up running in any shape or form it’s never too late to start as the winner today was a 50 year old, okay he has been running a ‘’few’’ years but still you never know to you get out there and give it a go.
First home was Colin Donnely of Lochaber in 1hr 08:50 mins followed some way behind by Brian Marshell running for HELP in 1hr 11:03 mins.
In the ladies race Kate Jenkins of HBT was first in 1hr 20:51mins (she also had time to take photo’s on route!!) and second was Lucy Colquhorn of Carnethy in 1hr 24:46 mins.
The ADAC results were as follows,
Roger 13th 1hr 20:24 mins.
Dan 20th 1hr 24:10 mins.
John 35th 1hr 29:15 mins.
Ross 38th 1hr 30:18 mins.
Nigel 58th 1hr 39:59 mins.
Jean 78th 1hr 59:19 mins.
Also taking part was Alan Spence from Lockerbie who most of you will know. Alan has not run for quite some time but still managed to get round in 1hr 36:40 mins placing him in 51st position. I think Alan might well now confirm that it is advisable to do some training before racing and also being out the night before needs to be taken into consideration.
Our next outing at Tinto it is the last in the championship so get out there and grab a few more points!!
DEVIL'S BEEF TUB HILL RACE 12th SEPTEMBER 2009
DURISDEER HILL RACE 13th JUNE 2009
Weather conditions were generally good other than a couple of heavy showers. With six ADAC runners taking part, a very good representation considering the total field of 34 starters. Roger had a good run to come in 8th place in a time of 1.57. Dan arrived home 2 minutes and 2 places later with Andy coming home in 2.09 taking 16th position. Mark enjoyed his outing and returned in 19th place in a time of 2.13. Nigel had a comfortable run after his 2 day event with daughter Jennifer the previous weekend, in 2.20 taking 23rd place and Jean had a steady run to finish 30th in 2.47. Full results can be found on the SHR website with Adam's report.
HART FELL HORSESHOE - Saturday 16th May 2009
On a day of mixed weather conditions the competitors feelings were that other than being windy and cold on the top, they were fine, and the rain stayed away until all competitors were home. Compared with last years, the times of the runners were dramatically better and it was good to see Roger Irving showing form by winning in a time of 1.44.38 with Mark Whitelaw, also pleased with a return to better performances, second in 1.46.31. Ever improving Kevin Plummer came home in 1.47.12 in third with Dan Watson following in 1.47.42. All the results follow and included in the table are last years time to show the improvements made.
SCREEL HILL RACE - Saturday 18th April 2009
Screel was a Scottish Championship Race this year and a beautiful spring day brought a quality field of 141 runners. The conditions underfoot were good on the open hill, the wooded area’s with there light/shade combinations required nimble feet and maximum concentration. For such a short race this run has many different challenges for the runners and you need to treat it with respect.
ADAC had a good turnout with eight taking part and we managed to spread ourselves nicely throughout the field. Everyone seemed fairly happy with their performances so early on in the season.
Unfortunately Jon Ascroft of Carnethy did not have such an enjoyable day although he did get a helicopter ride!! The downside was that it was to hospital with a dislocated elbow, ouch.
This year’s race was won by Tom Owens of Shettleston by over a minute from Brian Marshall with Robbie Simpson of Deeside third. Their respective times were 28.31 mins, 29.37 mins and 29.53 mins. Claire Whitehead running for Cosmics was first lady in 34.04 mins with Fiona Maxwell of Shettleston second (first vet 40) some way behind in a time of 36.11 mins, third went to Jacqui Higginbottom of Carnethy in 38.53 mins.
The ADAC member’s times were as follows,
40th Andy Fairgrieve – 37.24 mins. – 10pts.
43rd Alan Spence – 37.47 mins – 8pts.
44th John Robson – 37.49 mins – 6pts.
51st Roger Irving – 38.51 mins – 5pts.
59th Mark Whitelaw – 39.59 mins – 4pts.
92nd Nigel Priestley – 45.47 mins – 3pts.
110th Brian Harper – 48.40 mins – 2pts.
129th Jean Robson – 53.58 mins – 1pt.
LANGHOLM 5 Hills Race -Sat 28th March 2009
At the 5 Hills Run at the weekend we were lucky enough to get reasonably good conditions. A couple of day’s earlier I thought we stood a good chance of having to brave snowy conditions which would have been a first for this run.
The usual rules applied with every runner aiming to be finished for 12 midday. Unfortunately Langholm is supplying fewer entrants year on year with only two of us this year. If it wasn’t for the support of the stalwarts of the past few years the run would have disappeared. The worrying thing is that the youngest of us is 38 years old and the oldest 71!!! We will be okay if we all manage to keep going on like the inspirational Mr Buchanan but sadly I doubt that will happen, let’s hope there is resurgence just around the corner or in our case just over the brow of the hill!!
Fewer runners didn’t detract from the enjoyment of the 10 of us who took part and considering the age span competing to only have 30 minutes separating 1st to 10th is amazing. Because of the staggered start (and ing finish for some) you are never quite sure what your finishing position will be so it’s best to just keep pushing on. It is better though if you still leave some energy for your navigation up the finishing straight or street as Kevin and Smiler now realise.
The trophy went to Kelloholm as Adam Anderson recorded the fastest time with Andy and Kevin second and third respectively but fewer runners meant a prize for everyone so nobody went home empty handed.