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HILL RUNNING CHAMPIONSHIP 2012

 

Hill Champion Rory Longmore with Runner Up Kevin Plummer and Nigel Priestley in 3rd Place

The Lady's Champion is Jean Robson again, a

 

Criffel 11th March.

Langholm 5 Hills 31st March.

Screel 14th April.

Hartfell Horseshoe 19th May.

Durisdeer 16th June.

Devils Beeftub 8th September.

Merrick 16th September.

Manor Water 13th October.

Tinto 10th November.

The Dumfries & Galloway Championship comprises of Criffel,Screel, Durisdeer, Devils Beeftub and Merrick.

Durisdeer is also a Scottish Championship race this year which is good news for anyone who is a first timer as there will be a large field of all abilities so no worries about being left on your own.

How about for the Dumfries & Galloway Championship if we can get enough people interested having ADAC teams in the same format as you run at the moment during the winter and summer months. Hopefully it might mean better support for the hill running. It can be discussed when we get together if you think it is a possibility.

 

CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS  2012

Male

Runners

                               

Races

Kevin

Nigel

Ernie

Oliver

Andy

Rory

Alan C

Alan R

Johnny

Gordon

John

Jim

Andrew

Brian

Roger

Martin

James

Criffel

10

5

 

8

6

 

2

4

3

               

Langholm

8

3

1

 

6

10

1

1

 

5

 

2

4

1

     

Screel

8

3

 

5

 

10

1

1

2

 

6

     

4

   

Hartfell Horseshoe

8

5

1

   

10

1

   

6

3

2

   

4

   

Durisdeer

8

4

 

5

 

10

2

 

3

           

6

 

Devils Beef Tub

8

   

5

 

10

   

4

 

6

           

Merrick

8

6

     

10

       

4

     

3

5

 

Manor Water

8

4

     

10

         

5

     

6

 

Tinto

8

       

10

   

5

             

6

Total Points

74

30

2

23

12

80

7

6

17

11

19

9

4

1

11

17

6

                                   

Female

Runners

                               

Races

Janet

Jean

Louise

Claire

Nicola

                       

Criffel

 

10

                             

Langholm

10

   

7

7

                       

Screel

10

8

                             

Hartfell Horseshoe

9

6

9

                           

Durisdeer

                                 

Devils Beef Tub

 

10

                             

Merrick

 

10

                             

Manor Water

                                 

Tinto

                                 

Total Points

29

44

9

7

7

                       

 

 

 

 

HILL and FELL RUNNING REPORTS 2012

 

DEVILS BEEF TUB  SATURDAY 8th SEPTEMBER

by Kevin Plummer

This year’s Devil Beef tub race was a little different to last years. In 2011 it was a British Championship race and attracted a big entry of over 150 runners from all four corners of the UK, this year we had 36 hardy souls make it to the start line. The weather was different too, last year we had driving rain and wind with low cloud on the tops, this year it was warm and dry almost perfect running conditions.

We started at 12:00, and in this race you are straight into an epic climb, far too steep to run, it is a walk and at times, or at least in my case, using "all fours" to climb. The climb tops out on the A701 road next to the monument. I found myself climbing with a few familiar friends, Rory, John Goldsworthy, John Robson and Oliver Wilson, god I hate cyclists they are far too good climbers, it must be all the working of the quads on the bike, I think they should be banned from Hill races! Climbing up I gave out my normal war climb "are we nearly there yet?" I think everybody else was too out of breath to answer me.

Once we made the top I patted Rory on the back and made my move "come on mate lets go for it" I said to him, and put a bit of a sprint on for the next 20 yards, it was then into the dreaded marsh, this is part of the course that is always heavily water logged which makes it strength sapping as you race thought it. I ran though it as best as I could looking for any dry high bits to keep my feet out of the water. I was progressively reeling in the Dumfries running club runner in front of me. Once over the fence on the climb up to the trig point I passed him, just in front I could see one other runner then Adam Anderson, if I can just finish one place behind Adam that would be a good result for me I thought, I was expecting Rory to blast past any minute, although unbeknown to me he had a little problem behind me.

After the Trig point on the next climb I passed the runner in front of me, he dug in and came back at me and got back in front, I thought that was his last shot and waited for the last climb, then kept running while he walked, I was right he was spent and I pulled away.

Round the last stone cairn with the marshal there and into the big descent down the side of the Beef tub, as epic as the climb was at the start this is its opposite equal for the finish, many a runner ends up on his bum coming down here as his grip gives way. I had a quick look behind me; the runner I had just pasted was there follow by John Goldsworthy then Rory. I set off on my descent but somehow went a bit too far south, John shouted me but I never hear him at the time. I realised my mistake and tried to cut back across the face of the hill. John was now ahead of me and I got back in the race line just in front of Rory and behind John, Rory managed to get in front but I came back and hit the bottom of the hill just in front, however Rory kicked for home and just got back in front again, the pair of us raced to the line jumping over the burn but he had the speed to hold me off and beat me by 1 second, John finishing 2 seconds ahead.

After the race Rory said somebody had stepped on the back of his shoe and pulled it off, (I will have to try that technique next time we are racing lol) and he had to stop and put it back on, well at least it made a good race of it.

The 3 of us finished 6, 7, and 8th in the race. John was second V50, Rory 3rd V50 and I was 3rd V40. Other noticeable results were Shirley Singh taking second Female and first V40 female, Jean Robson having a great battle to take first Lady V50 just beating the lady who finished second behind her. John Robson, Oliver and Johnny Minto all ran well, Johnny had reccied the route twice in the week before the event, and John had rode to the event on his bike beforehand.

 

Results of our runners as follows:-

5

25:58

Adam Anderson

Carnethy

M40

6

27:01

John Goldsworthy

Hardrock Hoodlums

M50

7

27:03

Rory Longmore

Annan

M50

8

27:04

Kevin Plummer

Annan

M40

17

29:10

John Robson

Annan

M50

19

29:28

Shirley Singh

Hardrock Hoodlums

F40

21

30:42

Oliver Wilson

Annan

M

30

35:35

Johnny Minto

Annan

M40

32

38:23

Jean Robson

Annan

F50

         

 

 

Link to full results:-

 http://www.carnethy.com/ri_results/beeftub/btb_2012.htm


 

DURISDEER HILL RACE, 16th JUNE

 

Full results                www.shr.uk.com/raceresults

ADAC Results

55.      Rory Longmore    1.58.35

69.      Kevin Plummer     2.03.42

77.      Martin Coopland   2.05.33

92.      Oliver Wilson        2.11.23

108.    Nigel Priestley       2.17.16

137.    Johnny Minto        2.47.12

145.    Alan Creighton      3.04.20   

 

 

 

Hart Fell Horseshoe    Saturday 19th May 2012

 

 

The winnner comes home.

"you show him Nigel"

                     Rory, WINNER                                                              Kevin   RUNNER UP                                         Gordon   THIRD

                                       

                                Shirley FIRST LADY                                   Louise  SECOND EQUAL                             Janet      SECOND EQUAL

 

Saturday was the fourth race in the ADAC Hill Running Championship, it was the Hart Fell Horseshoe Hill Race, quite possibly the second toughest race in the championship calendar, a run of 10.5 miles with around 2900 feet of climb. The weather forecasts at the beginning of the week didn’t look good for the weekend, on the Friday it was raining all day, but on Friday night when I checked the mountain weather forecast on the internet it was more promising for the race. Small chance of rain, temperature was 1 to 4 degrees on the tops with cloud base down to 450-750 meters lifting by midday. The race starts at the Annan Water Hall and from the start you get into a 3.5 mile climb to the top of Hart Fell before the runners head on a northerly direction skirting round the top of the Devils Beef Tub, reaching the trig point on Annanhead Hill. The runners turn back southerly, a short run on the A701 before dropping down the hill just after the Devil's Beef Tub towards Ericstane farm, finishing back at the Annan Water Hall.
A record turnout of 17 runners, with some new faces including, Louise, Alan and Ernie attempting the course for the first time. Then some old campaigners including Rodger and Mark Whitelaw, making their return to the hills. (The photo of Mark and Nigel pushing to the finish line in the ADAC in View is a good one). As the race is run as a handicap event you have to set out to finish at 12:00, Jim Buchanan the race organiser had been round the day before (in the strong winds) having placed a a few signs to keep us right on the farmer's fields for the final run into the finish. Thanks to Jane Jackson for her help and consideration.

The conditions as good, there was a strong quartering wind on the climb up Hart Fell, but this seemed to be with us when we came off the hill. The underfoot conditions were slippy on the descents and it was advantageous to gain more grip by running on the grass just off the worn path, although this was not without risk of dropping a foot into a unseen hole in the grass. The forecast was right, the tops were clear and no rain. One great thing about this race is the thought of Margaret’s homemade soup and sticky toffee pudding waiting for you at the end to keep your spirits up as you slog it up the climbs.

Rory Longmore won the race in a time excellent time of 1:40 just outsides Rodger’s course record of 1:38. Kevin came home second with Gordon third. With the ladies, Shirley Singh was first with Louise and Janet coming in joint second. A big well done to all the competitors, especially those who it was their first time at this race. Ernie gets a mention as he did not think the course was long enough and at the end decided to add a bit on, Gordon did an excellent job of running out to keep him company on his final run in.
The burn at the finish was ideal for cooling the hard worked legs off when the running was done, a few of us can be seen taking advantage of it. To those that asked, yes there is a lot of beer about, it is a tradition of the lakes fell runners to run hard and then drink hard, real ale being the drink of choice and you thought we did it because we liked running.

Big Big thank you to Jim and Margaret for an enjoyable day.

Report by Kev
FULL RESULTS
1.Rory Longmore - 1.40.35
2.Kevin Plummer - 1.49.56
3.Gordon Vivers - 1.54.50
4.Nigel Priestley
4.Mark Whitelaw - 2.01.06
6.Andy Fairgrieve - 2.02.28
7.Roger Irving - 2.02.40
8.John Robson - 2.07.23
9.Shirley Singh
9.John Goldsworthy - 2.11.51
11.Janet Priestley
11.Louise Hopper
11.Alan Creighton - 2.30.23
14.Ranjit Thomas - 2.30.38
15.Jean Robson - 2.49.42
16.Kenny Paterson - 2.53.55 *
17.Ernie Bryden - 3.04.13
non race day competitors
Claire Andrew - 2.16.40
Jim Buchanan - 2.20.05

Screel Hill Race  Saturday 14th April

Report from Kevin.

Screel hill race is held close to Palnackie, nr Castle Douglas, it is 6.4km long with 400 meters of climb, the race is classified as a "SA" race by the Scottish Hill Runners association, the "S" is for short referring to the length and "A" is for the amount of climb per kilometre "A" being the hardest amount of climb, so a short hard race.
In recent years the course has changed from the original race course due to problems with access to the Forestry Commission land for the race. However this has taken away nothing from the event as the new route is just as great as the old one. All proceeds from the event go to the local Scouts group who in turn do an excellent job of marking the route for the runners, in my case that is a good job as last year when I was in a bit of an oxygen deficient haze on reaching the top I carried straight on following the old route despite being told at the start the route had changed. I found myself in the middle of the heather without another runner to be seen; luckily I retraced my steps to get on the course again.

The weather for the day was perfect, a slight chill in the air but with bright sunshine and not too much wind. The race starts with a easily enough on a steady climbing forest track, before entering the trees and on to stepper ground with mud under foot, eventually you break though the tree line into the sunshine, the climb is now getting steeper with parts that require some climbing up the rocks, the course at the top continues along a ridge which is quite muddy and wet at times. Once you reach the cairn you double back on yourself taking a path that runs parallel to the one you came up, it is almost all downhill from here with just one more short sharp climb, The first part of the downhill is good running before getting steeper and rockier which requires a bit more care to pick your way though, once into the tree line then the tree roots have to be avoided while still trying to catch the person in front of keep ahead of the competitor behind. Finally you break out back onto the Forest track, now the gradient is not too steep but enough for you to open up your stride and push hard to the finish.
This year the race had a record number of runners with 63 men and women stepping forward to tackle the hill.
The race was won for a second year running by Dumfries running club’s, David Parish, in a record time of 28 minutes and 53 second.
Second was Stephen Winter of Shettleston Harriers who also broke the old course record with a 29:54.
Third was Adrian Davies of Carnethy Hill running Club in 30:26 and he was running in the 40 and over class.
In fourth place and an excellent time for somebody running in the over 50 class was Allan Smith from Deeside runners in 30:47, who of course took first prize in the 50 male veteran class.
In fifth place and first in the 40 plus Male veteran class was Adam Anderson again from Carnethy in 30:57.
The battle for the Ladies first prize was an epic, with Eilidh Wardlaw piping her Hunter Bog Trotters club mate Claire Gordon by only two seconds for a 34:11 to a 34:13, well done Eilidh and bad luck to Claire.
In the Female V40 class Shirley Singh was the winner in a time of 39:55.
Personally I finish in 18th place which I was pretty please with, we had 11 ADAC runners so a great turn out well done to all, Rory ran really well to secure a top 10 place.

 Times and places below.
10 33.47 Rory Longmore ADAC MV50
18 35.08 Kevin Plummer ADAC MV40
19 35.24 John Goldsworthy Hardrock Hoodlums MV50
25 36.46 Andy Fairgrieve ADAC MV40
30 37.26 John Robson ADAC MV50
31 37.33 Oliver Wilson ADAC M
36 38.01 Roger Irving ADAC MV50
42 39.47 Ranjit Thomas ADAC MV40
43 39.51 Nigel Priestley ADAC MV50
44 39.55 Shirley Singh U/A FV40
55 46.02 Johnny Minto ADAC MV40
56 46.56 Alan Creighton ADAC MV50
57 47.07 Janet Priestley ADAC FV50
58 47.23 Alan Neville ADAC MV40
61 50.03 Jean Robson ADAC FV50


Langholm 4 Hills Race - Saturday 31st March 2012

Rory Longmore

69.57

81.04%

52

15 + 5 = 20

15

35

Charlie Borthwick

72.50

77.70%

42

Guest

0

Guest

Lawrence Friell

73.26

67.03%

32

Guest

0

Guest

Kevin Plummer

73.38

73.83%

47

13 + 5 = 18

12

30

Andy Render

74.04

68.87%

39

11 + 5 = 16

10

26

Gordon Vivers

78.04

73.88%

54

10 + 5 = 15

13

28

Dan Borthwick

80.15

63.08%

38

Guest

0

Guest

Andrew Kennedy

81.37

63.98%

42

9 + 5 = 14

8

22

Nigel Priestley

83.30

73.83%

55

8 + 5 = 13

11

24

Jim Buchanan

89.00

79.37%

74

7 + 5 = 12

14

26

Michael Gough

90.27

58.19%

43

Guest

0

Guest

Ian Murgatroyd

90.30

61.07%

49

Guest

0

Guest

Brian Harper

90.58

56.95%

41

ADAC Guest

0

ADAC Guest

Ernie Bryden

92.01

58.12%

45

6 + 5 = 11

6

17

Janet Priestley

95.19

67.05%

51

5 + 5 = 10

9

19

Alan Creighton

97.49

59.48%

55

4 + 5 = 9

7

16

Rob Cranston

100.00

53.92%

46

Guest

0

Guest

Alan Reville

100.37

54.03%

47

3 + 5 = 8

5

13

Cameron Archibald

105.00

47.32%

35

Guest

0

Guest

Bill Knox

105.19

57.79%

60

Guest

0

Guest

Nicola Kennedy

118.01

49.01%

42

2 + 5 = 7

4

11

Claire Andrews

118.01

46.55%

31

ADAC Guest

0

ADAC Guest

Jim Knox

148.00

42.69%

64

Guest

0

Gue

Ground and weather conditions were almost perfect for the 23 competitors who took part in this years event. Unfortunately the route had to be modified because of a farmer being unhappy about the route going over Castle Hill.  Roger adjusted the route without causing problems for navigation, resulting in a 7 miles with 2380 feet of climb event. Last years winner, Rory Longmore made it two in a row with local runners Charlie Borthwick second and Lawrence Friell in third place. ADAC had an excellent turnout with 14 members taking part, many first time hill runners.  First Lady home was our own Janet Priestley who has been impressive since she started running seriously - and obviously enjoying it.  In second equal place came Nicola Kennedy and Claire Andrews.  First Vet was Kevin Plummer with Gordon Vivers first Supervet. Thanks to Roger for his organisation of the race and also for the excellent soup ,food etc afterwards.  Thanks to Nigel also for all of his contributions to the race.  Let's hope the race can continue in some form, it is such a good event, it would be sad to lose it.

WINNERS 

 

       

1st Lady, Janet Priestley, 1st Vet. Kevin Plummer and winner of the race Rory Longmore

 

 

plus Runners up equal in the Ladies section, Nicola Kennedy and Claire Andrews

 

Gordon paying homage to the photographer as he approaches the finish to pick up the Supervets prize

 

Carnethy Hill Race  11th Feb 2012

A quality field is attracted to one of Scotlands most popular hill races with 523 finishers, with GB Mountain Running Internationalist Orlando Edwards, from Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers, running for his Scottish club HBT having an impressive win in the 5th fastest time ever (47.53) with Prasad Prasad (Squadra Porcini) taking the runner up spot half a minute down, not far in front of five times winner Rob Jebb (Bingley). Prasad was the only Scot in the top 5 as brothers Tom and Mark Addison (both GB International runners) from Helm Hill took 4th and 5th place.
For the women, Angela Mudge, wearing her usual number 13, easily won in a very fast 56 mins to record her 13th victory.
Conditions were cold (it is Feb) but relatively dry underfoot. Bus to the start, then after the pain of five heather clad hills of the Pentlands there are school dinners and the luxury of showers. (but one club member has compared the view of scrawny lean boney fell runners lining up for showers as a image from Auschwitz!! )
74 Adam Anderson 62.23
134 Dan Watson 67.23
197 john robson 71.59
263 alan spence 75.49
319 ranjit thomas 79 58
323 nigel priestley 80.07
472 jean robson 96.49

Greenmantle Dash - Mon. 2nd. Jan 2012

 

This is the traditional start to the fell season – and it can be early for some. Though some eager types (Nigel, Janet and Johnny) had already started their running season by turning out the day before at Langholm! Well done! 

This is described as:

 

Starting with a mass sprint from the Broughton Brewery to hurdle a

 stonewall, cross playing fields, hurdle fence, wade river, negotiate

 marsh, cross road. Breathe. Then up through turnip fields before hitting

 the base of the steepest hill. Struggle up this and turn with juddering

 legs to hurtle precariously back down, and wind up for the final dash

 along the road to the village hall.                Then catch your breath again.

This is accurate!! It may be short, but can be viscious.

There was a good turn-out from ADAC  (who said the fell-runners were fading away! ), with some close competitions.

  1.             1.   Murray Strain (HBT) – clear winner 16.03

14. Carl Heaven 19.33

17. Charlotte Morgan (Carnethy) – 1st. F 20.07

24. Rory Longmore 20.57

33. Martin Coopland 22.04

35. John Robson 22.14

41. Ranjit Thomas 22.41

64. Nigel Priestley 25.19

84. Johnny Minto 27.35

92. Jean Robson 29.11

93. Janet Priestley 29.38

 

Robbie Minto who could be a future challenger for Johnny – took part in the junior race.