Annan & District Athletic Club
ROAD RUNNING REPORTS. 2004
The Cumbrian Run ½ Marathon was held last weekend and was the final race in the ADAC 2004 Road Running Championships. Five members completed the popular event which attracted runners from all over the United Kingdom. Owen Brown was the first of the club runners across the line and was pleased with his time of 88.07, he has been injured throughout the season and this was his first race back. Paul Nicholson has had a long season competing in lots of events. His run of 93.45 gave him a well deserved personal best for the distance. John Robson enjoyed his run-around in 96.48 well ahead of wife Jean who also ran a best time of 114.51.Final runner carrying the ADAC colours home was Callum Thomson in 117.21 who was running to raise funds for the Barnardos Charity.
Young Rachel Robson competed in the shorter Cumbrian 5 Mile Challenge run on the same day and did well to finish 4th Junior in 37.13.Well done also to Mandy Woodman and Donna Grieve who have been running with the club they both completed the event in very respectable times of 44.55 and 49.43 and are now looking forward to competing in the Annan 4 Mile Festive Road race on December 12th.
ADAC has been very well represented in road races this year with many new faces leaving their mark all over the country. Carl Heaven in particular has had an excellent season winning lots of races including the Polaroid Series of 10Ks at Glasgow and with probably his best performance at the Edinburgh 10K when he finished in 4th place in a top class field of over 5000 runners.
The top contenders in the clubs championship set of races this year however have been George Fraser, Paul Nicholson and Roger Guy. The trio have had a great season and despite George taking an early lead in the event newcomers Paul and Roger pulled back point’s race after race. However despite a brave effort by the duo in the latter stages George has managed to hold on and for the second time has secured himself the title of King Of The Road for 2004.Paul finished in the runners up position and Roger third.
George also took the early top marks in the Women and Veteran Championships and never looked like being headed. Roger put in a late challenge but had to settle for the runners up spot and keeping the flag flying for the ladies in third is Jean Robson who it has to be mentioned has had a tremendous year, some credit here must go to daughter Rachel who has kept mum on her toes in more than one race.
With the main races over our attentions veer to winter training and club training nights remain as Tuesday and Thursdays meeting in North Street at 5.45pm as well as Circuit training on Wednesday Evenings at Newington 7.30 –8.30pm. The Ladies only Jogging also remains on Wednesdays but the time and venue has changed to 6pm from Newington Gym.
Next event on the ADAC calendar is the annual trip to Moffat on October 30th for a 6.5 Mile Forest trail run anyone interested meet at the car park opposite Moffat Boating Pond at 10.15am.
The AGM has been set for Monday November 22nd
Further details on any club events can be found on the club website annan.district.athletics.btinternet.co.uk or call Caroline on 01461 205350
ADAC held a fun pentathlon day this weekend. The pentathlon consisted of five events the Standing Long Jump, Shot Putt, 100 Metre Sprint, Javelin and finished off with a 1500 metres run. It was a good chance for many of the roadrunners to test their talents at events other than running. A total of 16 people turned out on the cool Autumn morning. The emphasis on the day was fun and that was certainly achieved by all the competitors.
All round athlete Andy Fairgrieve of Moffat accumulated the highest score of the day and at his first attempt at the throwing events should be well proud of his achievements. Quite at home on the track and field was Eric Bull who finished in second place just one point ahead of Hightaes John Robson who was yet another debutant at the event.
The ladies competition proved to be a very close one between Mother and Daughter Jean and Rachel Robson and the experienced thrower Diana Wyllie who kept them on their toes. It was all level going into the final event the 1500 metres and a strong run from young Rachel gave her the victory she desired from mum Jean. Diana settled for third place honours but after a long break from the field was more than happy with her performances.
Next ADAC event is the 4 Mile Handicap Run, which takes place on Saturday October 9th from the Scout hall Annan and is a 10.30am start. Non-members more than welcome.
The Cumbrian run on October 17th is the final race in this years Road Running Championships and at the moment George Fraser leads the way however a late pursuit for the title is being made by newcomers Paul Nicholson of Gretna and Roger Guy of Ruthwell.Full results can be checked out on the website annan.district.athletics.btinternet.co.uk
Finally a note that training for juniors has moved to indoors to Newington Sports hall on Wednesdays from 6.30 – 7.30 pm.
Senior circuits is also on Wednesdays at Newington from 7.30 –8.30pm
Carl Heaven has been in tremendous form this year and his return to ADAC this season after a few years away from competitive running has certainly been a welcome one as he has put the small athletics club well and truly on the map.
At the start of the year he got off to a flying start by winning the Poloroid 10K Series, which is a set of four 10K events which take place around the Strathclyde region. He followed this with a succession of wins locally as well as in other regions such as the Borders and the Lake District. After a short rest he resumed training and set his sights on the Scottish National 10K Track Championships in August. Despite admitting to losing concentration during the 25 x 400m lap event he had an excellent run and finished in third place to take a well earned Bronze Medal. His most recent victories include the very popular Dumfries 10K Road race at the beginning of September. There was indeed an excellent turn out of fourteen ADAC members in this event all of whom achieved their own personal goals.
Heavens latest run although not a win must go down as perhaps one of his best performances of the year where he finished in a very creditable fourth place in a time of 31.50 in one of the largest supported 10K runs in Scotland. The event was the Edinburgh City Challenge 10K Road Race which attracted a field of over 5000 runners from all over Great Britain as well as numerous overseas competitors.
A well earned rest now surely awaits the ADAC runner but it is sure we will hear plenty more of his success’s in the future.
Dates in the ADAC diary are
3d October at 10.30am Everholm Track, Fun Pentathlon -Events are Standing Long Jump/100 Metres/Shot Putt/Javelin Throw/1500 Metres
9th October 10.30am –4 Mile Handicap Run-Meet Scouthall, Annan
17th October –Cumbrian Run ½ Marathon and 5 Mile Challenge, Carlisle
20th November –Brampton To Carlisle 10 Mile Road Race
12th December-10.30am –Scouthall, Annan- ADAC 4 Mile Festive Road Race
Please note that training for Juniors will move indoors to Newington Sports Hall on Wednesday October 6th 6.30-7.30pm
Seniors will continue outdoors on Tuesday and Thursday Evenings 5.45pm from North Street as well as Wednesdays for Ladies only at 5.30pm
Senior Indoor circuit’s session will start on Wednesdays at Newington Sports Hall 7.30-8.30pm meet at 7.00pm for a warm up jog
Further details on any of the above events check out the website annan.district.athletics.btinternet.co.uk or contact Caroline on 01461 205350
24th August 2004
Carl Heaven has added another couple of road race titles to his seasons already impressive CV.
The first of them was the Castle Douglas 5 Miler which was held recently around the scenic Carlingwalk Loch .Although feeling slightly below par prior to the run he did just enough to clinch victory from the young and improving Dumfries Runner Marcus Scotney ,their times 26.58 and 26.59.Heavens team mate Mark Whitelaw crossed the line in 27.22 to give him third place. Les Hill of Dumfries R C was first veteran in 29.03 and also from the Dumfries Club Mhairi Douglas was the first lady home in 33.09.
A total of twelve ADAC members participated in the popular event .Lee Price was the next of them across in 30.55 from John Murphy(31.56)Andy Fairgrieve(32.12) Paul Nicholson(33.03) and Jim Buchanan (33.11).George Fraser(34.59) led the next batch home from Louise Hopper (35.47)Colin Christie (37.07)Caroline Legg (39.39) and Gordon Rogerson (41.19).Full reslts of this race can be found on the ADAC website at annan.district.athletics.btinternet.co.uk
Carl’s second victory was a week later at the Gatehouse of Fleet 10K .He had a very comfortable run around and was always in command to cross the tape in 35.49.
The most recent of outings for the ADAC squad was at Hightae. The village used to hold a 10K race around the outskirts of the Royal Borough. The Robson Family who reside in the village regularly use the course as a training route and a few members invited themselves over to have a journey over the scenic terrain. The event was held as a handicap run.
.John Murphy played his usual games and arrived back to the village first but his time of 41.05 did not beat that of Roger Guy who ran around in 39.38. John Robson was just behind them in 41.42 and Kenny Patterson of Twynolm was pleased with his run of 44.45.Caroline Legg ran 48.28 leaving Jean Robson and Gordon Rogerson to battle home together in 51.34 and 51.41.It was an impressive run by Jean who ran 5 minutes quicker than she had run the route ever before. Final runner in was Louise Hopper who somehow managed to get lost and therefore added a few extra miles to her journey( the committee has decided until she completes a navigation course she must run with a guide !)
Paul Nicholson completed the tough Langdale half marathon at the weekend whilst Andy Fairgrieve had a pleasant run around the Great Scottish Half Marathon at Glasgow.
Next events in the calendar are the Dumfries 10K on Wednesday September 1st entries are now closed .The ADAC 4 Mile Handicap Run on Saturday October 9th 10.30am start from Annan Scout Hall and the Cumbrian Run on Sunday October 17th.
Training continues on Tuesdays and Thursdays from North Street 5.45pm and Wednesdays 5.30pm are for ladies only jogs all abilities more than welcome contact Caroline Legg on 01461 205350 for further details on any of above .
17TH JULY 2004
A.D.A.C. athlete Carl Heaven continues to make his mark on the road running scene around the country. He recently was runner up in the Peebles 10K only beaten a short distance by Scottish Internationalist Steve Cairns and a few days later went one better to gain a win at the Hawkshead 10K in the heart of the lake district. His most recent victory however was a local one at the Moffat 15km.He did not have to journey very far as he resides only a few miles away in Beattock.
It was an excellent run by him and although Border Harrier Mike Scott was in pursuit of him for the first 3 Miles when he struck the hill it was clear no one was going to catch him .His time of 49.54 was one that he is sure to improve on in years to come. Scott went on to take the runners up spot a full minute behind and his teammate Steve Angus was third in 53.38. (Keen to continue his good form he travelled the next evening to Carlisle to compete in the Carlisle Rugby Club 10K and yet again secured a victory)
Roger Irving of Langhlom is another ADAC runner who continues to improve with age he ran a super race at Moffat finishing in 11th place overall with yet another personal best time of 56.58 and was the first veteran 40 home. The next trio in from the club were well bunched with super veteran Roger Guy nosing ahead to cross in 64.19 ahead of David Little 65.25 and over 60 Jim Buchanan 65.58.Paul Nicholson felt the effects of his recent good living on holiday but was pleased to duck under the 70 minute barrier with a time of 69.17.Louise Hopper making a return to racing after a long break cruised around in 76.13 and yet another newcomer to the club Colin Christie enjoyed his experience and made it home in a respectable 79.04.Jean Robson is another noticeable improver this year and bettered her time to 82.39.Final runner home and pleased to have made the effort was club president Gordon Rogerson in 88.40.
Next run in the calendar is the Castle Douglas 5 Mile race, which takes place on Tuesday 27th July and is a 7pm start from the Carlingwark Loch Car Park. Entries are on the night only A Reminder that the ADAC Running Festival takes place on the weekend of 6th, 7th and 8th of August and training continues on Tuesday and Thursday evenings meeting at the Everholm track 5.45pm.All abilities are welcome to come along and join us .Any ladies interested in coming along we meet on a Wednesday evening at 5.30 – 6pm beginners are welcome. For further details on any of the above please contact Caroline on 01461205350 or check out the club website.
A finishing position of third place was enough to give ADAC runner Carl Heaven an overall victory in the 2004 Polaroid 10K Series. The final race in the four-match challenge was the Vale Of Leven 10K that was run last weekend. The best runners in Scotland compete in this popular event, which attracts well over 500 runners in each race. There are four 10K races to choose from all taking place around the Central Belt area of Glasgow. Carl took part in all four of them and with his lowest position being fifth it was enough to earn him this year’s title.
Former ADAC Road Running Champion George Fraser retired from his long career in teaching this week and to mark the occasion organised a Handicap run at Lockerbie.The run took place over 6 and a half miles on what can only be described as a slightly undulating course. It is one of George’s regular training routes, which after having sampled a taste of it we can now see how he runs so fast over nice flat ones. However it was a very scenic one and the ten runners who took part all decided that it would be worth making it an annual event. John Murphy was the handicap winner having a storming run around he came home a minute and a half clear of second finisher Owen Brown. It’s amazing how this character always performs to his best when there is a bottle of wine at stake! The handicapper got it spot on for the next duo to finish as Caroline Legg and Colin Christie crossed the line together. Gordon Rogerson held off host George Fraser in a furious run for the line and Robert Hogg was not too far behind them. Carl Heaven and Mark Whitelaw both chose to run gently as they were recovering from hard races the previous weekend and playing catch up after a late start was Jean Robson.
Thanks go to the ‘groupies’ Michael and Jane who helped marshall, Alan for timekeeping and Linda for the most welcome refreshments
Preparations are well underway for the 2004 ADAC Running Festival which will take place on the 6th, 7th and 8th of August. It is hoped to see the majority of ADAC members turn out to support the event which was a great success last year. The festival consists of four races over the three days .It starts with a one mile track run followed an hour later by a three and a half mile x country run. The following day the challenge is a six-mile road race and finishes with a gentle three-mile fell run on the Sunday. Runners can take part in as many of the disciplines as they wish with points given for finishing positions in each event, the results as usual will be age graded. Juniors of age fifteen and over are welcome to join in, all abilities of runners are welcome as well as other local club runners. Further details can be found on the club website annan.district.athletics.btinternet.co.uk or from Caroline on 01461205350.
ADAC held a 4 Mile Handicap Run recently. The route chosen was the same as the annual festive run , a nice gentle course with not too many hills.
Eleven competitors turned out on what was a pleasant night for running perhaps a little on the warm side but dry and not much of a breeze .As usual the run was held as a handicap event, that is the slowest runners followed by the faster ones.
The fastest time on the evening 21.18 was set was by Mark Whitelaw he was followed by the improving Lee Price in 23.44.Roger Irving was out for a little stroll before heading for a marathon fell race on the isle of Jura and was happy to come home in 22.214.171.124 was the time recorded by Jim Buchanan and John Murphy. Newcomer Paul Nicholson despite going off route twice had an excellent run around in 27.30 and playing catch up after a late start George Fraser did well to clock the same time. Gordon Rogerson and Caroline Legg both trying to get back to some kind of fitness after long layoffs plodded home in 34.09 just ahead of Davy Henderson in 35.02.No time was given to Louise Hopper who did start on foot but amazingly somehow managed to arrive on a cycle 5 minutes after everyone else had finished!
The next handicap run to take place will be on Saturday June 12th over the same route meet 10.30 at the Scouthall, Annan .It will be race number 6 in this years ADAC road running championships please note the event is open to non members and results will be worked out by the masters age grade system.
Carl Heaven travelled midweek to Helensburgh to compete in the first race of the 2004 Poloroid 10K Series.The event was won by Cambuslang runner Stephen Wylie in a time of 30.47. Carl started strongly but was unable to hang on to the leading group of runners towards the later stages but he did well to cross the line in 5th place in a time of 32.12 .
The Kircudbright ½ Marathon took place over the recent bank holiday weekend. Almost 250 runners took part in the popular run and it was an easy victory by Robert Gilroy of Hamilton Harriers in a time of 68.20. Hayton Coulthard Ltd put up £500 prize money to any male or female who could break the course records and although Robert was well outside the male record, which incidentally is still held by former ADAC runner Mike Carroll, Hayley Haining of Kilbirnies time of 75.35 smashed the previous female best by 3minutes and 27 seconds .It was the former Dumfries runners first appearance at the event and she finished fourth overall.
ADAC was represented by five members. The first of them home was David Little in a time of 88.12.Paul Nicholson set himself a new personal best of 95.00 for the distance and John Robson was not too far behind crossing in 95.47. Current leader in this years ADAC running championship is George Fraser and he added another few points to his score finishing in 99.21. Final runner across and keeping the female flag flying for the club was Jean Robson in 122.08.
After setting himself a new pb at Kircudbright Paul was on a roll and set out to compete in the Abbeytown 10 Mile Race the following Sunday he was delighted with his time of 74.14 which was almost another personal record.
Entry forms are now out for the Moffat 15K race on Tuesday July 13th please note that the event is pre entry only. Anyone wishing entry forms can contact Caroline or they can be downloaded from the ADAC web site: www.annan.district.athletics.btinternet.co.uk
ADAC runners have been busy lately competing in various road races around the area .The Dalston 10k was the first of the races to take part. Only a couple of members took part and as yet results are unavailable. The Hollwood Stroll in Dumfries was the next meeting to take place and is always one of the most popular amongst members of the club. It is a circular route from Dumfries out to the village of Hollywood and covers the distance of five miles. Forty runners set out and it was our own Carl Heaven who came home in first place in a good time of 25.37 ahead of Marcus Scotney 26.20 a newcomer to the host club Dumfries. Young Darren Malin of Clarencefield had a good battle with Lochmaben’s Duncan Scobie for the third spot Darren just holding him off at the line their times 27.04 and 27.11. First lady across the tape was Mhairi Douglas also of the host club in a time of 32.19.
Lee Price was the second Annan vest home in 29.14 bettering his time of last year by a large margin. He was followed by newcomer to the club Roger Guy who ran a good race crossing in 32.43 ahead of Jim Buchanan 33.42 and George Fraser 34.29.Callum Thomson and Davy Henderson ran their usual steady races and were happy to finish in times of 39.24 and 43.13.
Across to Langholm was the latest trip for the club in which they were represented by ten members in the annual "Muckle Toon Doctors Run ". The race is held over an undulating 7.25 Miles. Fifty runners took part and Mike Scott of Border Harriers was the runaway winner coming in over two and half minutes clear of his nearest rival ADAC runner Carl Heaven. Scott’s teammate Steve Angus took the third place. They’re times being 42.36,45.15 and 45.23.
A good run by ADAC ‘s Mark Whitelaw gave him fourth position in 46.10.Roger Irving on his home territory was pleased to cross in 50.20 and showing a return to form was Jim Buchanan who was second Supervet in 54.59. Making his first appearance since the London Marathon was David Little who did well to get around in 55.58. George Fraser who has taken an early lead in the 2004 ADAC Road Running Championship came home in 60.00 ahead of Callum Thomson 68.39.Next came the battle of the Robsons Daughter Rachel who was ready to throw the towel in half way round stayed on strongly to pip dad John on the line leaving mum a few yards behind to cross in 73.25.
The Kircudbright half marathon is the next race for club members and takes place on Saturday May 29th entries will be accepted on the day .It is followed by the ADAC 4 Mile Handicap run on June 12th it is a 10.30am start from the Scouthall,Annan.
Preparations are also well under way for this years ADAC Running Festival which will take place on 6th, 7th and 8th of August. There will be four races over the three days the first of them a one mile track race followed by a three and a half mile x country run, a 6 mile road run finishing with a three and a half mile fell run. All local clubs are invited to attend, as are unattached runners. Further details on any of the above can be obtained from Caroline Legg on 01461205350 or the website annan.district.athletics.btinternet.co.uk