Annan & District Athletic Club
RUNNING REPORTS 2006
10th December 2006
ADAC FESTIVE 4-MILE FUN-RUN
Thirty-three runners braved the chill wind and rain to take part in the ADAC Festive 4-Mile Fun Run on Sunday, December 10th. The event, open to all abilities, attracted runners from a wide area and included the Border Harriers, ADAC, of course, and many members from the Annan Jogging Group, some of who were making their debut appearance on the road running scene.
In accordance with the "Festive" theme, a number of athletes were resplendent in tinsel creations with Santa Hats and some flashing red noses in evidence throughout the group. Stealing the show though, was "Santa Murphy" himself, in full regalia; he denied however, that he received any help from Donner and Blitzen to finish the race in 9th place!
The headwind in the final run for home did little to slow young Andrew Gibson who took first place in 23.04 from Charles Mellor, 42 seconds behind him. Mellor himself was nearly caught by Joe Boardman, recording his third, sound performance in the ADAC Winter League, with 23.59.
Shirley Douglas was the first lady home in 32.02, followed by Caroline Legg who pipped Robert Hogg on the finish line in 32.49. There were some close finishes from the ladies with Tricha Paterson coming in at 36.36 followed 4 seconds later by Penny Humphries; Mandy Hall and Diana Wyllie finishing in a dead heat with 45.16.
There was a raffle held after the race with a huge number of prizes to be won. A big thank you is due to all who organised, helped on the day and donated prizes to the raffle and made the event a success.
Event number 4 takes place on Saturday morning at Hoddam. 3 laps of Woodcockaire is the course,meet in the car park opposite the wood for a 10.30am start as usual guests welcome.
26th November 2006
With the completion of the road running season attention is now turned to the ADAC winter league. Due to the decline in recent years of local cross country events it was decided four years ago by the senior members of the club to arrange a small series of local off road runs including some superb scenic forest trails. The event was called the Winter League and each subsequent year has grown from strength to strength. The 2006 league consists of eleven runs which take place from November through to March and competitors will be awarded points for their finishing order with their best eight results to count. As an extra incentive to those less talented, runners will also receive five points for every race completed. The event is open to guests and anyone requiring further details can check them out on the club website www.annan.org.uk
The first match was held recently on Annan’s Everholm.The course was five laps around the perimeter of the complex covering a total distance of approximately five miles. Mark Whitelaw was the fastest man on the fine winters morning sailing around the route in a time of 26.26.Joe Boardman was close behind in 26.58.Having his first outing since a serious ankle injury obtained at the Ben Nevis Hill Race in the autumn was Roger Irving .He completed in one piece in a respectable 29 minutes. Smiler clocked 29.10 from the ever improving Gordon Vivers 31.05 and they were followed close behind by Roger Guy 31.10.J M 31.43 managed to hold off the evergreen Jim Buchanan and Owen Brown who set times of 31.59 and 32.30. Liz Dawson and Caroline Legg battled it out for the top lady Dawson proved the stronger recording 37 minutes from Leggs 38. Finally Gordon Rogerson 40.01 held off a late challenge from Jean Robson 40.04.
Match number two was a much more challenging event and took place in Beattock on a route known as the ‘Crooked Road’. Once again the distance to cover was five miles but this time the terrain was a mixture of road and forest tracks. The two and a half mile climb to the top was tough even for those who are super fit but was made worthwhile by the most spectacular of views when the summit was reached. Eighteen keen runners and two collies set off on the run from the small scenic village.
Whitelaw easily took top honours for the second time this month with his run of 29.27.Next came Boardman and Irving who were separated by a mere two seconds (32.47 and 32.49). Dan Watson and partner were happy to set 35.10 ahead of guest runner Jamie Davies 35.30, Smiler 35.37,Vivers 36.11, Guy and Sky 36.41. Brown 37.28 led the next batch from Buchanan 37.40, guest Euan Duff 40.18, Johnny Minto 40.45 and youngster Oliver Mundell 43.29. Legg 45.23 took revenge over Dawson 45.31 and a further guest George Winchester did well to complete in 46.13 ahead of Rogerson 51.32 and Tricha Patterson 52.49.
Event number three is the annual ADAC Festive 4 mile road run and will be held on Sunday December the 10th at 10.30am.The event this year is a non permitted event and will be open to non members but will be a low key event. There will be no prizes for fastest times but each finisher will be entered into a raffle, which will be drawn at the end of the run. Festive head wear or attire is acceptable and the meeting place as usual is at the Scout Hall in North Street Annan. For further info please contact Caroline Legg on 01461 205350.
25th November 2006
The last race in the 2006 ADAC road running calendar took place recently and was the 55th running of the Brampton to Carlisle 10 Mile road race. It is the oldest 10 mile road race in the UK and is always well supported by the local running clubs as well as attracting runners from all over the north of England and if the weather is kind the course is renowned for setting many competitors a personal record. The conditions this year however were far from ideal as frequent showers of rain and hail joined by a strong biting wind paid peril to many athletes’ ambitions.
The winner, John McCole of Liverpool Harriers, had to fight hard for his victory as he was chased all the way to the line by Jamie Reid of Ronhill Cambuslang their times of 51.30 and 51.33 were not surprisingly well short of the course record. Jonathon Powell of Durham City Harriers filled the third place with 51.54. The leading female was Gillian Laithwaite of St Helens Sutton AC who set a fine time of 58.51.
Ten ADAC members made it to the start line and first of them home was Lockerbie’s Joe Boardman crossing the tape in 61.18.Joe who joined Annan this year as his second claim club has had an excellent season and recently added the title of 1st Male Veteran to his impressive CV at the Stranraer 10K.He finishes the year off by taking the third prize in both of the 2006 Road Running Championships and having competed in merely nine of the sixteen events is a splendid achievement. Smiler was next of the black and gold vests to cross the Eden Bridge and was happy to clock a 65.59 enough to give him runners up spot also in both of the Championships. Another fine performance with the completion of twelve events. Next back with a time of 68.08 was a highly delighted John Murphy, knowing that his sixteenth race was over he had clinched the title of this years King Of The Road. After months of dedication and hard training no one can deny him his well deserved victory. Newcomer to the club Dr David Byers had an excellent run in 69.18 and is surely one to improve even more in the future. Moffat runner Gordon Viver’s was content to finish in 71.05 ahead of Louise Hopper who ran a well respected 76.41.George Fraser ran 78.33 and as an over 60 his championship points were to allow him to share third place with Boardman in the Women & Male Masters event. Finally Shirley Douglas, Liz Dawson and Callum Thomson all did well to complete the run in times of 82.40,83.44 and 84.03.
ADAC held their presentation Dinner in Langholm at the weekend and the 2006 winners were as follows:
Most Outstanding Athlete: Mark Whitelaw
Most Outstanding Performance: Tricha Patterson
Road Running Champion John Murphy
Runner Up Ian ‘Smiler’ Waude
Third Joe Boardman
Women & Male Masters Champion John Murphy
Runner Up Smiler
Third Joe Boardman/George Fraser
Fell Running Champion Mark Whitelaw
Runner Up Roger Irving
Third Andy Fairgrieve
Senior Clubmanship Award Alan Legg
30th October 2006
The ADAC Road running season is fast approaching the end and with only the Brampton to Carlisle run remaining, the battle for this year’s king of the road is the closest it has been for many a year. Although it appears that the ‘Crafty Cockney’ alias Mr Murphy is odds on to take the 2006 title ‘Smiler’ Waude and veteran Joe Boardman are not giving in without a fight and all three are pre entered for the 10 mile run due to take place on the 18th November. The minor positions are also being keenly contested by Moffat boy Gordon Vivers, Lockerbie’s over 60 George Fraser and the club president Gordon Rogerson.
The most recent of outings by the club members was at the Annan 4 mile Handicap Run and the Cumbrian Run in Carlisle. In the Annan staggered event Joe Boardman ran a nippy 24.13 to take the fastest time on the beautiful autumn morning. Smiler with not so fresh legs after a mid week ½ marathon outing at Spade Adam was delighted to clock 24.53 from Donald McCaullay’s 24.58. JM, Roger Guy and Gordon Vivers were close contenders setting 25.49,26.09 and 26.28.Fraser was happy to return in 28.46 ahead of newcomer Aileen Gibson in 29.11 and Louise Hopper 29.45.Liz Dawson 30.15 was pleased to take the scalp of training partner Johnny Minto 30.39 and a big smile was on the face of debutant Shirley Douglas as she dipped below the 31 minutes with her 30.54.Caroline Legg and Rogerson set times of 32.13 and 32.58.Guest Bill Love took a detour but was given a time of 36.58 and finally Diana Wyllie and Hazel Livingstone made it all home in 42 minutes.
At the Cumbrian run the distance to cover was 13.1 miles and ADAC was represented by six members.
Smiler was first home in 88.18 from David Little 89.01.JM ran a seasons best in 91.44 and Vivers was happy with his 95.50. Callum Thomson ran a steady 116.45 and Rogerson also set a seasons best time by almost 9 minutes with a time of 123.39.
6th September 2006
It has been a very busy month in the ADAC road running calendar.
The first of the outings was the Hawick 10K where the sun shone on the 95 participants. Nine ADAC members put on their racing shoes to compete in the flat 2-lap course around Wilton Park. Steve Cairns of Hunters Bog Trotters won the race in a time of 32.07.
Proving just how versatile a runner he is was Langholm’s fell enthusiast Roger Irving who was the first of the ADAC vests home in a time of 37.55 this was good enough to earn him the Male 45 prize. An improving Smiler followed him in a good time of 40.18.Paul Nicholson and training partner JM clocked 41.35 and 41.49 and Owen Brown was happy to come in just behind them in 42.14.Gordon Vivers ran 44.06 and George Fraser took his first Over 60 prize with his time of 47.27.Liz Dawson was the only female representing the club and recorded 51.20 from Gordon Rogerson’s 54.56.
The following Sunday Fraser was in action yet again at the Glasgow Great Scottish Run which was over the half marathon distance of 13.1 miles. In a field of seven and a half thousand runners he crossed the finish line in a respectable 1 hour 47 minutes.
Meanwhile Moffat runner Andy Fairgrieve was donning his fell shoes and ran in the 2 mile 750ft hill race where he put in an excellent performance to finish in third place with a time of 25.50.Also having an outing on the ‘fells’ was Mark Whitelaw and Roger Irving their run was slightly longer and just a bit tougher as they had to climb Ben Nevis. Whitelaw was slightly disappointed with his run but gained valuable experience whilst Irving on the descent went over on an ankle and being the hardy breed that fell runners are hobbled on bravely to complete the course. The outcome however was 2 hours in casualty where a severe sprain was diagnosed.
The Dumfries 10K took place on the evening of September 5th .The popular event attracted over 200 hundred runners of which eighteen were from ADAC.
Border Harrier member George Thompson took the honours finishing in 33.48 from Dumfries RC’s Marcus Scotney 34.10.Jim Ferguson was third home in 35.45.
ADAC’s Joe Boardman finished in 36.54 which gave him 10th place and being an over 40 he collected the third place prize in this category. Next in was new member the speedy James Kellock in 39.03.A battle ensued for the third club position and was won by Dan Watson 40.04 hot on his tail was Smiler 40.06, Fairgrieve 40.20, Nicholson 40.26, JM 40.43, Jim Buchanan 41.57 and Vivers 42.52.
Fraser did well to clock 46.03 after his weekend run at Glasgow and Callum Thomson set a much improved time of 46.38. Louise Hopper led the Annan women home in a time of 48.09 from Liz Dawson 50.01 and Caroline Legg 51.06.Rogerson split the next batch of ladies with his 53.38.Finally Jean Robson 56.59,Tricia Patterson 57.44 and Davy Henderson 58.28 completed the contingent of ADAC runners home.
Hopper, Legg and Patterson brought the third ladies team prize home to Annan for the third year in a row.
Phyllis Thomson, Jane Kirkpatrick and Sharon Irving from the Annan Jog Fit Club also completed the 10K route in very respectable times.
The final event for the keen athletes took place this past weekend across at Langholm. The distance to cover was 5 miles and 15 enthusiastic people turned up on the beautiful late summers morning.
The run was a handicap start i.e. the slower runners set off and are followed by the faster ones at intervals in theory all should cross the line together.
Fastest run of the day was by Whitelaw in 28.11. Boardman was next with 28.26.Watson 29.57, Smiler 30.38, Nicholson 30.40, Buchanan 31.43, Vivers 31.47 and JM 31.56 had their usual battle. Fraser 36.28 did just enough to pip Hopper 36.45.Legg led the last bunch in with 39.30 from Dawson 40.00, Rogerson 41.34 and Robson 43.27.Irving despite the injured ankle had a brisk walk around covering the circuit in 60minutes.
John Murphy leads the championships at the moment but Smiler, Fraser, Vivers, Boardman and Nicholson are all in hot pursuit.4 events remain with the Dumfries ½ marathon being the nearest on Sunday September 24th where entries are accepted on the day.
7th August 2006
The Gelston 5 Mile Road Race was held recently at Castle Douglas on a very hot sticky evening. Eight ADAC members were in attendance at the popular mid week event, which was won by Marcus Scotney of Dumfries in a time of 28.13. Martin Graham 29.30 was the runner up and Les Hill took the third place with 29.34.Mharir Douglas took the ladies honours with a good run of 32.38.
First home for the club in a creditable 6th place was Lockerbie runner Joe Boardman clocking 30.25.The Moffat Duo of Dan Watson and Gordon Vivers continue to improve and ran 32.41 and 33.25.Hot on their tail in 33.40 was a lean and mean looking Paul Nicholson who was delighted to cross ahead of training partner JM in 34.00.Over 60’s Jim Buchanan and George Fraser both had steady runs and were rewarded with 34.06 and 38.38.Final runner home for the club was Gordon Rogerson who was content to break the 45 minute barrier with his 44.33.
Next event for the running enthusiasts takes place this weekend .It is the ADAC Running Festival and will take place this Friday Saturday and Sunday (11th, 12th and 13th). The Friday evening will consist of a 1 mile race run at the Everholm track in Annan and will be followed approx 45minutes later with a 3.75 mile X Country run which will take runners along the scenic River Annan. On Saturday morning – probably the hardest run of the weekend – its over to Gretna Green and runners will run a 6 mile Road Race. After a good nights rest its up to Moffat for the final event a 3.5 Mile Fell run. The presentation will take place at the Black Bull in Moffat where runners can replenish the nutrients that they have lost during their efforts of the previous couple of days!!
The event kicks off at 6.30pm on Friday evening and runners may opt to run in as many or as few events as they wish. It is open to any one of any ability from a jogger to an elite athlete, non club members as well as other athletic club members in fact anyone who fancies a challenge so long as they are over 15 years of age (16 years and under will need to have a disclaimer signed by a parent or guardian).
Further details can be found on the ADAC website www.adac.org.uk or from Caroline Legg on 01461 205350.
24th July 2006
The Moffat 15K road race was held recently and was race number 8 – half way - in this years ADAC Road Running Championships.
There was a total of eleven members representing the club on a pleasant summers evening. In total 142 runners set off to complete the challenging 9.3mile run. Carlisle athlete Mike Scott was a comfortable winner in a time of 52.19 well outside Annan’s Mike Carroll’s record of 47.25 that was set many years ago.
First of the ADAC team in was Langholm’s David Little who crossed the line in 15th place and with it set himself a new personal best time of 60.55.Local man Andy Fairgrieve came next with 62.54 ahead of training partners Dan Watson 65.04 and Gordon Vivers 67.51.The crafty Cockney separated the duo with his 66.18.The evergreen Jim Buchanan continues to amaze us all and worked hard for his time of 68.09.Paul Nicholson 71.42, Johnny Minto 74.24, Callum Thomson 75.48 and Gordon Rogerson 89.42 were all content with their runs and Davy Henderson 96.47 completed the ADAC line up.
A reminder that the ADAC festival weekend takes place this year on the 11th 12th and 13th August the event is open to non members and all details are on the website .For those with no web access please feel free to contact Caroline Legg on 01461 205350
27th June 2006
Following on from the success of the past two years handicap runs at Lockerbie it was decided to make the event an annual occurrence. The run took place on a warm sunny evening over the distance of 10K on what can only be described as a ‘slightly’ undulating route. It is one of the Lockerbie member’s regular training routes, which after having sampled a taste of it we can now understand why they run so fast over nice flat ones! However it is an extremely scenic route and the twenty runners who took part all agreed that although it was challenging it was worth the effort.
The handicap winner was Moffat runner James Kellock who crossed the line in 39.47 almost a minute clear of Annan’s Smiler in 40.44. Fastest run of the night was Mark Whitelaw who cruised around in 35.19.Young Scott Hardie clocked an impressive 38.13 as did Joe Boardman’s 38.27.Fastest lady was AnneB Torduff who enjoyed her stroll around the route in 47.22.
Thanks must go to George for hosting the event, to the Moffat ‘gang’ for supporting the run yet again this year, Alan for timekeeping,Peter for marshalling on route and to our own special roadies Jane & Michael for their assistance behind the scenes and finally and most importantly Lynda for the wonderful refreshments.
The full results were as follows;-
Next race in the calendar is the Moffat 15K road race on July 11th and entries will be accepted on the night. The Castle Douglas 5 Mile is to take place from Carlingwark Loch at 7pm on July 25thentries are on the evening.
Preparations are also well underway for the 2006 ADAC Running Festival that will take place on the 11th, 12th and 13th of August. It is hoped to see the majority of ADAC members turn out to support the event that will now be in its fourth 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 runners. Further details can be found on the club website www.adac.org.uk or from Caroline on 01461205350.
Report 28th June 2006
230 Runners lined up recently at the start of the Kirkudbright ½ marathon amongst them were 9 ADAC members.
First home for the club was Ian ‘Smiler’ Waude who finished in a highly credible 28th position and an excellent time of 1 hour 26.32 secs. All competitors found the conditions difficult particularly the last 3 miles into a strong headwind. However the refreshments so ably served up by Kirkudbright Academy staff and pupils at the end of the run more than made up for the adverse conditions.
Other ADAC times were as follows;
David Little 89.17
Andy Fairgrieve 89.49
John Murphy 90.36
Paul Nicholson 98.59
Gordon Vivers 100.57
George Fraser 102.07
Callum Thomson 109.44
Gordon Rogerson 134.25
Well done also to Annan runner Doctor David Byers who ran 90.20 and Tricha Patterson of Annan Jog fit Club who completed her very first half marathon in 134.25.
The next race in the club championships is at Lockerbie on Tuesday June 27th starting at 7pm from the Games Hall at Lockerbie Academy. A reminder club colours to be worn please.
Report 31st May 2006
A.D.A.C Road runners were in action at Langholm recently in the Muckle Toon Doctors Run this was followed closely by an outing to Dumfries to take part in the 5 Mile ‘Holywood Stroll’.
Ninety runners lined up at Langholm and A.D.A.C ace Mark Whitelaw moved effortlessly from the hills to the road to win comfortably in a time of 43. minutes 11 seconds.In total ten members from the club took part in this extremely well organised event organised by The Annandale & Eskdale Leisure Trust and All runners received beautiful glass mementoes courtesy of Border Fine Arts
The A.D.A.C results were as follows :-
Roger Irving 49.09
John Murphy 55.10
Jim Buchanan 55.35
David Little 57.38
Gordon Vivers 58.09
Callum Thomson 60.16
George Fraser 60.21
Jean Robson 70.29
Gordon Rogerson 76.31
Tricia Patterson 76.31 ( Annan Jog Fit Club)
Across at Dumfries a total of sixty eight runners completed the Holywood 5 mile run with ten representing the Annan & District Club.Joe Boardman despite taking a stitch finished in a highly commendable third place with a time of 29.40.Other local runners times times were
Ian Waude 32.16
John Murphy 32.56
Gordon Vivers 34.55
Paul Nicholson 34.59
George Fraser 36.04
Callum Thomson 38.18
Johnny Minto 39.53
Gordon Rogerson 45.02
Tricia Patterson 45.02
Phyllis Thomson 47.28
Mike Thomson 47.28
Diana Wyllie 56.16
Mandy Hall 56.16
This was the fifth race in the clubs 2006 road running championships next event is this Saturday May 27th at Kircudbright where the stamina runners will get their chance for revenge on the speedsters when they line up for the 13.1 half marathon event. Entries will be accepted on the day and it is a 1pm start. A reminder to members that club colours must be worn i.e. vests/club t shirts must be worn at all championship races to qualify, any member not doing so from now on will receive no points in the champs. Anyone wishing to purchase club attire can contact road running manager Caroline Legg. Also could everyone please note that club fees for 2006 are now over due member ship forms can be downloaded from the website or from Kath Garner or Caroline.
Reports 12th April 2006
Easter Egg Run - Thursday 6th April
Nineteen runners set off on a bitterly cold evening in Annan to take part in the annual A.D.A.C. Easter run .The route followed the same course as the Xmas run and the distance to cover was 4 miles.Fastest time on the night was set by Andy Fairgrieve of Moffat who clocked an impressive 24.22.Langholm Roger Irving was second in 25.12 just ahead of female Dumfries runner Mhari Douglas in 25.15.
Jane Kirkpatrick was the winner of the prize draw ,a huge Easter egg which was donated to her young daughter.
Several members of the Annan Jog Fit Club took part in their build up to training for the forthcoming Race For Life .Any one interested in training for this or other runs please meet at the Everholm track Annan on Monday’s at 6pm for beginners and 6.45pm for those capable of running 2 miles or more, age 15 and above male or female are most welcome cost is £1.00.
Full results of the run were as follows:-
Hightae 10 K -Monday 10th April
It was a disappointing turnout for race number three in the A.D.A.C. road running championships. Only seven runners set off to complete the Hightae 10K run, which took place on a very cold Monday evening. Fastest on the night was John Murphy. Although he had competed at the Tom Scott 10 Mile Race the previous day he showed no signs of fatigue, however his time of 40.17 was helped along by Ian ‘Smiler’ Waude who pushed him all the way and finished only a few metres behind in 40.28.Smiler had also recently completed a 10 mile race in Germany as well as clocking a very respectable time of 3 hours 14 minutes for the Dumfries Marathon.
Young Scott Bremner had to be content with his own company on route and his time of 42.02 is sure to decrease when he is in more competitive surroundings. George Fraser set a time of 47.47 from Caroline Legg 51.00.Gordon Rogerson and Jean Robson were the final duo in, recording 56.12 and 56.35.
Many thanks to the Robson Family for timekeeping, marking the course and the provision of the delicious refreshments.
There is a long break to the next set of runs, which take place in May starting with the Doctors run on the 14th. Hollywood 5 mile is next on the 16th and Kircudbright ½ Marathon is at the end of the month on the 27th.
Report 11th March 2006
349 runners lined up for the 12noon start of the Lasswade 10 Mile Road Race. The route was set in a scenic location on the outskirts of Edinburgh and at one point passed by the Rossyln Chapel. Two ADAC local ‘heroes’ made the trip north in the shape of Lockerbie’s George Fraser and Gretna resident John Murphy. Murphy was in fine form bleating as to what terrible form he was in, how ever as is usual it was no surprise that he finished a good 8 minutes (72.02) clear of Fraser’s disappointing 80.46.Never the less the purpose of the long trip was fulfilled by both runners and they earned themselves valuable points in the first match of the ADAC 2006 Road Running Championships.
Race number two was a local one and ran as a staggered start i.e. the tortoises followed by the hares. The route was from Annan out to Brydekirk and back into the town covering a distance of 7 miles. Having his debut run as a member of the club was Joe Boardman. He set the fastest time of the day (41.49) as well as being the first across the finish line. The second group of runners in were all very close and it looks as though there are going to be some fine battles throughout the months ahead. Fresh from his success in the winter league came Roger Guy 46.47 followed by youngster Scott Bremner 46.49.Just in behind was Smiler alias Ian Waude 47.23 and JM 47.30.Gordon Vivers was a little of their pace but after a night shift did well to clock 49.46.Caroline Legg 57.28 held off Jean Robson 60.52 and finally Davy ‘Shadwell’Henderson 65.46 out kicked Gordon Rogerson 68.45.
Race three will be on Monday April 10th and is being kindly hosted by the Robsons. The route follows the old Hightae race route and the distance to cover will be 10 K. The start time is 7pm and the meeting place is the village green Hightae.
The Annual ADAC Easter Run will take place on Thursday April 6th and will be the same route as the ADAC Festive Run .The distance is 4 miles so it can serve as a good warm up for the Hightae run. It will start at 7pm from the Scout Hall in Annan. Cost will be £1.00.Both events are also open to non members anyone requiring info contact Caroline 01461 205350 or check out www.adac.org.uk
Report 25th February2006
The eighth and final match of the ADAC Winter League was held recently on a fine spring like morning. Conditions were ideal for the fourteen runners who turned out to complete the 5 lap course around Annan’s Everholm Park. This year’s league has been very well supported by members and guests alike which has helped to make it a huge success once again. There were three men in contention for first place going into the last event in the shape of Roger Guy, Andy Fairgrieve and Owen Brown and all three were there to take their place on the starting line. Fairgrieve crossed the line ahead of the others in 29.52 however a strong run by Guy (30.26 ) gave him a lead over Brown who had to be content with 30.54.Guy’s finishing position and his extra point for veteran status was enough to give the Ruthwell farmer a well earned victory from Andy and Owen who settled for the third spot. Well done to the trio for giving us a nail biting finish to what has been a real challenging but enjoyable series of runs.
Lockerbie runner Joe Boardman set the fastest time of the morning with a nippy 26.26 and Young Kirsty Hamilton showed a clean pair of heels to the rest of the field with a superb run of 29.39.Scott Bremner worked well to record 30.22 as did Moffat’s Dan Watson 30.27.The Crafty Cockney (31.26) as usual did enough to come home ahead of Gordon Vivers (32.14) whilst Jean Robson (37.11) led the next batch in who were the Legg duo, Mrs (37.18) just ahead of Mr (37.21). Gordon Rogerson was happy to cross in 41.16 and finally Louise Hopper did complete five laps but in stages throughout the morning –don’t ask!
Our attention now turns to the road running season and with the first race having taken place last weekend we focus on race number two. This will take place on Saturday morning (11th March). The distance to cover will be 7 miles and the course will be the same as the old ADAC Brydekirk Road Race but it will be run in reverse .The meeting place is the pink house, North Street ,Annan and first runners will set off at 10.30am.As usual non members are more than welcome please contact Caroline on 01461 205350 if you require further details or check out the website
www.adac.org.uk The full results of the league as well as the 2006 Road Running Championships can also be viewed.
Report 5th February 2006
Andy and Dan ( below )
The penultimate ADAC winter league match took place at the weekend up at Moffat and it was the biggest turn out of runners so far. Eighteen eager runners opted to complete the scenic forest run and were faced with a distance of approximately 4 Miles to cover. Fastest run of the day was by Annan’s Mark Whitelaw who cruised around in an impressive 28.17.Closest to him was Langholm’s Roger Irving, having his first run back on his favourite terrain since October he hasn’t lost much of his form and came across the line in 32.03.Andy Fairgrieve on home ground ran a steady 33.53 from guests Dan Watson 35.00 and Scott Bremner 35.10.Leading contenders in the league were next in the form of Owen Brown 35.23 and Roger Guy 35.24 only one second separating them yet again . Gordon Vivers 37.17 had no navigation problems this week and was happy to cross ahead of training partner Jim Buchanan 37.28.Guest Moffat runner Aileen Gibson led the ladies home in 42.00 from young Rachel Robson 42.10 and another Moffat resident Linda Minto 43.10 made it three ladies home. Louise Hopper was happy to finish in 44.38 from fast improving Louisa Birrell 45.20 who ran a whopping 9 and a half minutes quicker than last year! Jean Robson ran a nice steady pace and was content with 46.59.Finally Gordon Rogerson had a nice trot around in 49.40.
Gordon and Linda John
Joe Boardman unfortunately managed to take a wrong turn somewhere on route and unlucky John Robson had to retire once again with a recurring calf injury.
There was the usual treat of soup and rolls at Braeside afterwards and grateful thanks from everyone to Margaret and Jim for the splendid hospitality this season.
With only 1 match to go in the league the points are as follows Roger Guy 92 Points – 6 races, Owen Brown 91 – 6 races, Andy Fairgrieve 90 – 5 races, JM 80 – 6 races, Gordon Vivers 64 - 4 races, Jim Buchanan 61 – 4 races, Caroline Legg 61 – 5 races, Mark Whitelaw 60 – 3 races, John Robson 50 - 3 races, Alan Legg 49 - 4 races, Jean Robson 42- 4 races, Roger Irving 38 – 2 races, Louise Hopper 31 – 3 races, Rachel Robson 26 – 2 races, Gordon Rogerson 19 – 2 races,Paul Nicholson 15 – 1 race, Adrian Murray 14 – 1 race, David Little 13 – 1 race and Callum Thomson 8 – 1 race .
Roger Guy Roger Irving
With the best 5 from 8 results to count plus 5 points for each event completed it looks as though the winner will come from one of the leading three.
The final event takes place on February the 18th and is at Annan’s Everholm, which is the same venue and course as the first match therefore a good chance to see how winter training has progressed! Approximately 4.5 miles over 5 laps is the distance to cover. Meet at the Everholm pavilion where the first runners will set off at 10.30am. There will be a pasta lunch afterwards at the Legg household where the final points will be added and the league winner presented with their trophy. These runs are also open to non-members so please feel free to come along.
Scott Linda and Jean
Finally a reminder that the A.D.A.C. Annual River Races will take place at the Everholm on Sunday the 26th of February there are races for all runners and abilities from under 9 through to senior and Masters. This year also sees the re introduction of the Dumfries & Galloway Cross Country Championships which will be incorporated into the event. To qualify for the championships entrants must be a resident of the county. The first races are the junior ones and will set off at 11.30 am the senior event will start as soon as possible after 1pm, (we will guarantee they will not start before this time) entries will be accepted on the day and registration is from 10am
For further details on any of the above call Caroline on 01461 205350 or checkout the website www.adac.org.uk
Report 22nd January 2006
The route from the Everholm to Brydekirk and back vie the banks of the river Annan may only be six miles but it felt like a lot more to the thirteen runners who set out to cover it on Saturday morning. The persistent rain of the previous week meant that underfoot conditions were very muddy indeed. However it was the same for everyone and all who competed felt satisfied to have done so .It was winter league match number six in the ADAC calendar and the leading contenders were out to do their best. Fastest run of the day was by Moffat’s Andy Fairgrieve he has had a terrific season over the roads as well as the fells and continues to improve with each outing. He covered the distance in a time of 42.23.Owen Brown of Langholm came a close second in 43.08 from Super Veteran Roger Guy who took a well-deserved third place with 43.58. Enjoying his debut in a handicap event finishing first home and clocking an impressive fourth fastest time of 44 minutes was Guest Scott Bremner. Gordon Vivers was unfortunate to take a wrong turn adding an extra couple of minutes onto his run but still gained a respectable run of 49.33.Young Rachel Robson came home in 51 minutes to split the duo of John Murphy 50.48 and Johnny Minto 51.25 .A very pleased Alan Legg 52.17 showed good form to come in ahead of Jean Robson 52.32 and a not so amused wife Caroline 53.17. Finally guest Louisa Birrell completed the course in 58.10 she looks set to smash her PB’s for her forthcoming runs in the year ahead. Unfortunately John Robson suffered a calf injury on route and had to retire which was a shame as he was in contention for a top three place in the league.
With 6 events in the league completed the points are as follows Roger Guy 87 Points – 5 races, Owen Brown 86 – 5 races, JM 80 – 6 races, Andy Fairgrieve 74 – 4 races, Caroline Legg 61 – 5 races, John Robson 50 - 3 races, Gordon Vivers 50 - 3 races, Alan Legg 49 - 4 races, Jim Buchanan 48 – 3 races, Mark Whitelaw 40 – 2 races, Jean Robson 32- 3 races, Louise Hopper 20 – 2 races, Roger Irving 19 – 1 race, Paul Nicholson 15 – 1 race, Rachel Robson 14 – 1 race, Adrian Murray 14 – 1 race, David Little 13 – 1 race ,Gordon Rogerson 10 – 1 race and Callum Thomson 8 – 1 race .
There are 2 events left and with the best 5 from 8 results to count plus 5 points for each event completed the race for the title is wide open.
Next event is on February the 4th and is the Gallowhill Forest Run at Moffat. Approx 3.75 miles is the distance to cover and first runners will set off at 10.30am.Meeting place is behind Moffat Academy. Soup and rolls afterwards at Braeside. The final league date has been changed to Saturday February the 18th and is at Annan the course being 5 laps of the Everholm there will be a pasta lunch afterwards at the Legg household where the final points will be added and the league winner presented with their trophy. These events are also open to non-members please feel free to come along. For further details call Caroline on 01461 205350 or checkout the website www.adac.org.uk
Report 9th January 2006
Two of ADAC’s winter league events have already taken place this year. The first of them was new years day at Langholm.A record 60 walkers and runners, thirteen of them ADAC members, took part in the annual outing over a scenic 8.5 miles.
Fastest run of the day was by Mark Whitelaw in a time of 54.29 with training partner Roger Irving clocking the next quickest in 59.38. Owen Brown and Andy Fairgrieve shared 4th place with their 61.53 and Roger Guy who got back on track after a navigational error was happy with a time of 62.53.David Little 63.00 and John Robson 64.00 had a comfortable trot around ahead of JM 67.00. Caroline Legg 72.30 led the next bunch home from husband Alan 74.29 and Louise Hopper 75.05. Jean Robson and Callum Thomson shared times of 76.14 and made it all ADAC members home safe and sound.
Six days rest and it was across to Ecclefechan and into Brownmoor Forest. The distance to cover was 2 laps of 3,716 Metres which is a total of approximately 4.5 Miles .The runners were greeted with a steep climb to start of 1000 metres before the course levels off for a time,rises again and then slopes down to an equally steep descent. For those who wished to take in the spectacular views the effort to the top was well worthwhile.
Fastest man on the day was guest runner Joe Boardman who clocked an impressive 30.47.John Robson was in fine form to clinch top ADAC spot in 33.47 just pipping Roger Guy who recorded 33.50.Brown was struggling with a back injury so was pleased to run 34.56 and stay ahead of JM 36.17.Paul Nicholson has been a victim of the recent flu bug so was content to cross in 39.00 ahead of Caroline Legg 41.00 who had to pull out all the stops to finish ahead of hubby Alan 41.08. Finally Jean Robson 43.30 led the final band of runners in who were Louise Hopper 44.40 and guests Louisa Birrell and Jo James both 46.51.
With 5 events in the league completed the leading contenders are JM 72 Points –5races, Roger Guy 70 –4 races, Owen Brown 68 – 3 races, Andy Fairgrieve 54 –3 races, John Robson 50 – 3 races and Caroline Legg 50 – 4 races.
There are 3 events left and with the best 5 from 8 results to count plus 5 points for each event completed the race for the title is wide open.
Next event is on January 21st and is the Brydekirk River run at Annan. Approx 6 miles is the distance to cover and first runners will set off from the Everholm at 10.30am.The event is open to non members please feel free to come along. For further details call Caroline on 01461 205350 or contact the website www.adac.org.uk
Andy before and after
Caroline looking fresh after her run John and Jean together again "fantastic time Louise"
Roger waiting for the "off" Owen likewise " can't wait to get started "
Its all over, Mark wins with Roger a good run to come in 3rd. Well done Alan
Rob looking good at the finish.