Annan & District Athletic Club
ANNUAL AWARDS DINNER
The ADAC 2007 Senior Presentation was held at the weekend at The Queens Hotel in Lockerbie. It has been an excellent year for the club with many new members joining from all disciplines and it is good to see the club being so well supported. The road running section continues to grow and it was fitting to see a close battle in both the Championships. Equally there were some fine performances set on the fells. With the absence of any league on the track the senior appearances here are rare but Jim Sloan continues to fly the flag in this area and it is pleasing to see the juniors on the upgrade many club records were set this year and many are already leaving their mark on the cross country circuit. Thanks were said to the many band of helpers who keep the club running smoothly and a special mention to the families of members who provide the valuable support behind the scenes.
The awards were presented by club president Gordon Rogerson and Road running manager Caroline Legg and were as follows:
Most Outstanding Athlete: Collette Irving
Most Outstanding Achievement: Jim Buchanan
Senior Services To The Club
(Clubmanship): Gordon Rogerson
Open Road Running Champion : Joe Boardman
Runner Up: Richard Wright
Third : Gordon Vivers
Women & Vet Championship: Joe Boardman
Runner Up: Gordon Vivers
Third : George Fraser
Fell Running Champion : Mark Whitelaw
Runner Up: Andy Fairgrieve
Third: Roger Irving
Female Running Champion: Jean Robson
Best Male Track Athlete: Jim Sloan
Best Masters Track & Field: Jim Sloan
Brampton - Carlisle 10 miles Road Race and
Winter League event at Beattock.
The Brampton to Carlisle was the final race in the ADAC 2007 road running championship. Michael Morris of Morpeth Harriers won the race in a time of 53.01 and Kilbarchan athlete Hayley Haining was the first female home in an impressive 54.31. The race saw a shock defeat by Joe Boardman due entirely to an excellent run by Roger Irving. The Langholm runner nipped ahead of the Lockerbie ace in the final stages leaving him to settle for second place points however it was still enough for Boardman to clinch victory in both of this years championship events. It was a brave effort by newcomer Richard Wright in previous runs he had closed the gap to within one point and still feeling the effects of a virus decided to give the 10 mile run a miss and yield the title to a worthy opponent. Gordon Vivers took the third place as well as runner up in the Female & Veteran Championships and over 60 George Fraser shows no sign of slowing as he slotted into the third place in this event. Fraser still managed to clock 81.00 minutes at the Brampton run despite having been suffering from a nasty cold. Other ADAC representatives in the event were Dan Watson who ran a nippy 66.09 and David Byers 67.39.
Winter League match number two was held the morning after the presentation evening so it was no surprise to see a depleted ADAC field for the 5-mile run at Beattock. ‘The Crooked Road ‘ run is one of the toughies in the league however those who braved the elements were rewarded with a steaming mug of soup and refreshments provided by Ellie the ADAC Canteen.
Reigning champion of the league Boardman was first of the runners in recording by far the fastest time of the morning 33.06 was not a bad result considering the late evening. Smiler looked ready for a challenge and had a fine run finishing in 36.09 ahead of the duo John Robson 37.04 and Gordon Vivers 37.22. Andy Fairgrieve trotted around with his canine companion to set a time of 37.55 and Louise Hopper was the top female finisher in 44.25. Caroline Legg was happy to get up and down in 46.08, as was Jean Robson who managed to stay on her feet to cross in 49.06 in front of Gordon Rogerson in 51.22. It was good to see Ruth Fairgieve back in her running attire and she completed a shorter route in a fine 46 minutes.
Next run will be the 4- mile festive road run on Sunday the 9th of December. Festive attire will be welcomed and once again this year the race is a non permitted event but is open to non- members. The set off time is 10.30 and takes place from the Scout Hall in North Street Annan. 15th December is the date for the Hoddom Forest run as usual 10.30am is the start time and the meeting place is the car park opposite Woodcockair Forest at Hoddom.
Further information can be obtained from the website www.adac.org.uk or contact Caroline on 01461205350
WINTER LEAGUE - Event no. 1
Match number 1 of the ADAC Winter League took place at the weekend on Annan’s Everholm. The distance to cover was approximately 5 miles and the route was 5 laps around the perimeter of the parkland.
A healthy 15 members turned up on the chilly but sunny Autumn Sunday morning ready to stretch their legs on the perfect underground conditions. Many had attended the Tinto Hill Run the day before so were not feeling up to being too competitive. Using the run as a warm up for his final race in the road running championship was in form Joe Boardman he showed that he is still in fine form by clocking the fastest time of the morning an impressive 26.35. Dan Watson did not appear to be too leg weary after Tinto and crossed in 28.53 just ahead of Smiler in 29.07– good to see him returning to the fold after a troublesome injury. David Byers (29.25) is also setting some good times his 71 minutes at the recent Derwentwater 10 Mile was an excellent performance on what is a tough course. John Robson 30.14 headed the next batch of runners in who were Gordon Vivers 30.35, Owen Brown 32.14 and George Winchester 33.02. Louise Hopper finished first of the ladies recording 35.44 from Caroline Legg 37.00 and Shirley Douglas 37.02. Finally Alan Legg surprised himself by managing to complete the 5 laps and was happy to cross in 38.56 just ahead of Alec Simpson 39.42, Gordon Rogerson 39.46 and as a result of yesterdays run a bruised Jean Robson 41.53.
Next winter league match will be on Saturday November 24th and is the Crooked Road 5 Mile run at Moffat this will give the lungs a good work out as it is a toughie. The run starts at 10.30am and as usual will be a staggered start. Non-members welcome to attend check out the website www.adac.org.uk for further details or contact Caroline 01461 205350.
CUMBRIAN RUN AND ANNAN - BRYDEKIRK ROAD RACE
Only 3 entrants from ADAC competed in this years Cumbrian run which took place recently at Carlisle. Richard Wright despite suffering from a heavy cold was the first one home in a fine time of 1 hour 27 minutes. John Murphy who opted to run at the last minute struggled from the 8-mile point but did finally manage to cross the finish line in 152 minutes. Final runner in from the club was Richard Smith who did well to get around the 13 .1 miles in 2 hours 23 minutes after having had recently completed the Stirling Duathlon.
Where's your ADAC Club Vest - a certain disqualifaction!
The Brydekirk run this past weekend was the penultimate run in the ADAC Road running championships and with only the Brampton to Carlisle run on November 17th to come it was vital that the leading contenders were in attendance. The run was a circular route from North Street in Annan to Brydekirk and is a testing course for even the fittest of runners. Joe Boardman has led the championship for most of the season but newcomer Richard Wright set himself a challenge and now having completed the Cumbrian run has clawed his way within one point of the Lockerbie ace therefore this event was crucial for both men. The run was held as a handicap i.e. competitors start in order of ability so it meant that Boardman and Wright would set off together. Wright managed to hold onto his rival until just after the half way mark but veteran Boardman’s strength and experience pulled through and he gradually managed to achieve a gap which was enough for him to cross the finish ahead and retain the one point margin going into the final run in two weeks time.
Roger Irving has had an up and down season but appeared to be in fine form as he took the third spot ahead of Moffat’s Dan Watson. Gordon Vivers looks as though his run has secured the third place in the championship with his performance. Newcomer Brian Harper enjoyed his self and is improving with every run and it was good to see Owen Brown back after a long lay off. JM as usual ran his erratic pace but did enough to beat Caroline Legg and final runners in were Gordon Rogerson and Alec Simpson who despite lack of training managed to finish the 7-mile run in a respectable time.
Times were as follows:
The winter league will begin on Sunday November 11th and is at the Everholm Annan. It will be 5 laps of the Holm and the starting time will be 10.30am. All abilities and non-members are very welcome to come along. Further details can be viewed on www.adac.org.uk
Finally the Senior Presentation evening is being held at Lockerbie on Friday 23d November anyone wishing to attend could you please let Caroline Legg know before November 12th.
Langholm, Dumfries 1/2 Marathon and Annan
After what is always a busy month the roadrunners have been out and about training hard as well as racing all around the region.
Langholm was the venue for the annual club run which took place on September 15th. Not surprisingly it was only a small band of members who braved the torrential rain and strong winds on the unseasonable autumn morning. Getting his first ever victory over Joe Boardman it was a delighted Richard Wright who set the fastest time of the day 28.16 for the undulating 5-mile route. Boardman was however not too far behind and was content to clock 28.35.Gordon Vivers ran a steady 33.08 ahead of Roger Irving and newcomer Brian Harper who each recorded 34.34. JM not a lover of the underfoot conditions plodded around in 38.57 which left the final runner Caroline Legg to come home in 41.50 despite taking a nasty tumble on route.
The following Sunday the distance to cover was 13.1 Miles and was the Dumfries Half Marathon. Conditions were yet again far from ideal with a strong head wind and higher than usual temperatures for the time of year. However it was the same for all competitors and ADAC’s first runner in was Boardman in a time of 82.54. The Lockerbie ace was delighted with his performance and was awarded with the second Male Veteran prize. Vivers also set a fine time of 96.41 for the testing course and was happy to come home ahead of newcomer Jacqueline Little who was the sixth female across the line in an impressive 97.24 she also took the first Over 45 prize. John Robson as usual has been busy over multi terrain so had a good run to clock 99.05 in front of George Fraser who set 104.52 and final ADAC runner in was Lizzie Myatt who walked and jogged around in 2 hrs 6 minutes.
Wright decided to give the Dumfries race a miss and went on to complete the Great North Run in a splendid time of 84 minutes after a slow start through the masses he progressed gradually and by 3 miles was able to get a clear run and settle into his running stride to finish 331st – not bad in a field of 50, 000 runners! Richard was running for Asthma Research and raised over £500 a charity close to his heart as he has suffered from asthma himself since a young child.
Final outing and the most recent was held at Annan yet another club run this time and the distance to cover was 4 miles. There was a slight drizzle, which kept the runners cool and some fast times were set on the damp Sunday morning. Wright was fastest yet again with his time of 24.03. Making a comeback from a long lay off though injury was David Byers who crossed 2nd in 25.48 ahead of Fraser in 27.39 JM (who was incidentally last years Road Running Champion) looking slightly ‘rounder’ than he used to could only manage 30.29 but this was enough to keep ahead of Louise Hopper 31.44 and Legg 33.30. Final runner and pleasing to see him back running again was Gordon Rogerson who was timed at 35.30.
Now only 3 runs away from finding out who will be crowned the 2007 ADAC Road Running Champion Boardman leads in both the main and women & vet championships however the younger Wright is improving with every outing and could stop him from taking the main title. The minor honours looks as though it will be a race between Vivers and Fraser. The leading contenders amongst the ladies are Aileen Gibson, Hopper and Legg.
The next race will be the Cumbrian Run on October 14th entries will be accepted on the day but it is advisable to get there early if you have not pre-entered as it does become quite congested at the check in desks. November 4th is the date for the penultimate race which is a 7.75 mile club run the route is a circular run to Brydekirk from Annan and will start at 10.30am from North Street non members are welcome to join us and November 17th is the date for the final event which is the Brampton to Carlisle 10 mile race.
The ADAC Winter league proved very popular last year and as well as good support from club members there were many guests from neighbouring clubs taking part. The provisional dates are now on the website www.adac.org.uk on the current news page but if anyone would like further details of any ADAC events please feel free to contact Caroline Legg on 01461 205350.
Dumfries (Gallovidian) 10K - 4th Sept. 2007
Joe and Richard fighting it out
The 10th running of the Gallovidian 10K road race was held recently at Dumfries and attracted an entry of more than 250 runners from all around the country.
Conditions on the night were ideal and many fast times were set. The winner was James Douglas who hails from the Border Harrier club in Carlisle. He clocked an impressive 31.58.He was closely followed by his team mate Richard Mace in 32.32 and Irvine AC’s Lee Richardson crossed in 32.55 to take the third spot. Cumbrian County runner Rebecca Robinson set a fine target for the ladies and was never headed finishing 14th overall she was well pleased with her 36.33.Langholm resident Jacqueline Little was 4th lady and was 1st in the over 45 category with an excellent performance of 42.47.
ADAC were well represented and it was no surprise to see Joe Boardman first in with a 15th position for his 36.34 this was good enough to earn him the 2nd Male 40 veteran prize. Richard Wright gave Boardman a good chase but finally had to concede to the Lockerbie veteran however he was content to record a time of 37.21.Moffat’s Kevin Plummer had a fine run around in 41.17 while Gordon Vivers pulled out all the stops to record a rare victory over the super veteran Jim Buchanan their times 41.26 and 41.39. George Fraser set his usual steady pace to clock 45.13 ahead of James McGlynn 48.56,Liz Myatt 50.35 and a below par Louise Hopper 53.48.Alex Simpson (60.32) paced Brydekirk’s June Hunter around both pleased to have bettered their previous times. Having his debut run for the club was Richard Smith of Lockerbie who ran a respectable 66.23 and finally ‘enjoying’ her outing with running partner Mandy Hall was Diana Wyllie who did well to be home in 68.17.
Congratulations to the Thomson duo Mike and Phyllis of Annan who knocked almost seven minutes off last years time and now have the target of 54.11 to beat next year. Another Annan family worthy of a mention are father and daughter Nigel and Nikki Hall , currently in training for the great north run in October Nigel ran 51.06 and Nikki in her first race ran 65.54.
The next events in the running calendar are the ADAC Langholm 5 mile run on Sunday 16th September (meet at the sports centre for a 10.30am start - non members more than welcome) and the Dumfries ½ Marathon on Sunday September 23rd entries will be accepted on the day for this event.
Further details can be obtained from the website www.adac.org.uk or from Caroline Legg on 01461 205350
Moffat and Castle Douglas Reports -July 2007
The Moffat 15K road race was held recently and was race number 6 in the ADAC Road Running Championships.There was a total of thirteen members representing the club on a breezy but pleasant summers evening. In total 165 runners set off to complete the challenging 9.3mile run. Cambuslang AC member John McNamara was the comfortable winner in a time of 53.40 although fast it was well outside former Annan runner Mike Carroll’s record of 47.25 that was set many years ago. The first female home was Phoebe Webster of Dumfries in a time of 61.49.
First of the ADAC team in was Joe Boardman who crossed the line in 15th place and a time of 59.10, however he was made to work hard for his position by Richard Wright who finished hot on his tail in 16th with a clocking of 59.27. Local man Dan Watson ran 65.18 ahead of a super fit Jim Buchanan (now 70 years young!) 66.37.Gordon Vivers as usual gave 100% and was rewarded with 67.17. Injury has plagued Smilers season so it was good to see him back and he was happy to get round safe in 69.19. Aileen Gibson recorded 71.20 and was well clear of the other ADAC females. Johnny Minto78.12 led the final troop of members in which were Louise Hopper 80.06,Liz Dawson 82.04,Liz Myatt 82.43,Caroline Legg 87.33 and Jean Robson 89.15.
The most recent event and race number 7 took place at Castle Douglas on Tuesday evening. Conditions were perfect for the scenic 5-mile circular route from Carlingwark Loch vie Gelston. Due to the holidays it was only a handful of ADAC runners who opted to take part. Former ADAC youngster Scott Hardie had a rare outing and a superb run gave him second place in the race. In behind him Boardman and Wright were having a brilliant battle for the top spot in the ADAC champs and only 7 seconds separated them on the line with Boardman 29.43 just taking the honours. Andy Fairgrieve came down from the mountains to have a fine run in 31.50.Watson, Smiler and Vivers were the next trio in 32.12,32.22 and 33.17 and well done to Gibson for keeping the female flag flying she clocked an excellent 34.49.Finally George Fraser back from warm weather training and now another year older set a respectable time of 36.43 to make it all back safe.
A reminder that the ADAC festival weekend takes place this year on the 10th 11th and 12th August the event is open to non members aged 16 years and over. Venues are the same as usual with all results once again age graded. Further details as well as start times are on the website www.adac.org.uk for those with no web access please feel free to contact Caroline Legg on 01461 205350.
PRESENTATION 14th JULY 2007
Jim Buchanan has been a member of ADAC for almost a quarter of a century. He took up running at the tender age of 40 and since then has competed in Road and Fell races all over the country and has always wore his ADAC vest with great pride. Jim recently celebrated his 70th Birthday and the times that he continues to set in races today means that he is within the top 10% of runners in Britain for his age group. As well as running he is the founder of the ADAC website and continues to maintain it to a very high standard. He is a real inspiration to every member of the club and it was unanimously agreed that to mark the occasion of his 70th Birthday he should be made an Honorary Life Member of ADAC in recognition of his achievements and services to the club.
Attached is a picture with Jim Buchanan being presented with his Certificate of Life Membership by ADAC club president Gordon Rogerson.
LOCKERBIE 10K - TUESDAY 26th JUNE
Lockerbie was the latest venue for the ADAC Road runners. The distance to cover was 10Kilometres and it was the fifth running of the increasingly popular undulating route hosted by George and Lynda Fraser. Conditions on the evening were windy but with the recent heavy rain competitors were thankful that it remained dry. Fastest on the night was Mark Whitelaw who set a time of 35.03. Joe Boardman took the runner up spot with 38.52 and it was pleasing to see former member Richard Wright returning to the scene and his clocking of 39.35 was an impressive one. Catherine Black easily led the ladies home with an excellent run of 43.40 from Moffat’s Aileen Gibson who continues to improve. Liz Dawson and Louise Hopper crossed in third place together with a respectable time of 50.35.
Next outing for the roadsters is Tuesday 10th July and is the Moffat 15Km. The senior race sets off at 7.15pm and entries will be accepted on the night. The Castle Douglas 5 mile run will follow Moffat on Tuesday July 24th and is a 7pm start from Carlingwark Loch in the town entries are on the night only for this one.
CROOKED ROAD RUN - THURSDAY 7TH JUNE 2007
It is difficult not getting poetic about this club outing because everybody experienced superb weather conditions enabling them to see views of the Moffat hills behind the town at their very best. This did not prevent some excellent times on a 5 mile hilly route out of Beattock, up and around the Crooked Road. An alternative route was also on offer , this being a 4.6 mile flat road route, but everyone opted for the difficult one, despite Mark wanting to go for a fast time and Joe expressing some initial misgivings about tackling the steep climb off road. Both tackled the hilly route well with Mark having a PB and Joe following him in in second place well pleased with his performance. Kevin Plummer also had PB in 3rd place while Andy and Dan took it quietly in preparation for their combined attempt in the B section of the LAMM over the coming weekend. Both will be eager to do well following their success in the Moffat Hills recently. Gordon Vivers is starting to get good times again with Jim Buchanan following over a minute behind. It was good to see John Robson back again after his accident and he had an easy run round with Aileen Gibson doing well after a long Trail Run in the Lake District at the weekend. Newcomer James McGynn showed improvement after his first outing the previous week and is looking forward to joining us at Annan and Moffat regularly. The next runner home was John Murphy, a mysterious man - what is he up to now? Is he hiding something? Anyway he prefers the roads and methinks he has something up his sleeve! Johnny Minto was pleased to get back running after a spell off with a heavy cold and Liz Dawson was happy with her time, not quite a PB but a good attempt nevertheless. Caroline and Shirley matched each other all the way round though Caroline's time did not match her previous outing during the winter league, a good run considering so soon after the Kirkcudbright half marathon . Elizabeth Myatt enjoyed her run and it is good to see her taking part regularly. Jean Robson's training has taken a back seat, looking after husband but she will be keen to catch up now that John is on the mend.
All in all a good outing and thanks to all who travelled up to take part, and special thanks to Alan who was timekeeper once again.
2nd Vet-Joe, Race Winner- Mark and 1st Local- Roger
at the Muckletoon Doctor's Run.
Report May 2007
The month of May was a very busy time for the A.D.A.C Road runners. The first of their outings was to Langholm to compete in the Muckle Toon Doctors Run this was followed closely by a visit to Dumfries to take part in the 5 Mile ‘Holywood Stroll’and the final trip was to Kircudbright for the towns annual Half Marathon run.
An excellent turnout of 107 runners lined up at Langholm on a pleasant Sunday afternoon. A.D.A.C ace Mark Whitelaw was the comfortable winner recording a time of 44 minutes 7 seconds. In total 15 members from the club took part in this extremely well organised event organised once again this year by The Annandale & Eskdale Leisure Trust. Joe Boardman crossed the line in 7th place 48.14 was his time which was rewarded with the second Male veteran prize. Roger Irving competing in his hometown finished 9th with his 49.15 and was the third Male veteran. ADAC has a strong contingent of runners from Moffat and Dan Watson was the first of them across the line recording 53.10.Jim Buchanan,Gordon Vivers and Owen Brown ran times of 56.12 ,56.55 and 58 minutes to finish ahead of first ADAC female Aileen Gibson who ran 61.53.George Fraser clocked 62.25 from Callum Thomson’s 63.22 and just behind came Liz Dawson 66.01 and Caroline Legg 66.50. Finally Jean Robson cruised around in 71.45 and Alex Simpson and June Hunter made it all safe back in 83.48.
Two days later it was across to Dumfries where a total of 55 runners completed the 5 mile run. Only 5 from the club opted to run the scenic route which was won by Marcus Scotney of the host club Dumfries RC in a time of 26.28. ADAC’s Joe Boardman had recovered well from his Langholm outing and crossed in second place in 29.40 ahead of another Dumfries runner Gareth McIntyre. The ladies honours also went to the host club with Mhairi Douglas clocking an impressive 32.34.
Moffat duo Buchanan and Vivers crossed in 34.12 and 34.33 from Fraser who was pleased with his time of 36.01 and finally Aileen Gibson kept the female flag flying for the Annan club taking 3d lady prize with her run of 36.46.
With 10 days rest it was time for the Kircudbright half marathon .13.1 miles is the distance to cover in this event. It was a lovely summers day that greeted the 243 runner field in the beautiful Galloway town and despite the wind and odd shower, conditions for the run were almost perfect.
The race was won by Nottingham runner Neil Renault in a time of 66.23, although a fine run it is well outside ADAC’s Mike Carroll’s record of 63 minutes which was set way back in 1986.First female across the line was Great Britain Internationalist Hayley Haining who broke her own course record with a time of 72 minutes 24 seconds.
13 members from ADAC were in attendance and top finisher was yet again Lockerbie ace Boardman who admits to ‘ be still finding his feet at this distance’ finished 13th overall in a time of 79.54. Vivers was content to set a time of 94.23 ahead of the first club female home Aileen Gibson (1.41.35 ). Over 60 Fraser ran 1.44.33 and if prizes were given for grouping the ADAC ladies would certainly have won it with five of them finishing within 90 seconds. Louise Hopper headed the group with 1.51.01 from Dawson 1.51.03.Shirley Douglas and Elizabeth Myatt were next with 1.51.22 and 1.51.31 and ‘pacemaker’ Legg recorded 1.52.16. Callum Thomson ( 2.04.00 ) and Jean Robson ( 2.04.10) had a battle down the home straight the former just holding off his rival on the line. Finally former members of the Annan Jog fit club Simpson and Hunter having their debut run at the distance did well to finish in 2.23.30. Special mention also to other Jog Club runners Phyllis and Mike Thomson who were delighted with their clocking of 2.00.19 and Leanne Nelson who ran 2.07.17.
With a few weeks to rest the next events for the road runners will be at Lockerbie on Tuesday 26th June for the challenging 6 mile run. Meet at the Academy Games Hall for a 7pm start and
the Moffat 15K run will be held on Tuesday 10th July and is also a 7pm start entry forms for this run should be arriving soon.
Elizabeth, Louise, Caroline and Shirley in a happy mood at Kirkcudbright.
ADAC "FUN" 3 MILE RUN THURSDAY MAY 3rd 2007
Mark Whitelaw 16.00
Joe Boardman 17.42
Roger Irving 19.47
Owen Brown 21.05
Gordon Vivers 21.35
Jim Buchanan 21.58
John Murphy 22.17
Louise Hopper 22.28
Shirley Douglas 23.53
Caroline Legg 24.39
Eliz Myatt 25.42
Alan Legg 27.45
Hazel Livingstone 33.00
Mandy Hall 33.00
Diana Wyllie 33.00
Some of the competitors at Hightae 10K on 5th April
The first road race in the ADAC 2007 Road Running Championship took place recently at Hightae. The 10K run was kindly hosted by the Robson family . Fifteen runners set off on a beautiful spring evening to complete the scenic course.
Fastest time was set by a ‘jogging’ Mark Whitelaw who clocked in at 36.02. Exactly two minutes later Roger Irving arrived back in the village one minute ahead of guest runner John Clyde (39.03). David Byers and John Robson had 10 seconds between them 40.25 and 40.35 both respectable times for the undulating route. The next batch home were Owen Brown 42.42, Gordon Vivers 43.10 and Jim Buchanan 43.11.Johnny Minto was content to cross in 47.10 ahead of first females Louise Hopper 47.29 and Aileen Gibson 48.05. Caroline Legg was happy with 50.25 as was Jean Robson 53.04 and Tricia Patterson just managed to slip under the hour with 59.57.Finally Annan jogfit runner June Hunter had an excellent outing in her debut at the distance recording a time of 60.12 a time that will certainly improve with experience. Many thanks for the welcome tea and home baking which greeted everyone afterwards all agreed it was most welcome.
Next race in the championship will be the Langholm Doctors Run on Sunday May 13th .If you have not yet pre entered they will be accepted on the day. The Hollywood 5 mile run takes place on Tuesday May 15th at 7pm from Nunholm in Dumfries and the the Kircudbright ½ marathon is on Saturday May the 26th. As a warm up for these events there will be a 3 mile club handicap run on Thursday May 3d for anyone interested meet in the swimming pool car park for a 6.45pm start.
Further details as usual can be viewed on the website www.adac.org.uk or contact Caroline 01461 205350.
24th MARCH 2007
The final match in the ADAC winter league was held at the weekend in glorious sunshine. Fourteen runners set off on the 4.5 Mile 5 lap run on Annan’s Everholm Park. Mark Whitelaw who clocked an impressive 24.29 set the fastest time of the morning. Joe Boardman was next to complete in 26.54 ahead of Roger Irving 27.58. Gordon Vivers continues to improve and was recorded at 30.59. Almost 70 years young Jim Buchanan ran 32.04 and as usual never fails to impress us younger members. Roger Guy took a quick break from the lambing and managed a respectable 32.35 from the infamous JM’s 33.22. Johnny Minto was happy to trot around in 36.14 from the fastest lady Jean Robson (37.53) now an over 50! Caroline Legg was just behind in 38.05 as was Liz Dawson 38.24 and Gordon Rogerson dipped below the 40 minutes for the first time setting himself 39.21. Tricha Patterson enjoyed a stroll around in 41.05 for 4 laps and Scott Hardie struggling with an injury did well to complete 3 laps in 29.00 minutes.
Afterwards it was across to the Legg household for a spot of lunch and the presentation. Many thanks to chief cook and bottle washer Alan for all his hard work.
Boardman in his first season with the club - despite his lack of navigational skills - was the easy league winner and a late burst from Irving gave him the runners up spot. Moffat’s Vivers another newcomer to the club worked hard to earn the third place ahead of Buchanan fourth. Legg was the top female finisher in fifth place overall and Rogerson was delighted to finish sixth. Thirty runners competed throughout the winter in the league, which was a great success yet again this year, and the runners can now look forward to the road running season, which starts with the first outing at Hightae on Thursday April 5th hosted by the Robson Family the event will start at 7.30pm sharp. Details can be obtained from the website www.adac.org.uk or Caroline Legg 01461 205350 non-members are welcome to come along.
11th MARCH 2007
Gallowhill photos by Rob Mitchell esq.
Races nine and ten were held recently in the ADAC Winter League leaving one final race before the seasons Championship is decided .The league was introduced into the ADAC Senior calendar three years ago to replace the x country fixtures which sadly have diminished over the last decade and has gone grown in popularity each year with members of all abilities.
Race number nine was the Brydekirk River Run taking competitors from the Everholm in Annan to the small village via the river path. With the seemingly never ending rain of this winter the runners probably endured the worst underfoot conditions ever however the sun shone making it seem just a bit more bearable for the low turnout of six members who braved the elements. Joe Boardman was easily the fastest clocking 40.36. Gordon Vivers 47.03 did very well to keep one step ahead of training buddy Jim Buchanan who came home in 51.11. JM not a mud lover had to work hard to finish 54.22 ahead of Caroline Legg 56.23 and Gordon Rogerson made it all back safe in 62.19.
One weeks rest and it was up to Moffat for the Gallowhill forest run. Twelve runners set sail to cover the 4.75 Mile 3 lap course. Boardman started the day well clear in the Championships perhaps just as well as the Lockerbie Ace went off course somewhere along the way and could only cross the finish in 42 minutes in 6TH place despite this hiccup he is odds on to lift the title in his first season with the Annan club. Andy Fairgrieve set the quickest time recording a nippy 32.13 from Roger Irving’s 32.30. Vivers who is in contention, along with Irving, for a minor place set himself a time of 37 minutes. Buchanan 39.40, who has been plagued with injury, is a fast finisher and has moved up the table to 5th and could be in with a shout also for the minor stakes.
Johnny Minto clocked 40.45 from Jean Robson who led the ladies home in 44.02 from Shirley Douglas 45.00 and Liz Dawson 47.07. Rogerson split the ladies coming across in 47.56 and Tricha Patterson 51.10 led Legg home in 51.33.
Many thanks to Jim and Margaret for the most delicious soup and pudding treat after the run, word will no doubt spread expect numbers to increase ten fold next year!
Final event in the league will take place on Saturday March 24th and will be at the Everholm in Annan and as usual will be a 10.30am start. It will follow the same format as the first match i.e. 5 laps. The presentation will take place at the Legg residence afterwards where refreshments will be provided.
Further details and results can be found on the website www.adac.org.uk
4 Feb 2007
The 8th Race in the ADAC Winter League took place at Langholm on Sunday 4 February. Starting at the Jubilee Bridge over the Ewes Water, the course was an undulating 5-miles through Langfauld Wood, planned by Roger Irving.
The muddy tracks at the half-way point made progress difficult, but this did not stop Mark Whitelaw recording a time of 36.07, which was fast enough to take first place. Mark’s win prevented second place Joe Boardman from achieving a hat-trick of consecutive wins in the league. Boardman’s nearest league rival Gordon Vivers, struggling with a calf injury, was thwarted by the "Langholm Navigation Gremlin" taking a wrong turn which cost him valuable points.
With only three races left in the Winter League there are still plenty of points to be had in order to challenge Boardman’s dominance of the competition this year. The next race will be the Brydekirk River Races on March 3rd.
Finally the annual ADAC river races will take place on Sunday February 25th there are races for under 9 to over 90.The event kicks off at 11.30am with the under 9 fun run in which all competitors receive a medal .The races will then run in succession to the senior and masters event which will be guaranteed not to start until 12.30pm. Entry is on the day or juniors may if preferred pre- enter to Caroline. Further details are posted on the adac website www.adac.org.uk or contact Caroline Legg 01461 205350 .
Match number 6 in the ADAC Winter league was held on Sunday morning at Brownmoor Forest, Ecclefechan. Eleven members turned out to complete the 2 lap course a total of 4.5 Miles. Conditions were cold and damp and with an unwelcome greeting of a strong headwind at the top of the steep ascent no record times were going to be set however a very respectable 30.50 was the fastest time of the day which was clocked by Lockerbie’s Joe Boardman ‘fresh’ from his warm weather training in Alicante! Andy ‘Ironman’ Fairgrieve came a close second in 32.02 and improving Gordon Vivers was delighted to cross in 34.38. Roger Guy led the supervets home in 37.42 ahead of jogging JM in 39.51.Liz Dawson was first lady around in a fine 43.34 with Jean Robson just behind in 43.49. Newcomer Alec Simpson newly promoted from the Annan Jog Fit Club did well to record 44.24 from Alan Legg 45.21 ,Gordon Rogerson 48.00 and Tricha Patterson 51.46.
At the half way point in the league Boardman and Vivers share the top spot with a score of 149 from Buchanan 118,Fairgrieve 113,Irving 112 and Brown 111. Legg heads the ladies with 96 from Dawson 65 and Robson 60.
Next match takes place on Saturday January 20th and is a 10.30am start from the Everholm in Annan. The route will be the river run to Brydekirk and back.. As usual guest are welcome contact Caroline or checkout www.adac.org.uk for further details.
2nd January 2007
Hoddam Forest and The Muckle Toon Whisky Run
The last ADAC Winter League Race in 2006 was a muddy hill race at Hoddam and the first in 2007, on New Years Day, was an undulating road run in Langholm, both of which were well attended by Club Runners.
On 16 December, twenty runners gathered in the car park at Hoddam Forest on a cold but bright winters day for a three lap, three and three quarter-mile run, on extremely muddy tracks, up and down Woodcock Air. A quick reconnaissance of the course revealed that the correct choice of footwear would be critical on such steep and muddy tracks. For those with only smooth soled road shoes available, it was clear that some downhill skiing experience would be invaluable on the descents!
In order to ease congestion on the narrow tracks Alan Legg organised a staggered start with small, similar ability groups, setting off at different times.
With three sections of challenging ascents leading to the summit of Woodcock Air it was not long before the hill runners made their presence felt at the front of the field. Using his knowledge of the course and putting his well-developed downhill running skills to good use was sufficient to give Mark Whitelaw a convincing victory in 28:45, almost two minutes ahead of his nearest rival Joe Boardman, last years winner of this race. More at home on the roads, Boardman did well to break the stride of hill runners Irving, Fairgreave and Robson who all appeared in the top six. Well done to guest, Adam Anderson for finishing in fourth place wearing road shoes. Jean Robson led the ladies home by followed by Shirley Douglas and Caroline Legg.
On New Years Day the annual "Muckle Toon Whisky Run" took place at Langholm and attracted a good field of runners as well as the Town Band at the finish in the Market Square. Eleven ADAC Runners took up the challenge of the 8.5 mile undulating course, through Langfauld Wood and finishing back in the town.
Roger Irving and Andy Fairgrieve were the fastest around the course recording times of 54.34 and 58.39 respectively. However, running times like that must call into question their commitment to Hogmanay celebrations on the previous night!
Jim Buchanan came in just over the hour, giving him third place. This elevates him to joint second place with Joe Boardman in the Winter League; both have 118 points. Gordon Vivers who currently is top of the league after five races, added 24 points to his score from the Muckle Toon Run, to keep himself four points ahead of his nearest rivals.
The next league race will be on Sunday, 7th January at Brownmoor, Ecclefechan, meet at 1030.