Annan & District Athletic Club
RUNNING REPORTS 2008
28th December 2008
The ADAC ‘ M6 Joint Venture Winter League’ is now well underway with four events already completed. The first two took place in November and were both over a distance of approximately 5 Miles. The debut run was on the Everholm at Annan and was a testing start as although the course is flat it was very churned up and underfoot conditions were very sticky resulting in slow times for the ten competitors. Fastest was Joe Boardman his time 29.13 he was always in control however it was not so for the next trio who all had to fight for their positions. Dan Watson won the battle and crossed in 31.28 from Smiler 31.36 and John Robson 31.54. Elizabeth Myatt was the fastest lady in 36.56 ahead of Louise Hopper - who was just back from completing the New York Marathon. The second venue was at Beattock and although underfoot conditions here were much better than Annan the dozen runners had to contend with a bitterly cold day and a real icy feeling wind. They soon warmed up on the hilly off road route. Yet again Boardman set the pace finishing in a time of 33.44 to cross ahead of Watson and Andy Fairgrieve who set times of 35.11 .Young Euan Duff had an excellent run to record 35.25 and stay ahead of Gordon Vivers 36.06 and John Robson 36.07. Hopper was first female back in 44.25.
The first December run took place at Woodcockair, Hoddom and was a 3 lap run. It was one of the coldest mornings of the year so far and the course had to be adapted slightly to allow for the frozen parts of the course. Boardman as is now usual was fastest back in 30.22 but it was no easy outing for the Lockerbie ace as Moffats Fairgrieve on his favourite terrain pushed him all the way and was delighted to record 30.53. Watson and Robson crossed together in 32.18 from Vivers 34.14 and Jim Buchanan 37.56. Smiler ran below par but did well to complete while suffering from a nasty chesty cough. Hopper once again led the ladies in 41.31 from Shirley Douglas in 43.28. Caroline Legg and JM completed at their own pace to make it all back in one piece.
The latest outing for the ADAC team was the annual Festive 4 Road Race. Eighteen turned out the week before Christmas to run the 4 mile road run at Annan. It was good to see a few runners entering into the festive spirit running in fancy dress . Conditions on the morning were perfect and it was proven when guest runner Jim Ferguson of Dumfries set a blistering pace recording one of the fastest times for the route. He crossed the line in an excellent time of 22.23. Boardman had to settle for runner up in 18.104.22.168 was an excellent time set by another guest Kevin McCaig also of Dumfries. Youngster Alan Spence was well pleased with his run to finish 4th in a time of 25.11 ahead of Roger Irving 25.13 , Fairgrieve 25.19, Robson 25.28 and Kevin Plummer 25.56. Vivers 26.21 just held off Buchanan 27.34 and Harper 28.41. Nice to see a rare outing on the road by Nigel Priestley who ran 30.14 and Lizzy Myatt ran hard to be first lady back in 30.22. Hopper ran well to record 30.58 especially as she had to stop and ask an old gent to tie her shoe lace - moral of the story being if you run inside a cardboard box make sure and tie your laces first ! Douglas was 3rd lady recording 31.09 ahead of Jean Robson 33.22 and Legg 34.07. Finally Shadwell completed the run in a respectable 41.56.
A raffle was held after the run and many thanks to all who donated prizes especially Shirley for the beautiful hamper which was won by Joe Boardman.
Next event is on New Years Day and is the annual run at Langholm all runners need to be back in the town square by 11am.
Attached a couple of photos of the dressed up runners and the start of the fun run please fell free to use any .Louise Hopper dressed in Xmas present John & Jean Robson dressed as Mrs Santa and Jester.
2nd NOVEMBER 2008
It is hard to believe that the ADAC Road running season is almost at it’s end as it seems like no time at all since April when the first road race took place at Hightae. Fourteen runs later and the championship trophy looks set to go back to Lockerbie in the hands of super fit Joe Boardman. It has not been the best of weather conditions for many races this year and strangely enough it has been an equally dismal time for many ADAC members who have struggled with injuries and illness however all credit to Mr Boardman who has kept himself in great shape and steered clear of the numerous viruses which have plagued so many this so called summer.
Way back in July two races were held the first being the annual Moffat 15Km. Almost 200 runners set out on the undulating route and the victor was Marcus Scotney of Dumfries in a time of 53.34. Boardman was top ADAC finisher crossing in 10th place. A total of thirteen members completed this run. Castle Douglas was the other venue in July and the distance to cover was 5 miles. An excellent turnout of 70 runners took part and Scotney of Dumfries was once again the winner. Boardman ( 30.38) took 7th place ahead of team mates James Kellock (31.42) and Dan Watson (32.03). Louise Hopper was the top Annan female crossing in 37.29.
Hawick in August saw the smallest representation by the club when only Boardman and Gordon Vivers ventured across to run the town’s annual 10K event. Boardman ran a fine 37.56 and Vivers clocked an excellent 42.31.
September was by far the busiest month as three events were scheduled. The popular Dumfries 10K had its usual big field attracting almost 250 competitors. The race was won by David Millar of Irvine AC in a time of 31.58 . Conditions on the night for the run were atrocious as heavy rain and wind battered into the faces of the runners for almost the duration of the event. Later that week across at Langholm the weather couldn’t have been more different as it was a glorious morning that greeted the nine runners that set out on the scenic 5 mile course. Well done to Kevin Plummer who did the run with a 45lb pack on his back as part of his training for a forthcoming charity event which he successfully went on to complete in aid of ‘Heroes’. Only five members took part in the Dumfries ½ marathon a good run was had by ADAC lady Louise Hopper who used it as part of her preparation for the New York Marathon which she plans to run in early November.
Most recent of the events which have taken place were the ADAC 4 Mile and Cumbrian run in October and here a mention must go to Diana Wyllie who completed the latter run raising a good sum for cash for kids despite tearing her calf muscle during the first mile she bravely hobbled around to complete in 166 minutes.
Finally the penultimate race in this year’s ADAC Road Running Championship took place this weekend in Annan. The route was a circular 7 mile run out to Brydekirk and Boardman as is usual clocked the fastest time recording 44.03 ahead of Watson 44.28 ( fresh from his Mountain Marathon experiences last weekend ! ) and Kevin Graham 44.29. Smiler was just behind in 45.15 he managed to hold of the fast finishing John Robson who crossed in 46.15. Vivers was happy to return in 48.08 ahead of leading lady Liz Myatt in 53.54. JM ran his own race in 56.13 to stay ahead of Shirley Douglas 62.01 and Caroline Legg 62.53.
As stated previously the Road Running title looks certain to be retained by Boardman but the minor positions are still wide open with the leading contenders being Graham, Vivers and Smiler. In the women and vet men championship Jim Buchanan, Vivers, Smiler and Myatt are in contention for runners up and third spot. The final race of the year takes place at Brampton on November the 15th and is the annual 10 mile event. Entries will be accepted on the day. Before that a date for the diary is November the 9th. This is the first of the winter league fixtures and takes place at the Everholm ,Annan where the first runners will set off at 10.30am. The fixture list for the league can be viewed on the website www.adac.org.uk
4th August 2008
The ADAC 6 mile Lockerbie run was held recently on a cool damp evening. A dozen members opted to run in the undulating event around the outskirts of the town. Times for the majority were slightly down than those of previous years due to the blustery conditions but local Joe Boardman managed to keep up the norm of setting the fastest time on the night which was recorded at 39.29.Kevin Plummer ran well to take second in 40.54 ahead of Kevin Graham in 41.07. Smiler 41.27,David Byers 41.29,John Robson 41.32 and Gordon Vivers 41.51 always have a good battle with each other which is helping them all to set some good personal records .Jim Buchanan was just behind the quartet but was content with 42.56. John Murphy did enough with his 44.10 to stay ahead of the females Louise Hopper 51.03, Caroline Legg 51.17 and Shirley Douglas 51.38. Refreshments were held after the run courtesy of George and Lynda Fraser and this year a raffle was also held with the proceeds (almost £50) going to’ Molly’s Wish’. Many thanks once again to the Fraser’s for their kind hospitality.
During Moffat Gala Week the town has hosted the Moffat 15K run for almost 25 years and always proves a favourite with the ADAC runners. 186 runners completed the tough 9 mile route. Marcus Scotney of Dumfries Running Club was the winner in a time of 53.34. Ben Mitchell of Lasswade was runner up in 53.58 and Michael Pluckrose of Border Harries was third in 55.59. Boardman was once again quickest of the thirteen ADAC competitors with his run of 58.57. Local lads Andy Fairgreve 62.02 and Dan Watson 62.09 were next home just ahead of Plummer 64.19 and Graham 64.49. James Kellock soon followed them in 64.57. Vivers had an excellent run of 65.45 to stay ahead of Buchanan 66.32. Brian Harper 74.44 and Johnny Minto 77.11 kept ahead of the ladies Liz Myatt 79.31, Legg 82.31 and Jean Robson who crossed in 87.30.
The most recent of the road races was at Castle Douglas. The conditions were almost perfect for a run and a good field of 70 runners set off on the 5- mile course out to Gelston. Scotney of Dumfries was the victor in a time of 27.41. Boardman was the first Black and Gold vest across the line in 30.38.Kellock ran very well to be second for the club coming back in 31.42 as did Watson who recorded 32.03.Plummer 32.19 had to work hard to stay ahead of Vivers 32.23 and Buchanan 33.30. Hopper had an excellent time to finish in 37.29 from Myatt 39.19 and Legg 41.02. Finally good to see Diana Wyllie and Mandy Hall enjoy a pleasant stroll around in 58 minutes.
Next event in the calendar takes place this weekend the 8th 9th and 10th August and is the annual ADAC Running Festival - 4 runs over 3 days. Guest runners of all abilities are more than welcome to attend one or any of the runs and further details can be viewed on the website www.adac.org.uk or from contacting Caroline Legg on 01461205350.
Linda and George held a raffle to raise funds for MOLLIES WISH, runners gave their support to this. 2 year old Mollie is fighting a rare form of eye cancer and is undergoing chemotherapy after having one eye removed. A fund has been set up by her mother and friends to support the three hospitals where she received treatment and money raised will be used to help families of other cancer patients.
A sum of nearly £50.00 was raised, thanks to everybody. Letter of thanks follows:-
A.D.A.C. Road Runners
On Behalf of Molly and the Lockerbie & District Toddler Group I must thank you all for your kind donation.
We have been overwhelmed by the generosity of the people in this region and beyond, with the fund now over £39,000.
Molly herself brings joy to us all with her terrific sense of humour.
We are now moving towards the allocation of the money to the 3 hospitals and I must thank you again for your contribution.
6th June 2008
The annual Kirkcudbright half marathon is one of the favourite runs by local roadrunners. The 13.1 mile route takes runners through the quaint little streets of the town and out towards Twynholm returning via Tongland to the welcoming finish at the Kirkcudbright Academy. 188 runners of all abilities set off on the pleasant Saturday afternoon with conditions not too bad for a days running. There was quite a blustery wind but most agreed it was a welcoming cooling one. First across the line was Ben Gamble of the Stone Masters Marathoners Club in a time of 70.06. Dalbeattie’s Lisa Findlay took the ladies honours with her run of 86.55.
Jo Boardman was the first of our runners across the line clocking 83.35. Kevin Graham of Langholm was next in 90.31. The evergreen Jim Buchanan made a very rare appearance at this distance and in his words was ‘surprised’ to record a very well earned 95.32. Just in behind David Byers ran a fine 95.49. Aileen Gibson was happy with her time of 1.43.42.Well done to Annan’s Andrew Kennedy who crossed in 1 hour 45 minutes. Gordon Vivers was a bit below par but did well to finish in 1.48.24 and helping each other to good times were Nigel Hall 1.49.47 and Shirley Douglas 1.50.05.Finally Liz Myatt made her way around in a respectable 1.56.19.
While the above runners were completing the half marathon distance Caroline Legg was travelling to take part in the Edinburgh Marathon, twice the distance of Kircudbright. The race took place the next morning and more than 13000 took their marks at the start in Regent Road, Edinburgh. From there the 26.2 miles took the runners through Holyrood Park out towards Leith and onto Portobello Promenade where they followed the coast as far as Cockenzies returning vie the coast to the finish at Musselburgh Racecourse. A very strong headwind greeted the runners for 18 miles of the run thus slowing times for most but the course was a flat one and the scenic views helped take away the pain of the last few miles. Caroline completed the run in 4 hours 6 minutes and although very leg weary when finished was delighted to have come home in one piece.
The next outing for locals is a 10K run at Lockerbie on Tuesday June 24th. The run is being kindly hosted yet again by George and Linda Fraser and although there is not a charge for the event there will be raffle tickets on sale in aid of ‘Molly’s Wish’. Further details can be obtained from www.adac.org.uk
20th May 2008
Muckle Toon Doctors Run and Holywood
After a winters training in bitterly cold wind and rain local runners had to contend with temperatures in the high 70’s at the Annual Doctors Run at Langholm recently. The race was excellently organised by the Annan & Eskdale Sports Trust and they were rewarded with a record field of entries for their efforts. The undulating seven and a half mile race was a comfortable victory for former Langholm lad Sean Cotter, now residing in Leeds, in a time of 45 minutes 20 seconds. The leading lady was Gill Laithwaite of Carlisle in a fine time of 50 minutes.
Among the local runners was Lockerbie’s Joe Boardman who finished 7th overall (49.35) and took the 2nd male Veteran prize. Roger Irving who helps with the set up of the course was just behind Boardman in 49.50 and was the first Langholm runner home. Kevin Plummer is showing vast improvements in his times and was happy to record 54.46 ahead of Smiler 55.24, David Byers 55.38, Kevin Graham 56.01 and Jim Buchanan 56.47. Gordon Vivers led the next group in with 58.19 from Owen Brown 58.52, Brian Harper 59.06 and Jacqueline Little 59.18. Jacqueline took the prize for being the first Langholm female back. John Robson suffered a bit from the heat after having cycled to the race from Hightae but he still managed to clock a respectable 60.25. George Winchester, 64.24 made his debut on the tough route and he was satisfied to cross in front of Caroline Legg 66.29, Nigel Hall 66.47, Shirley Douglas 68.03, Louise Hopper 69.15 and Annan postie Susan Milligan who did really well to set a time of 69.17.Finally George Fraser another runner who suffered in the hot conditions was George Fraser but he battled on and completed in 71.48
With only two days rest some of the keener local runners decided to opt to run in the Hollwood 5 mile race at Dumfries. Conditions for running were certainly fresher than the Sunday and there was an excellent turnout of 94 competitors for the popular midweek run organised by the Dumfries Running Club.
The first man home was Alex Allardyce of Irvine AC in a time of 27.16. Mhairi Douglas of the host club took the female honours arriving back in 33.25.
Boardman was yet again the first of the local bunch home crossing in 10th place in 30.18. Dan Watson was next with his run of 32.16. Graham 32.52, Robson 33.05, Smiler 33.44, Buchanan 34.05 and Vivers 34.42 once again pushed each other to good times with Aileen Gibson hanging on just in behind with her run of 36.46. Youngster Rachel Robson was content to run 39.05 ahead of Johnny Minto 39.38 and Liz Dawson 41.40. Finally Jean Robson made it all back in 45.42.
The Kircudbright Half Marathon will be the third race in a fortnight for the busy road runners and takes place this Saturday from Kircudbright Academy.The run this year has been re measured and will follow a slightly different route and there will also be a shorter 11K event for those not ready to tackle the 13 miler. Entries will be accepted on the day and the runners set off at 1pm. Further details are available on www.adac.org.uk
6th May 2008
Hightae and Annan Academy 3 Laps
With winter supposedly behind us local runners have been turning their attention to the road running season which started this month. The first of the local events was kindly hosted by the Robson’s and was the annual ‘Hightae Nearly 10K’. The run is about 100 metres short of the distance hence the name and is always a favourite route with the runners (or maybe it’s the tea and scones afterwards that entices them along) Eighteen set out to complete the scenic undulating course and fastest on the pleasant spring evening was Lockerbie’s Richard Wright .His time of 36.14 was an impressive start to his season. Kevin McCaig also had a fine run recording 38.15 to come home in second place and Kevin Graham who continues to improve was rewarded with third spot with his run of 40.04. Next came the usual batch of runners who always give each other a fight for their positions Kevin Plummer headed them home in 40.58 from Smiler 41.07, John Robson 41.36 and Jim Buchanan 42.12.Catherine Black was by far the leading lady across the line with her excellent 42.26. Carrying a worrying injury a week before the London Marathon was Owen Brown however he managed to cross safely in 42.35 ahead of Gordon Vivers 42.59, Brian Harper 44.04 and Aileen Gibson 46.37. JM (49.02) looked slightly out of shape but still managed to do enough to head of the challenge from the ladies Caroline Legg 50.55, Shirley Douglas 50.56, Liz Dawson 51.41 and Louise Hopper 51.43. Finally host Jean Robson did well to come home in 54.59. Many thanks must go to the Robson’s for their continued support of this event.
The next event was over the shorter trip of 3 miles and it was a good chance to stretch those long winter miles from the legs. Fourteen turned up on a pleasant Tuesday night ready to give their lungs a good workout. Veteran Joe Boardman was the in form man and cruised around the 3-lap course in 17.15. Graham did well to clinch second place again in 18.45. Good to see a return by Moffat’s James Kellock who took third place with 18.52. Smiler was pleased to cross in 19.07 ahead of Buchanan 20.57 and Vivers 21.01. Brown and Winchester were close recording times of 22.03 and 22.16 whilst JM puffed his way around just behind them in 22.51. Hopper led the ladies in with her 23.51 from Douglas 24.32, Legg 24.32 and Liz Dawson 24.34. Gordon Rogerson made it all home safe in 26.29. Thanks to Kirsty for the timekeeping.
Local runners have also been competing in other races recently. In the country’s most famous race of all the London Marathon Owen Brown and Garry Legg completed within a minute of each other Brown crossed in 3 hours 46 minutes and Legg 3 hours 47 minutes. Garry raised £ 1100 of which half will go to the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign and as he now resides in Warrington the other half will go to the local hospice there which is St Rocco’s. Owen has also raised a considerable sum for his chosen charity Macmillan Cancer. A very well done to both lads who are both having a well earned rest.
LONDON MARATHON 2008
On behalf of St. Roccos Hospice and the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign
I hope that most of you will now be aware that I successfully completed the London Marathon back in April achieving a time of 3hours 47 minutes. Apologies for the delay in providing this thank you but the collection of monies proved equally as challenging as the race itself!
The race was a thoroughly enjoyable and I am sure unrivalled yet emotive experience that you can only ever appreciate through participation - something I would honestly, honestly recommend to anyone!
I originally opted to do the marathon because it offered a challenge and it didn't disappoint. The last few miles were as much mentally challenging as they were physically and this is where running for two great causes carried me through. When it felt like I wanted to stop it is at these moments that you have to dig deep and appreciate that the pain and discomfort that you are experiencing pales into insignificance given what some people in life have to endure on a daily basis.
The purpose of this written piece is to take the opportunity to say a MASSIVE THANK YOU to all those who have so generously sponsored me. I have honestly been overwhelmed with the support that I have received recognising that many of you have made sacrifices that go far beyond the cost of an everyday occurrence such as a pint of beer or bottle of wine! This generosity not only kept me plodding along those last few painful miles but also motivated me to put in the onerous training and make do with the personal sacrifices I made over the months leading up to the event.
The final amount raised has now been officially confirmed as £1230 with each charity receiving £615 each. The total raised will increase further once gift aid is claimed and will importantly make a vital contribution to supporting the ongoing and excellent work that both charities are committed to.
Please circulate this piece to all those who you know pledged. If it was feasible for me to call every individual sponsor and offer my personal thanks then I would!Once again a Massive and Very Genuine Thank You!
Caroline Legg completed a very undulating 14 mile road race at Coniston during April and crossed the line in 2 hours 3 minutes.
Next local races are the Langholm Doctors run on Sunday May 11th and the Hollywood 5 mile run on Tuesday the 13th May. Both races are featured on the website www.adac.org.uk where more information can be obtained.
16th March 2008
Gallow Hill - 17th Feb 2008
The ADAC ‘M6 Joint Venture Winter League’ has now been completed. It feels like only five minutes since it began back in November when the club’s runners looked forward to the forthcoming events that were to be held over a variety of terrain. Thirty six runners in total took part in the eleven races that were held during the past five months.
The Gallowhill run was race number nine and is always a favourite, it could be of course that it’s the welcoming soup and pudding at The Buchanan household afterwards that is the attraction rather than the run itself but it was thirteen keen runners that ventured to Moffat for the four mile forest run. Joe Boardman set the quickest time on the bitterly cold February morning recording 31.34 from Roger Irving’s 33.06. Smiler had a cracking run to cross in 34.26 from Dan Watson 35.23, John Robson 35.29, Andy Fairgrieve 35.58, Kevin Plummer 36.02 and Owen Brown 36.19. Jim Buchanan in 40.20, was a little off the pace but did enough to stay ahead of Rachel Robson 41.24 and Caroline Legg 44.16. Jean Robson sailed around in 49.56 to lead Louise Hopper who made it all back safe in 53.08.
Going into the penultimate run that was held at the Black Esk Reservoir, Eskdalemuir, last year’s league winner Boardman now had a comfortable lead and was never going to be challenged at this late stage. However the battle for the minor positions was quite a different matter as there were four members all in close contention with only a few points separating them.
There saw a turn out of ten runners on the chilly but dry morning to complete the 7 ¾ mile scenic route. Irving was the fastest of them, returning to the start in a time of 49.29. It was an excellent run by Irving who had missed several of the early events due to a dislocated collar bone which would have otherwise resulted in him being a leading challenger for the league title. Boardman had to settle for second place in 50.18 but this was never the less a fine run. Smiler was content to come home in third place in 52.08 ahead of rivals for the runners up spot Dan Watson 53.19 and John Robson 53.28. Plummer ran a steady 53.50 to come back well ahead of training companions Buchanan 57.54 and Gordon Vivers 59.13. Making a rare outing in the winter was George Fraser who settled for 67.44 and final runner in was Jean Robson who crossed in 78.16.
The most recent run was at the Everholm in Annan .The distance to cover was approximately five miles and eleven members appeared to complete the final run. With victory secured by Boardman there was no pressure and he only had to breeze around to take the title for the second successive year. He did so and his time of 27.44 was reasonable considering the seriously muddy underfoot conditions. Irving was not too far behind and crossed in 28 minutes he in turn was well clear of the chasing pack that consisted of Smiler 29.41, Watson and newcomer Kevin Graham who crossed together in 29.46. Smiler’s effort was rewarded by ensuring that he finished the league runner-up as was Watson’s who earned himself the third position.
Mark Whitelaw was happy to trot around in 29.55 from Brown in 31.23 and Buchanan in 32.50. The final trio across was George Winchester who ran a steady 34.57, JM 37.13 and the leading lady in the league Caroline Legg 37.54. There was a lunch at the Legg residence after the event where a presentation of the prizes was made by club president Gordon Rogerson. Thanks were given to the sponsors the M6 Joint Venture and to everyone who made the event now in it’s fourth year such a success.
The 2008 road running calendar is now available to view on the web site www.adac.org.uk the dates are provisional and may well be changed but the first event is a 6 Mile run hosted by the Robsons and will take place at Hightae on Wednesday April 2nd, the starting time is 7pm. Further info can be obtained from Caroline on 01461 205350.
ADAC members Garry and Caroline Legg recently made the journey to the hamlet of Bampton a few miles from Shap to take part in the Haweswater half marathon. The distance of thirteen miles at this time of the year is a challenge in itself but the ‘undulating’ course added a need for that little bit extra training to be done in preparation for the day. No problem to Garry as he is in training for the forthcoming London Marathon as is Owen Brown who on the same day opted for a 20 mile run at Morecambe that he successfully completed in a fine time of 2 hours and 30 minutes.
The Haweswater race was an out and back course and whilst the prospect of running out, then in along the same route doesn’t always appeal, in this instance it was clearly outweighed by the combination of beautiful scenery in the form of views over the lake, the constant stream of runners in both directions and the fantastic support from well-wishers along the length of the route. Congratulations must go to the race organisers and importantly the host community. 400 plus people descending on a small rural settlement in the Lake District wouldn’t always be treated with open arms but in this case it clearly was. There was a definite sense of community ownership and pride surrounding this event and this was a key factor in it being the success that it was.
Garry enjoyed his debut at this distance and set a respectable time of 99 minutes (finishing 132nd) Caroline ran in at 1 hour 54 a time for which she was reasonable pleased with owing to the tough course and the windy conditions.
On the same day across the channel another ADAC member was completing a half marathon. Paris was the venue for the race in which Richard Wright completed in an excellent time of 82 minutes.
4th FEBRUARY 2008
Matches seven and eight in the ADAC ‘M6 Joint Venture Winter League’ were held during a very seasonal January. Conditions underfoot for both runs were quite treacherous and it was a fit pair of legs that was needed just to complete the two events.
The first run was held at Langholm and the distance to cover was approximately 5.5 miles over a variety of terrains. The route was an out and back course and the runners had more than a few testing climbs to contend with on the outward journey however once the turning point was reached the homeward jaunt gave them a chance to stretch out their weary legs.
35.41 was the fastest time set on the cool damp morning by Mark Whitelaw. Current leader in the league Joe Boardman chased the Annan runner hard but had to be content for 2nd place in 35.56.On his home ground the 3d position was filled by Roger Irving in 38.19. Kevin Graham had an excellent run of 39.49 a newcomer to the club he is sure to become a leading contender in the forthcoming matches. Dan Watson 40.03, John Robson 40.38 and Gordon Vivers 41.16 continue to bring out the best in each other. Jim Buchanan back after a long injury lay off should be happy with his 46.24 ahead of Owen Brown 47.48 who is in training for the London Marathon in April. Next batch of runners in were Johnny Minto 48.26, Caroline Legg 48.37,Shirly Douglas 49.19,Rachel Robson 49.19, Andy Fairgrieve 52.00(yet another athlete struggling with injury) and John Murphy 52.18. Finally Alan Legg came back in 54.22 ahead of Jean Robson in 57.55.
Race number eight, the most recent outing for the runners, was held at Annan and started from the moat wall on the Everholm. They then followed the banks of the river Annan to Brydekirk where they crossed the road bridge and turned for home. Although the distance is only 6 miles due to the extremely muddy conditions for the majority of the 16 competitors it felt like much more. Similar to the Langholm run the duo of Whitelaw and Boardman set the early pace once more, recording 40.04 and 40.28 with Irving in third with his time of 42.05.Smiler 43.33,Graham 43.36 and Watson 43.36 all had a good gallop around with only metres separating them at the finish. Robson 44.48 led the chasing group in from Kevin Plummer 46.23 and Brian Harper 47.39. Vivers and Brown felt the effects of the previous nights alcohol but still managed times of 49.35 and 49.55. Buchanan 50.27 held of the challenge of the female runners Robson 52.07, Legg 52.50 and Louise Hopper 55.28 while JM 59.53 made it everyone safely back.
After eight matches Boardman leads the league from Vivers and Legg in third but Smiler Watson, Byers, Robson and Whitelaw are all in hot pursuit and with three events still remaining the final places are from decided.
The next match will be the ‘Gallowhill Run’ at Moffat on Sunday February 17th.It is a forest run of approximately 4.25 Miles and the starting time is 10.30am. The following Sunday the 24th February is the annual ‘Magnox North Chapelcross ‘ River Races. Registration is from 10am on the morning and first race sets off at 11.30am There are races for age 7 to Seniors & Veterans and further details can be obtained from Caroline Legg on 01461 205350 or from the website www.adac.org.uk
13th JANUARY 2008
ADAC Road runners have been busy over the festive season competing in the ‘M6 Joint Venture Winter League ‘Events. The first of them and match number three was the annual 4-mile festive run that took place on December 9th.A total of 18 runners took part. The first across the finish line was guest runner Mickey Breen from Dumfries who set a time of 23.18. He was comfortably ahead of ADAC duo Mark Whitelaw and Joe Boardman who finished in times of 23.38 and 23.39. Another guest Kevin McCaig was 4th in 24.06 while Dan Watson had a fine run in 25.33 to hold off the ever improving David Byers 25.56 and Gordon Vivers 26.08.Garry Legg was the first home of the three Leggs in the race and was well pleased with his time of 26.53. JM (29.46) did just enough to beat David Breen 29.53 and George Fraser 30.29. The first ladies in were Shirley Douglas 31.31 and Caroline Legg 31.58. Gordon Rogerson was happy to run 33.31 and Alan Legg made it 3 leggs safely back in 34.38. Finally Diana Wyllie and Mandy Hall made their yearly outing and crossed in 44.12. A lovely Christmas Hamper kindly donated by the Gretna Food Hall was the top prize in the post run raffle and was won by John Murphy.
The following Saturday the runners were out in action again this time on the slopes of Woodcockair Forest at Hoddom. It was a bitterly cold foggy morning that greeted the 15 athletes however they soon were warmed after taking part in the 3 lap 4.25 Mile event. Fastest of the morning was Whitelaw who was content to finish with a time of 29.51. Guest runner Adam Anderson was second home in 29.55 and Boardman took third spot with 31.13. Watson 33.51,Byers 34.00, John Robson 34.34 and Vivers 34.43 continue to push each other along and nice to see a return by Smiler who set himself 36.03.Louise Hopper 43.26 was the leading female just beating Douglas 43.42 and sharing that time was Nigel Hall who under the tuition of the girls can only get faster. Caroline Legg managed to get around in 47.08 from Rogerson in 49.09. Jean Robson took part but unfortunately went off course and Alan Legg completed 2 laps.
It was back to the roads on New Years day for the next match. An atrocious morning of high winds and torrential rain may have been the reason for only a dozen members opting to complete the 8.5 mile Langholm run however conditions were the same for all and the friendly greeting by the local people made it all worthwhile.
Roger Irving took the honours with the fastest time of 58 mins from Whitelaw’s 58.02 Smiler was delighted to break the hour and recorded 59.25. Byers was home in 60.28 ahead of Vivers 61.28 and Brian Harper 65.00.Owen Brown made a welcome return and set 66.10. JM 73.30 just held off the fast finishing Caroline Legg who was pleased with her 73.37 and Nigel Hall had an excellent run in 74.18. Louise Hopper seemed to have had her mind elsewhere and despite being a regular competitor at Langholm forgot to take the correct turning resulting in an extra mile or so added to her journey, however she eventually came home none the worse for wear in just under 90 minutes Finally the injured Jim Buchanan was one of the brave walkers and crossed in 2 hours 7 minutes. Nigel and Janet Priestley completed the shorter 5 mile Pot Holm route.
With only three days rest it was over to Ecclefechan and Brownmoor forest for the most recent of the matches. A 2-lap run that covers approximately 4 and a half miles. The route incorporates a few climbs along the way testing even the fittest of runners! 17 runners attended and Boardman’s time of 30.36 wasn’t beaten. Irving was next runner across in 32.37 while Watson and Byers had a battle with their 33.30 and 33.34. Smiler, John Robson and Vivers were home in 35.00,35.52, and 36.39 with guest Kevin Graham having a fine run recording 37.02 from Brown’s 38.20. Newcomer to the club Jacqueline Little was by far the leading female and even gave a few of the men a fright with her excellent run of 39.55.The next batch in were Harper 40.30 Hopper 42.13, JM 44.53 and Caroline Legg 44.58. Finally Rogerson 47.48 held off the challenge from Alan Legg 48.03 and Jean Robson 48.50.
The next date for the diary is Sunday January 20th and the venue for match number 7 is Langholm. The run is approximately 5 and a half miles on road and tracks and first runners will set off from the Sports Centre in Langholm at 10.30am.
Match number 8 takes place at Annan on February 3d and is the 6 mile Brydekirk River run it is also a 10.30am start and the meeting place is the Everholm
Finally the ADAC River Races will take place on the Everholm in Annan on Sunday February the 24th the main sponsors are Magnox North Chapelcross. There will be races for age 7 upwards and once again there will be medals for all finishers of the under 9 fun run and under 11 races. Non-members are welcome to come along to any of these events check out the website www.adac.org.uk for details or contact Caroline Legg 01461 205350.