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Race report: Lindsays Scottish National XC Championships

It was a beautiful day (especially for February) at Callander Park, Falkirk. Even quite hot when the sun was out during the womens race. It was the first time that we had a Male team (6 runners) for as long as John Mill can remember and he was delighted to finally have a DRR team at the champs. However, it could’ve easily been different. When Graeme Brown was in the process of getting into the car with the door open John Mill began to drive off, thankfully, Graeme’s police training allowed him to prevent any of his limbs from being crushed or removed. (Note: this event has been dramatized for the purposes of todays race report, there is no need for an official DRR club investigation).


On to the race itself. The course is tough there are 3 and a bit laps. With a small hill at the start and 3 hills in each lap there are 10 hills in total over about 6.65 miles. The hills are all quite short but very steep. Takes a lot of energy out of the legs especially as your trying to get as much speed in on the flats before and after the hills. The course was in good condition and there was only deep mud in a couple of small parts. I really do think that anyone who is a regular at Camperdown Parkrun (with its tough hills), a hill runner, trail runner or ultrarunner would get a lot out of these challenging cross country courses. With the biggest ever turnout out ever for both the womens and mens races the run was at times congested but soon enough the pack began to spread out.


The mens race was won by Adam Craig in a time of 33:50 and the womens race was won by Olympian, World Championship bronze medallist and commonwealth medallist Steph Twell in a time of 38:38.

Onto the DRR times, positions out of 719:
133 Chris Earl 40:13
243 Graeme Brown 43:26
271 Lee O’Connor 44:10
437 Michael Mitchell 48:02
482 Matt Hooper 48:54
699 John Mill 58:49

I was delighted with my own time. It’s a very high standard at these events so very pleased. Special thanks to John Mill for pushing through the pain barrier as he was desperate to complete the team, as some of you may have already heard. Report courtesy of Chris Earl, photograph courtesy of John MillCross Country Champs 2019

2019 Grand Prix

The club's Grand Prix consists of a number of races, chosen by the committee to provide a range of terrains and distances, and races which we know to be good, well organised, fun events. For each race in which you run, you are awarded points, gaining more points for positioning better in the race results. The main aim of the Grand Prix is to help get lots of DRRs out to the same events together, to have fun and get a bit of friendly intra-club competition.

There are prizes for the top 3 Male and Female finishers over the series and there will a momento for everyone who manages to complete the challenge.

The 2019 Grand Prix consists of 10 races. Of which, you must either complete 6 races, or you can complete 5 and one marathon of your choice.   Good luck everyone.

February 17th, Sunday - Devilla Forest 5k & 15k
March 9th, Saturday - Cupar 5 Mile race
April 7th, Sunday - Tay Ten
May 18th - Monifieth 10k
June 14th, Friday - Whitetops Hill Race
July 7th, Sunday - Dundee Half Marathon
August 13th, Tuesday - Ceres 8
September 8th, Sunday - Stirling 10k
September 29th, Sunday - East Neuk 10k
October 6th, Sunday - Giffordstown 5k

 

Awards Night 2018

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Congratulations to everyone who was on stage receiving one of the coveted DRR prizes this year… 2018 has certainly seen some outstanding performances! Sadly there don't seem to be any photos of the prize giving so I've used a picture of what seems to be one of the evening's highlights instead. 

In no particular order (as Dec would say)  huge shout outs go to the following runners for their speediness:

 

5 MILE TROPHY

David Aitken wins the Club 5 Mile Race trophy – with a huge 10.77% improvement in his time from last year.

 

FASTEST MARATHON

Robbie Dunlop smashed 3 hours at Manchester, coming home in a ridiculously speedy 2:48:42 while slightly closer to home, Michelle Bruce ran Stirling in an extremely impressive 3:04:57.

 

FASTEST HALF MARATHON

Chris Earle and Anwen Darling were the prize winners here for their Inverness half marathon times of 1:18:53 and 1:24:36 respectively.


DRR MILE SERIES

The most improved DRR at this new event was Malcolm Forbes – well done!

 

10k CHAMPIONSHIP

Showing their prowess at shorter distances and taking home another trophy each for their performances at Forfar – congratulations to Chris Earle (36:01) and Michelle Bruce (37:59).

 

FURTHEST AWAY MARATHON

Paul Reed faced heat and hills (and perhaps a hippo?)  in Kenya at what proved to be an eventful and challenging race - well done for running and for raising so much money for a great cause, Paul!

 

HALF MARATHON CHAMPION

Clova is the club annual half marathon championship – well done to our speedy winners – Malcolm O’Connell (1:24:01) and Alison McNeilly (1:31:49) who has set PB after PB this year!

 

MOST IMPROVED RUNNERS

Oh wow – this prize sparked much debate because so many DRRs have trained hard and seen enormous improvements in race times across the distances.  Fiona Plain won the prize for the ladies and the men’s category was so close that we made the unprecedented decision of awarding this title to both Matt Hooper and Chris Sevier -Guy.   Well done to all three of you – it’s great to see what can be achieved with focus and hard work. 


GRAND PRIX

We’re all thrilled that more and more of us are getting involved with the annual Grand Prix competition.  An astonishing 135 of us ran at least one of the GP events while 40 of us completed the series.  Both categories were hotly contested with the top three spots changing pretty much month on month, with all to play for at Clova…. Chris Sevier-Guy, Matt Buck and Martin Hutchinson were first/second/third for the men while Jennifer Massie, Fiona Callaghan and Alison McNeilly were the ladies’ prize winners.  Well done guys…  running consistently well for the entire year while avoiding injury is an achievement in itself!!!

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