Copyright 2019 - Dundee Roadrunners

Complying With Race Rules

As highlighted in the Club’s Code of Conduct, it is essential that members abide by all rules which are issued by race organisers. One of the most important is that race swaps should not take place unless permitted by the organisers and, if they are, having followed whatever transfer process they set out.

There are a number of reasons why unauthorised transfers shouldn’t take place, including:

  • Most races require a note of any medical conditions for a runner, which would be referred to if someone took ill during a race – with a swap, they may refer to the wrong information, which could have disastrous consequences

  • Impersonation of one runner as another could invalidate race insurance, leaving the runner exposed should an incident arise

  • Race results will also be invalidated

  • Runners have the potential to be banned from that race or more widely (some organisers will consider an outright ban for both runners from all of their races).

The Club would like to reiterate the importance of this rule. The unauthorised transferring of numbers reflects on the Club as well as the runners involved and cannot be tolerated. Any members found to be doing so may be made subject to the Club’s disciplinary process, the potential consequences of which include expulsion as a member.

 

Please don’t run that risk for yourself. After all, a race is just a race. However keen you are to take part, it is likely to be run next year, and so please ensure that you comply with this important rule.

 

The Committee

Grand Prix 2019 Age Categories

As agreed at the AGM, and by popular demand, we will have age categories for this year's Grand Prix. These will be the normal categories of Senior Male/Female, MV40, FV40, etc.

Your age category will be determined by your age on the date of the first Grand Prix race (ie 17th February 2019).

Dundee Roadrunners Membership 2019

Our new membership year started at the AGM on Feb 19th. Please renew your membership now to take adnavtage of all of our club benefits. If you would like to take part in the 2019 Grand Prix, you must have joined by March 9th at the latest.

Membership is available on Entrycentral here

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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

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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