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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:



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



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.



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.


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



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).



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!



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!



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. 


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!!!

Templeton Trail Race 2018

Thank you to everyone who came out on Friday night for our annual trail race. We were blessed with another year of good weather, and saw a record turnout of runners.

Special thank you to all our helpers and marshals on the night, and to those who brought along baking.

We really hope you all enjoyed the run. Our next race will be the Templeton 10 Mile Race on November 4th. Entries for this will be opening soon!

Templeton Trail Race Winners

Grand Prix Race #3 - Norman's Law 28th April - by Margaret Gamble

This race was a chance to get off road and ‘enjoy’ a scenic trail run up and down Norman’s Law.  Organised each year by Fife AC,  the race starts by the cow sheds in the pretty village of Luthrie.  Encouraged by the fact that the race was advertised as a hill race suitable for novice hill runners I and 23 other DRRs took part out of a total number of 185 runners. 

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After a quick and efficient registration and a brief explanation of the route - ie find your own way up and down but dire warnings about entering certain fields containing livestock we were off at a rapid pace along a straight flat single track road - so far so good!  A sharp left took us to the first path, climbing stea

dily upwards along a stony bridleway.   Terrain was as you would expect and leg sapping but luckily not too muddy.   After about 2 km the path descended - um, not quite as nice as you would think as very soon the grassy slopes of Norman’s Law towered above us and the only way forward was UP.....Navigating was not an issue as we soon all fell into a long single file and as running became impossible it turned into the fastest hike up a hill I have ever done!  Gasping at the top by the Cairn I was looking forward to admiring the views but as at least 20 runners leapt past hurtling down the other side I decided I had better get a move on.  Running downhill is hard - my brain insisted on firmly applying the brakes and I could only admire others as they tiptoed down the slope at alarming speeds.  Some runners cut off a corner quite legitimately but I decided to stay with the majority and enjoy the run back along the path eventually joining the outward straight stretch and finish at the cow sheds. 

A brilliant little race, exhausting, fun and a great introduction to hill running. Can thoroughly recommend it. 



1st placed Male : Logan Rees, Fife AC 29:57

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1st placed Female : Heather Anderson, Fife AC 35:27

The full list of DRR results follow:  

25 Kevin Greig:  36:3534 Neil Craig:     37:5236 Martin Hutchinson;  38:04
39  Matt Hooper:  38:53
41 David Miller:  39:11
51  Jon Cherry: 39:5454 Jim Morton:  39:58
56 Dominic Williams:  40:07
62 Elaine Omand: 40:29
65 Duncan Edward: 41:01
67 Fiona Callaghan: 41:10
91 Fiona Plain: 43:02
93 John Tierney: 43:1297 Alex Jarrett: 43:46
112 Martin Rollo: 44:55
119 Margaret Gamble: 45:22
129 Grant Robertson: 46:11
133 John Irving 46:33
140 Lisa Carr: 47:52
141 John Mill: 48:26
160 Julie Greig: 51:33
162 Josh McKay: 51:43
165 Ron Fraser: 52:01169 Steve Archibald: 54:20

Grand Prix Race #2 - St Andrews 5k - 11 April


Wow, what an amazing turnout of blue and white last night in St Andrews. We had an incredible 59 DRR runners in the 5K race. On a cool evening, underfoot conditions were firm for some of the route but soft and damp on much of the course. This certainly impacted on times with many people saying they were 30-60 secs down on last year, so a big well done to everyone who improved on last years time or who recorded a PB last night.

First home was Dundee Hawks Kris Jones in a great time of 15:27. Vinnie Stewart and Graeme Brown both ran brilliantly to finish inside the top 10. The ladies were led homes by Heather Anderson of Fife AC (19:11) with Morgan Windram running tonight for Fife AC 2nd (19:19) and our own Anwen Darlington placing 3rd (19:33).

Amongst us more mature athletes, Phil Forte was first MV60 and Margaret Robertson was 1st FV70. Gillian Sangster was 2nd FV40, Margaret Gamblewas 2nd FV50, Simon Knox came 2nd MV50, Barbara Brown was 2nd FV60.

And finally well done to Gillian Gibson who ran her first race tonight as a DRR in a great time of 27:11. Gillian just completed her TiGers #3 programme on Tuesday evening. Well done Gillian.

Full DRR positions and times were as follows

7 - 18:22 - Stewart, Vinnie - MS
10 - 18:47 - Brown, Graeme - MS
12 - 19:01 - Buck, Matt - MS
18 - 19:26 - Mitchell, Michael - MV40
19 - 19:29 - Hutchinson, Martin - MV40
20 - 19:33 - Darlington, Anwen - FS
21 - 19:33 - O'Connell, Malcolm - MS
23 - 19:34 - Greig, Kevin - MV40
25 - 19:42 - Richard, Arnaud
26 - 19:46 - Craig, Neil - MS
27 - 19:47 - Fardon, Tom - MV40
30 - 19:51 - O'Connor, Lee - MV40
32 - 19:54 - Aitken, David - MV40
36 - 20:08 - Miller, David - MV40
38 - 20:19 - Cherry, Jon - MS
39 - 20:20 - Knox, Simon - MV50
43 - 20:37 - Massie, Jennifer - FS
44 - 20:38 - Anderson, Derrick - MV40
46 - 20:41 - Hooper, Matt - MS
52 - 21:05 - Plain, Fiona - FS
56 - 21:15 - Forte, Phil - MV60
58 - 21:21 - Reed, Paul - MV40
61 - 21:35 - Callaghan, Fiona - FS
64 - 21:50 - Morton, Jim - MV50
66 - 21:59 - Whytock, Grant - MV50
68 - 22:05 - Fraser, Calum - MS
69 - 22:08 - Sangster, Gillian - FV40
70 - 22:10 - Tierney, John - MV40
75 - 22:20 - Callaghan, Rachel - FS
76 - 22:24 - Macintosh, John - MV50
77 - 22:28 - Campbell, Geoff - MV40
78 - 22:33 - Gamble, Margaret - FV50
80 - 22:35 - Mill, John - MV50
88 - 23:04 - McReilly, Alison - FV40
89 - 23:05 - Deans, Andy - MV40
92 - 23:10 - Jarrett, Alex - MV50
94 - 23:24 - Robertson, Grant - MV40
97 - 23:30 - Horsburgh, Colin - MV40
99 - 23:58 - Cleary, Richard - MV50
102 - 24:07 - Westwater, Gill - FV40
104 - 24:21 - Carr, Lisa - FS
105 - 24:25 - McKay, Josh - MS
106 - 24:35 - Dunbar, Lorraine - FV50
113 - 25:04 - Hankinson, Laura - FV40
118 - 26:05 - Young, Sarah - FS
122 - 26:19 - Kelly, Connor - MV60
123 - 26:27 - Macintosh, Alison - FV50
127 - 27:11 - Gibson, Gillian - FS
130 - 27:31 - Morris, Wayne - MV40
134 - 27:56 - Coutts, Lesley - FV50
137 - 28:29 - Dunbar, Brian - MV60
138 - 28:34 - Robertson, Margaret - FV70
139 - 28:52 - Craddock, Linda - FV50
142 - 29:10 - Timmons, Garry - MV40
143 - 29:27 - Grieve, Richard - MS
147 - 30:27 - Grundy, Anthony - MV50
148 - 30:33 - Mackie, Margaret - FV50
149 - 31:36 - Sherwood, Tilly - FS
153 - 33:01 - Brown, Barbara - FV60

Well done everyone, and thanks for representing DRR in such amazing numbers.

Next up on the Grand Prix is Normans Law Hill Race on Saturday 28th April and the next race in the Fife Midweek series will be Strathkinness - Blebocraigs Race on Wednesday 9th May.

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