ATHLETICS; DUMFRIES HARRIERS.
Although a small run at only 1.38 miles with 520 feet of elevation, Carolyn really enjoyed the event and finished in 98th position with a time of 21.54 minutes.
HARFELL HILL RUNNING CLUB The Greenmantle Dash is held at the village of Broughton in the Tweedsmuir valley and was the 4th race in Hartfell Hill Running Club's Winter Series.
This is a "dash" which in running terms means a short flat-out race, only a bit over two miles in length but run at flatout intensity. This year's race attracted a record entry of 110 runners from all over Scotland.
The race starts at the Broughton Brewery which supplies a barrel of beer for the enjoyment of the race finishers.
On leaving the brewery the runners race along a track before crossing the main A701, a stone wall to hurdle on the other side of the road, then a fence to contend with before a freezing river to cross.
They then ran through a marsh and the frost overnight had left a crust of mud but one not thick enough to hold the lightest hill runners' weight.
Runners desperately tried to find a way through without sinking ankle deep in the smelly marsh. Of course, this is a hill race so there must be a hill. This is a good one - straight up for 200 metres, with some using their hands in the grass to assist them in the climb to the top.
In the bright sunshine the views were stunning, but most did hang around to take them in.
Then the down and for some this was worse than the up. The hard frost meant there was little grip on the small path to the summit so most runners opted for running on the grass to the right of the path.
Then all that was left was a quick run down the tarmac lane to the finish watching out for the large patch of ice only a few hundred yards from the finish line.
The race winner broke the course record. The first female and male runners received a painting by a local artist and there were plenty of prizes for the junior runners.
First HHRC male in was Rory Longmore (third V50) who was briefly overtaken by Kevin Plummer on the downhill. But Rory used his flat speed to good advantage and crossed the line ahead of Kevin.
Third was young Michael Kerr returning to racing after a long lay-off due to a knee injury.
First HHRC female was Rosie Allen, followed by Janet Priestley, in third place was Louise Plummer.
A big "thank you" for putting the race on to Dick Wall the organiser and all the marshalls including Nigel Priestly of HHRC who assisted in the junior race and the kind folk laying on the much appreciated after-race refreshments. Super day for a super race.
CAIRNSMORE OF FLEET HELL RACE On December 22, the weather was overcast with low cloud for the 52 hill runners who participated in last minute Christmas shopping to run the Cairnsmore of Fleet Hell Race in aid of the Vines Trust Charity and together raised the sum of PS570.20.
Mark Hannay, of Cairnsmore Milemunchers, was the organiser for the event. His team, including his wife Maggie, did a super job of laying on food and hot drinks after the race.
Mark would like a special mention for Colin McClymont for use of his barn for the prizegiving and refreshments and thanks also to Galloway Mountain Rescue team, the land owners and all those who marshalled, timekept or helped out in any way.
The race is a hill race, straight to the top of Carinsmore of Fleet, the highest of the Solway hills at 2,333ft, and back down again, taking in about eight miles.
There was very poor visibility on the summit but Mark and his team had done a great job of marking the route for the runners so nobody got lost.
The first male in, setting a new course record of one hour and three minutes, was Lee Roe. First female and first FV35 was local triathlete Jemma McNeil with a time of one hour 13 min; Jemma was actually third overall at the top of the hill and it took some fearless descending by some of the leading men to catch her.
Hartfell Hill Running Club had a big turnout of runners for the race.
The third race included in the club's winter series and this was despite quite a journey over for the runners coming from the east of Dumfries and Galloway.
The HHRC ladies did exceptionally well with Rosie Allen coming in second female and new HHRC Member Alison Bedford third female.
In the age grade classes Amy Lucas was first Senor, Rosie Allen first V40 and Janet Priestley first V50.
The HHRC men were to claim five of the top 10 places with Adam Anderson first home in third place overall and 1st V50, he was second overall for a while before dropping a place to third not far from the finish line, hard luck Adam.
A mention to four HHRC members who despite not being able to run due to injury etc still gave their time freely to help out at the race and cheer their clubmates on. Thanks to Graham and Susan McLellan, Nigel Priestley and Michelle Carruthers.
Results - Ladies: 1 Jemma McNeil (1st V35); 2 Rosie Allen (1st V40); 3 Alison Bedford.
Men: 1 Lee Roe (1st senior); 2 Chris Edis (1st V35); 3 Adam Anderson (1st V50).
Male class winners not mentioned previously: Ally Wight 1st V40; Brian Howie 1st V60.