First outing for new club; Running.
Members from the region's newly formed hill running club were in action at Carnethy HRC's Run and Become Tinto Hill Race on Saturday.
This popular race, within easy travelling distance from Glasgow and Edinburgh, guarantees a large field and is often oversubscribed. It is classed as an "AS" race, meaning it is short in distance but has a lot of climbing - 4.4 miles long and 1,500ft of climbing.
The Hartfell Hill Running Club members ranged from runners with more than 40 years' experience to debutantes Jennifer Weir and Jane Pennington who were competing in their first ever hill race.
The newly formed club had the second largest entry, second only to the host club which is quite an achievement considering they were formed less than eight weeks ago.
Thankfully the rain kept away for the duration of the race and the underfoot conditions weren't as muddy as expected.
The winner was Eoin Lennon with Angela Mudge the first lady home (both from Carnethy Hill Running Club). Angela had the honour of being recently inducted into the Hall of Fame for Hill Running by Scottish Athletics.
The race was the first in the Hartfell Hill Running Club's Winter Series of eight races.
The time it took the club's runners to complete the race varied wildly too with the fastest over the finish line in less than 38 minutes and the slowest nearly 30 minutes later, a little unfortunately for the club arguably two of their most talented runners were not able to run due to injury or work commitments.
Dalbeattie runner Graeme McClelland was first over the finish line in 37.55, next home was Rory Longmore from Beattock, who just held off Kevin Plummer from Wamphray by five seconds in a time of 40.31. This was Rory's first hill race after a very long lay-off from running due to an Achilles injury. Kevin was in fourth place at the summit but was just able to get past Mark Cuthbertson on the descent with only eight seconds between them.
In the ladies the ever consistent Rosie Allan from Lockerbie was first home of the HHRC runners in a time of 45.19.
Also from Lockerbie was second place runner Janet Priestley in a time of 54.02 . In third place was Auldgirth runner Amy Lucas in 56.19.
The club would like to thank Carnethy Hill Running Club and Tinto Hill Running Club organisers and marshals for putting on such an enjoyable race.
The club will be holding their first home race, the Tour De Moffat on December 9. This six-mile race is suitable for everyone, including beginners, and is run under Scottish Hill Running rules and insurance. More details from https://www.facebook.
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