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Hill runners too hot for competition in the snow.

HARTFELL HILL RUNNING CLUB Freezing temperatures, ice and snow didn't deter 26 hardy members of the club from competing in the annual Ambacare Wamphray Glen Race on Sunday.

This race was the sixth in the club's Winter Series of eight races and it started and finished near the old Wamphray Railway Station.

There were runners from six different clubs present, from Biggar in the north, Langholm in the east and Dalbeattie in the west.

The route heads first through Wamphray plantation wood before continuing north to the scenic Wamphray Glen, passing the burn plunge pools, the Old Wamphray Mill and the parish church, then climbing up to Kirkhill farm. From there, it's pretty much all downhill back to the start.

The total distance is just under five miles.

After the overnight frost, the ground was as hard as tarmac for the runners, however, within 30 minutes to an hour of the race starting, the snow appeared. The race is sponsored by two local companies, Ambacare, Clinic of Osteopathy & Complementary Therapies, and Moffat Outdoors, retailer of outdoor clothing and equipment.

There is no entry fee for the race, just donations taken in lieu for Moffat Mountain Rescue Team.

In the testing conditions, first home was HHRC's Adam Anderson in a time of 33.19.

Alex Jarzyna from MuckleToon Sloggers, Langholm, was second in 35.01 only just ahead of Adam Dickie from Dumfries Running Club in 35.02.

In the ladies' race, the everconstant Rosie Allen was first home in 40.08 for HHRC. Her clubmate Amy Lucas was second in 48.03 and third place went to Bev Stewart, one of the Jog Moffat group leaders, in 49.57.

In total the race raised PS106 for the Moffat Mountain Rescue team.

After the race, in front of a large log burner, a variety of hot casseroles, homemade bread and cakes were provided by club members.

Race organisers would like to thank Mark and Yvonne for time keeping, all other club members who contributed to food after the event, those locals who turned out in the snow to cheer the runners on, Rick and Amanda the race sponsors, the land owners Crown Estates and Graham Braid for the access to the glen.

Some club members will run in the Carnethy 5 Hill Race near Edinburgh on Saturday. On Sunday, many will be at Glenmidge for Frank's Valentine Run.

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