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ATHLETICS HARTFELL HILL RUNNING CLUB Durisdeer Hill Race This race was held on Saturday, organised by Rosie Allen, Adam Henderson and other members of Hartfell Hill Running Club with help from Moffat Mountain Rescue Team.

The race was a British Championship Race in 2015 and this brought its charms to the attention of a wide audience of fell runners, so now every year it attracts runners from south of the boarder and the central belt to come back and test themselves against the hills which line the Dalveen Pass.

The race route is around 10 miles and takes in around 4,000ft of climbing. It has a notable descent to the first road crossing on a very steep heather bank which can leave even the best runners' quad muscles like jelly.

Another notable part of the race is the run up to the last big climb, the tussocky grass and bog saps the runners' legs before Well Hill which is blessed with false summits to further demoralise the tired runner.

The marshals on the check point at the top rarely see a smiling face from the runners here.

There is a 1.50 hour cut off for runners reaching the second road crossing; get to this point in the race after this time and you get a free ride back to the start in the van.

However, this year there was a highquality field, and nobody was in the slightest danger of being timed out by the marshals.

Although the weather hadn't looked great in the run up to the race, the weather conditions on the day were ideal for running, although maybe a little cool for the marshals on the hill tops.

In this year's race, first male home was Peter Mackie from Glasgow-based Shettleston Harriers and travelling up from England's Mecca of fell running, the first lady was Catherine Evans running for Keswick AC.

Second male was Iain Stewart running for Westerlands Cross Country club, again Glasgow-based.

Second female and first V40 was Alison Banford of Hartfell Hill Running Club (HHRC), this was despite falling towards the end of the race and fracturing her arm.

Third male and first V50 was HHRC's Adam Anderson, third female and second V40 was Rosie Allen, again HHRC.

Other Hartfell members who did well were Graham McLellan, fifth overall and third V40 and Janet Priestley, first FV50.

Organisers would like to thank everyone who helped on the day including marshals, timekeepers and Moffat Mountain Rescue Team for their assistance.

All monies raised from the race will got to them.

The next race in the Dumfries and Galloway Area Championship is the Hartfell Horse Shoe on July 21.

The course is relatively flat with only a few undulations to test the six Dumfries Running Club members who joined the field of 262 on Wednesday, June 5. Brian Mohan was first finisher for DRC in 44th place in a time of 42.43 and was awarded a prize for being first in his age group (V50). Next in were Sandy Shankland in 56th place (43.32), Mike Jardine 68th (44.30) and Hazel Smyth 81st (45.29).

All three are recovering from injury and pleased to be easing back into competitive running. Laura Broatch finished in a time of 53.17 followed by Fiona Jardine in 58.10.

Beginners and improvers section The beginners and improvers group of the club meets on Mondays at Dumfries Sports Club at Nunholm for a 6.30pm start and runners are led in organised groups from two miles up to five miles. Further details can be found on www.dumfriesrunningclub.org.uk ORIENTEERING Solway Orienteers' first Wednesday evening event was held last week and it was encouraging to see some new faces as well as regulars running over the Crichton Campus.

The picturesque setting and the perfect running weather got the June competitions, designed for augmenting the recent training sessions, off to a good start.

Short course winner was Aaron Bryson with Zander Willacy second and Finlay Crooks third.

The Medium course was busiest and fastest round was Carol Graham, just 11 seconds faster than Keir Patterson in second with Rachel Findlay taking up third position.

Recent recruit Tom Marshall won the hotly contested Long course from Ian Patterson with Stuart Graham running in a close third.

Only a couple of minutes split the three fastest runners.

On Friday a number of junior members travelled to the Scottish Schools Orienteering Championships at Hopetoun House.

Most of the runners are unaccustomed to this level of competition and all did really well.

Star performance went to Isla O'Donoghue with an excellent second place in the S4 girls' race.

In S3 boys' category, Angus Thom returned in 10th place.

Sean Findlay tackled his first long distance course and was rewarded with 14th position.

An excellent seventh place result went to Morven Thom is the S2 girls' category.

In the primary categories, P7 boys' Ed Hanna and Jack Findlay ran as a pair, returning 11th while Drew Thom ran individually and finished 31st.

Isabel Hanna has had little competitive experience having had her first training session only five weeks ago and was rewarded with a 13th place in her first solo run.

After this week's runs in Shambellie Wood, action moves to Corncockle near Templand.

As usual, registration and starts are from 6 till 7pm. Maps cost PS4/2 for seniors/juniors with newcomers required to pay a levy of PS2/1.

There is always help provided for less experienced navigators with coaches and experienced orienteers in attendance at all events.
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