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Dum­fries Har­rier Carolyn Davis, pic­tured above, com­peted in the YHA King of the Cas­tle Hill Race which took place in Bor­row­dale in the Lake District on Sun­day, Jan­uary 6.

The point to point race started from the youth hos­tel and fin­ished at the top of Cas­tle Crag. The race started with all run­ners leav­ing the bar area of the YH and each run­ner was tagged off in in­ter­vals, the faster run­ners go­ing first and then out into the grounds to fol­low a path along by the river for the first mile.

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.


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.


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 £570.20.

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.

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