Valencia Marathon 2019

Some of the senior endurance athletes managed to fit in a bit of late season sunshine with a trip to take part in the Valencia Marathon and 10k races this weekend.  Weather was perfect over the weekend with temperatures at a pleasant 23 degrees in the run up to the race.  With an early start of 8:30 it was cool to begin with but temperatures rose slightly to provide ideal conditions for runners and support crew alike.

The race itself was fantastically well organised on a flat and fast course which snaked it’s way round the beautiful city of Valencia.  Crowds lined the streets in the later stages narrowing as the finish line came into sight to cheer the runners into the spectacular finish at the City’s famous Museum of Arts.

First home for the Hawks was Lee Strachan in a new PB of 2:41:01 closely chased home by Billy Gibson in 2:41:24.  There were other great runs by Gareth Irons (2:53:11), Kenny Liddell (2:56:59) and ray Tully (3:28:09).

Special mention to Bruce Scott who made a guest appearance for the weekend and signalled his return to competitive action with a 10k run of 35:20.  Obviously inspired by his room mate the previous evening and new world record holder Joshua Cheptegai!!

SVHC Road Relays

The SVHC Road Relays for Masters runners over the age of 35 will take place on Sunday 27th of January at Strathclyde Country Park. Each leg is approximately 6k round the Loch with male teams of 4 and female teams of 3 required. Anyone interested should contact Billy Gibson at calumruaridh@googlemail.com before 15th January.

Devil’s Burden 2019

The Devil’s Burden Hill relays will take place on Saturday the 26th of January this year. This race takes place over the Lomond Hills in Fife and is for teams of 6 with two legs run in pairs and two with single runners. Full details following the below link.

http://www.fifeac.org/events/fife-ac-events/devils-burdens/1315-devil-s-burdens-2019.html

Entries require to be submitted by the 22 nd of January so anyone interested should contact Billy Gibson by Friday 18th January at calumruaridh@googlemail.com

AGM 2018

The 2018 club AGM will take place on Thursday 25th of October at 19:30 in the Dundee Ice Arena.  As a result of the AGM taking place on this evening junior training will be cancelled.

Stirling 10k

The latest counter for the Senior Road Championship was the Stirling 10k which was also the Scottish 10k Championship.  There was a healthy turnout of Hawk’s on a blustery day.  First home I blue and white was Kris Jones with a fantastic time of 29:57 to claim another national title.  James Donald was next home in 31:15 to finish 1st m20 and also take home national gold!!

Club Pathways and Development Officer

In April 2018, Michelle Bruce started in post as Club Pathways and Development Officer, an exciting role for Dundee Hawkhill Harriers as Michelle will be working with the club, Scottish Athletics and Leisure and Culture Dundee to deliver on key Athletics objectives over the next 4 years.
The 3 partners will work together with the principle aim of strengthening the infrastructure of athletics in and around the City of Dundee and to work together to secure sustainable increases in the participation and performance of developing athletes.
Michelle will provide day-to-day support within the club, working alongside the Committee, membership and partners to develop and where appropriate enhance the following core areas: club development plan, procedure and policies (including legal status), support and develop the club committee and management structure, improve marketing and communication, implement new financial and membership systems – ultimately resulting in a seven day a week club business.
Most of this work will contribute to the completion of the Regional Performance Centre, to ensure that Dundee Hawkhill Harriers alongside Leisure and Culture Dundee are ready to commence new sessions available for all ages to participate in Athletics on a daily basis.
Michelle would to be happy to hear from any club member on any club aspect so feel free to get in touch with her at michelle.bruce@leisureandculturedundee.com.

Whitetops Hill race

The Whitetops Hill Race will take place on Friday 15th of June with a 7:30 pm start.  Registration in the Kirkton of Auchterhouse village hall from 6:00.  Entry on night will be £7 for non SA members and £5 for affiliated runners.

This is a club organised race and we still require help with this event including registration, marshalling and assistance with post race catering.  Can anyone interested please get in touch with Billy Gibson on 07913664614 or at calumruaridh@googlemail.com

Road Championship rules clarification.

The senior road championship tables this year will appear slightly differently.  All age group athletes will be included in the club championship table no matter age category.  Points will also be awarded in age category but an athlete can only win one prize.  If a veteran wins the club championship then the next best runner will receive the trophy in that category.  As there may be more athletes running the combined championship, scoring has been adjusted slightly and can be found on the championship page.

Hawks excel in the Highlands

There were some fantastic performances at yesterday’s River Ness 10k.  Overall winner was Kris Jones (running for Swansea) who completed the course in 29:51 which was the 3rd fastest time in the events history.  First home in a Hawks vest was James Donald (33:29) followed closely by Mike Herron (33:40) and Johnny McBain (34:52).  Completing the Hawk’s lineup were Lee Strachan, Kenny Liddell, Ryan Donald (all sub 38), Angus Donald and Joyce Donald.  This was the penultimate race in the 2017 series with most of the categories now decided.  Final race is the DRR hosted Templeton 10 in November.