The 2016 hill racing series begins this year at Norman Law on 16th April. As usual, you need to complete 3 short races and 3 long races. Please note that this year’s Glas Tulaichean race is unlikely to go ahead due to the sale of Dalmunzie estate. I will keep you up to date if that changes. I have tried to keep the races as close to Dundee as possible.
Norman Law (s) 16th April, Dumyat (s) 11th May, Kinnoull hill race (s) 19th May, Ben Sheann (s) 15th June, Largo Law( m) 25th June, White Tops (m) 1st July, Maddy Moss (m) 13th July, Aberfeldy Games (s) 13th August, Lomonds of Fife (m)21st August, Cairn William (m) 17th Sept, Meall nan Tarmachan (s) 8th October, Meall a’Buachaille (m) 22nd October
Well done to all those senior and masters who took part in the club cross country championship series this season. After the last race of the series which was the National XC Championship at Callender Park yesterday, the following Hawks have won the series.
U20 Women – Eilidh Reynolds
Senior Women – Louise Beveridge
Senior Men – Billy Gibson
V40 Men – Gordon Barrie
V50 Men – Phil Forte
V60 Men – Ally Lawson
Full results are HERE
The races for this year’s club Senior/Veteran XC championship series are as below. As usual the best 4 races count and competitors must include either the Masters XC race or the National XC(or both) to be eligible this year. This is to encourage participation in the National races where our presence has been poor in recent years. Winner categories are: Senior/V40/V50/V60V/70 If ladies complete enough races, then categories will be as for the men
- East District League race 17th October – Stirling Uni
- East District League race 21st November – Alloa
- East District Championships 12th December – Livingston
- Christmas Handicap Race 13th December – Caird Park
- East District League Race 16th January – Broxburn
- National Masters XC Race 30th January – Forres
- National XC Championships 27th February – Falkirk
Please see the invitation to the Comrie Hills Relay Race from Strathearn Harriers. Anyone interested in forming a team Male/Female/Mixed etc. please contact me. Thanks- Dave Hanlon
Just a short message to invite you and your club to enter one or more teams for the 2015 Simon Wake Comrie Hills Relay on Sunday 13th September.
As in previous years, the race is a 42k relay with 2,110m of ascent, run in four stages for teams of five runners. It starts and finishes in Comrie village in Perthshire and follows a highly scenic route up and around the hills surrounding Glen Lednock. Legs 2 and 3 cover rough mountain terrain, while Legs 1 and 4, although challenging, are closer to trail races.
The proceeds from the race go to support research into pancreatic cancer, the disease from which our friend and club mate Simon died tragically in 2008.
Last year 29 teams took part in a great day of racing, and for 2015 we can offer
- category and leg prizes
- a barbecue after the race (included in the team entry fee)
- what we hope will again be a very enjoyable and competitive race.
Full race information and entry form can be found at http://www.strathearnharriers.org.uk/racing/club-races/simon-wake-comrie-hills-relay
A reminder that the club-hosted White Tops Hill race takes place on Friday 26th June at 7:30 pm. Registration from 6:00pm is at Kirkton of Auchterhouse Village School and the race starts in the nearby playing field. The race covers 10.4km with a height gain of 360m. Anyone over the age of 17 can take part and the course will be well marked and marshalled, making it suitable for hill racing beginners.
We have been given the original trophies for this race from Dundee Road Runners, so if you want something nice for your trophy cabinet and see your name along with the likes of Joe Symonds,Dan Whitehead,Oleg Chepelin,Jamie Crowe,Angela Mudge etc., why not come and try to beat the rest!
As always I still need help on the day with marshalling and catering at the hall, so if you have nothing better to do on Friday evening, please come along and help. Donations of cakes,biscuits, sandwiches etc. are always welcome as well.
For more information, give me a call/text on 07714 221628 or email me at:
Whilst other races in Scotland were cancelled due to the horrific weather, Glas Tulaichean went ahead but for safety, was changed to an “up and down” race to protect the marshals and runners. The course was measured by GPS devices at 6.7 miles and an estimated 500m of climb. With gusts of over 70mph and a wind chill of -13 at the top! it was a sensible decision to take. Runners were happy with the decision although a couple had turned up specifically to use the uphill-only design as training for an alpine marathon in Italy later this month. Thanks to all those who helped out on the day, especially Shaun Germany and Billy Gibson who marshalled at the top in bitterly cold conditions
The improvised race was won by James Espie of Deeside in 49:54. Scott Cassidy was second in 50:41. Matthew Tonner of Dundee Hawkhill was third in 54:30. 1st lady was Stephanie Provan of Deeside (6th overall ) in 55:55 and second lady was Moira Davie of Forres in 57:05. Deeside took both men’s and women’s team prizes.
Callum Gibson of the Hawks won the junior “Glas T Toe Tickle” race in a time of 4:15
The estate is currently up for sale and it is possible that this will be the last year of this uphill-only race as we rely heavily on the help of the landowner, Simon Winton for facilities and the use of his land rover to provide cover at the summit. Keeping my fingers crossed!
Now for the White Tops hill race on Friday 26th June
1 – James Espie – Deeside – SM – 0:49:54
2 – Scott Cassidy – Moray Road Runners – SM – 0:50:41
3 – Matthew Tonner – Dundee Hawkhill – SM – 0:54:30
4 – Stuart Pringle – Deeside – SM – 0:54:59
5 – Alan Smith – Deeside – MV50 – 0:55:21
6 – Stephanie Provan – Deeside – SW – 0:55:55
7 – Chris Walsh – Dundee Hawkhill – SW – 0:56:49
8 – Moira Davie – Forres Harriers – SW – 0:57:05
9 – John McMillan – Kilbarchan – MV40 – 0:59:20
10 – Ewan Kerridge – Deeside – SM – 1:01:52
11 – Graham Tonner – Dundee Hawkhill – MV40 – 1:04:47
12 – Grahame Nicoll – Tayside Orienteers – MV50 – 1:06:26
13 – Angus Bowman – Lomond Hill Runners – MV50 – 1:06:43
14 – David Duncan – Ochil Hill Runners – MV60 – 1:08:17
15 – Phil Forte – Dundee Hawkhill – MV50 – 1:08:27
16 – Mike Dales – Perth Road Runners – MV50 – 1:08:40
17 – Jane Kerridge – Deeside – FV60 – 1:09:01
18 – Nall MacBeath – Lochaber – SM – 1:11:11
19 – Susan Ross – Lochaber – FV40 – 1:11:20
20 – Duncan Tunstall – Deeside – MV50 – 1:14:19
21 – Fiona Manson – Perth Road Runners – FV40 – 1:15:43
22 – Richard Parker – Unattached – MV60 – 1:21:02
23 – Jane Oliver – Deeside – FV50 – 1:23:43
24 – Jean Bowman – Lomond Hill Runners – FV50 – 1:25:48
25 – Charlie Love – Dundee Hawkhill – MV70 – 1:59:00
The club-hosted Glas Tulaichean (uphill only) hill race takes place next Saturday, 6th June at 2:00 pm. Entries on the day from 12:00 and close at 1:20. You must supply clothing to be taken to the summit and entries are restricted to over 17s. We need marshals/timekeepers on the summit and volunteers to help with the catering at the finish.
The race starts at Dalmunzie farm in glenshee (behind the old Spittal of glenshee hotel) and covers 7.4k and a climb of 670m. The race is all on landrover track with a few river crossing to negociate. Once at the summit, you can retrieve your warm clothing from the land rover and make your way back down to the barn, where there will be tea, coffee and sandwiches and cakes to fill you up before the prizes are warded.
If there are enough kids on the day, there will also be the Glas T Toe Tickle race for the wee ones at 2:30.
With the weather forecast to be warmer, this is a good opportunity to get out on our wonderful hills and test your stamina and endurance. It’s also the next race in our championship series so you can bag a few points as well as a Munro!
for more info, give me a call on 07714 221628 or email me at email@example.com
The next race in the 2015 hill racing club championship is Kinnoull hill race which takes place on Thursday 21st May at 7:30 pm. This race was originally scheduled in the SHR calendar for 14th May but has since been changed
This year’s club XC champion is Billy Gibson who narrowly pipped last year’s champion, Mark Lamb to take the honours. Veteran champion is Bruce Scott who was the only vet to complete all four races. Supervet Champion is Dave Hanlon who, likewise was the only Supervet to complete four of the series races.
None of the other age or ladies categories were contested fully.
Full list of results can be found HERE
We had a healthy turnout of athletes during the series which had everything from the narrow tracks of Braid Hills to the mudbaths of the Masters and the Nationals. As far as I know the club will not be hosting any of the League or relay races next season but there are rumours we may be asked to host the Masters which would be a great honour for the club. If we are asked, we will need a lot of support from club members to make it a memorable occasion
I hope everyone who took part including those new to XC enjoyed the experience. Here’s to next season’s championship.
This year’s hill racing championship series kicks off on Saturday 28th March at Birnam hill race. The last race will be on Saturday 12th September at Mealle a Bhuachaille. As usual there are a good number of races to choose from but to be eligible for the championship, you need to complete 3 short races and 3 medium races. The winner in each age category will get 6 points, second 5 etc. The two races which the club hosts (Glas Tulaichean and the White Tops) are included in the series. The whole series can be seen here
dhh hill champs 2015