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Tinto Hill race

08/11/2014

Last Saturday five members of Dumfries Running Club joined the field of 246 in tackling the Tinto Hill race in Lanarkshire...

As a prominent landmark easily visible from the M74 the 710 metre high hill has a well marked path which is reckoned to take 2 to 3 hours for walkers to cover the near 5 mile journey to the summit and back. Naturally, for hill runners the race was completed well within that time frame. 

Climbing steeply from the off, many were forced to walk for large sections as the shale path gave way to boggy and marshy ground. With few opportunities to get up to any kind of speed there was an added discouragement on the harder sections as the front runners came bounding past showing that nimble footwork, sheer speed and confidence over the terrain is the secret to success. The race winner Joe Symonds completed the course in a scarcely believable thirty minutes.  

With 4 experienced hill runners and a novice the best performance of the DRC quintet came from Craig Malcolmson in 66th place in 41.18 and James Kellock had a very good run in 112th in 46.02 as did Ranjit Thomas in 49.12.As a newcomer Stephen Mohan enjoyed his run but took things very carefully in 53.07 and Kerry Walker had another superb hill run in 55.02 on her fifth hill race of the year.

Steve Mohan

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